Summer in metro Detroit is usually filled with nonstop fun, as people try to pack in as many activities as they can before the winter starts.
On top of many different places to see, there are also different things to do and festivals to attend that are unlike any other in Michigan. If you’re looking to spend some time and summer in metro Detroit, here are our suggestions.
The Detroit Zoo is open seven days a week and shows off some incredible animals in habitats that were designed to look like the areas the animals live in.
On top of their daily admission, there are events throughout the summer for kids, and some that are adults-only, where you can sip on a drink and stroll through the zoo.
Make sure to check out the penguinarium, which just reopened and is massive in size, and see the polar bear who was born in 2020 in the Arctic Ring of Life exhibit.
Photo by Robert Deek
The Armada Fair is celebrating its 150th year this year, and it runs between Aug. 15-21 in northern Macomb County, about an hour north of Detroit.
The fair kicks off with a parade on Aug. 14 and has nonstop events the entire week that are fun for the entire family.
Headliner events include a concert, monster trucks, demolition derby, a rodeo, and a tractor pull.
There’s also a carnival for the whole family, refreshment tents, livestock shows, and more.
Woodward Dream Cruise
The premier car event in the summer, the Woodward Dream Cruise brings nearly one million people from around the world to metro Detroit to check out cars on Saturday, Aug. 20.
The Dream Cruise stretches 16 miles through nine different cities in metro Detroit – Berkley, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, Ferndale, Huntington Woods, Royal Oak, Pleasant Ridge, and Pontiac.
No matter how you take in the cruise – whether by walking or by car – you’re likely to see some of the most beautiful and historic cars in the world.
Photo by Bill Bowen
Arts, Beats & Eats
Tens of thousands of people flock to Royal Oak for Arts, Beats & Eats, which celebrates art, food, music, and community.
The four-day event over Labor Day weekend draws some of the best artists from around the state and the country, as well as national music artists and more.
Headliners this year include Flo Rida, 311, Fitz & The Tantrums, and more.
The festival runs from Friday, Sept. 2 through Monday, Sept. 5.
Photo by Jason Vaughn
Detroit Jazz Festival
For more than 40 years, some of the world’s best jazz musicians have come to Detroit for the annual Jazz festival.
The festival also takes place on Labor Day weekend – Sept. 2 through Sept. 5 – throughout Downtown Detroit.
There are stages at Hart Plaza and at Campus Martius Park, so you can take in jazz all day throughout the city.