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!


Upcoming Road Trip Stops:


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 25, 2021
Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Event: Harvest Fest
Details: Community Green, 6260 92nd St SE, Caledonia, MI 49316​
City: Caledonia

Previous Stops:

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

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