It’s a Race to the Finish – Oakland County Fall Running Events

It’s not always about winning.

Sports, particularly running, create a sense of camaraderie, community and a true sense of belonging. Working toward specific goals gives athletes of all types a true sense of self. It’s competition in its truest form.

At every race, a gunshot rings out. Chatter among the crowd ceases as the runners take their first steps onto the course. Cheers then erupt from spectators in support of their family member and loved one.

It’s easy to get started with our fall guide to races in and around Oakland County.


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Fetchin’ Fun, Pawesome Play at the Oakland County Waterparks

It wasn’t just another day at the park.

Oakland County Waterparks are officially closed for the summer. The closed sign prominent at the front gate, but last weekend families and their dogs were invited in for a little fetch and a lot of fun.

Tennis balls littered the pool as dozens of dogs dove in from all sides, using their best doggy-paddle to reach the closest one.

Oakland County Parks and Recreation‘s Waterford Oaks Waterpark and Red Oaks Waterpark hosted the 11th annual dog swim on September 10th and 11th; and it was clear, all dogs were in heaven dipping and diving into the blue water of the park’s wave pool.

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The 19th Annual Arts, Beats & Eats descends on Royal Oak

Thousands strolled through town, passing each tent, stopping at some. Browsing portraits painted by local artists and jewelry handcrafted by Oakland County residents, all while taste testing some of the area’s best food from more than 40 local restaurants and caterers.

Rich aromas filled the air as steam rose from the food tents that lined the streets of LaFayette, Main and Washington.

Downtown Royal Oak was booming. The hustle and bustle of the annual Ford Arts, Beats & Eats Festival, presented by Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, filled the streets – providing unique fun for all ages, whether you are an art buff, a music lover or a food critic.

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Visit the Cranbrook House and Gardens for Free

From the bright green grass that fills the space to the delicate flowers that rest in the flower beds. You can see it all for yourself for free at the Cranbrook House and Gardens.

The 40 acres of manicured gardens provide the perfect backdrop to the Cranbrook House, a National Historic Landmark and the oldest manor home in Metro-Detroit.

No cost admission for the 2016 season began in May, courtesy of sponsors like PNC Bank, All Seasons Independent Living and the Roberts Restaurant Group.

Tour the gardens at any time as they are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the month of October. Although the tours are free, donations are always encouraged. Donations help the Cranbrook House and Gardens Auxiliary group maintain the vast grounds.

To tour the Cranbrook house, there is a small fee. Students, seniors and active-duty military pay just $8 and adult admission is $10. If you are a Cranbrook House and Gardens Auxiliary Member, the fee is waived. Admission to the house can be purchased online. Continue reading

Pitch a Tent, Light the Bonfire

Campfire stories and family memories are made at campgrounds across Oakland County. Families come in droves looking to disconnect from the rest of the world and reconnect with each other – creating lasting memories often talked about around the dinner table for many years.

From Ortonville State Recreation Area down to Haas Lake Park RV Campground, Oakland County has its fair share of campgrounds and recreation areas for residents to create those memorable moments.

To find a campground or campsite near you use our interactive map or view a complete list of locations here.

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