Special Events

The Parks and Recreation Department hosts a wide variety of special events each year. Check below to see some of our current offerings!

Free music nights in Livonia

2021 Summer Music Flyer


Bring out the kids 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays July 6-Aug. 17 for the concert portion of our free Summer Fun Series at the Kirksey Recreation Center's east lawn. These musical performers are designed for kids but will have the whole family on their feet dancing to the beat!

This project is funded in part by the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Craft tent sponsored by Livonia Community Foundation.


Stop by the Kirksey Recreation Center east lawn 7 p.m. Thursdays July 1-Aug. 26 and Sept. 9 for Music from the Heart. A variety of bands will be joining us throughout the summer for this free concert series.

Co-sponsored by the Livonia Arts Commission.


July 1Emerging Soul
July 6School of RockJuly 8Cruizin' Jupiter
July 13Miss Paula and the Candy Bandits*July 15Mainstreet Soul*
July 20Zippity2DadsJuly 22The Earth Angels
July 27Momford and SonsJuly 29The Dan Rafferty Band
Aug. 3Beverly the Music LadyAug. 5Steve King and the Dittilies
Aug. 10Guy LouisAug. 12Cosmic Groove Band
Aug. 17The Funny DumplingsAug. 19Devin Scillian and Arizona Son

Aug. 26Motor City Soul

Sept. 9Patriotic and Pops Concert with the Livonia Symphony Orchestra Brass Ensemble

*Canceled due to weather.

Summer Smash Pickleball Tournament2021 Summer Smash Pickleball Tournament Opens in new window

Our Summer Smash Pickleball Tournament registration is now open for the Saturday, Aug. 7, competition 8 a.m. at Bicentennial Park. This non-sanctioned, self-officiated doubles tournament welcomes all skill levels and guarantees five games per team in a pool play format with teams advancing into bracket play.

There will be prizes for the men’s, women’s and coed divisions, all for a team fee of just $20 per team. Sign up today!

LivoniaFit Challenge (Canceled)

**Unfortunately, the LivoniaFit Challenge was canceled due to low enrollment.**

Save the date for the NEW LivoniaFit Challenge 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, at the Kirksey Recreation Center's south parking lot. Challenge yourself mentally and physically with a unique outdoor event patterned off the Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT). Lift the heaviest, throw the furthest, complete as many reps as possible and move the fastest. Take the challenge!

Heats will begin every 20 minutes starting at 8 a.m., with challengers completing the deadlift, power throw, hand-release push ups, sprint-drag-carry, TRX pull up and a two-mile run. The $40 entry fee includes the event, T-shirt (if registered by July 12) and refreshments at the event. Register by July 26 to participate. There will be multiple age divisions per gender and awards will be given to the top male and female in each age division.

Logo Livonia Fit Challenge

Dog Swim2021-8-15_DogSwim Opens in new window

Even our furry friends need to go for a dip every once in a while, so bring your dogs over to Botsford Pool (19444 Lathers) from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, Aug. 15, for a classic dog swim. 

The event is free for Kirksey Recreation Center members and pool season pass holders, but costs $4 for residents and $7 for non-residents otherwise. Entry fees can be paid at the gate the day of the event; no pre-registration required.

Family Food Truck Rally2021-8-21 Family Food Truck Rally Flyer

Join us from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, for a FREE Family Food Truck Rally on the Kirksey Recreation Center’s east lawn and south parking lot. All ages are welcome to attend and enjoy food, live music, Face Flair, a water slide bounce house, arts and crafts, and lawn games and activities.

Detroit Soul Revue will provide the jams from 5-8 p.m., while five food trucks from Fun Food Express, PizzaPazza Food Truck, Rainey’s Ice Cream, Sonny’s Hamburgers and Tacos Te Amo provide a wide range for your taste buds. Face Flair will be doing face painting and henna tattoos, while Michigan Bounce House Rentals provides inflatable water fun and Livonia Parks and Recreation provides the rest.

The food trucks and Face Flair cost money, but event entry and all the activities are FREE!

2021-9-3_Murder Mystery Flyer Opens in new windowTil Death DO Us Part Murder Mystery

We invite you to wedding to remember. Celebrate with our happy – or not-so-happy – couple when a member of their wedding party is murdered! Join us for our “Til Death Do Us Part” Murder Mystery 7-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3, at Greenmead Historical Park’s Alexander Blue House. Trade clues and help the hapless couple figure out whodunnit so they can say “I do” before the wedding hour passes by! Registration is $45 per person and includes the show, hors d’oeuvres, sparkling beverages and wedding cake. Dress to impress! You’re a wedding guest, after all.

HEalthy Livonia 5k2021 Healthy Livonia 5K Flyer Front Opens in new window

The Healthy Livonia 5K run/walk will return 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 12, to the campus of Schoolcraft College at the MercyElite Sports Center. Join us for an energizing event that promotes health and wellness in our community. Awards will be given to the overall first, second and third place male and female, as well as first, second and third in each age category.

Click here to register for $25 through Aug. 24 ($30 Aug. 25-Sept. 8) or for more details on the race-day schedule. There is also a $2.50 per person online processing fee. The registration deadline is Sept. 8 and same-day registrations will not be accepted.

Packet pick-up begins 8 a.m. Sept. 12 for those who don't grab them during the early pick-up times Sept. 9-10. Racers will receive a race bib, shirt and winners will receive awards.

Flea Market Logo Opens in new windowGreenmead FALL FLEA MARKET

The Greenmead Fall Flea Market is coming up from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12, at Greenmead Historical Park. Bring your wagon or cart and shop from 163 vendors. 

Admission: $3 for ages 13+, children 12 and younger are free. Pay cash at entry. Exact change is appreciated. Parking is free in the Special Events Parking Lot located on Newburgh Road. All proceeds will benefit Greenmead Historical Park. 

**No pets/dogs permitted at this event** 

Vendors can hold large items for shoppers until they are ready to leave. Greenmead staff cannot assist with the transport of large items to the gate.

Our Flea Markets typically draw in approximately 4,000 visitors. Vendor registration began July 27. Please see the Vendor Letter (PDF) and Application Guidelines/Information (PDF) for more information.

Livonia Senior Center Nine-Hole Golf "Best Ball" ScrambleGolf Scramble Flyer 2021

With an 8 a.m. shotgun start, the Livonia Civic Park Senior Center Nine-Hole Golf “Best Ball” Scramble will tee off Friday, Sept. 17, at Idyl Wyld Golf Course (35780 Five Mile Road).

The scramble will have men’s, women’s and coed divisions for ages 62 and older. There will also be awards for longest drive, closest to the pin, 7 a.m. coffee and doughnuts, a luncheon and award presentation, and golf carts are included. Register here. Contact Karl at (734) 466-2556 for more information.

Thank you to our sponsors: City Treasurer Lynda Scheel (coffee and doughnuts), ZBA member Scott Morgan (tee packs), AM Rotary (longest drive), City Council President Kathleen McIntyre (closest to the pin) and a pending sponsor for the refreshment cart.