Founders Festival 2019

 2019 Brings a New, Expanded Location and New Attractions!

The annual Greater Farmington Area Founders Festival presented by Meijer returns this year for its 55th 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 18, while the full festival runs from July 19 through 21. The festival will be bringing back some traditional events like the parade up Grand River Avenue, the Bingo Tent, Beer Tent, and live music. Several new features including fireworks Saturday night, a children’s carnival, and a pig roast will be added.

Parking:

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 and elderly visitors.

The First Baptist Church will be offering free parking during the festival.  The Church is located at the Corner of Shiawassee and Farmington Road and is walking distance to the festival.

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

Attractions Abound at Farmington Founders Festival!

Here’s a look at what festival-goers will experience at this year’s Festival:

Vintage & Crafters Market Place will offer shabby chic designs, vintage decor, up-cycled and rustic creations. Here, visitors will find that perfect one-of-a-kind piece of future, handcrafted jewelry, handmade consumables or something whimsical for your garden. Hours: Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sunday 12 noon – 5p.m. Now accepting vendor applications at  jlaw@360EventProductions.com.

Farmington Fido Fest was one of last year’s most popular attractions and is back for 2019!  Fido Fest will include performances from The Ultimate Air Dogs, Rock n’ Roll K9’s, Disc Dogs of Michigan, and Lucky Lure Coursing. Dogs and their owners can check out the newest doggy wear or participate in one of the many contests throughout the weekend. Make sure to visit Rescue Row where you might find your next addition to your family! Hours: Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sunday 12 noon – 5 p.m.

Family Fun Zone presented by Community Choice Credit Union will feature a children’s carnival for ages 12 and younger with games, rides, and inflatables. 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. The Koalabotz, presented by Bosch, will conduct a variety of free STEAM activities including coding Lego robots, watching acid and base reactions while exploding LEGO volcanoes, and creating fun toys with recycled materials. Hours: Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sunday 12 noon – 5 p.m.

Other Activities Include:

The LOC Color Run and Founders Festival Parade will both take place on Saturday at 9 a.m.

Live entertainment in the Beer Tent sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Jim Beam and Bud Light, featuring Live Music!  Thursday: Wisteria & Atomic Radio; Friday – Fifty Amp Fuse; Saturday – Killer Flamingos. Hours: 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Staged this year in Shiawassee Park, the Bingo Tent will host games near the stage, where guests can enjoy live music as they try their luck on the bingo cards! Hours: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday

A new twist on an old tradition, the Farmington Founders Festival Pig Roast on Friday and Saturday will be easy to find…just follow your nose! 

Back by popular demand, the festival will host Fireworks brought to you by the DTE Energy Foundation! Guest are invited to watch the fireworks from inside Shiawassee Park. Watch for road closures. Hours: Saturday 10:00 p.m. (weather permitting.)

Great for families, the Hot Air Balloon Glow presented by Bosch will feature crews inflating hot-air balloons, and pilots on-hand to tell how heated air molecules inflate the balloons and make them rise. Hours: Friday at dusk (weather permitting.) 

A variety of food trucks will offer up everything from Elephant Ears to unique eats!  Thursday-Sunday during festival hours.

Kids can explore big trucks, street sweepers and emergency vehicles at Touch a Truck on Powers Road next to the park.  Hours: Friday 1-3 p.m.

Look for additional details, program updates and schedules on the Founders Festival Facebook page!

schedule

Thursday, July 18

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 19

 

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 20

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. Killer Flamingos @ Main Stage 

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

 

 

sunday, july 21

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