Contact: Julie Law
The Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce
Farmington Founders Festival
July 20-23, 2017
Meijer presents the Greater Farmington Area Founders Festival, which has been a summer tradition for 53 years. This year, the festival is adding new kids’ programing, a hot air balloon “Light the Night” event and a 5k Color Run! The festival will take place in the heart of downtown Farmington and Shiawassee Park from Thursday, July 20 to Sunday, July 23.
Bosch, LLC presents the Kids STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Heat event in Shiawassee Park from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum will have a wide range of STEAM actives that will incorporate Slim and the State of Matter, Fraction, Interaction, Wind, Energy and Nanoscience. Kids will also have the chance to blow off steam during the YMCA Field Games! On Saturday, the fun with STEAM will continue in Riley Park with Mad Science Detroit where kids can prepare scientific experiments and take-home activities.
Thursday night kicks off the four-day music series on the Krabby Painters Main Stage. Put on your Hawaiian shirt, flip flops and parrot hat and get ready for Farmington to transform into an Island Paradise! Air Margaritaville, a Jimmy Buffett tribute band, will kick off the music at 9 p.m. after an opener from Raggamuffin from 5 p.m. in the Red, White and Brew Stage! Must be 21+. $5 cover.
On Friday the festival will be in full swing. The Crafters Market opens and will run Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Expect to see some new crafters and some of your favorites returning from last year. The Festival Food Court will be offering a variety of eats, ranging from elephant ears to gourmet food trucks.
New this year, guests can enjoy Light the Night, a spectacular evening event held in Shiawassee Park at dusk, featuring hot air balloons. As the balloons are inflated, they will flicker and illuminate the sky. After the 30-minute show, guests will be able to walk up to the balloons and meet the pilots. Immediately following Light the Night, Lake Michigan Credit Union and Henry Ford Health System presents Megamind on the big screen during the Movies in the Park event. Both events are free and open to all ages.
Dave & Buster’s present The Killer Flamingos, who are back by popular demand! They will rock the stage at 7 p.m. on Friday. Their explosive stage presence and concert-style performance have secured the band an important place in the Detroit music scene.
On Saturday, LOC Federal Credit Union presents the LOC Color Run – Financially Fit Together! This 5k color run will begin in Shiawassee Park and will pass through the parade route on Grand River. The last mile of the race will burst with bright colors! Runners will receive a shirt, sunglasses and bandana for only $20 if registered by July 17. Register at www.FoundersFestival.com.
As the LOC Color Run ends, Beaumont Hospital, Farmington Hills will lead the annual Founders Festival Parade, which takes place in downtown Farmington, starting at 10 a.m. Beaumont, Farmington Hills President Connie O’Malley will lead the parade as our Grand Marshal! Among the colorful floats and entertainment will be the Beaumont Band-Aid Brigade, passing out Beaumont band-aids to the paradegoers.
At dusk, crowds gather in Shiawassee Park for the Spectacular Fireworks display! And at 7 p.m., Fifty Amp Fuse, one of Detroit’s favorite house bands, will rock the Krabby Painters Main Stage!
Starting at noon on Sunday, the family fun will continue with shopping at Crafters Market and live entertainment on the Kids Stage. Country will be highlighted at the Red, White and Brew Stage when Austin Scoot kicks off at noon and Audrey Ray closes the festival.
The Cancer Angel Network, a Michigan based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is one of the beneficiaries of Farmington Founders Festival. Their hardworking volunteers staff the Red White and Brew Tent all four days, and proceeds raised will go to the Cancer 3-Day Walk program.
Returning this year will be the Shell-Camino Monster Truck rides and, of course, the Governor Warner Mansion will host a porch party, a petting zoo, face painting, balloons, a flea market and tours of the Mansion!
The First United Methodist Church will once again host a pie baking contest and the old-time Ice Cream Social!
The Farmington Farmer’s Market will be relocated to the Huron River Club at 22575 Farmington Road, south of Freedom Road. Market hours are Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
THE GREATER FARMINGTON AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE is proud to bring the 2017 Founders Festival to life!
Check out Foundersfestival.com or Founders Festival Facebook page for information and additional updates!