Story By: Amelia Ritter
Photos By: Bill Bowen
There is no better time to visit Detroit and the metro area than in August! There is so much to explore and tons of exciting events happening. Mark your calendar with a few of these events as you plan your next visit.
Enjoy featured dishes and craft drinks, as well as live musical entertainment, at more than 20 restaurants and help the initiatives of SAY Detroit that provide housing, food, medical care, education, and more to Detroiters in need at any age.
Charivari Detroit is a four-day electronic music festival showcasing Detroit-based DJs. The festival includes yoga, food trucks, vending, art, and a pop-up party!
The Woodward Dream Cruise spans much of the avenue: classic vehicle drivers cruise through nine participating communities (Pontiac, Bloomfield Township, Bloomfield Hills, Birmingham, Royal Oak, Berkley, Huntington Woods, Pleasant Ridge, and Ferndale) in Oakland County, Michigan. Spectators and cruisers travel to Metro Detroit, the birthplace of the American automobile, to participate in an event that celebrates all things automotive.
Join Blake Farms outdoor just in time for sunflower season at their 7th annual premier cider, beer, food & live music festival in Armada in Macomb County! The event this year will feature 50+ cideries, breweries and wineries with live music, beer stein holding competition, fowling, corn hole, giant jenga, silent disco, food trucks and more.
This fest is the ultimate party to celebrate our state’s annual Buy Michigan Week. Nestled in the charming town of Northville, Michigan, small businesses take to the streets to engage with customers and show off what makes their company special. Michigan-made products abound including accessories, apparel, art, beverages, candles, foods, jewelry, home decor, skincare, woodwork, and more. Restaurants offer air-conditioned seating inside or dining al fresco in the streets. Plus, the town has a Social District for those who choose to sip while they shop, and plenty of vendors will be serving up specialty food throughout.
The M1 Pontiac Power Week includes an Australian burnout contest called Sick Skids, three days of new Dodge product reveals, and a parade designed to celebrate the Woodward Dream Cruise. There’s something new to enjoy each day!
You can also check out the Allen Park Street Fair, Belle Isle Art Fair, Ribs and R&B Music Festival, Hour Detroit’s Food + Wine Show, World Tournament of Historic Base Ball, Haunted Detroit, Taste of the Riverfront Walking Tour, and more! For a list of events happening this weekend, click here.
July is a great time to catch a concert, with tons of live music in Detroit and the metro area! Catch names like Phish, Toby Keith, Maren Morris, The Goo Goo Dolls, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kendrick Lamar, Alicia Keys, Rise Against, Kenny Chesney, Korn, and Blondie, just to name a few!
For more summer fun head to metro Detroit area shopping malls and downtowns for fun finds, free live music, and more! You can find nearly a dozen malls with a variety of stores in the area, each featuring its own exciting calendar of events.
Photos by @motor.city.mindset and Robert Deek
Take advantage of the warm weather and get outside on the water! You’re never too far from the water when you’re in metro Detroit, and with that, there are many ways for people to enjoy the water. Even if you don’t own a boat, there are plenty of places to rent kayaks, canoes, boats, jet skis, and more. If you’re looking to enjoy being out on the water in metro Detroit, find some of the best places here.
Catch some rays and get outside at the Huron Clinton Metroparks. There are 13 parks throughout metro Detroit with 25,000 acres of woods, water, and recreational facilities. Each park offers a variety of hiking trails, biking trails, playgrounds, and more, but some of the parks feature more unique activities like beaches, golfing, waterparks, boating, and a farm.
With all of the non-stop fun, you’ll surely work up an appetite. Enjoy Detroit staples like pizza and coney dogs, or hop on over to the Detroit Brew Trail. If you need a reprieve from the heat, try a trip to the Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan Science Center, or the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.
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