2019 Ann Arbor Carnivals and Fairs (with Rides)

My daughter loves rides, so carnivals and fairs that bring rides to town are a big hit with her. Arbor Annie has compiled a list of Ann Arbor Carnivals (including those in nearby communities).

Ann Arbor Carnivals and Fairs

Ann Arbor Carnivals

Our list includes carnivals in communities surrounding Ann Arbor that have rides. Unfortunately this leaves out some great events like the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival.

Carnivals are ordered by event date. If you know of one that we missed, let us know and we’ll add it to the list.


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Sumpter County Fest

Date/Time Event
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05/24/2019
5:00pm-11:59pm
Sumpter Country Fest
at Sumpter Township Fairgrounds, Belleville Michigan
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05/25/2019
12:00pm-11:59pm
Sumpter Country Fest
at Sumpter Township Fairgrounds, Belleville Michigan
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05/26/2019
12:00pm-11:59pm
Sumpter Country Fest
at Sumpter Township Fairgrounds, Belleville Michigan
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05/27/2019
12:00pm-10:00pm
Sumpter Country Fest
at Sumpter Township Fairgrounds, Belleville Michigan

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Milan Fair

We attended the Milan Fair several times when my daughter was younger. It has become harder to attend since it is held during the school year now.

Date/Time Event
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05/30/2019
4:00pm-10:00pm
Milan Fair & Parade
at Wilson Park, Milan Michigan
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05/31/2019
4:00pm-11:00pm
Milan Fair & Fireworks
at Wilson Park, Milan Michigan
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06/01/2019
11:00am-11:30pm
Milan Fair
at Wilson Park, Milan Michigan

Hamburg Fun Fest

Date/Time Event
06/12/2019
5:00pm-11:30pm
Hamburg Fun Fest
at Manly Bennet Park, Whitmore Lake Michigan
06/13/2019
1:00pm-11:30pm
Hamburg Fun Fest
at Manly Bennet Park, Whitmore Lake Michigan
06/14/2019
1:00pm-11:30pm
Hamburg Fun Fest
at Manly Bennet Park, Whitmore Lake Michigan
06/15/2019
10:00am-11:30pm
Hamburg Fun Fest
at Manly Bennet Park, Whitmore Lake Michigan

Canton Liberty Fest

Date/Time Event
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06/13/2019
1:00pm-10:00pm
Canton Liberty Fest
at Heritage Park, Canton Michigan
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06/14/2019
1:00pm-11:00pm
Canton Liberty Fest
at Heritage Park, Canton Michigan
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06/15/2019
8:00am-11:00am
Liberty Run
at Heritage Park, Canton Michigan
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06/15/2019
10:00am-11:00pm
Canton Liberty Fest
at Heritage Park, Canton Michigan

Belleville Strawberry Festival

Belleville Strawberry Festival happens throughout Belleville. Stop by and celebrate the strawberry harvest.

Date/Time Event
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06/14/2019
10:00am-10:00pm
Belleville Strawberry Festival
at Downtown Belleville, Belleville Michigan
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06/15/2019
10:00am-10:00pm
Belleville Strawberry Festival
at Downtown Belleville, Belleville Michigan
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06/16/2019
9:00am-8:00pm
Belleville Strawberry Festival
at Downtown Belleville, Belleville Michigan

Ann Arbor Jaycees Carnival

My favorite memory of the Jaycees Carnival is when my daughter was 4. She wanted to ride a crazy Twister ride. She barely made the height requirement. Later I found out she wanted to ride because it had a sign saying 4 tickets and she thought that meant it was for 4 year olds. Fortunately she loved it. She’s still a daredevil!

Check out our walkthrough of the 2019 Ann Arbor Jaycees Carnival and get all the details in our Carnival Review. Thank you to the Jaycees for hosting us to enable the walkthrough and review.

The Ann Arbor Jaycees Carnival kicks off today and runs through Sunday. Get all the details on our event calendar. Thank you to the Jaycees for hosting our visit and the walkthrough. (Note please verify info at the link. I mispoke about the Sunday opening time – I said 9 instead of noon) https://annarborwithkids.com/events/ann-arbor-jaycees-summer-carnival-2/Note: the Carnival closed early on Friday night. From the comments by attendees it appears there were some fights among teenagers. I have added some comments to our review suggesting visiting earlier in the evening and not letting young teens attend a unaccompanied at night. https://annarborwithkids.com/articles/2018-ann-arbor-jaycees-carnival-review-2-2/

Posted by Ann Arbor with Kids on Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Date/Time Event
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06/19/2019
4:00pm-10:00pm

Ann Arbor Jaycees Summer Carnival


at Pioneer High School, Ann Arbor Michigan
The Ann Arbor Jaycees Carnival is an Ann Arbor tradition. It is held each June in the Pioneer High School parking lot. The Carnival includes rides, games, and food.
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06/20/2019
4:00pm-10:00pm

Ann Arbor Jaycees Summer Carnival


at Pioneer High School, Ann Arbor Michigan
The Ann Arbor Jaycees Carnival is an Ann Arbor tradition. It is held each June in the Pioneer High School parking lot. The Carnival includes rides, games, and food.
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06/21/2019
4:00pm-11:00pm

Ann Arbor Jaycees Summer Carnival


at Pioneer High School, Ann Arbor Michigan
The Ann Arbor Jaycees Carnival is an Ann Arbor tradition. It is held each June in the Pioneer High School parking lot. The Carnival includes rides, games, and food.
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06/22/2019
11:00am-10:00pm

Ann Arbor Jaycees Summer Carnival


at Pioneer High School, Ann Arbor Michigan
The Ann Arbor Jaycees Carnival is an Ann Arbor tradition. It is held each June in the Pioneer High School parking lot. The Carnival includes rides, games, and food.
💙🎟
06/23/2019
12:00pm-8:00pm

Ann Arbor Jaycees Summer Carnival


at Pioneer High School, Ann Arbor Michigan
The Ann Arbor Jaycees Carnival is an Ann Arbor tradition. It is held each June in the Pioneer High School parking lot. The Carnival includes rides, games, and food.

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Michigan Challenge Balloon Fest

Howell hosts the Michigan Challenge Balloon Fest. Come see the hot air balloons and stay for the carnival rides and more family fun. They hosted us in 2019. Be sure to check out our tips for the Balloon Fest in future years. The carnival is larger than many of the Washtenaw County Carnivals and the balloons are a great extra attraction.

Michigan Challenge Balloonfest - Preparing for Balloon Glow
Date/Time Event
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06/27/2019
2:00pm-11:00pm

Michigan Challenge Balloon Festival - Rides Only


at Howell High School, Howell Michigan
Disclosure: Michigan Challenge Balloonfest has sponsored this listing.  Note Thursday is only the carnival rides. Carnival rides available with wristband from 2-6p ($16) or 6-11p ($20). Presale wristbands must be bought by midnight on 6/26 for $20. Michigan Challenge Balloonfest Schedule: Where Else to Find Rides Throughout the summer there...Read More
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06/28/2019
2:00pm-11:00pm

Michigan Challenge Balloon Festival


at Howell High School, Howell Michigan
Disclosure: Michigan Challenge Balloonfest has sponsored this listing.    Friday Schedule 2-11p Carnival 4p-Close - Landing Zone Booths & Entertainment 4p-Close - Arts Festival & Marketplace 4:30-7:30p Entertainment - Dining Area Carnival Rides Carnival rides available with wristband from ($25). Presale wristbands must be bought by 11:59p on 6/26 for...Read More
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06/29/2019
6:00am-11:00pm

Michigan Challenge Balloon Festival


at Howell High School, Howell Michigan
Disclosure: Michigan Challenge Balloonfest has sponsored this listing.  Saturday Schedule 6-8a - Balloon Fly-In - Main Stage/Launch Field 10a-11p - Carnival 10a-Close - Arts Festival & Marketplace Noon-5p - Ben the LEGO Man - Landing Zone Noon - Skydivers - Main Stage/Launch Field 1p - Windjammers Stunt Kite Team -...Read More
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06/30/2019
6:00am-11:00pm

Michigan Challenge Balloonfest


at Howell High School, Howell Michigan
Disclosure: Michigan Challenge Balloonfest has sponsored this listing.  Sunday Schedule 6-8a Balloon Fly-In - Main Stage/Launch Field 10a-9p - Arts Festival & Marketplace 11a-9p - Carnival 11a-3p - Kona Ice Fundraiser for Fantasy of Lights Noon-5p - Ben the LEGO Man - Landing Zone 1p Windjammers Stunt Kite Team -...Read More

Manchester Community Fair

Date/Time Event
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07/10/2019
3:00pm-10:00pm
Manchester Community Fair
at Alumni Memorial Field, Manchester Michigan
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07/11/2019
3:00pm-10:00pm
Manchester Community Fair
at Alumni Memorial Field, Manchester Michigan
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07/12/2019
1:00pm-10:00pm
Manchester Community Fair
at Alumni Memorial Field, Manchester Michigan
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07/13/2019
10:00am-10:00pm
Manchester Community Fair
at Alumni Memorial Field, Manchester Michigan

Chelsea Community Fair

Date/Time Event
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08/20/2019
10:00am-10:00pm
Chelsea Community Fair
at Chelsea Fairgrounds, Chelsea Michigan
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08/21/2019
10:00am-10:00pm
Chelsea Community Fair
at Chelsea Fairgrounds, Chelsea Michigan
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08/22/2019
10:00am-10:00pm
Chelsea Community Fair
at Chelsea Fairgrounds, Chelsea Michigan
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08/23/2019
10:00am-10:00pm
Chelsea Community Fair
at Chelsea Fairgrounds, Chelsea Michigan
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08/24/2019
10:00am-10:00pm
Chelsea Community Fair
at Chelsea Fairgrounds, Chelsea Michigan

Saline Fair

My daughter and I were regulars at the Saline Fair when she was a toddler and in preschool. I loved that it was held after Labor Day once the big kids were at school. Several years ago they moved it to end on Labor Day. This year it is still the week before Labor Day, but Saline Schools will be back in session (August 26).

Date/Time Event
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08/28/2019
9:00am-11:00pm
Saline Fair
at Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds, Ann Arbor Michigan
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08/29/2019
9:00am-11:00pm
Saline Fair
at Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds, Ann Arbor Michigan
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08/30/2019
9:00am-11:00pm
Saline Fair
at Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds, Ann Arbor Michigan
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08/31/2019
9:00am-11:00pm
Saline Fair
at Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds, Ann Arbor Michigan
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09/01/2019
9:00am-11:00pm
Saline Fair
at Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds, Ann Arbor Michigan
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09/02/2019
1:00pm-6:00pm
Saline Fair - Rides Only
at Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds, Ann Arbor Michigan

Michigan State Fair

The Michigan State Fair is held at Suburban Showcase in Novi on Labor Day Weekend.

Date/Time Event
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08/29/2019
10:00am-10:00pm
Michigan State Fair
at Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi Michigan
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08/30/2019
10:00am-10:00pm
Michigan State Fair
at Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi Michigan
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08/31/2019
10:00am-10:00pm
Michigan State Fair
at Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi Michigan
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09/01/2019
10:00am-10:00pm
Michigan State Fair
at Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi Michigan
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09/02/2019
10:00am-9:00pm
Michigan State Fair
at Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi Michigan

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