2017 Summer Tip Sheet

May 25, 2017  

Summertime and the living is easy – especially in The D – America’s great comeback city. Events like the Ford Fireworks, Woodward Dream Cruise and Detroit Jazz Festival will ensure you cover all of the bases – speaking of bases – be sure to check out a Detroit Tigers game at Comerica Park while you’re at it. The DMCVB hosts individual writers on assignment on a regular basis. All interested writers can contact Deanna Majchrzak, Manager, Media Relations, at dmajchrzak@visitdetroit.com or 313-202-1999.

Yalla eat! In other words, hurry up, let’s eat! The Arab American National Museum offers tours to learn the story of Arab Americans in metro Detroit through their businesses and authentic cuisine. Savor the sights, delicious scents at bakeries, nuts and coffee houses and fresh produce markets. Traditional Arabic hospitality is on full display, which of course includes generous samples. Tours operate April-October. For more information, visit arabamericanmuseum.org.

Eat em’ up Tigers, eat em’ up! There’s nothing quite like a ball game on a sunny afternoon in The D. Catch the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park this summer. If you prefer the night-game setting, snag Friday or Saturday (dates to be determined) night tickets to watch the fireworks post-game. Visit detroit.tigers.mlb.com for more information.

Check out a game at Jimmy John’s Field this summer. The downtown Utica stadium seats about 4,000 people and includes a grandstand, five dugout suites, five penthouse suites, 12 private patio suites, a grass berm and four picnic areas. The league just announced a fourth team, the Westside Woolly Mammoths, who will join the Utica Unicorns, Eastside Diamond Hoppers and Birmingham Beavers. For more information, visit jimmyjohnsfield.com.

What’s a sure sign of summer? Flowers of course! You’ll find every possible annual, perennial, herb, shrub and tree at Eastern Market Flower Day on May 21. Metropolitan Detroit Flower Growers Association members attend every year from Michigan, Ontario and neighboring states to share their arrangements and their best gardening tips. Visit easternmarket.com/attend/flower-day for more information.

Experience electronic music at one of Techno’s biggest stages – Movement Electronic Music Festival. Dance the days and nights away at this three-day festival May 27-29. Visit movement.us for more information.

The Motor City plays host to a series of auto events throughout metro Detroit all summer long – we like to call it Autopalooza. It kicks off with the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear June 2-4. Don’t miss other staple auto celebrations, like EyesOn Design Automotive Design Exhibition June 19 and the Woodward Dream Cruise Aug. 20. For a full list of event dates to check out before the checkered flag, head to autopalooza.org.

Start your engines with the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear, June 2-4. The event features the Verizon IndyCar Series, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli and the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks presented by TRAXXAS. June 2 marks Comerica Bank Free Prix Day. For all things Grand Prix visit detroitgp.com.

The first ever Detroit Music Weekend hits the streets around Music Hall June 9-11. Enjoy a few days of music, theater and dance. The Queen of Soul herself – Aretha Franklin – will grace the stage on Saturday. For more information on the inaugural event, visit detroitmusicweekend.org.

Join Michigan’s largest pride celebration June 10-11 at Hart Plaza for Motor City Pride. Live entertainment throughout the weekend and a selection of unique exhibitors lead up to the highly anticipated parade. Visit motorcitypride.org for more information.

Mitts are optional at Greenfield Village’s Historic Base Ball Games. Rules straight from 1867 apply. Check out the action Saturdays and Sundays June 10-Aug. 20, first pitch is at 1:30 p.m. Head to thehenryford.org for more information.

Greenfield Village is the perfect place to explore in the summer months. Staple seasonal events include Motor Muster June 18-19, Annual Salute to America June 30-July 3 and the Annual Old Car Festival Sept. 9-10. For more information, visit thehenryford.org.

Kick off summer on the Detroit riverfront at GM River Days June 23-25. This family-friendly festival offers rides, arts and crafts, music, boat rides, food and more. Head to riverdays.com for details. The weekend-long celebration is a precursor to the incredible Ford Fireworks, which light up the sky along the Detroit River June 26. For more information, go to theparade.org.

USA Taekwondo brings the 2017 National Championships to Cobo Center June 29-July 6. The eight day competition is expected to bring more than 5,000 competitors to the region. Check out detroitsports.org for all of the details.

What do you get when you mix live music entertainment and the Detroit Zoo? Wild Summer Nights, of course! Jam along with the animals Wednesday nights in July and August in the zoo’s Main Picnic Grove. Performers span all genres, so you’re sure to find a concert to fit your taste. Check back for this year’s summer lineup, visit detroitzoo.org/events/wildsummernights.

Detroit is a music mecca and our summer concert line-up proves it. The D is home to several concert venues, including Comerica Park, DTE Energy Music Theatre, Ford Field, the Fox Theatre and the new Little Caesars Arena, opening this September. Don’t miss popular artists like The Weeknd, Bruno Mars and Neil Diamond. Go to visitdetroit.com for concert dates and locations.

Corktown Strut returns to the brick roads of Corktown June 26-July 4. Music, food and art are the stars of this summer celebration. Last year’s strut created over $100,000 in economic development. For participant updates and more details, visit corktownstrut.com.

Uncle Sam wants you to celebrate Independence Day Downriver. The Uncle Sam Jam takes place at Civic Center Park in Woodhaven July 6-9. Live entertainment and loads of family fun will take place during the 8th annual festival. Go to unclesamjamfest.com for more information.

The 39th Annual Concours d’Elegance parks it at the Inn at St. John’s July 28-30. This world-class exhibition showcases beautiful cars from every era and celebrates classic, rare, collectible and prestigious automobiles alongside an art exhibit and vintage auto auction. Go to concoursusa.org for more information.

The Mo Pop Festival occupies West Riverfront Park July 29-30. Riverside biergarten, food truck alley and craft bazaar accompany the music. For festival updates and artist line-ups, visit mopopfestival.com.

Maker Faire Detroit heads back the to The Henry Ford July 29-30 for two days of unconventional ingenuity, unbridled creativity and a whole lot of forward thinking. You’ll be sure to leave feeling inspired by all the making. Visit makerfairedetroit.com for more information.

West Bloomfield’s Orchard Lake Fine Arts Show draws paintings, sculptures, glassware jewelry and photography from world-renowned and local artists. You’ll find the best of the best when it comes to original and handmade art July 29-30. Check out hotworks.org/orchardlakefineartshow for more information.

The largest Arab and Chaldean Festival in North America returns to Hart Plaza July 29-30. The Arab and Chaldean Festival celebrates heritage through food, music and dance – an event for the whole family. Go to arabandchaldeanfestival.com for more information.

The African World Festival is a true cultural staple in Detroit. Celebrate African heritage at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Aug. 18-20. The free weekend event includes live performances, poetry, arts, crafts and African drumming you’ll have to see to believe. The ethnic celebration includes worldwide cuisines and genre spanning music, perfect for the whole family. Visit thewright.org for event information.

Celebrate 100 years of military aviation at the Selfridge Air National Guard Base Open House and Air Show Aug. 19-20. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will headline the event. Admission and parking are free. A limited number of Premium Box and Flightline Club seats are available for purchase. Visit teamselfridge.com for more details.

Celebrate the Motor City’s roots at the Woodward Dream Cruise on Aug. 19. Watch the sea of classic cars and hot rods stroll along Woodward Avenue from Pontiac to Detroit, while you take in the sounds and tastes that come along with them. Visit woodwarddreamcruise.com for more information.

No time machine needed for this trip back to the renaissance era! The Michigan Renaissance Festival runs from Aug. 19 through Oct. 1 (weekends and Labor Day) in Holly’s “Hollygrove” village. Attend hilarious renaissance-themed comedy shows and entertaining theater performances. The festival also includes games, rides, music and more – perfect for the entire family. Head to michrenfest.com for more information.

The high school football season starts here. The Detroit Sports Commission Xenith Prep Kickoff Classic is Aug. 24-26 at Tom Adams Field on the campus of Wayne State University. Matchups are between Michigan’s best of the best football programs, so don’t miss the excitement. Go to detroitsports.org to see the full list of 2017 matchups.

The Spirit of Detroit HydroFest returns to the Detroit River Aug. 26-27. Watch with the crowds as hydroplane boats zip up and down the river. For event details visit detroitboatraces.com.

The Michigan Peach Festival of Romeo graces the streets of downtown Romeo Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31-Sept. 4. Delicious peach-packed goods are obviously a must, but this event offers fun for the whole family, including, parades and cruises, craft shows and races. For full festival details, visit facebook.com/peachfest.

Summer just isn’t complete without this Michigan tradition: the Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair returns to Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi Aug. 31-Sept. 4. The fair celebrates Michigan’s agricultural industry and small businesses while incorporating the family-fun traditions of the State Fair – and it gets bigger and better every year. Go to michiganstatefairllc.com for more information.

The 20th Annual Ford Arts, Beats & Eats takes place in downtown Royal Oak Sept. 1-4. The festival offers more than 200 performances on nine stages, a highly ranked Juried Fine Arts Show and local restaurants offering some of the finest cuisine in metro Detroit. Admission fees benefit local charities and the community. For more information, visit artsbeatseats.com.

The United States Navy Blue Angels fly through the sky Sept. 2-4 above Yankee Air Museum. Book a ride in any of the Yankee Air Museum’s historic flyable aircraft and experience what it was like to be a military pilot. Thunder Over Michigan is a spectacle you don’t want to miss. Fly over to yankeeairmuseum.org for all of the event details.

Close out your summer in historic North Cass Corridor. Dance along to the music and take in the ambience at Dally in the Alley, Sept. 9. Event proceeds support the North Cass Community Union projects and efforts to improve the quality of life. Visit dallyinthealley.com for more information.


Inside|Out, a DIA program brings reproductions of masterpieces outdoors and will adorn venues from downtown Detroit all the way to Auburn Hills, April through October. These exhibits are clustered in close proximity to encourage outdoor activity such as biking and walking tours. For more information, visit dia.org.

House Industries: A Type of Learning debuts at The Henry Ford May 27-Sept. 4. See the mastery behind some of the world’s most iconic typefaces and logos. This exhibition will showcase everything from cars to clothing dressed with House artists’ distinctive touch. Don’t miss this exclusive, one-of-a-kind exhibit – it truly is a designers dream. Visit thehenryford.org for more information.

Round 1 Bowling and Amusement will join the line up at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets in fall 2017. The 59,071 sq.-ft. attraction will be located in District 5, joining Sea Life Michigan Aquarium, Legoland Discovery Center Michigan and AMC Star Great Lakes.

Save 20 percent or more on popular Detroit attractions with The D Discount Pass. Current participants include the The Adventure Park At West Bloomfield, Arab American National Museum, Automotive Hall Of Fame, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit Institute of Arts, Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, The Henry Ford, Legoland Discovery Center Michigan, Meadow Brook Hall, Michigan Science Center, Motown Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center, Sea Life Michigan Aquarium, United Shore Professional Baseball League and Wheelhouse Detroit. The D Discount Pass is accepted at participating venues through December 31, 2017. To take advantage of these offers, go to visitdetroit.com/discount.

Media: Please contact Renee Monforton, Communications Director, for assistance at 313- 202-1951 or rmonforton@visitdetroit.com; or Deanna Majchrzak, Manager, Media Relations at 313-202-1999 or dmajchrzak@visitdetroit.com.