Recreation Events

The Recreation Department is always busy planning, implementing, coordinating and evaluating programs, activities, services and events. In fact, during the year, the Recreation Department spearheads some of the City's biggest events. These include the following:


Sunday, January 24, 2017, from 1-4 p.m., at the Community Center and Surrounding Grounds, Free

The annual Winterfest celebration is an opportunity for the community to come out of winter hibernation and enjoy a day filled with winter activities. This year will feature dog sledding demonstrations by Southwest MI Husky Club and cross skiing and snowshoeing by Oakland County Parks. Free ice skating will be offered at the Oak Park Ice Arena from 1-3 p.m. The event will also offer carriage rides, reindeer pens, face painting, cookie decoration, DJ entertainment, ice sculpture demonstrations, dog sledding, and more! We will also serve s'mores, chili and hot chocolate. This event is free and open to the public.

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DaddyDaughter100x80Daddy Daughter Dance
Friday, February 5, 2017, from 7-9 p.m., at the Community Center, $20 Fee for Daddy and Daughter, and $10 for Each Additional Attendee

This special night is a day for girls and the favorite men in their lives - fathers, step-fathers, father figures and grandfathers, for example. Enjoy an unforgettable evening of dinner and dancing with the special "girl" in your life. The fee includes admission for one father figure and one lovely, little lady. We will provide dinner, dancing, photo booth, surprises and giveaways. This event is ideal for ages 3 and above. 

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Oak Park Egg Roll
Sunday, April 2, 2017, 1 p.m., Hamilton Hill in David H. Shepherd Park, Free
What's better than searching for eggs during a nice spring day? Chasing candy-filled plastic eggs down Hamilton Hill, of course. Come join us. We'll place children into age groups (i.e., 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12) to better ensure they can chase and collect eggs with other children in the same skill and age group. Pre-registration is required, although the event is free. This event is ideal for children of the 3-12 age range.

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Bunny Trail
Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 4-7 p.m., Hamilton Hill in David H. Shepherd Park
Surprise your child with a special appearance from Peter Rabbit! Peter will visit 15 homes in Oak Park. While at the homes, Peter will visit with family members, pose for photo opportunities and leave a special gift behind. Sign-up while spots are available. You must be home between the hours of 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12 to quality. Due to limited availability, this event is only open to Oak Park residents.

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Summer Day Camp
Open House: May 2, 2017, 6-7:30 p.m.
Summer Day Camp Begins: June 19 to August 18

Come join us on May 2 from 6-7:30 p.m.. to meet the Camp Director, review the schedule of events and to participate in our question-and-answer session. This year's Oak park Summer Day Camp is sure to be full of fun, energetic and structured activities meant to keep your child engaged, involve and intrigued.

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Wags and Whiskers

(Date to be determined), 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Community Center
Mark the date for an afternoon dedicated to our beloved pets. We'll feature pet rescues, the Michigan Husky Club, and question-and-answer sessions with the veterinarian. Low Cost dog and cat vaccinations, pet supplies, and Oak Park pet licenses will be for sale.

Bike Rodeo
Saturday, May 20, 2017, 10 a.m. to Noon, Community Center
If your child is riding a bike, or going to be training soon, be sure to join us at the annual Bike Rodeo. This fun event is focused on providing safety tips and activities to help your child recognize the importance o safety. Bring your bikes and try our obstacle course. License your bikes and get fit for a helmet.

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MayorRace100x80Mayors 5K Race
Tuesday, July 4, 2017, Check-in at 7:30 a.m. Race begins at  a.m.
Location: David H. Shepherd Park. Advanced Reservations are Required.

The Mayors 5K Race is the perfect event for our fitness conscious community members who want to enjoy the City during a summer morning right before all the excitement that Independence Day has to offer. The race begins at 8 a.m. on a trail to take participants through Oak Park's parks and neighborhoods while the City assembles tents, secures parade routes, and interviews visiting dignitaries.

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Youth Assistance Breakfast
Tuesday, July 4, 2017, 9-11 a.m., David H. Shepherd Park
It's always nice to enjoy a meal where the proceeds go towards a worthwhile cause. The Youth Assistance Breakfast is a fundraiser to help area youth who are in need of assistance and guidance. The Breakfast is held under Pavilion One in Shepherd's Park right before the Independence Day Parade begins. We'll have more details in the coming months.

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Parade100x80Independence Day Parade
Tuesday, July 4, 2017, at 11 a.m., City Center Oak Park, Free Event

Independence Day Parade is a time-honored tradition in the City of Oak Park. Community members often reminisce about growing up in Oak Park and attending every parade. It's a tradition they hope to continue throughout the generations. The parade honors the brave women and men who served, those currently serving, and those who will soon join the nation's armed services. Bands, dancers, bicyclists, car enthusiasts, block clubs, community businesses, commissions, non-profits, and more celebrate the day and entertain the community. With the sun shining down, the warm breeze whistling through, the smell of barbeques, and the excitement for all to enjoy, the day is one to record in the memory books. For more information, visit Fourth of July Festivities. To view the 2016 Independence Day Parade, visit

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FunFest100x80Fun Fest
Tuesday, July 4, 2017, after the Independence Day Parade
in David H. Shepherd Park, Free Event

When the parade ends, the Fun Fest begins. During the Fun Fest the senses go into overload. Between the allure of popcorn, hot dogs, candy corn and ice cream, there's vendor booths, petting farms, plays capes, band performances, game tables, face painters, entertainment, and demonstrations abound. Bring your lawn chairs, appetites, smiles and readiness to have some down home fun!

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Concerts in the Park

Thursday Evenings in July
July 6, 13, 20 and 27, from 7-8:30 p.m., at David H. Shepherd Park, Free Event

There's nothing better than an easy, breezy and lazy afternoon in the park with music. Bring your family, your neighbors, and plenty of lawn chairs and enjoy. Each Thursday will feature a new band. More details to come.


Saturday, July 29, Free Event
Join us on Saturday, July 29 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for Oak Park's premiere summer event, the Oak Park Summerfest. This year we are featuring the Oakland County Parks' 7th Annual BBQ Battle and a classic car display. We'll have live entertainment, including Larry Lee and Back in the Day. We'll be serving up a mini pub, with craft beers and domestic wines. We'll have a food court with BBQ fare, kabobs, pizza, elephant ears and more. And, our KidZ Zone will host the Cranbrook Bat Zone, Michigan Native Butterfly Farm, the Oakland County Parks' Inflatables, rock climbing and Detroit Imagination Works puppet making and spin art. The event admission is free. And, the Oak Park Pool and Mini Golf will  also be open. Following are the details:

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Come Out and Play
RESCHEDULED: Friday, August 23, 2017, 2-8 p.m.

Movie Night
RESCHEDULED:  Friday, August 23, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

This event has been rescheduled due to weather. The new date is now August 23. Sorry for any inconvenience.

New to Oak Park, we will be hosting a Come Out and Play event in the park, followed by Movie Night in the Park on Wednesday, August 23. Come join us as we wind down the summer. More details to come. This event is presented by the Oak Park Recreation Department, Oakland County Parks, City of Hazel Park, City of Ferndale, and Royal Oak Township.


Last Day for Open Swim
Saturday, August 26, 2017

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Dog Day at Oak Park Pool
Sunday, August 27, 2017, Noon to 3 p.m.

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Punt, Pass, and Kick
Saturday, September 16, 2017, 10 a.m. - Noon
If your child is interested in knowing how they compare to other children across the country in the sport of Football, this is the place to be. More details to come.

Autumn Fest
Sunday, September 24, 2017, 1-4 p.m., Free
Our annual Public Safety Open House is transforming. This year, not only will you enjoy touring the Public Safety Building, explore police and fire vehicles, and learn about safety and prevention, but you'll be able to enjoy the Department of Public Works vehicles (snow plows, leave blowers, and landscaping equipment). We will have representatives from various City departments on hand to meet and greet. More details to come.


Halloween100x80Halloween Boo Bash in the Park!
Tuesday, October 31, 2017, from 5-8 p.m. in David H. Shepherd Park, Free
Everyone remembers what it was like to dress up and trick or treat. Today, it's about finding a safe haven to take the kids where they are surrounded by community members, fun and great activities. This year's annual Halloween Boo Bash is planned for outdoors in the David H. Shepherd Park. The bash will feature a slightly haunted hay ride through the outdoor nature trail, trick-or-treat street around the park, and the Boo Bash Monster Mash under shelter one. Come enjoy this enhanced event with opportunities for festive sight-seeing, trick-or-treating, and light refreshments in the park. If inclement weather, we will take the event indoors.

Holiday Gift-O-Rama
Saturday, November 18, 2017, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Community Center, Entrance Fee 
The Second Annual Oak Park Holiday Gift-O-Rama is a day to celebrate our local vendors and business entrepreneurs by buying local. Local vendors display their products and their services which are perfect stocking stuffers or gifts for the holidays. Money spent on local businesses helps the local economy. For more information on vendor booths or the day's activities, call Oak Park Recreation Department at (248) 691-7555.