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Neighborhood Spotlight: Downtown Farmington


In our ongoing series, Neighborhood Spotlight, we continue to take you to different neighborhoods in Metro Detroit to highlight what they have to offer. This time, we’re heading to downtown Farmington where you will find a local farmers market, delicious food and drinks, entertainment and more!

Farmington Pavilion

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The Farmington Pavilion in downtown Farmington hosts many events, such as the Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market. Photo credit: Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers.

The Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market runs every year from May until October and is home to farmers and growers from across Michigan. Just head over to the Farmington Pavilion on Saturdays to find all kinds of fresh produce (and other wares) ripe for the picking.

There are also special events happening every week in the Pavilion, like Strawberry Shortcake Day in June, Polish-American Day in August and The Haunted Market in October. If you’re a fan of live music, check out their summer concert series, Rhythmz in Riley Park.

John Cowley & Sons Irish Pub

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John Cowley & Sons Irish Pub in downtown Farmington. Photo credit: Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers.

Opened by husband and wife John and Marie Cowley in 1972, John Cowley & Sons was originally called Cowley’s Old Village Inn, but it has always been located at the corner of Grand River Ave. and Farmington Rd.

While the restaurant’s founders have passed away, their children and grandchildren now operate the business. Stop in for a pint of beer, served on a 50-foot oak bar rail that was made using wood from a church in Holland, or indulge in something from their menu, a fusion of traditional Irish and American fare.

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Civic Theater

Designed by C. Howard Crane, designer of the Fox Theatre in Detroit, and built in 1940, the Farmington Civic Theater has been a mainstay in downtown Farmington for nearly 80 years. The City of Farmington acquired the theatre in 1999 and has since updated the sound system with Dolby Surround 7.1, replaced the auditorium with new seats and replaced the 35mm film projectors with digital ones.

The Theater typically plays big Hollywood blockbusters about six weeks after their release dates and, with ticket prices always at $5, you can enjoy a night out at a movie theatre without paying an arm and a leg!

Governor Warner Mansion

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Governor Warner Mansion in historic downtown Farmington. Photo credit: Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers.

Built in 1867 by P.D. Warner, Governor Fred M. Warner’s father, the Governor Warner Mansion was the Governor’s residence during his tenure as a politician. From 1895-98, Warner served as a member of the Michigan Senate as his father did before him. In 1905, he was elected Governor of Michigan and remained in that position for three terms until 1911.

The museum and gardens, accepted by the City of Farmington in 1980, is now considered a historical site. The Governor’s daughter, Edessa Warner Slocum, was an avid gardener and the last family member to occupy the home. Now, the gardens are maintained by volunteers and the museum’s grounds are available to rent for special events.

These are just some of the things you’ll find in historic downtown Farmington. Plan a trip and see what this neighborhood has in store for you!

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