Greater Farmington Area Founders Festival parade

Greater Farmington Founders Festival (with schedule)

This annual summer festival returns to downtown Farmington with main stage concerts, a beer tent, Fido Fest, parade, children’s activities, a color run, and more.

Beer Tent

Thursday, 5-11 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 12-11 p.m.

After 6 p.m., patrons 21 and older (with valid ID) will enjoy a variety of beer, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Makers Mark, hard ciders, seltzers, and Faygo. $5 cover starts at 6 p.m. Bar and cover charge are cash only, and you’ll find an ATM at the tent in the Downtown Farmington Center parking lot.

Thursday

  • 5-7:15 p.m. Andy Patalan (Modern / Classic Rock)
  • 8-11 p.m. Local Heroes (Dance Party Rock)

Friday

  • 12-3 p.m. Just 2 Guitars (Classic Rock)
  • 3:30-4:30 p.m. Cheyenne Goff (Pop / Classic Alternative)
  • 5-7:15 p.m. Cody Broggs Band (Country)
  • 8-11 p.m. Fifty Amp Fuse (Rock ‘n’ Roll/Dance)

Saturday

  • 12-3 p.m. Farmington School of Rock
  • 3:30-5 p.m. Whiskey for Random (Rock / Country)
  • 8:20-11 p.m. Square Pegz (80s Dance Party)

Farmington Fido Fest

Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.

You’ll find one of the festival’s most popular attractions in Riley Park on Grand River and Grove Street. Meet TikTok stars K9 Shiloh and his handler, Dave on Saturday after the parade through 6 p.m.

Contests and Shows

Friday

  • 11 a.m.-Smooch Your Pooch
  • 11:30 a.m.-Furmintor (Biggest Hairball competition)
  • 12 p.m.-Disc Dogs of Michigan Frisbee Show
  • 1 p.m.-Best Trick
  • 2 p.m.-Disc Dogs of Michigan Frisbee Show
  • 2:30 p.m.-Wiener Dog Race
  • 3 p.m.- Pug Run
  • 5 p.m.-Costume Contest
  • 6 p.m.-Disc Dogs of Michigan Frisbee Show
  • 6:30 p.m.-Puppy Dash (6 months & under)

Saturday

  • 11 a.m.-Best Trick
  • 11:30 a.m.-Smooch Your Pooch
  • 12 p.m.-Disc Dogs of Michigan Frisbee Show
  • 1 p.m.-Costume Contest
  • 2 p.m.-Disc Dogs of Michigan Frisbee Show
  • 2:30 p.m.-Chihuahua Race
  • 2:45 p.m.-Puppy Dash
  • 6 p.m.-Disc Dogs of Michigan Frisbee Show
  • 6:30 p.m.-Corgi Race

Sign up for contests at the DJ booth at least 30 minutes before each event. 

Ultimate Air Dogs 

  • Friday: Splash 1–11 a.m., Splash 2–1:00 p.m., Chase It–3 p.m., Splash 3–5 p.m.
  • Saturday: Fetch It–11 a.m., Splash 4–1 p.m., Splash 5–3 p.m., FINALS–5 p.m.

Register in advance: ultimateairdogs.com/event-info/2021/FidoFest.php

Farmington Farmers Market

Moved to Farmington High School during Founders Festival, the Saturday market will keep its regular hours, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Look for vendor tents in the parking lot near the tennis courts. There’s plenty of parking, and Mark Reitenga provides live music 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Read more: FARMINGTON FARMERS MARKET RELOCATES DURING FESTIVAL

Family Fun Zone

Friday & Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Brought to you by Faygo, this area off State Street/Farmington Road includes inflatables, a mechanical bull, Disco Dome, Cliff Hanger slide, Wipeout and more! Purchase unlimited ride wristbands on site for $15. Kids can also have their face painted by Face Flair or have their photo taken with the Wonder Woman (stilt walker) on Saturday, 5-7 p.m.

Family Show Schedule

Friday

  • 11-11:30 a.m. Eugene Clark Magic Show
  • 12-12:30 p.m. Clark Lewis Juggling Show
  • 1-3 p.m. Touch a Truck (Kids can explore big trucks, street sweepers and emergency vehicles off State Street.)
  • 4-4:30 p.m. Eugene Clark Magic Show
  • 5-5:30 p.m. Clark Lewis Juggling Show
  • 6-6:30 p.m. Eugene Clark Magic Show
  • 7-7:30 p.m. Clark Lewis Juggling Show

Saturday

  • 12-12:30 p.m. Earth Angels
  • 1-1:30 p.m. Eugene Clark Magic Show
  • 2-2:30 p.m. Earth Angels
  • 3-3:30 p.m. Eugene Clark Magic Show
  • 5-5:30 p.m. Eugene Clark Magic Show

*Schedule subject to change.

Sand Art

Friday & Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

New this year, sand artists will create a Hero vs. Villain themed sculpture with 10 yards of sand on State Street. Kids can get in on the action, too, as artists teach them how to make their own sand sculptures in the play sandboxes. They’ll also receive a booklet Sand Sculpting Tips and Tricks to take home.

Food Court

Thursday-Saturday, during festival hours

A variety of food trucks will offer everything from tacos to delicious BBQ. Vendors including Ideal Bite Community Kitchen, Different Twist Pretzel, Shelly’s Hotdogs, Main Squeeze Lemonade, and Howdy Doodle’s Ice Cream will be near the Beer Tent and Crafters Market on Farmington Road.

Crafters Marketplace

Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

On Farmington Road, this area showcases creative and talented crafters displaying one-of-a-kind art, handcrafted jewelry, handmade consumables or something whimsical for the garden.

LOC Credit Union & Brookdale Senior Living 5k Color Run

Saturday, 9 a.m.

Run or walk through Shiawassee Park and Downtown Farmington along the parade route. Register here: runsignup.com/Race/MI/Farmington/FarmingtonFoundersFestival4MileRun

Farmington Founders Festival Parade

Saturday, 10 a.m.

With the theme Heroes vs Villains, the parade takes place on Grand River between Power and Farmington Roads.

Date

Jul 15 - 17 2021
Expired!

Time

All Day
Downtown Farmington

Location

Downtown Farmington

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