Welcome to Fenton!
Welcome to Fenton Michigan where award-winning schools, family-friendly neighborhoods, and a
thriving business district with abundant arts and cultural opportunities are surrounded by
beautiful parks and shimmering blue lakes.
A History of Fun
Folks have been having fun in Fenton since the very beginning. In fact, the city was originally named Dibbleville until some early settlers had a little too much fun one night.
Legend has it that the name change was due to a high stakes card game played by two men in 1837. William M. Fenton and Robert LeRoy made a wager to rename the city after the player with the best hand. It's not too difficult to guess who won!
Though William Fenton won the privilege of having a city in his name, the other settlers weren't forgotten either.
LeRoy is the namesake of Leroy Street, which runs right into historic Dibbleville, the neighborhood that still bears the name of the area's first settler, Clark Dibble.
There you have it. Great entertainment is a part of Fenton's heritage!
We Invite You to
One of the most inviting cities in southeast Michigan, the City of Fenton has quietly become a premiere destination in
Genesee County for shopping, dining, arts, entertainment
Visitors often fall in love with Historic Dibbleville and even move
here to experience the relaxing hometown atmosphere, surrounded by lakes. It's the perfect place to spend a weekend or a lifetime.
For award-winning schools, a bustling downtown business district, historic homes, Southern Lakes parks
and recreation, active churches, and welcoming spirit, we invite you to...Be Closer.
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Here's Our Story...
These days, it seems the more connected we become with the whole world through networks and wires and digitalized communications, the farther we grow from the things that really matter - like family, community, nature, and a sense of history. Not so in Fenton, Michigan.
Fenton possesses the unique quality of remaining close to the things that matter. Generations of families live together in Fenton neighborhoods; the business community is cohesive and supportive. Through the preservation of historic architecture and the natural resources of the many lakes, parks and forests, Fenton retains visible ties to its roots and values. It is a community as close to genuine Americana as they come.
Historic Dibbleville's strolling-with-the-girls-for-fun kind of shopping. Dibbleville is the historic central downtown and it's home to many shops and studios. Walkable, window-shopping with a sprinkling of restaurants dotting the landscape make it convenient to saunter down to the Farmer's Market, or the Fenton Community and Cultural Center, or Concerts at the Gazebo or.... come down and see for yourself!
Silver Parkway: One of the things Fenton residents love most about living here is that they don't have to go very far to find everything they need.
Silver Parkway is your grocery-errands-convenience style shopping with a great selection of restaurants along the way.
North Leroy: N. Leroy's eclectic mix of small
family-owned businesses lined up side by side with national-brand chain stores make for great shopping adventures, you never know
what treasure you'll find tucked away around a corner here.
As closely-knit as the Fenton community may be, it is also located conveniently near the many terrific amenities of the Mid-Michigan area. This Genesee County city lines the borders of both
Livingston and Oakland Counties, and its proximity to US-23 makes Fenton just a short drive from the major metropolitan areas of Flint, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Lansing and more.
The city remains in touch with the cutting edges of education and innovation with great schools and entrepreneurialism.
Though so nearby to so much, Fenton is a little bit hidden, and the
residents don’t mind this in the least.
The heart of the city being set a bit off the freeway has allowed the community to stay close to each other and their values while remaining connected to the outside world.
Communities in surrounding areas may think they know what Fenton, MI is all about from zooming by on US-23, or by
passing through now and again, but residents know that the true Fenton is best understood from the inside out. For those
who want to connect to something real, to feel a genuine sense of togetherness with a true community, Fenton invites
you to Be Closer.
Shopping in Fenton!
Whatever the mood, Fenton has the shopping experience for you!
Fenton's three distinctively different areas for shopping:
Dibbleville, Silver Parkway and N. LeRoy offer a little something for everyone. For a complete list of Fenton, MI shops and
restaurants please visit the Fenton Business Directory page!
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Fenton is a Destination
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Downtown Fenton Events
Fenton is a community recognized for its support of the arts, culture and entertainment with events that have been bringing families together for generations.
Major festivals take place throughout the year:
July - Freedom Festival, Fenton Art Walk, Taste in Fenton
August - Back to the Bricks
September - St. John's Applefest
October - Event So Good It's Scary
December - Jinglefest
Arts and cultural events are a significant part of life in Fenton with the Fenton Community Orchestra, theatrical performances by the Fenton Village Players, dance instruction at Visions In Motion dance studio and art exhibits at the Fenton Community and Cultural Center.
On any given night, live musical performances at the Fenton Hotel, or just a group of musicians adding some ambiance to Dibbleville from park benches downtown.
Fenton Arts Council
The Fenton Arts Council serves its members by providing arts and cultural opportunities as well as promoting and educating local arts groups.
The Fenton Public Art Mural "Song of the Shiawassee" was gifted to the city by local artists and hangs in the Fenton Community Center. A total of 15 canvases were painted and assembled to create this 6' x 7.5' mural for public exhibit which was gifted in 2005; it is valued at over $10,000. The artists and additional info is available at: https://www.fentonartscouncil.com/