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Canton Liberty Fest

Posted on: May 14, 2019

Canton’s 28th Annual Liberty Fest Returns to Heritage Park June 13-15, 2019

Liberty Fest 2017 scenic photo of festival lights over Heritage Pond

Canton Liberty Fest will celebrate its 28th Anniversary with three family-friendly fun-filled days from Thursday, June 13 through Saturday, June 15 in Canton's beautiful Heritage Park, adjacent to the Canton Administration Building, located at 1150 S. Canton Center Road, Canton, MI 48188.


This year’s event will take place on Thursday, June 13 from 1 p.m.–10 p.m., Friday, June 14 from 1 p.m. – 11 p.m. and on Saturday, June 15 from 10 a.m.–11 p.m. Major sponsors for this annual community event, include: Atchinson Ford; Beaumont; Community Financial Credit Union; DTE Energy Foundation; The Goddard School of Early Childhood Development; IKEA; Sysco; Todd Wenzel Automotive; and The Village Dentist.


Area residents are invited to come and enjoy our exciting lineup of carnival rides, games, and special attractions. If carnival rides and games are your thing, then we’ve got just what you need in the Family Zone. Purchase a single day wristband in advance and save! Wristbands allow access for one day only onto all the exciting carnival rides without a ticket. Discounted single-day wristbands are now available for $24 and can be used for any full day if purchased at www.cantonlibertyfest.com before Thursday, June 13, 2019, at Noon. Don’t forget, we have Mega Bands that are good for unlimited rides for all three days for just $60 that can ONLY be purchased online by June 13 at Noon. Online sales require a $.99 per transaction fee. Get your wristbands today online at www.cantonlibertyfest.com before Thursday, June 13 at Noon and save! Wristbands will be available for purchase on-site for $28 on Thursday, $30 on Friday, and $30 on Saturday. All sales are final. For more information, call 734/394-5460.


Special sensory hours will be held on Thursday, June 13, from 1-3 p.m., where carnival rides and Midway games, lights, and music will be turned off for festival-goers who are sensitive to large crowds and certain stimuli.  This year Liberty Fest celebrates fun and fitness! Visit us at www.cantonlibertyfest.com to learn more about the 2019 Liberty Fest Step Challenge. Festival-goers who log the most steps could win big!


The Taste of Liberty Fest and the Beer and Wine Garden will again be located near the Amphitheater, where you can look for comfy seating generously provided by IKEA to rest your tired feet for a bit. Satisfy your taste buds throughout the festival at the Taste of Liberty Fest, where participating area restaurants will present their local specialties and compete for bragging rights in a taste contest presided over by Canton Supervisor Pat Williams. This year’s participants include: Chop Stick House; Cold Stone Creamery; Krispy’s Fish & Chicken; and more. Stop by the Taste of Liberty Fest for signature menu items from these restaurants from 4-10 p.m. on Thursday and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. On Friday and Saturday from 4-11 p.m., a delicious variety of food trucks will be parked near the Amphitheater; the tentative line-up includes: C.A.Y.A. Smokehouse Grill, Impasto, Naughty Boy’s Rolled Ice Cream, Nu Deli Sandwiches, PitStop Eatery Company, Simply Spanish, Time 2 Chill Detroit Gelato Truck, and more!  The Canton Firefighters’ #2289 Charity Foundation will host “Box Alarm BBQ,” a gourmet BBQ stand on-site at the Amphitheater all day on Saturday starting at 11 a.m. Stop by for a delicious meal for a good cause!


On all three days of Liberty Fest, the Canton Rotary Club and the Plymouth-Canton Optimist Club will be hosting a Beer and Wine Garden, which is sponsored by O&W Distributors, on Thursday: 4-10 p.m., Friday: 4-10 p.m., and Saturday: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Come cool off with a cold one, near the Amphitheater, where a selection of craft beers, hard ciders, and wine will be available. Festival-goers must be 21 years to purchase these adult beverages.


Thursday, June 13 activities and entertainment includes Glow Zumba, which will be held at the Canton LIVE! Stage from 9-10 p.m. We’ll provide the music and instructors – just come ready to move and wear your glow in the dark gear. Participants are asked to bring a water bottle to keep hydrated during this free event.


On Thursday, The Favorites perform at the Heritage Park Amphitheater starting at 5 p.m., delivering classic rock favorites. The Together Band will perform starting at 8 p.m., covering all your favorite hits from the 60s and 70s that the whole family will love. BINGO will also be available from 8-9 p.m. near the Amphitheater Stage, provided by Canton Club 55+ and the Canton Optimist Club.  For a small fee, participants can play for a chance to win fun prizes.


Friday's Canton LIVE! Stage highlights include Canton’s Largest Ice Cream Social, featuring an ice cream science show with Dr. Nitro, Silver Sounds DJ, strolling entertainment, and ice cream available for purchase from several vendors from 7:30-9:30 p.m.


Friday Amphitheater Stage entertainment will feature: Michigan Roads, who will entertain audience members with live acoustic music from multiple genres from 5-7 p.m. and Cancel Monday, Detroit’s premier wedding band, will perform favorite top 40 hits from 8-10 p.m.


Saturday highlights include the 24th Annual Pancake Breakfast, sponsored by the Canton Lions Club from 8-11 a.m. at the North Pavilions. Chris Cakes of Michigan returns to flip pancakes high onto plates for those brave enough to catch them. Stop by for a tasty breakfast and make this a Liberty Fest tradition; while supplies last. 


Canton Leisure Services is again joining forces with Running Fit to host the 8th Annual Liberty Run, including 5K, 10K, and One Mile events. Participants are encouraged to register at www.cantonlibertyrun.com and run, walk, or stroll in these events. Participants will also receive finisher medals, as well as a race T-Shirt. Plus, running theme-awards will be handed out to the best Stars, Stripes, and Superheroes running outfit.


A special Wounded Warrior Yoga session will be held at the Amphitheater on Saturday from 10-11 a.m. to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.  This fundraiser will be led by Dan Nevins, a professional speaker who travels the globe instructing yoga and motivating participants with inspirational messages of leadership, perseverance, and overcoming adversity.  Register for this fundraiser, which is presented by Old Glory Flags and Flagpoles, online in advance at www.cantonlibertyfest.com or at the event for just $10.


Other Saturday Canton LIVE! entertainment highlights, include: the International Festival's cultural performances and displays will begin at 11:30 a.m. and will run most of the day.  Presented by the Canton Commission for Culture, Arts and Heritage, this special showcase will feature cultures from around the world, such as: Indian, Chinese, Sri Lankan, and more!  At 8 p.m., Circle of Sound will perform a variety of R&B, Classic Rock, as well as today’s top 40 hits.


Saturday Amphitheater Stage highlights include: Paint and Pour classes held every 90 minutes from 2-8 p.m., where 21 and over participants can enjoy an adult beverage in the Beer and Wine Garden and create a mini-canvas for just $20; Community Showcase performances will also be held from 2-4 p.m., featuring Spotlight Players, Atomic Pom, and Evaline Productions.  Metro Detroit singer-songwriter Lisa Mary will take the stage from 4:00-5:30 p.m., performing country music hits; Weekend Comeback will perform a variety of covers from the 60s to today’s top hits from 6:15-7:30 p.m.; and Blue Spectrum will hit the stage from 8-10 p.m. playing favorite hits featuring a special Queen tribute. 


Other Festival highlights include: Canton Club 55+’s annual Liberty Fest Picnic for seniors on Thursday, June 13 from 5-7 p.m. at the Heritage Park Amphitheater. Participants will enjoy a picnic-style meal, plus transportation to the Concert in the Park - all for just $10 for Summit Members, $11 for Canton Residents or $13 for Non-Residents. BINGO will also be available for an additional fee. For details, call 734/394-5485. 


Other Festival highlights for both Friday and Saturday include: special interactive circus-themed performances and demonstrations will be offered by Cirque Amongus from 1-6 p.m., where audience members can take a turn performing their own stunts.  A Mobile Escape Room will be available for participants to make a quick escape for a small fee from 1-11 p.m.  


Hydration and misting stations will be available throughout the park giving festival-goers a chance to cool off. Please consider bringing a refillable water bottle. Walk on the Wild Side, featuring Oasis Animals all day Friday and Saturday, will give all ages the chance to get up close and personal with some barnyard and exotic animals.


Be sure to check out merchandise from local artisans, crafters, businesses and vendors around the large pond at our Liberty Fest Marketplace on Friday from 4 p.m. to dusk and on Saturday from 11 a.m. to dusk. Liberty Fest returning favorites include: the Scholastic Book Fair; D&M Face-Painting; LEGO Station provided by MichLUG (Michigan LEGO Users Group); Spin Art; and more! 


The Liberty Fest Car and Truck Show will be hosted on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., which is being presented in partnership with United Street Machine Association Customs & Rods.


Finally, be sure to catch the spectacular fireworks show that’s sure to wow the crowds on Saturday at dusk. This year’s Liberty Fest offers a variety of family fun that you won’t want to miss!


Festival-goers are reminded that no dogs are allowed on festival grounds and all bikes must be parked in a bike corral.  New this year, a convenient Uber, Lyft, or parent drop-off/pick-off spot has been designated on Civic Center Boulevard in front of the Canton Public Library’s main parking lot. For more information, visit www.cantonlibertyfest.com or call 734/394-5460.

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