Free Ann Arbor Area Events in August

Tuesday, Aug. 1 and Thursday, Aug. 3

Nature Play Pop Up

Young children will have hands-on fun while taking a closer look at nature and parents will leave with easy ideas to encourage creative nature play at home. No registration is required for this free event. First to arrive, first to play. Kids can join in as spaces open during the pop-ups. Suggested ages 3-7. This event takes place on a Tuesday and a Thursday

1800 N. Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor. 734-647-7600.

Friday, Aug. 4

Ann Arbor YMCA LGBTQ+ Family & Friends Dinner Dance

The third annual dance is open to the LGBTQ+ community, their allies and supporters. YMCA membership is not required to attend, all ages welcome.

400 West Washington St, Ann Arbor. 734-996-9622

Saturday, Aug. 5

6th Annual Free Bike Safety Event

Join in for free refreshments, bike safety, tune ups, helmets, giveaways and more! No registration required. This event at the George Gervin GameAbove Center is free. 

799 N. Hewitt Rd, Ypsilanti.

Read and Look

Join The Kelsey Museum of Archaeology for Read and Look in the museum galleries on the first Saturday of the month. Read a book about the ancient world together, then explore related artifacts and art on display.

434 South State St, Ann Arbor. 734-764-9304.

Music & Moves for Kids

Come on out to Hudson Mills Metroparks for an afternoon of music, dancing, School of Rock concert, inflatable obstacle course and games, face painting, yard games and more. The event is free, however a Metroparks daily or annual pass is required to enter any Metropark.

8801 N. Territorial Rd, Dexter.

Wednesday, Aug. 9

Spray Day

Canton Police and Fire Departments have again partnered with Canton Leisure Services for the annual Spray Day. Registration is required. 

46000 Summit Pkwy, Canton. 734-394-5460.


Friday, Aug. 11

Movie in the Park
Join Saline Recreation at Henne Field for family fun and watch “Minions: The Rise of Gru.”

114 E. Bennet St, Ann Arbor.

Saturday, Aug. 12

Trains, Trucks, & More!

A fun-filled day with free admission at Southern Michigan Railroad. Train rides, classic cars, emergency equipment displays, model trains, and more. You won’t want to miss the celebration at noon when there will be a horn blast to celebrate the event!

301 Bartlett St, Clinton.

Movies in the Park
A family kickball game at Oakbrook Park in Superior Twp. where everyone gets a chance to play and watch a film. Bring Your Picnic Blankets, Snacks, And Coolers.

8460 Berkshire Dr. East Of N. Prospect Rd, Ypsilanti.

Friday, Aug. 18

WRAP Movie Night in the Park
Family friendly movies will begin at dusk at Frog Island Park in Ypsilanti, along with free popcorn, candy and soda. 

699 Rice St, Ypsilanti.

Saturday, Aug. 19

Ypsilanti Bicentennial Celebration

The official Ypsilanti Bicentennial Celebration day-long event will take place at Riverside Park. Expect historic tributes, family fun, live music and entertainment, and much more in celebration of 200 years!

5 E. Cross, Ypsilanti.

Monday, Aug. 21

Free Family STEM

Crafts, games and activities that the whole family can enjoy together. The theme is Marching Back to School. 

100 Arbana Dr, Ann Arbor.

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