Oakland County embraces its diverse communities and is committed to the well-being of all residents. Oakland County Parks invites individuals with disabilities for summer fun and making memories! Review the list of events and activities below. For more information, click here.Continue reading
The annual Oakland County Fair returns July 7-16 and 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. From carnival rides to a petting zoo and stage shows, the fair is going to be one of Oakland County’s hottest destination spots to create a lifetime of memories this summer.Continue reading
Summer brings many festivals and fairs to Oakland County that showcase the vibrancy that each city, township and village offer for the entire family to enjoy. You won’t want to miss SummerFest in Auburn Hills, Arts, Beats, and Eats in Royal Oak, Milford Memories or the Oakland County Fair to name a few.
Use our list below to find festivals and fairs that are happening June through September.Continue reading
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!
Wilder Side of Oakland County
“Wherever I go, I see little bits of nature, little bits of animal behavior. And nobody else is watching…” Those are the words of iconic conservationist Jane Goodall in her 2018 interview titled, “Living with Chimps” that appears in the BBC publication, Science Focus. I had just finished reading the text of her interview last Friday about her controversial career and how her observations transformed the way we see our primate cousins. It was then time to head off to Springfield Oaks County Park for the grand opening of the 2018 Oakland County Fair. Jane Goodall was not on my mind nor was wildlife observation, but sometimes things change quickly.
Springfield Oaks County Park is not where folks generally go to embrace the wilds of nature or seek solitude. Springfield Oaks bustles with popular crowd oriented activities. The Oakland County Parks website makes no mention of passive nature exploration at their 333-acre multi-use park, but quite correctly boasts of the crowd-attracting venues:
“Springfield Oaks is home of the historic Ellis Barn and annual Oakland County Fair, which draws 100,000+ visitors annually to the 10-day event. The 1884 Ellis Barn is 14,000-square-feet and features an indoor riding arena, 11 box stalls, mechanical exercise ring and cavernous second floor for hay and straw. The barn was donated by former major league baseball players Kirk Gibson and Tim Birtsas and moved from its original located on Dixie Highway to Springfield Oaks in 2005. Today, the barn is used to host weddings and special events like the Ellis Barn Dance and the Michigan Antique Festival. The park also offers a multipurpose room for banquets, reunions and seminars as well as exhibit hall space. The grounds include two outdoor arenas.”