10 Memorial Day Weekend Events in Metro Detroit

Parades, 5k races, block parties, and more bring the community together this Memorial Day Weekend.
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Memorial Day Weekend is a time to come together and honor lost military members. Commencing summer for many, this weekend is typically filled with community activities to celebrate family, community, and those who served. To help you plan, Hour Detroit has compiled a list of things to do this Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-27, 2024, in metro Detroit.

Hazel Park Memorial Weekend Festival 2024

Bring the entire family out for a weekend of fun including a carnival midway that offers games and rides, a parade, live entertainment, craft sale, a petting zoo, and much more. May 24-27. Fees apply for rides. Green Acres Park, 620 W. Woodward Heights Blvd., Hazel Park; facebook.com. 

Royal Oak Beer, Wine, & Cocktail Festival

Built in 1939 to honor Michigan Armed Forces members, Memorial Park provides opportunities for community events and family fun at the home of the Royal Oak Leprechauns Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League Team. Sample craft beers, wines, and cocktails from 6-9 p.m. with live entertainment and food trucks. This is a 21+ only event and a valid photo ID must be presented. May 25. Tickets start at $35. Memorial Park Royal Oak, 31050 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak; eventbrite.com. 

Greater Rochester Heritage Days Festival

This family-friendly festival has something for everyone. Celebrate local art, donate or purchase plants, compete in a car show, and take the kids to Pioneer Playground for crafts and games. Activities begin at 11 a.m. both days. May 25-26. Free. Rochester Municipal Park, 400 Sixth St., Rochester; rochesterheritagedays.org.

Movement Music Festival

This electronic music festival celebrates Detroit’s contributions to the genre with six stages featuring more than 115 musical acts. Local talent is the main highlight of the annual fest, but national headliners Fatboy Slim, Solomon, Ludacris, and others will perform too. May 25-27. General admission tickets are $159-$309 for general admission. VIP admission is sold out for this year. Hart Plaza, 1 Hart Plaza, Detroit; movementfestival.com.

Kensington Metropark Art Fair

Approximately 100 juried artists from across the country are showcasing their best work at this annual art show. View the work on display and maybe purchase a new piece for your home. There will also be hands-on activities and a variety of food trucks on site. No cost for admission to the event, but a $10 Metroparks vehicle pass is required. May 25-27. Kensington Metropark, 4570 Huron River Parkway, Milford; kensingtonartfair.com.

The Memorial Day Block Party

Metro Detroit’s biggest Memorial Day Weekend party features music spun by 15 of the areas best DJs including FJ Carter, K Dirty, B Wiz, and others at three different venues: The Annex, Love & Tequila, and Brass Rail. Each location offers a food menu, VIP bottle service, full bars, and more. May 26. $20-$200. Various locations; eventbrite.com

St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade

This 71st annual processions steps off at Harper Ave. and Nine Mile Road, making its way north to 11 Mile Road. Enjoy marching bands, city vehicles, floats, and more in honor of our nation’s fallen veterans. May 26. Free. St. Clair Shores area; scsparade.org

Memorial Day Mass at Mt. Olivet Cemetery

Gather with the community to honor loved ones and fallen heroes at this annual ceremony. Mass begins at 10 a.m. in Section 48. May 27. Mt. Olivet Cemetery, 17100 Van Dyke Ave., Detroit; mtelliot.com.

Novi Memorial Day Run

Start your week off on the right foot by participating in a 5k or 1-mile race this Memorial Day. The 5k Run/Walk starts at 7:30 a.m. for $34, and the mile-long fun run starts at 8:30 a.m. for $19. Bring a friend and receive a $5 discount! Following the run, head over to the Novi Civic Center area for a Memorial Day Parade. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Novi Parks Foundation and Jessica’s Splashpad. May 27. Fuerst Park 45325 W. 10 Mile Road, Novi; runsignup.com.

Sterling Heights Memorial Day Parade

With the theme “Salute to Service: Honoring Heroes & Innovations,” this 45th annual parade is an opportunity to commemorate lost military members as a community. Activities begin at 9 a.m. May 27.  Free. City Center Courtyard, 40555 Utica Road, Sterling Heights; sterling-heights.net.

Find even more things to do in metro Detroit this weekend and beyond at hourdetroit.com.

This post has been updated for 2024.