Your guide to Founders Festival weekend in Farmington

The Greater Farmington Founders Festival opens Thursday in Shiawassee Park, but you’ll also find plenty of activities this weekend in downtown Farmington and at the Governor Warner Mansion.

Here’s your guide to what’s happening July 18-21:

55th annual Greater Farmington Founders Festival

Location

Shiawassee Park, 32515 Shiawassee Road in Farmington

Founders Festival map

Hours

  • Thursday, July 18: (Food court/Beer tent only) 5 p.m.-11 p.m.
  • Friday, July 19: 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 20: 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 21: 12-5 p.m.

Parking

Parking  is available at:

  • Farmington High School, 32500 Shiawassee
  • Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 24040 Raphael
  • Maxfield Training Center, 33000 Thomas St.

Parking lots in downtown Farmington are also available (stars represent untimed lots):

Downtown Farmington Parking

A courtesy shuttle provided by American House Senior Living Communities and Omega Benefit Strategies will operate around the festival grounds. Golf cart transportation will be provided for handicapped and elderly visitors.

Road Closures

A stretch of Shiawassee Road will be closed to through-traffic between Farmington Road and south-bound Power Road during the entire event.

Grand River will close between Orchard Lake and Shiawassee on July 20 for the annual Greater Farmington Founders Festival parade and LOC Federal Color Run. The closure begins at 8:30 a.m., and the area re-opens around noon.

Farmington Fido Fest
Dogs and their owners are invited to enjoy Fido Fest.

Farmington Fido Fest

One of last year’s most popular attractions, the Farmington Fido Fest will include performances from the Ultimate Air Dogs, Rock n’ Roll K9’s, Disc Dogs of Michigan, and Lucky Lure Coursing. Dogs and their owners can check out the newest doggy wear or participate in one of the many contests throughout the weekend. Make sure to visit Rescue Row, where you might find the next addition to your family.

Hours: Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sunday 12 – 5 p.m.

Family Fun Zone presented by Community Choice Credit Union

The Zone features a carnival with games, rides, and inflatables for children 12 year-old and younger. The Community Choice Credit Union Cash Tornado will be on-site Saturday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Step in to win cash and prizes. Children can meet with princesses, super heroes, and characters from Frozen.

Hours: Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sunday 12-5 p.m.

Beer Tent & Live Music Stage sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Jim Beam and Bud Light

Killer Flamingos
Killer Flamingos close out the Main Stage concerts on Saturday. (Contributed)

The main stage, which is located next to the beer tent and food court will feature live music all weekend long:

Thursday – 6 p.m. Wisteria; 8 p.m. Atomic Radio

Friday – 11 a.m. DJ Ric; 1:30 p.m. Athens. Creek; 3:30 p.m JD Acoustic; 6 p.m. Joe Jaber & The Last Divide; 8 p.m. Fifty Amp Fuse

Saturday – 11 a.m. School of Rock; 1:30 p.m. Half Light Music; 3:30 p.m. Ask Mary; 6 p.m. Mad Rabbit; 8 p.m. Killer Flamingos.

Pig Roast hosted by Ideal Bite Community Kitchen

A new twist on an old tradition, the Farmington Founders Festival Pig Roast will be easy to find. Just follow your nose.

Hours: Friday and Saturday during festival hours.

Bingo Tent hosted by Farmington Public Schools PTA Council

Proceeds from the tent benefit Farmington Public Schools PTAs.

Hours: Friday and Saturday 5-10 p.m.

LOC Color Run
The LOC Color Run goes on rain or shine.

LOC Federal Credit Union 5K Color Run

Run or walk through Shiawassee Park and Downtown Farmington along the parade route, with four color stations adding a special touch. Medals will be presented to age-group winners. The race will be chip-timed by the Michigan Running Foundation.

Register here: https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/Farmington/FarmingtonFoundersFestival4MileRun

Race begins: Saturday 9 a.m.

DTE Energy Foundation Fireworks!

Guests are invited to watch the fireworks from inside Shiawassee Park. Watch for short-term road closings during the show.

Hours: 9:30 p.m. Saturday (weather permitting)

Greater Farmington Founders Festival
Hot air balloons will return for the 2019 Founders Festival.

Hot Air Balloon Glow presented by Bosch Foundation

Balloon crews will inflate hot-air balloons, and pilots will talk to kids about how heated air molecules inflate the balloons and make them rise.

Hours: Friday at dusk (weather permitting)

Food Court

A variety of food trucks will offer up everything from Elephant Ears to unique eats.

Hours: Thursday – Sunday during festival hours.

Touch a Truck

Kids can explore a cement mixer, dump truck, crane, street sweeper, backhoe, emergency vehicles, and more on Shiawassee Road next to the park.

Hours: Friday 1-3 p.m.

Vintage Marketplace
Visitors will find vintage clothing at the Vintage & Crafter Marketplace. (Contributed)

Vintage & Crafter Marketplace

Creative and talented crafters will display shabby chic designs, vintage decor, up-cycled and rustic creations. Here, visitors will find that perfect one-of-a-kind piece of furniture, handcrafted jewelry, handmade consumables, or something whimsical for your garden.

Hours: Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sunday 12 – 5 p.m.

Farmington Founders Festival Parade presented by Beaumont Hospital – Farmington Hills

This year’s Animated Adventures Parade offers up a magical experience. Whether you love the classics like Pinocchio or Sleeping Beauty, or are more of a Monster’s Inc., or Pirates of the Caribbean fan, this one’s for everyone.

Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.

Sponsors & more information

Farmington Founders Festival Presented by Meijer is produced by the Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce and 360 Event Productions. The festival could not be made possible without the support from our sponsors including Meijer, Beaumont Hospital Farmington Hills, Bosch, Community Choice Credit Union, DTE Energy Foundation, LOC Federal Credit Union, LaFontaine Subaru, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Jim Beam, West Side Beer, Sellers GMC, Thornton & Grooms and Faygo.

For additional information and schedule details, visit foundersfestival.com or the Greater Farmington Founders Festival Facebook page facebook.com/Greater-Farmington-Founders-Festival-262017913982177/ .

CARES Duck Derby

Tickets are on sale now for a July 21 Duck Derby benefit for the CARES of Farmington Hills food pantry and clothing closet.

The $5 ticket gets you a duck that will race down the Rouge River branch in Farmington’s Shiawassee Park at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Learn more about the event, prizes, and where you can purchase tickets: TICKETS ON SALE FOR CARES OF FARMINGTON HILLS DUCK RACE.

Downtown Farmington during Founders Festival

Sidewalk sales – July 18-20

Many downtown Farmington merchants will have merchandise for sale on sidewalks along Grand River, Farmington Road, and in the Downtown Farmington Center. A complete list of participating businesses is posted at downtownfarmington.org.

Aj Cooke art
Art by Aj Cooke will be on display during Founders Festival. (Contributed)

Aj Cooke Pop-up Art Gallery – July 18-21

Works by local artist Aj Cooke will be on display at 33304 Grand River during the festival. Hours for the exhibit are:

Thursday, July 18, 7-9 p.m.

Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20, 12-8 pm.

Sunday, July 21, 12-5 p.m.

Rhythmz in Riley Park

Rhythms in Riley Park & Movie Night – July 19

The free Friday night concert at the Walter E. Sundquist Pavilion and Riley Park, featuring the Skye Island Band, will be followed this week by a movie in the park at 9:30 p.m. “Shrek” is presented by Tre Sorelle; Int’l Gifts and Home Decor and Williams Family and Sports Medical Center. and the event is sponsored by The Farmington Community Library.

Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market – July 20

Open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., the Saturday market will feature music by Razor Ray & T-Bone, a Farmington Community Library Friends of the Library book sale, and Detroit Parade Company Big Heads. Lots of Michigan produce is finally in season. Learn more at farmingtonfarmersmarket.com.

Downtown Dash – July 20

Get a team together and compete in this “road rally” around downtown Farmington businesses. Meet at Tre Sorelle, 23366 Farmington Road, at 5 p.m. Top teams will win prizes including gift cards from Tre Sorelle, Dagwoods, Browndog Barlor, John Cowley & Sons, Basement Burger Bar, and Farmington Brewing Company. Get more information and register at downtownfarmington.org.

Governor Warner Mansion Flea Market
The Governor Warner Mansion Flea Market, a success last year, returns for the 2019 Greater Farmington Founders Festival.

Governor Warner Mansion

Flea Market

Search for treasures during the Mansion’s annual Flea Market, held 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on July 19 and 20. You’ll find housewares, glassware, art, knick-knacks, candles, children’s toys, books and more. All proceeds go toward the house museum’s upkeep and repairs.

Clarification: Due to incorrect information provided, shuttle and golf cart transportation details were incorrect in the original version of this post.