• Cornhole Tournament returns to Dearborn Homecoming festival Aug. 4-6

    Teams can win cash prizes at popular lawn gameCornhole warmup

    Once again, the City of Dearborn is teaming up with Michigan Cornhole to bring a Cornhole Tournament to the Homecoming Festival on Saturday, Aug. 5.

    Widely popular at tailgate events and other parties across the Midwest, cornhole is an American lawn game in which players take turns throwing bags of corn (or beans) at a raised platform with a hole at the far end.

    The tournament will begin at noon on Saturday, Aug. 5 at Ford Field Park, 22051 Cherry Hill.

    Tournament players must be 18 years of age or older and team up with a partner. Cost is $25 per person or $50 for a two-person team.

    This year, there will be two divisions that players may choose to play in: social and competitive.

    There will be cash prizes for the first, second and third place.


    Players are able to register until July 29. Walk-up registration may be available but not guaranteed. Check in for the tournament ends at 10:30 a.m. Registration must be completed online at dearborntheather.com (a $2 online fee per registration will apply); by phone at 313-943-2354; or in person Tuesday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Michael A. Guido Theater Box Office, 15801 Michigan Ave. 


    Michigan Cornhole has been bringing people together via cornhole gameplay for six years. The group sells boards, bags, and other merchandise in addition to hosting social and competitive bar leagues and tournaments throughout the state.

    More about Homecoming

    Dearborn’s 2017 Homecoming festival takes place Aug. 4-6, 2017 and includes live music, great food, family activities, reunions, a carnival, and – a crowd favorite – a spectacular fireworks display on Saturday and Sunday nights.

    This year, like last year, will focus on wellness, nutrition, and activities, to promote the initiatives of Healthy Dearborn, a broad-based coalition of community partners.

    To that end, Homecoming will also again feature a 5K and Family Fun Run on Sunday morning, (register at http://triviumracing.com/event/dearborn-homecoming-5k-2/) and a free Healthy Dearborn Family Bike Ride on Saturday.

    For more information, visit www.cityofdearborn.org/homecoming


  • Dearborn’s Homecoming festival Aug. 4-6 adds Arab American tent, more kids’ activities; Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx headlines

    Spectacular fireworks, Healthy Dearborn activities, Car Cruise, carnival and other favorites return


    Dearborn will celebrate its 38th annual Homecoming August 4-6 at Ford Field Park with new attractions, including an Arab American Tent with food and entertainment in the tradition of the festival’s Polish American Shelter, Italian American Shelter and two dozen booths run by local charities, veterans groups and cultural organizations.

    The festival is also adding to Friday’s offerings with a Family Fun Day, scheduling free children’s activities that previously were only on Saturday and Sunday. More additions will be confirmed soon by the City of Dearborn and the nonprofit Dearborn Community Fund, which present the festival.

    Beaumont Health is the presenting sponsor once again.

    And, as always, the festival will feature spectacular fireworks on Saturday and Sunday; two dozen carnival rides, including an exciting roller coaster; delicious festival food; world-class entertainment, including headliner Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx on Saturday; as well as scores of healthy, family-fun activities and high school class reunion picnics.

    The new Arab American Tent, organized by ACCESS and one of its three national institutions, the Arab American National Museum (AANM), is a welcome addition to Homecoming. Featuring Arab food, including halal offerings; desserts; entertainment, the AANM Store, information tables, giveaways and more, the tent expands upon the presence that ACCESS and the AANM have had for the last two years at Homecoming.

    The new tent will be at an old site—on the eastern edge of the festival’s main parking lot, where the Polis American Tent had operated for years before moving to the South Shelter at Ford Field Park.

    ACCESS and the AANM also will continue to engage families at the children’s activity area at the top of the hill.

    “Our Homecoming festival has always been a place for our community to celebrate, and to connect with friends and neighbors, so adding the Arab American Tent means even more chances to enjoy good conversations, food and music, together,” Mayor O’Reilly said.

    “We’re glad that along with our Polish and Italian tents, and our many nonprofit groups, the new Arab American tent is expanding the scope of the festival. It gives us another way to showcase Dearborn to the 125,000 visitors from around the region who come to the festival,” Mayor O’Reilly said.

    “This is a community that is proud of its diversity and of Dearborn being a welcoming place. ACCESS is proud to present the Arab American tent and looks forward to the continued celebration of our rich history and diverse heritage as a city,” said Hassan Jaber, ACCESS executive director and CEO.

    Last year, the City and the DCF introduced a wide range of healthy activities, including a 5K run, and a family bike ride, to the festival as part of the Healthy Dearborn initiative. Those – and more – will return in 2017.

    Festival activities are at Ford Field Park, 22051 Cherry Hill, generally from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday-Sunday Aug. 4-6, although some activities may start earlier or later. Free shuttles and free parking are available offsite.

    Visit www.cityofdearborn.org/homecoming for more information about the festival and registration for events. 


  • Dearborn Homecoming Festival 5K registration continues


    run logo 2017Racers who plan to participate in the Second Annual Dearborn Homecoming 5K and Fun Run on Sunday, August 6 are encouraged to register early in order to take advantage of a discount.

    Runners who sign up before 11:59 p.m. on June 30 will pay $32, then registration will increase to $35 through race day.

    The 5-kilometer race will kick off at 8 a.m. from Ford Field Park and loop along the Rouge River Gateway trail near the University of Michigan-Dearborn before returning to the park. Prizes will be awarded to the top overall male and female finishers and by gender in 12 age groups. 

    The one-mile Family Fun Run is a chance for racers of all ages and abilities to participate in the event. The Fun Run registration rate is $15. It starts at 7:45 a.m.

    Visit http://triviumracing.com/event/dearborn-homecoming-5k-2/ to register and for more details. 


  • Dennis DeYoung and the Music of STYX to headline Dearborn’s Homecoming festival

    DennisDeYoung approvedlogo600Founding STYX member set to rock Dearborn Aug. 5

    Dennis DeYoung and the Music of STYX will be the headline act on Saturday, August 5 at Dearborn’s Homecoming festival at Ford Field Park.

    DeYoung is a founding vocalist and keyboardist of the epic rock ensemble STYX, who during its tenure from 1970-1999 scored hits with songs like “Show Me the Way,” “Lady,” and “Come Sail Away,” among others.

    DeYoung is known as one of rock’s best keyboardists, famous for his impressive Oberheim synthesizer solos and for writing and singing six of the band’s seven top 10 BillboardHot 100-ranked hits. 

    DeYoung has also enjoyed a successful solo career, which includes hits “Desert Moon,” “Don’t Wait for Heroes,” “Call Me,” and “This is the Time.” Additionally, his music appears in stage productions, films, television shows, and commercials.

    The concert is free, as is admission to Homecoming. Now in its 38th year, the festival runs August 4-6 at Ford Field Park, 22051 Cherry Hill, Dearborn.

     Attendees enjoy delicious food, carnival rides, games and contests, high school reunions, amazing fireworks, and top-tier entertainment.

    The festival also serves as a fundraising showcase for many non-profits and community partners. More than 20 organizations work with the Dearborn Community Fund and the City of Dearborn to be part of Homecoming.

    Homecoming activities and entertainment are paid for by generous support from sponsors, not City tax dollars.



  • Free and affordable family activities at Dearborn’s Homecoming Aug. 5-7

    4Family activitiesFree kids’ entertainment, crafts, games and inflatable rides now offered on Friday; buy carnival tickets online for discount


    Families looking to have a great time on a budget can find plenty to do at Dearborn Homecoming’s festival Aug. 4-6, including carnival rides, children’s games, wacky contests, art activities, inflatable rides and live entertainment all weekend long.

    This year, there are more free children’s activities, as the festival will host Family Friendly Friday from 12-5 p.m. A number of activities previously only offered on Saturday and Sunday will additionally be offered on Friday.

    Families will now be able to enjoy Homecoming classics such as Paddling on the Pond, free children’s games, giant inflatables, crafts and more on all three days of the festival, starting on Friday. The schedule for those activities is:

    • ACCESS and the Arab American Museum Tent will be offering free craft activities, free vision screenings, and henna for a small fee 12-5 p.m. Friday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
    • Free giant inflatables for bouncing noon-5 p.m. Friday, and noon-8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
    • Free children’s games with small prizes offered by the Recreation and Parks Department from 1-5 p.m. on Friday, and noon-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
    • “Paddling on the Pond” in canoes on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.to 6 p.m. Cost is $5 per person, $2.50 age 7-12, free age 2 to 6. Maximum 3 persons per canoe.

    Other free or low-cost activities are available at Homecoming:

    • Free wacky contests like the water balloon toss, corn eating contest, hula hoop contest, spaghetti slurp contest, and the egg toss contest, for kids of all ages on both Saturday and Sunday.
    • Returning this year, the Cool Treat Social, sponsored by Yogurtown, will provide guests with a free frozen treat from 7-9 p.m. Friday (or while supplies last) in the Dining Tent.
    • Free kids art activity at Dearborn Community Arts Council’s Paint-a-Picture Spot.
    • The Dearborn Rotary Club is again offering a free Children’s Fishing Derby at the Ford Field Pond from 8-11 a.m. Saturday.
    • On Sunday morning, families can participate in a 1-mile family fun run or 5K starting from the Brady street entrance. The family fun run starts at 7:45 a.m. and registration is $15. The 5K starts at 8 a.m. and registration is $35 through race day.

    Spectacular fireworks displays on Saturday and Sunday nights cap off these fun-filled days.

    For 38 years, Homecoming has been a tradition coordinated by the City of Dearborn and the nonprofit Dearborn Community Fund. This year’s presenting sponsor is once again Beaumont Health. The festival is at Ford Field Park, 500 Monroe Street.

    Admission is free and includes entertainment ranging from nationally-known musical performers to magicians, clowns and stilt walkers.

    Visitors to Homecoming can also enjoy two dozen carnival rides all three days from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

    Wade Shows Inc., the carnival operator, is offering two discount carnival pass options only to those who purchase online by Aug. 3 at 11:55 p.m. at www.cityofdearborn.org/homecoming.

    The 3-day Mega Pass offers unlimited rides for $44 plus a $1 service fee. The popular all-day wristband costs $15, plus a $1 service fee if purchased online by 11:55 on Aug. 3. The wristbands allow one day of riding for all carnival attractions and can be used on any day, Friday to Sunday.

    Wristbands can also be purchased on site during the carnival and cost $15 for a half-day band (11 a.m.-5 p.m.) and $22 for a full day (11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.)

    A $10 companion wristband is available for parents to ride with their young children (restrictions apply). Individual tickets can also be purchased at Homecoming.

    New to Homecoming last year, Healthy Dearborn will once again offer a free Family Bike Ride. The police-supported ride will start at 10 a.m. Saturday from the tennis courts.  The seven-mile ride will wend through northwest Dearborn neighborhoods. A mid-point break with snack and safe biking information will be provided at Levagood Park.

    The bike ride is free. Registration begins at 9 a.m. on Aug. 5, but waiver forms can be found at www.cityofdearborn.org/homecoming and printed and completed in advance. Helmets are required, and all riders age 12 or younger must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

    For more information about Homecoming, please visit www.cityofdearborn.org/homecoming.


  • Homecoming 2017

    Join us for a weekend of live music, family fun, good food and fireworks!

    The City of Dearborn's 38th annual Homecoming festival takes place Aug. 4 -6, 2017, at Ford Field Park, 22051 Cherry Hill.  

    Dearborn Homecoming is an event organized by the City of Dearborn and the nonprofit Dearborn Community Fund. Presenting sponsor is Beaumont. The festival allows more than 30 Dearborn-based nonprofit groups to raise money for good causes that support the community.  

    Festival hours are generally 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day.  A complete schedule is listed below.

    Links to festival highlights: 


    Check out this video snippet of our headline act Dennis DeYoung

    performing Grand Illusion:



     Festival calendar:



    Thank you for your support of non-profit groups!

     At Homecoming, Dearborn nonprofit groups raise money and generate awareness of their services to the community. $80,000 was raised in 2016. Participating in 2017 are:

    ACCESS American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association  American Legion Post 364  American Moslem Society Arab American National Museum CERT Christ Community Church Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce Dearborn Community Arts Council Dearborn Federation of Teachers Burn Drive Dearborn Goodfellows Police Explorers Dearborn Outer Drive Kiwanis Dearborn Rotary Club Dearborn Youth Football Disabled American Veterans Edsel Ford Booster Club Exchange Club of Dearborn Fairlane Alliance Church Fordson Varsity Alumni Fr. Patrick O’Kelley Council Knights of Columbus Friends for the Animals of Metro Detroit Henry Ford College Ceramics Club Henry Ford Village Retirement Community Italian American Fraternal Club One Dearborn Warrendale Community Church WHFR Woodside Bible Church


    Thank you to all our sponsors!




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  • Homecoming Festival presents high-energy entertainment, fireworks and family fun

    Homecoming festival presents Dennis DeYoung and the Music of STYX, affordable family fun, carnival, 5K run, bike ride, cornhole tournament, fireworks

    Healthy Dearborn brings back high energy to event

    Dearborn will celebrate its 38th annual Homecoming festival August 4-6 with two dozen carnival rides; delicious festival food; world-class entertainment, including headliner Dennis DeYoung and the Music of STYX ; as well as scores of healthy, family-fun activities against the backdrop of spectacular fireworks.

    It takes place at Ford Field Park, 500 Monroe, in Dearborn.

    This year, the festival adds an Arab American Tent, with food and entertainment. It joins the festival favorites of the Italian American Shelter and Polish American Shelter, and more than 20 other non-profit organizations raising funds through food and beverage sales, or other activities.

    Homecoming is organized by the City of Dearborn in conjunction with the nonprofit Dearborn Community Fund. The presenting sponsor is Beaumont. The festival attracts 150,000 people and is made possible largely because of generous businesses, organizations and individuals whose sponsorships pay for the entertainment and activities.

    The festival generally runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday Aug. 4-6, although some activities may start earlier.

    DennisDeyoung hand in airDennis DeYoung and the Music of STYX headlines on Saturday

    Dennis DeYoung and the Music of STYX takes the Main Stage on Saturday, Aug. 5 to play classic rock hits like “Come Sail Away,” “Lady,” “Babe,” and more. DeYoung, a founding keyboardist of STYX, is a prolific songwriter with one of the most distinctive voices in rock history.


    Fireworks begin at 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

    Free family fun

    The Homecoming festival is adding another day of children’s activities on Friday, in addition to the Saturday and Sunday regular features. So now on Friday, kids can enjoy free inflatables noon to 5 p.m., as well as on Saturday and Sunday, noon to 8 p.m.

    Also, the Dearborn Community Arts Council’s popular Paint-A-Picture Tent will be open on Friday noon- 5 p.m, and its usual 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. times on Saturday and Sunday.

    Free crafts will also be offered by ACCESS and the Arab American Museum kids’ tent at the top of the hill on Friday noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    Other free kids’ activities are at the top of the hill throughout the weekend, including gentle carnival-style games for young children, organized by the Recreation Department’s Summer Playground Program.   

    Car cruise, Detroit-style blues on Friday

    At 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 4 on the Main Stage, Howlin’ Mercy will delight the Homecoming audience with its guitar-driven, brassy blues.

    It’s followed by Sunglasses After Dark at 8:30 p.m., with its alternative, Brit-pop garage style of rock that is sure to get the audience on their feet.

    Classic cars will be arriving at Ford Field Park at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Organized by the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce, the car cruise and classic car show draws more than 100 vintage vehicles.

    Stage Acts Saturday and Sunday

    The main stage entertainment kicks off Saturday, Aug. 5 with Kaleido at 6 p.m. The band’s signature sound—a blend of Guns N’ Roses meets No Doubt—earned them seven Detroit Music Award nominations in 2014 and Best Band in Detroit by Real Detroit magazine in both 2013 and 2014.

    The main stage entertainment begins on Sunday, Aug. 6 at 6 p.m. with Square Pegz, a “totally awesome” 80s tribute band, playing a nostalgic set for the masses.

    At 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Fifty Amp Fuse will rock out to hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and now, along with a video spectacle and light show.

    Throughout the weekend, the Food Court Stage entertainment includes Pete “Big Dog” Fetters Band, Gordon Russ the Magician, United Snakes 70s Rock Tribute, the Joel Tacey Show, Bombsquad, and Holly and the Johnnies!

    Other entertainment, offerings in cultural tents

    Arab, Italian and Polish music, including the Kielbasa Kings, also will be offered at the festival.

    Of course, there are more than enough opportunities to take a break from the action and get some delicious food and cold beverages at the Food Court, staffed by nonprofit groups, and from Food Trucks.

    teen girls on ride 2008

    At the festival for the first time, the Arab American Tent, organized by ACCESS and the Arab American National Museum (AANM), will offer food and entertainment and will be located on the western edge of the Main Parking Lot, which is also the east side of the carnival area.  

    Discounted carnival wristbands available through Aug. 3.

    The carnival, open all three days from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., boasts two dozen rides, including the return of a roller coaster. A full-day wristband is $22. However, they can be purchased for $15 (plus $1 service fee) at cityofdearborn.org/homeco

    ming through 11:55 p.m. Aug. 3.

    Free shuttles and parking

     A free shuttle service will be provided from Dearborn High School, 19501 W. Outer Drive, in addition to free parking. Handicap accessible shuttles will be making continuous trips from the school to the festival 6 to 11 p.m. Friday and noon to 11:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

    There will also be limited free shuttle service from West Village Drive to Ford Field Park from Military to Monroe on Friday and Saturday from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday from 12:30 to 5 p.m.

    Ford Field parking costs $10 beginning 11 a.m. all three days. The initial fee comes with a $7 parking coupon for a second entry over the weekend.      

    Free parking is available throughout the nearby west Dearborn downtown business district.

    Healthy Dearborn brings back activities

     A wide range of fitness and wellness activities will once again be available at Homecoming and offer the chance to work off that festival food and even engage in some friendly competition. Here’s a shortlist, either sponsored by Healthy Dearborn, or offered in the spirit of promoting active



    • Family Bike Ride – The free, police-supported ride will span seven miles, wending through northwest Dearborn neighborhoods. It starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, near the South Shelter (Polish Shelter) at Ford Field Park. Registration begins at 9 a.m.  Helmets are required. Children 13 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
    • 5K Run– The one-mile Family Fun Run and 5K is set for Sunday, Aug. 6. Registration for the one-mile run is $15 and starts at 7:45 a.m., while the 5K is $35 and starts at 8 a.m. The 5K runners get recognition for top finishers in various categories. Find registration information at cityofdearborn.org/homecoming.
    • Cornhole Tournament - This year, there are social and competitive categories. The tournament begins at noon on Saturday, Aug. 5.  Cost is $50 for two-person teams.   Registration deadline is July 29 can be completed online at dearborntheather.com (a $2 online fee per registration will apply); by phone at 313-943-2354; or in person Tuesday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Box Office, 15801 Michigan Ave.
    • yogaPaddling on the Pond – this returning activity allows festival-goers to paddle on the Rouge River pond for a small fee, in a canoe. Cost is $5 per person, $2.50 age 7-12, free age 2 to 6. It takes place 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. all three days.
    • Yoga Tent will offer a variety of yoga classes

     A variety of yoga classes will be offered throughout the weekend at the new Yoga Tent, organized by Healthy Dearborn. It will be in the Large Activity Field at the festival. For a complete schedule, visit www.cityofdearborn.org/homecoming.   

    Rest assured, returning are crowd favorites, like free children’s games, crafts and inflatable rides; and wacky games for all ages.

    More Information

    Visit www.cityofdearborn.org/homecoming for more information about the festival and registration for events, as well as a complete schedule for entertainment and activities.



  • Second annual Family Bike Ride returns to Homecoming

    Healthy Dearborn event fun for all ages

    Healthy Dearborn is sponsoring its second Homecoming Family Bike Ride on Aug. 5 at 10 a.m.Homecoming bike ride 2016

    The approximately seven-mile ride will wend its way through Dearborn’s northwest neighborhoods and includes mid-point stop at Levagood Park for refreshments and biking information.  This is a family-friendly, police-supported ride for cyclists of all ages.

    Helmets are required, and children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  The ride departs from the tennis courts on the south side of Ford Field Park, 500 Monroe St.

    Registration begins at 9 a.m. for this free event.  To save time that morning, waiver forms can be found at www.cityofdearborn.org/homecoming and printed and completed in advance.

    New this year will be an additional event for more serious cyclists.  Following the family ride, interested and able riders can join in a 20-mile, moderately-paced bike ride leaving from the park. Rest stops and SAG (support and gear) support will be available.

    A flyer for the bike ride is also available.

    Healthy Dearborn is a collaboration between Beaumont, the City of Dearborn, Dearborn Public Schools and other stakeholders to build a “thriving, diverse community that fully embraces a unified culture of health.”

    Dearborn Homecoming runs Aug. 4 to 6 at Ford Field Park.  The annual festival includes carnival rides, food, musical performances, free family activities and on Saturday and Sunday night, fireworks.  Admission to the festival is free.