Festivals and Fairs in Oakland County

Warmer weather means it’s time to enjoy the many outdoor festivals and fairs that showcase the vibrancy of Oakland County. You won’t want to miss SummerFest in Auburn Hills, Arts, Beats, and Eats in Royal Oak, or Milford Memories to name a few. 

Use our list below to find festivals and fairs that are happening June through September:

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Explore the Interactive Light Show at Glenlore Trails

interactive forest lights

A half-mile hiking trail in Oakland County has been transformed into Glenlore Trails, an interactive light show.

Along the wooded trail located within the Multi Lakes Conservation Association in Commerce Township, this sensory experience is designed for people of all ages to enjoy.

The experience is a blend of programmed and interactive light that includes 10 light installations, projections, and display technology.

The magical place was designed by Bluewater Technologies Group, Inc. of Southfield, a woman-owned company that produces live events and AV experiences for strong brands.

Bluewater designed the experience to be outdoors with no-touch interactions. The Glenlore Trails path is 8-10 feet wide and has 6′ increments marked at check-in lines.

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2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observations in Oakland County

Washington: Martin Luther King, Jr memorial monument on September 2, 2015 in Washington, DC.

Honor Martin Luther King, Jr. this upcoming MLK Day on Monday, January 20th, by attending an event or participating in a day of service. Observed as a national day of service, Martin Luther King Jr. Day encourages all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. Learn more about the MLK Day of Service on their website,  where you can also search for volunteer opportunities or register a project. Additionally, the United Way and Volunteer Match have additional resources and opportunities to make it a “day on, not a day off.”

List of MLK Observations in Oakland County

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Chi-Town Union Station in Commerce Township

Chi-Town Union Station in Commerce Township is home to the world’s largest O-Scale model railroad and the world’s longest model train. With more than 12,000 feet of track and dozens of exact scale models of famous luxury trains, you won’t want to miss seeing this Chicago Union Station based railroad in person.

Before you visit, take a look at our video for a Chi-Town Union Station preview.

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Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Coats for the Cold 2018

Four young girls bundled up in winter coats drinking hot chocolate.

The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office is accepting donations for the 31st annual “Coats for the Cold” coat drive from November 1st to November 30th. Clean, gently-used or new coats can be dropped off at one of their drop-off sites around Oakland County. All Oakland County locations of Real Estate One HQ and Genisys Credit Union are drop-off sites. Additionally, donors will receive up to $50 off the cost of a pet adoption ($10 per donated coat, up to five coats) at the Oakland County Pet Adoption Center.

For a list of all drop-off sites, click the button below:

Coats for the Cold Drop-Off Sites

Donated coats will be sent to various local charitable organizations who distribute the coats to community members in need.

“Coats for the Cold is an easy way for the community to reach out and help someone less fortunate stay warm this winter,” Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard said. “For the past 30 years, we have worked with local charitable organizations to provide free coats to those in need. The community’s generosity has been wonderful every year.”

This year’s drive is sponsored by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with 1-800-Self-Storage.com, COWS (Container on Wheels Mobile Storage), Real Estate One, Genisys Credit Union, 105.1 FM The Bounce Detroit, and many other community organizations around Oakland County.

Learn more about “Coats for the Cold” and other community outreach initiatives of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, visit their website, like them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter.


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