Story By: Amelia Ritter
Photos By: Bill Bowen, David Graff, @justintmephotography, Jesse David Green
June is the perfect time to visit Detroit and celebrate summer! There is so much to explore and tons of exciting events happening all around Detroit and the metro area. Mark your calendar with a few of these events as you plan your next visit.
The event will feature the cars of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES racing in the Chevrolet INDYCAR Grand Prix, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires. Building on the tradition that began at the very first Grand Prix in Detroit, Comerica Bank Free Prix Day returns to Belle Isle as everyone is welcome to experience the opening day of activities at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear for FREE on Friday, June 3, 2022.
Motor City Pride is Michigan’s largest pride celebration with over 40,000 participants. Motor City Pride traces its roots back to June 1972 when the first march was held downtown Detroit to protest homophobic laws and to work for recognition for LGBT Rights and Equality. 2022 marks 50 years of Motor City Pride!
The Juneteenth Mobility Stroll and Roll Weekend in Detroit includes a community forum, an art and chocolate block party, a prayer breakfast, and a parade. The celebration in Madison Heights will feature food trucks, vendors, live music, storytelling, children’s activities, contests, and more!
The original Michigan Taco Fest will welcome thousands of guests from all over the country for 3 days of tacos, 7 stages of entertainment and activities, over 40 tequilas, and an endless amount of delicious food and fun! The 3rd Annual Michigan Taco Fest is loaded with endless entertainment, a lineup that’s fit for all ages featuring some of the region’s most impressive talent, contests, and much more!
Enjoy live entertainment from Vavoom, one of metro Detroit’s hottest dance-rock bands, along with a variety of family activities, food trucks, and craft beer. Stay past sundown for a fireworks display!
Speaking of fireworks, the Salute to America at Greenfield Village kicks off on June 30 and runs through July 3. Catch fireworks as well as live music and food. You can also catch the Ford Fireworks on the Detroit Riverfront on June 27.
June is the perfect time to see live music in Detroit. Catch acts like RÜFÜS DU SOL, Sigur Rós, Justin Bieber, Robert Plant, Alison Krauss, Jackson Browne, The Lumineers, Johnny Mathis, Tears for Fears, Motion City Soundtrack, Dave Matthews Band, New Kids on the Block, Ben Folds, and more!
Get your play on at the Monroe Street Midway, where you can enjoy art installations from Sheefy McFly, Tony Whlgn, Olivia Guterson, India Solomon, and David Rubello. Rent skates for the roller rink, play basketball, try your hand at the putt-putt course, and soak up the sunshine in downtown Detroit!
Check out The Big Bounce America as it comes to the Detroit metro area on June 10-12 and 17-19. The Big Bounce America is the largest touring inflatable event in the entire world! They’ve created an action-packed day out in Steffens Park, suitable for all ages and featuring some of the most unique and exciting custom-built inflatable attractions ever made.
Soak up the sunshine and get outside in Detroit! Take the Dequindre Cut Greenway and enjoy the graffiti artwork along the way. Skip the walk and rent a scooter to maximize your time downtown and get around a little quicker. Learn everything you need to know about renting a scooter (and get a few ideas of hidden gems to explore) here.
Bring out your inner trailblazer on your next trip to metro Detroit! Whether you get out by bike, on foot, or on skates, you can explore the growing network of trails in southeast Michigan. Expand your journey from one coast to another with these metro Detroit trails on the Great Lake-to-Lake Trail Route 1, which stretches from South Haven to Port Huron.
With all of the non-stop fun, you’ll surely work up an appetite. Stop by one of our favorite patios in the city and make the most of the long summer days. If you need a reprieve from the heat, try a trip to the Detroit Institute of Arts, Henry Ford Museum, or the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.