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Detroit Boat Race

It’s fast. It’s loud. And it’s happening on the beautiful Detroit River. Boat racing in Detroit is back with the UAW-GM Spirit of Detroit HydroFest Aug. 22-23 featuring the H1 Unlimited hydroplane series.

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It’s not time to pull out the school supplies and backpacks just yet. There are still many weeks of fun left to be had in Pure Michigan. Take a trip to metro Detroit for a Labor Day extravaganza of witches and peaches (Sure, that’s an odd combination, but The D’s variety in events truly appeals to every traveler). For a weekend worth documenting, you may as well try to hit them all up. Here are our recommendations:

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Bassmaster Elite

The country's top anglers are making their way toward Detroit's waters.

The Bassmaster Elite Series, now in its 10th year, celebrates the finest fisheries across the country — from the Gulf of Mexico up to the beautiful Great Lakes — and the best fishing to go along with them. And this year, the series has saved the best for last: Lake St. Clair serves as the final fishery for the season, wrapping up the summer.

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What began in 1995 as a fundraiser for a soccer field in Ferndale has become the world’s largest one-day automotive event — the Woodward Dream Cruise.

Today, 1.5 million people and 40,000 classic cars travel to metro Detroit — the birthplace of the American automobile — from as far away as New Zealand, Australia and Japan to participate in the rolling car show.

This year’s Dream Cruise is Saturday, Aug. 15 along a 16-mile stretch of historical Woodward Avenue through nine host communities: Berkley, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, Ferndale, Huntington Woods, Pleasant Ridge, Pontiac and Royal Oak.

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AfricanWorldFestival CharlesHWrightMuseum

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History stands alone as the world’s largest museum dedicated to the African-American experience and the premier archivist of its history. Aside from regular educational and intellectual opportunities, the museum celebrates the cultures of the African diaspora at its annual African World Festival. This festival is one of Detroit’s cultural staples and typically draws hundreds of thousands of attendees.

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