MARE Summer Road Trip

MARE Summer Road Trip

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MARE is road tripping across the state and hoping to meet YOU!  MARE Adoption Awareness Ambassadors are travelling to a variety of community events throughout Michigan to talk about the “road map to adoption” and share MARE souvenirs.  Plus, you’ll have a chance to enter to win a fun weekend getaway!  Ambassadors can also discuss MARE youth, family services, and the release of this year’s Heart Gallery exhibit and film premier, which will be both in-person and on Facebook Live.

We’re excited to be hitting the road for this special, summer awareness blitz and would love for you to visit us!  (And take part in our social media activities, too!)  Check the list below to see the stops we have scheduled on our trip so far.  New events are being added often, so keep checking back here and on our social media pages to see when we might be in your area!


Date: September 24-26, 2021
Time: Friday and Saturday 10 am-6 pm; Sunday 10 am-5 pm
Event: Clinton Fall Festival
Details: Carnival rides, all-day music, crafts/shopping, food, a parade and lots of fun and great memories await at the fall festival! The festival also features one of the best parades around! – Downtown Clinton  
City:  Clinton

Date: September 25, 2021
Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Event: Harvest Fest
Details: The Harvest Festival has lots of FREE family-oriented activities for all ages to enjoy! There will also be a cornhole tournament.  This fun, family event is hosted by local businesses as a thank you for supporting them.  A drawing for a gift basket will also be held at the MARE table! - Community Green, 6260 92nd St SE, Caledonia, MI 49316​
City: Caledonia

Date: September 25, 2021 – We were having so much fun, we added a bonus Road Trip event!
Time:  7 am–1 pm
Event: Midland Area Farmer’s Market
Details:  Large farmer’s market with lots of healthy foods, yummy treats, plants/flowers, community vendors and more! - 825 E Main St.
City:  Midland

Date: September 26, 2021
Time: 11:15 am – 4 pm
Event: Wiard’s Country Fair and Orchards
Details:  The orchards and country fair feature loads of family fun:  u-pick pick apples, foods, petting farm, tractor rides, corn maze, bounce houses, fire engine rides, karaoke, corn crib, fun zone playground, learning barn and lots more! – 5565 Merritt Rd, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
City: Ypsilanti


Date: July 30, 2021
Time: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Event: Summer Eats and Beats, outside Sigrist Furniture on W. Chicago Rd., Downtown Sturgis – St Joseph County
City: Sturgis

Date: August 1, 2021
Time: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Event: Popsicles in the Park
Details: Community Congregational Church – Garage sale and craft vendors, bounce house, free hot dogs, chips and popsicles. Pinckney Township Square. Downtown – Livingston County
City: Pinckney

Date: August 5, 2021
Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Event: Gratiot County Fair For Youth/Kids day
City: Alma

Date: August 7, 2021
Time: 2pm - 11pm
Event: Riverfest
Details: 880 Riverview Dr, Benton Harbor – Berrien County
City: Benton Harbor

This event has been cancelled
Date: August 9, 2021
Time: 5pm - 9pm
Event: Mother/Son Dance at the Melon Ball
Details: Carnival games and prizes. Howell Summit Gardens, Downtown Howell – Livingston County
City: Howell

Date: August 12-13, 2021
Event: Kid's Fest 2021
Details: Veteran's Park, 254 W Randall St.
City: Coopersville

Date: August 14, 2021
Time: 10am - 5pm
Event: Praisefest Sequoia 2021
Details: An all-day, outdoor, live Christian music event at Camp Sequoia. $5.00 per person for the day's events. 2675 Gady Rd., Adrian, MI 49221
City: Adrian

Date: August 14, 2021
Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Event: Books, Blocks, & Balls 2021
Details: Alger Head Start, 256 Alger Street SE
City: Grand Rapids

Date: August 19, 2021
Time: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Event: Health, Wellness, and Recovery Expo
Details: Free picnic lunch for the first 1,000 attendees. Hackley Park in Muskegon
City: Muskegon

Date: August 21, 2021
Time: 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Event: Grand Rapids Charity Fair
Details: Family-friendly gift basket giveaway and games. Calder Plaza in Grand Rapids
City: Grand Rapids

Date: August 21, 2021
Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Event: Spaulding for Children Family Resource Fair
Details: Free resource fair for families and children. Click here to view the flyer.
City: Detroit

Date: August 27, 2021
Time: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Event: Small Business Sidewalk Sale
City: Westland

Date: August 28, 2021
Time: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Event:  Annual Riga Day & RTFD Open House/Safety Day
Details: Village Wide garage sale, food trucks/vendors, games, etc. 7817 Riga Hwy., Riga, MI 
City: Riga

Date: September 3, 2021
Time: 3:00pm - 11:00pm
Event: Arts, Beats, and Eats
Details: Downtown Royal Oak
City: Royal Oak

Date: September 5, 2021
Time: 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Event: Arts, Beats, and Eats
Details: Downtown Royal Oak
City: Royal Oak

This event has been cancelled
Date: September 4, 2021
Time: Concert event begins at 7:00pm
Event: Good Times at the Gazebo
Details: Family-friendly gift basket giveaway and lawn games. Mahan Park, 101 Brady Street across from Sherwood’s Cove in Allegan
City: Allegan

Date: September 4, 2021
Time: 8:00am - 2:00pm
Event: Muskegon Farmer's Market
Details: Family-friendly gift basket giveaway. 242 W Western Ave, Muskegon, MI 49440
City: Muskegon

Date: September 4, 2021
Time: 1:00pm - 7:00pm
Event: SW Fest
Details: SW Fest is a FREE large-scale music festival that will take place on September 4th at The Senate Theater, in Southwest Detroit! Highlighting local artists, vendors, food, and resources, this is an all-day family-friendly event. 6424 Michigan Ave.
City:  Detroit

Date: September 11, 2021
Time: 12:00-2:30 PM
Event: Deborah’s Anointing
Details: Event at Westminster Church,17567 Hubbell Avenue.  Tickets can be ordered on Eventbright.  
City:  Detroit

Date: September 11, 2021
Time: 2:00-5:00 PM
Event: Chalk It Up
Details: Local artists will hit the pavement and transform Downtown St. Johns into a colorful concrete masterpiece with sidewalk chalk! Spectators can vote for their favorite street art pieces!  213 N Clinton Ave.  
City:  St. Johns

Date: September 11, 2021
Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Event: Indian Creek Zoo
Details: Princess/Super Hero Day, 2744 Consear Rd, Lambertville, MI 48144
City: Lambertville

Date: September 12, 2021
Time: 12:00-2:30 PM
Event: Iconium Missionary Baptist Church Men’s Day Service
Details: 11501 E McNichols Rd.
City:  Detroit

Date: September 17, 2021
Time: 3:00pm - TBD
Event: Detroit African Cultural Festival
Details: Maheras-Gentry Park, 12550 Avondale St, Detroit, MI 48215
City: Detroit

Date: September 18, 2021
Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Event: Motor City PRIDE Fest
Details: Hart Plaza, 1 West Jefferson, Detroit, MI 48226
City: Detroit

Date: September 18, 2021
Time: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Event: Howard City Harvest Festival
Details:  Saturday the festival features carnival rides, Children’s Creative Station from 10-2 pm (Scarecrow Make & Take, Hide & Seek Pumpkin Paint, Hands-On Art Tent, Face Painting, Petting Zoo), a car show, tractor show, and much more – Downtown Howard City
City:  Howard City

Date: September 18-19, 2021
Time: Saturday from 10 am-4 pm and Sunday from 7 am-3 pm
Event: 42nd Annual Michigan Firemen’s Memorial Festival
Details:  This event features lots of family-friendly activities, crafts, parades, fire trucks, fire-fighting demos, music and a memorial service for fallen heroes. Sunday is Family Day with lots of fun for kids, including bounce houses, from 1-4 pm. - 290 Ballanger Rd.
City:  Roscommon

Date: September 19, 2021
Time: 11 am-4 pm
Event: Erie Orchards and Cider Mill’s Kids’ Weekend
Details:  Bring the kids to see the magic shows and a clown from 1pm-5pm. The petting zoo will also be open along with pony and hayrides, inflatables, and corn maze.  Plus, fresh donuts, fritters, cider, and apples will all be ready to enjoy! – 1235 Erie Rd.
City:  Erie

Date: September 19, 2021
Time: 1-4 pm
Event: Crane Orchards – First weekend of Honeycrisp Apples!
Details:  Come out to the orchard to shop for u-pick produce, go through the 20-acre corn maze, or take a hay or cow train ride!  - 6054 124th Ave.
City:  Fennville

Date: September 19, 2021
Time: 12:30-4 pm
Event: Robinette’s Apple Haus
Details:  Lots of family-friendly events are at Robinette’s, including a petting zoo (Sunday, when we’re there!), jumping pillow, corn maze, nature trail and lots of apples and tasty treats! - 3142 4 Mile Rd NE
City:  Grand Rapids

This event has been cancelled due to weather
Date: September 24, 2021
Time:  3 pm-TBD
Event: Final Friday Experience
Details:  This family-friendly event features live music, activity booths, Baby Badger train rides, pony rides, face painting, carnival games, shopping, food and more. the Farmers Market in Legacy Plaza (formerly James Street Plaza) will also be open and Oktoberfest will be kicking off. – Downtown Ludington
City:  Ludington