The Michigan State Fair is one of the state’s #1 family events, and it’s rich in history, too! The original Michigan State Fair debuted in Detroit in 1849 and was one of the first statewide fair events to take place in the country. In 1905, the fair moved to its permanent and current location in Novi, Michigan. Families from throughout Michigan have enjoyed making memories at the fair, experiencing rides, agriculture events, live music, the Shrine Circus that takes place in the largest Circus tent in the world and much more.
There are a wide variety of attractions for the whole family, some of which include:
Agriculture: Agriculture vendors bring the farm experience to you! Visit the displays and experience a wide variety of animals, produce displays and learn about traditional, urban and small-space farming.
Butter Cow: This “dairy” cool exhibit has been a Michigan State Fair tradition for decades! The exhibit is sponsored by the C.F. Burger Creamery. Longtime sculptor Tom Paul Fitzgerald uses hundreds of pounds of butter to create a beautiful butter cow each year.
Competitions and Contests: Fun, friendly and hilarious contests are always occurring at the Michigan State Fair. Watch or participate in contests such as the hula-hoop, milk mustache, pie, corn-on-the-cob and hot dog eating contests and much more.
Cooking Demos: Professional chefs and skilled farm cooks present cooking demos featuring new recipes, tips and tricks on the Cooking Stage.
Celebration Beer Garden: Did you know that Michigan is the fifth largest producer of brewed beer in the United States? In our Celebration Beer Garden, we showcase Michigan brewers and their creations.
Dog Performance: Since 1995, the Rock-n-Roll K-9s performance team has been delighting fairgoers with tricks, high jumping, flyball, Grand Prix racing and more. Stick around after the performance for a meet and greet.
Farmers Market: Visit the Michigan State Fair Farmers Market and bring a taste of fresh, locally grown produce home with you. The market offers wholesome, homemade and homegrown products from a wide variety of local Michigan vendors, all available for purchase.
Home Arts Exhibit: This exhibit features handcrafts, arts and food preservation skills such as canning, quilting, spinning, scrapbooking techniques and much more. It’s a great exhibit to visit to pick up a new hobby or just learn something new!
Live Music: For information on live music at the Michigan State Fair, click here.
Livestock: From beef and dairy cows to rabbits, horses, sheep, goats and so much more, you can experience livestock breeds live and up close at the Michigan State Fair! The Beginning of Life young animal nursery exhibits also showcase baby animals who have been born recently.
Midway Rides: Various rides, games and attractions are available for kids of all ages, including “Tiny Totville,” a special area for very young children to have some fun, too!
Shrine Circus: For over 100 years, the Shrine Circus, founded in Detroit, has been amazing circus goers with their circus show. They’ve joined us at the Michigan State Fair and are performing under the largest circus tent in the world! Come enjoy big top circus shows, clowns, animals, performers and more.
For a full schedule and more information about attractions and events at the Michigan State Fair, click here.
If there’s something you may need, you can likely find it at the Michigan State Fair. There are a wide variety of amenities available including: food and drink concessions, wheelchair, scooter and stroller rental, disability assistance, entrance ramps, ATMs, lost and found and much more.
The Michigan State Fair is held at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan.
Suburban Collection Showplace
46100 Grand River Ave.
Novi, MI 48374
For the ultimate in ease and comfort, camping on-site is available at the Michigan State Fair. You can enjoy lots of family fun at the fair and then return to your RV to take advantage of a private bathroom, stocked kitchen and of course, your nice, cozy bed!
Some information about RVing at the Michigan State Fair:
· Reservations and a permit are required and spaces are available on a first come, first served basis.
· The cost is $165, and does not include admission to the fair.
· Limited electrical (20 amp electrical watt) and water services are available on site.
· NO sewage services for dumping on site, gray water disposal services or water for camper hook up are available.
· Pets are allowed but must be kept on a leash.
· Campfires and tent camping are not permitted.
· Shower facilities are available.
To make a reservation or learn more, click here.
Even if you don’t own an RV, it’s easy to experience the comfort and fun experience of camping in the beautiful Michigan area! You can rent an RV from RVshare in your hometown and travel to the Michigan State Fair from home, or fly into the Detroit airport, pick up an RV there and travel from there. The options are endless, and all let you experience the beauty of the Michigan area with ease and the ultimate in comfort!
No matter if you’re bringing your own RV or renting an RV, staying in an RV, you can choose to stay at an RV park in the nearby area or right onsite at the fairgrounds! Some nearby offsite options include:
The Michigan State Fair is located nearby several hotels that offer great rates. For a full list, click here.
The Suburban Collection Showplace is located between Novi and Beck Roads in Novi, Michigan. The fairgrounds and facility can be access from I-96 at the Novi and Beck Road exits.
There is a fee for parking, for each space your vehicle takes up. Parking is $10 per spot.
Tickets can quickly and easily be purchased online, and a variety of ticket options are available. To purchase tickets and view options, click here.
The Michigan State Fair has been the backdrop to family memories for decades, and at RVshare, we love to make those memories even better with comfort and ease! Visiting the Michigan State Fair in an RV allows you to enjoy this awesome event, stress-free. Regardless of whether visit in an RV rental from us or use other accommodations, we’d love to see pictures of your trip! Send us photos at [email protected], and tag us on social media to share details and tips about your visit. Your adventures could be featured on our blog or social media!
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Please note, this is not the official source of the event information. While we try to be as comprehensive as possible, some details may have changed since the time this article was written. Please confirm final details with the official event page.