Ann Arbor Carnivals and Fairs

2021 Ann Arbor Carnivals and Fairs (with Rides)

Some Ann Arbor area Carnivals & Fairs are returning for 2021 while others are taking another year off. 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).


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Ann Arbor Carnivals for 2021

Our list includes carnivals in communities surrounding Ann Arbor that have rides. These are events confirmed for 2021. Events that are taking 2021 off or have not made an announcement are listed below..

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.

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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06/04/2021
4:00pm-11:00pm
Milan Fair & Fireworks
at Wilson Park, Milan Michigan
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06/05/2021
11:00am-11:30pm
Milan Fair
at Wilson Park, Milan Michigan

Hamburg Fun Fest

Date/Time Event
06/16/2021
4:00pm-11:30pm
Hamburg Fun Fest
at Manly Bennet Park, Whitmore Lake Michigan
06/17/2021
12:00pm-11:30pm
Hamburg Fun Fest
at Manly Bennet Park, Whitmore Lake Michigan
06/18/2021
2:00pm-11:30pm
Hamburg Fun Fest
at Manly Bennet Park, Whitmore Lake Michigan
06/19/2021
11:00am-11:30pm
Hamburg Fun Fest
at Manly Bennet Park, Whitmore Lake Michigan

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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 many local schools will be in session including Ann Arbor.

Date/Time Event
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09/01/2021
9:00am-11:00pm
Saline Fair
at Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds, Ann Arbor Michigan
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09/02/2021
9:00am-11:00pm
Saline Fair
at Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds, Ann Arbor Michigan
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09/03/2021
9:00am-11:00pm
Saline Fair
at Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds, Ann Arbor Michigan
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09/04/2021
9:00am-11:00pm
Saline Fair
at Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds, Ann Arbor Michigan
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09/05/2021
9:00am-11:00pm
Saline Fair
at Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds, Ann Arbor Michigan
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09/06/2021
1:00pm-6:00pm
Saline Fair - Rides Only
at Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds, Ann Arbor Michigan

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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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09/02/2021
10:00am-10:00pm
Michigan State Fair
at Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi Michigan
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09/03/2021
10:00am-10:00pm
Michigan State Fair
at Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi Michigan
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09/04/2021
10:00am-10:00pm
Michigan State Fair
at Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi Michigan
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09/05/2021
10:00am-10:00pm
Michigan State Fair
at Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi Michigan
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09/06/2021
10:00am-9:00pm
Michigan State Fair
at Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi Michigan

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Ann Arbor Carnivals with Modified 2021 Events

Michigan Challenge Balloon Fest

Howell hosts the Michigan Challenge Balloon Fest each year. After taking off completely in 2020, they are back with a modified program for 2021. There will be no carnival rides or big gathering at the park. Launches will happen around Howell with activities planned for downtown on Saturday, June 26.

The Balloonfest hosted us in 2019 and we had a great time at the fair and watching the balloon launches and balloon glow. 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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06/25/2021
2:00pm-11:00pm
Michigan Challenge Balloon Festival
at Howell High School, Howell Michigan
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06/26/2021
6:00am-11:00pm

Michigan Challenge Balloon Festival


at Howell High School, Howell Michigan
Photos by Picture Livingston After taking off in 2020, the Michigan Challenge Balloonfest is returning for 2021 with modified programming. The balloons will still be flying across Howell with some events downtown, but sadly the traditional festival with launches at the park and the carnival will not happen in 2021....Read More
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06/27/2021
6:00am-11:00pm
Michigan Challenge Balloonfest
at Howell High School, Howell Michigan

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Manchester Community Fair

Manchester Community Fair is on for 2021. The fair was in July in 2019, but movs to August at least for 2021. While the pictures on their website heavily feature rides, the details available (June 5) do not list rides. We have reached out to them to clarify the 2021 plans.

Date/Time Event
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08/10/2021
3:00pm-10:00pm
Manchester Community Fair
at Alumni Memorial Field, Manchester Michigan
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08/11/2021
3:00pm-10:00pm
Manchester Community Fair
at Alumni Memorial Field, Manchester Michigan
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08/12/2021
3:00pm-10:00pm
Manchester Community Fair
at Alumni Memorial Field, Manchester Michigan
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08/13/2021
1:00pm-10:00pm
Manchester Community Fair
at Alumni Memorial Field, Manchester Michigan

Ann Arbor Carnivals Canceled for 2021

While social distancing requirements are being eased this summer due to the prevalence of the vaccine leading to lower infection rates, carnivals and fairs take months to plan. Many decisions on cancellations were made when the status of summer were less certain.

The carnivals below have ben cancelled for 2021. Hopefully they will return in 2022.

Sumpter County Fest

Canceled for 2021.

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

Canton Liberty Fest

Canceled for 2021.

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

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Ann Arbor Jaycees Carnival

I did not find a definitive statement that the Ann Arbor Jaycees Carnival is cancelled for 2021. However, it is only a couple of weeks before the carnival and there is no information. Additionally, the Ann Arbor Jaycees website says that the 69th Carnival will be held in 2022. I found the 66th Carnival listed as 2017, which would mean 2019 was the 68th Carnival. With no carnival in 2020 and 2021, the 69th Carnival would be in 2022. I did reach out to my contacts at the Jaycees for confirmation but have not heard back. At this point (June 5th), I think it is safe to say the 2021 Carnival will not be held.

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

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Belleville Strawberry Festival

The Belleville Strawberry Festival is cancelled for 2021.

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

Fairs with No 2021 Updates Yet

Chelsea Community Fair

The Chelsea Community Fair has no updates for 2021 on their website or Facebook page as of June 5. We will check back later in the season to see if they have updates. In 2020 they only held a Livestock Auction. My guess is they may hold the fair without rides in 2021.

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