Founders Festival

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Founders Festival 2020

July 9 – July 12

The annual Greater Farmington Area Founders Festival presented by Meijer returns this year for its 56th celebration of summer with many new attractions including a major expansion into the city’s Shiawassee Park. A soft opening for the Beer Tent starts at 5 p.m. Thursday July 9, while the full festival runs from July 10 through 12. The festival will be bringing back some traditional events like the parade up Grand River Avenue, Beer Tent, and live music. New features include a full carnival of over 20 rides and games. There will also be activities taking place in Downtown Farmington being put on by local businesses and organizations. 

What is happening at Founders Festival

Family Fun

Community Choice Credit Union presents Family Fun in Shiawassee Park. The event space will feature a carnival for all ages with games, rides, and food vendors. The Community Choice Credit Union Cash Tornado will be on-site Saturday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Children can meet with Princesses, Super Heroes and characters from Frozen, make crafts, and have their faces painted. 

Fido Fest

LaFontaine Subaru presents Farmington Fido Festival will be taking place July 10-12, 2020 in Shiawassee Park during the Farmington Founders Festival!! There will be hours of entertainment, including the Thornton & Grooms Ultimate  Air Dogs and Rock N Roll K9’s Performance Team!

Don’t miss all this K9 action!

Night Life

Here’s your guide to the hottest nightlife at the Farmington Founders Festival. The best LIVE bands are coming: Atomic Radio on Thursday, Fifty Amp Fuse on Friday, and Phoenix Theatre on Saturday. Rocking out not your thing, be sure to check out the Bingo tent and the Saturday Fireworks.

Map of Shiawassee Park

Daily Schedule

Thursday, July 9

5:00 p.m. -11:00 p.m.  Beer Tent/ Food Court only 

8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Atomic Radio @ Main Stage

8:00 p.m. Swing Farmington @ Riley Park

Friday, July 10

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Warner Mansion Flea Market

10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Vintage & Crafter Market Place

10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Farmington Fido Fest

10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Children’s Carnival

11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Food Court and Beer Tent

(* Beer Tent 21+ after 5 p.m.)

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Touch A Truck

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Warner Mansion Tour

5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Bingo Tent

5:00 p.m. –  11:00 p.m. Beer Tent

8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Fifty Amp Fuse @ Main Stage

8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. –  Hot Air Balloon Glow Presented by Bosch

Saturday, July 11

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Farmington Farmers Market @ Riley Park 

 9:00 a.m.  LOC Federal Credit Union Color Run 

10:00 a.m.  Founders Festival Parade Presented by Beaumont Hospital Farmington Hills 

10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Vintage & Crafter MarketPlace 

10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Farmington Fido Fest  

10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Children’s Carnival   

11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.  Food Court and Beer Tent 

(* Beer Tent 21+ after 5 p.m.)

1:15 p.m. Detroit Women’s Indian Association Dance Troupe

5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Bingo Tent 

8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Phoenix Theatre @ Main Stage 

9:30 p.m. – Fireworks Presented by DTE Foundation

Sunday, July 12

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Food Court and Beer Tent

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Vintage & Crafter Market Place

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Farmington Fido Fest

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Children’s Carnival 

3:00 p.m.  C.A.R.E.S of Farmington Hills Duck Derby 

Parking and Transportation

Along with the transition to Shiawassee Park come all-new parking locations. Plenty of parking will be available at Farmington High School, next to Our Lady of Sorrows church, behind the Maxfield Training Center, and other lots around town. A courtesy shuttle provided by American House Senior Living Communities and Omega Benefit Strategies will operate daily between Farmington High and the festival grounds for handicapped, elderly visitors, and expecting mothers.

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

What’s Happening Downtown?

For 2020, we will be working with downtown businesses and organizations to develop their own programs and events to occur over the Founders Festival weekend in tandem. 

Those events are listed below. 

Thursday, July 9

8:00 p.m. Swing Farmington @ Riley Park

Friday, July 10

5:00 p.m. –  8:00 p.m. Rythms in Riley Park from the Downtown Development Authority

5:00 p.m. –  8:00 p.m. Pop-Up Beer Garden from the Downtown Development Authority

Saturday, July 11

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Farmington Farmers Market @ Riley Park 

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Founders Beer Tasting @ Riley Park

Sunday, July 12

Nothing Scheduled