Fun at the Oakland County Fair

Ferris wheel and food stands at Oakland County Fair

The annual Oakland County Fair is here! From July 8-17, 2022, people from all across Michigan will be arriving on the fairgrounds at Springfield Oaks County Park in Davisburg, Michigan to celebrate over a week of family-friendly fun. With a few new events, as well as many returning favorites, this year’s fair is surely going to be Oakland County’s hottest July destination spot.

Returning this year to the Oakland County Fair are the following fan-loved attractions:

  • The Big Rock Amusements Carnival, full of games, rides, and food.
  • Multiple barns of animals, daily presentations, and competitions.
  • The Safari Petting Zoo, populated with unique animals.
  • The Daily Pig Race, an exciting way to watch your favorite barnyard animals.
  • The High Dive, featuring springboard and tower diving with a pirate twist.
  • Monster Trucks, Figure 8 Racing, and Off-Road Derby for the motor enthusiasts!
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Outdoor Concerts and Movies Across Oakland County

Crowd watching performer on stage at Milford Amphitheater

The sounds and sights of music and film are set to be seen in parks across Oakland County this summer. From the pristine Riverside Park in Auburn Hills, to Shain Park in Birmingham, bands both local and well-known are prepared to play music of all genres from June through September. In addition, a multitude of parks such as Oxford Park and Jaycee Park in Berkley or Central Park in Milford are hosting movie nights for anyone to attend. 

Pick up a soft blanket, a pillow or two, a picnic basket of snacks, and use our list of outdoor summer concerts and movies to plan an evening of entertainment outdoors.

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Dinosauria at the Detroit Zoo

Life-like dinosaur on DinoTrail at Detroit Zool

This summer, the Detroit Zoo in Oakland County is going prehistoric with the famous Dinosauria exhibit. One of the largest outdoor dinosaur exhibits of its kind, Dinosauria features 29 enormous, life-like animatronic dinosaurs that shift, roar, and spit. The zoo’s most exciting summer attraction, presented by Michigan First Credit Union, began on May 28th and runs through September 5th, 2022.

Check out this video to see this zoorassic world in action!

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Fireworks Light Up the Sky in Oakland County

Fireworks on lake with many boats on lake

The Fourth of July is nearly here! All across Oakland County, communities are putting on firework displays in celebration of our country’s Independence Day. Visit Highland for their Red, White and Blues Festival on June 25th and stay for the fireworks, starting at dusk, or celebrate July 4th on the day itself in Holly at Lakeside Park. Wherever you decide to go, grab a blanket, pack a picnic basket, and get ready to shout, “OOH” and “AAH” at any of the many shows in Oakland County.

Visit our “List of Fireworks in Oakland County” page or use the list below to find firework displays:

Clarkston/Independence Township

July 2: Independence Fireworks

Clawson

July 4: Clawson 4th of July Festival

Davisburg

July 8: Oakland County Fair Fireworks

Highland

June 25: Red, White & Blues Festival

Holly

July 4: Holly Fireworks

Huntington Woods

July 1: Huntington Woods Fireworks 

Lake Orion

June 25: Lake Orion Jubilee
July 2: Lake Orion Fireworks

Madison Heights

June 26: Festival in the Park

Milford

July 2: Fireworks at Kensington Metropark

Ortonville

July 3: Ortonville Fireworks

Oxford

June 11: Seymour Celebration

Pontiac

June 26: Cars Under the Stars

Rochester Hills

June 29: Festival of the Hills

Royal Oak

June 30: Red Run Golf Course Fireworks

Sylvan Lake

July 3: Oakland County Boat Club Fireworks 

Walled Lake

June 25: Walled Lake Summer Festival

Waterford

July 2: Lake Oakland Fireworks

July 2: Maceday-Lotus Lakes Association Big Bang Fireworks

July 3: Otter Beach Fireworks

July 15: Elizabeth Lake Fireworks

White Lake

July 2: White Lake Fireworks Display

Wixom

June 23: Lite the Nite Fireworks

Wolverine Lake

July 3: Wolverine Lake Tiki Night and Fireworks

Celebrate without Fireworks

A fireworks-free experience around the Fourth of July is well-received by veterans, families with small children, pet owners, and others. There are plenty of ways to celebrate America’s birthday without fireworks:


Do you know of any other firework displays in the Oakland County area? Let us know via Facebook or Twitter, contact us at socialmedia@oakgov.com, or leave a comment below.

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Juneteenth: Celebrate, Learn, and Reflect at Events In and Around Oakland County

Juneteenth (Freedom Day) June 19

Juneteenth, or Freedom Day, marks the anniversary of the day in 1865 when news of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation reached Galveston, Texas – nearly two years after the proclamation had been issued. The holiday is a celebration of the freedom and liberation of the last of the enslaved people in the United States.

“We mark Juneteenth to celebrate the end of the dark chapter of slavery in our country. It is a day for us to reflect on our history and ensure that we understand the impacts of that history which are still with us today. We dedicate ourselves to freedom from discrimination, violence, and unequal justice.”

Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter

Juneteenth represents resistance, resilience, and the joy that freedom brings. Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter sat down with Oakland County Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer Robin Carter-Cooper to talk about this important milestone in America’s history:

At its meeting on June 7, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners voted to designate Juneteenth as a county holiday in 2022. The county will observe Monday, June 20 as the Juneteenth holiday, and all county offices will be closed.

“Juneteenth isn’t just Black history. Slavery ended on this day, which is a very important moment for the Black community, and I’m proud that the Board and county administration have taken action to acknowledge this.”

Commissioner Angela Powell (D-Pontiac)

On June 1, 2022, the Michigan Supreme Court issued an order stating that June 19 become a recognized court holiday and ordered all courts in the State of Michigan be closed on Monday, June 20. President Joe Biden signed a bill in 2021 designating Juneteenth as a national holiday.

“Holidays have meaning and purpose. We encourage county employees and residents to observe Juneteenth to reflect on our history, and together commit to a better future for everyone by addressing racial injustice in America.”

Board Chairman David T. Woodward (D-Royal Oak)

Find a Juneteenth event in Oakland County:

In commemoration of the 157th anniversary of Juneteenth, use our list of events in Oakland County below to find a celebration near you. Visit our Juneteenth Things to Do Page for even more activities throughout Metro Detroit.

Farmington and Farmington Hills

June 3-30: Juneteenth Film Festival
June 17-19: Farmington Area Juneteenth Celebration

Ferndale

June 18: Ferndale/Hazel Park Juneteenth Celebration
June 19: Juneteenth Date Night

Hazel Park

June 18: Ferndale/Hazel Park Juneteenth Celebration

Madison Heights

June 18: Madison Heights Juneteenth Celebration

Oak Park

June 19: Juneteenth Celebration

Pontiac

June 18: Juneteenth Street Festival
June 19: Juneteenth Parade

Royal Oak

June 3-30: Juneteenth Film Festival
June 15: Juneteenth Roundtable Discussion
June 19: Juneteenth Celebration

Southfield

June 15-22: Southfield Juneteenth Celebration
June 18: Juneteenth Family Reunion
June 19: My Black is Power Juneteenth Pop-up

West Bloomfield

June 18: Juneteenth In The WB

Virtual Program

June 16: Preserving MI Harvest – Celebrating Juneteenth: African-American Cuisine

Do you know of any other Juneteenth events taking place in the Oakland County area? Let us know about them; contact us at socialmedia@oakgov.com.

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