Farmington Festival Saturday brings parade, hot air balloons

The Greater Farmington Founders Festival, hosted by the Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce, opens Saturday with the LOC Color Run, Founders Festival parade, and Farmington Farmers and Artisans Market.

But that’s just the start of the fun:

Grand River

Grand River will be closed from Orchard Lake to Shiawassee from 8:30 a.m. until approximately 12:30 p.m. To get around the parade, take Freedom Road, M-5 or Shiawassee. 

LOC Color Run, 9 a.m. This 5k that starts in Shiawassee Park and moves through downtown Farmington, gets underway at 9 a.m. Runners can get a color blast at four stations along the route. Learn more: runsignup.com/Race/MI/Farmington/FarmingtonFoundersFestival4MileRun.

Founders Festival Parade, 10 a.m. This annual parade, with the theme “Dog Days of Summer,” steps off in the area of Power Road and Grand River and moves through downtown Farmington to Liberty Street.

Farmington Farmers Market

Walter Sundquist Farmington Pavilion and Riley Park, Grand River and Grove Street

Farmington Farmers and Artisans Market, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. You’ll find fresh-picked Michigan fruits, vegetables, flowers, and on the south side of the pavilion, music from Celtic band Jamrocks. Learn more at farmingtonfarmersmarket.com.

Governor Warner Mansion, 33805 Grand River

Flea Market, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. There’s still plenty of shopping to be done on the second day of this sale. Proceeds support the home of Farmington history.

Docent-led tours, 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Learn more about Victorian customs, the Warner family, and Farmington history.

Farmington City Hall, north lawn at 23600 Liberty St.

History Booth, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Purchase local history books and get your questions answered by experts at this tent, which represents five Farmington area historical organizations.

Farmington Fido Fest

Shiawasse Park, Shiawassee Street between Farmington and Power Roads

Kids Zone, 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Michigan Renaissance players, Inflatable Fun, stage shows, robotics demos, Community Choice Credit Union Tornado Cash Machine.

Fido Fest, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. The Ultimate Air Dog and Disc Dogs of Michigan performances, agility course, doggie fashion shows and contests, pet vendors and dog rescue organizations, Bark Garden, with Roak Brewing Co. and Tito’s Handmade Vodka. See the full schedule: foundersfestival.com/farmington-fido-festival/

Light the Night, 8 p.m. Watch as hot air balloons “fire up” during this evening show. 

First United Methodist Church, 33112 Grand River

Ice Cream Social, 12 p.m.-8 p.m. Enjoy delicious, home-baked pies with a refreshing scoop of ice cream.

Memorial Park, north side of Grand River between Farmington Road and Oakland Street

Farmington Art Foundation, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Browse through the works of local artists, many of which will be offered for sale.

Killer Flamingos

Downtown Farmington Center, Grand River between Grove Street and Farmington Road

Bingo tent, 6 p.m.-11 p.m., on Grand River west of Farmington Insurance Managed by the Farmington Area PTA Council, the tent will have celebrity callers: 6 p.m.-7 p.m. – Steve Schneemann, mayor, Farmington; 7 p.m.-8 p.m. – Angie Smith, Farmington Public Schools Board of Education secretary; 8 p.m.-9 p.m. – Terry Johnson, Farmington Public Schools Board of Education vice president; 9 p.m.-10 p.m. – Jim Anderson, principal, Harrison High School; 10 p.m.-11 p.m. – Mystery Caller

Killer Flamingos, 8 p.m.-11 p.m., Krabby Painters Main Stage in the parking lot on the west side of the Downtown Farmington Center. The Killer Flamingos have amassed a large following of devoted fans and has gained recognition as Detroit’s most popular party band.

Vintage Marketplace

Farmington Road, south of Grand River

Vintage Marketplace 10 a.m.-8 p.m. You’ll find mid-century modern items, antique toys, specialty crafts and jewelry for sale from around 30 vendors, with new inventory arriving each day, plus live music and a Tito’s lemonade stand.

Learn more about the Festival at foundersfestival.com and follow festival host Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce on Facebook for updates.