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Detroit 10: Metro Detroit Summer Festivals and Events

Posted on Friday, May 17 2013 in Events


Summer in metro Detroit is upon us. It conjures in my mind thoughts of warm weather, beautiful skies and the blue waters of the Detroit River lapping against the shore of Belle Isle. As much as it’s awesome to spend the entire summer lounging around, we know you’re also going to want to get out and see all that metro Detroit’s summer events and festivals have to offer. But, where to go?

No worries, we have you covered. Here are 10 suggestions for summer festivals to do in Detroit!

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Typical races held in coastal cities,

making Detroit special and unique.

  1. Michigander's and locals alike are proud to be part of the Great Beer State. In celebration of this enthusiams for microbrews and craft beers, 31 breweries will be at the Michigan Beerfest at DTE Energy Music Theatre, Saturday, June 15.
  2. River Days stretches across the RiverWalk near downtown Detroit and includes fun for the whole family! You can expect riverboat tours, jet-ski demos, sand sculptures, great eats, tall ships and, of course, live music from a host of artists. Check it out June 21-23!
  3. On July 13-14 the roar of hydroplanes returns to the Detroit River! This tradition on the water, officially named the APBA Gold Challenge Cup, is the oldest active trophy in all of motorsports, first being awarded back in 1904. So, not only is there speed, but there’s also history. The race occurs on the Detroit waterfront, in the stretch of river between Detroit and Belle Isle on the American side.
  4. Do you love beautiful cars? Concours D’Elegance is for you. These amazing vehicles from a time gone by will be showcased on Sunday, July 28 at The Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth. The luxury hotel mixes perfectly with the luxury automobiles.
  5. Celebrate America with the Stars and Stripes Festival at Freedom Hill! This Sterling Heights event brings together musical acts like Randy Travis, Collective Soul and Cake, but that’s not all. You’re also in for a Laser Show, Petting Zoo, Monster Truck rides and much more. June 28-30.
  6. August 16-18 the Charles WrightMuseum of African American History will be the center for the African World Festival. This year will  be their 31st year celebrating African heritage, culture, poetry, music, food and much, much more, as well as an expanded watoto village, as part of a family-friendly event (“watoto” means “children” in Swahili, in case
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    River Days on the Detroit River
    you didn’t know).
  7. A million and a half people (along with more than 40,000 classic cars) will descend on metro Detroit for a celebration of the automobile August 17. Beginning in 1995, The Woodward Dream Cruise is an event known worldwide over for showcasing the best and some of the most interesting vehicles you’ve ever seen.
  8. Blending three types of creativity, downtown Royal Oak will be moving the beat of Arts, Beats and Eats from Aug. 30 through Sept. 1. This festival is a long-time metro Detroit staple that brings more than 200 musical performances together with some of the best food and best artists The D has to offer.
  9. The Michigan Peach Festival Of Romeo in Macomb County is a Labor Day weekend tradition, complete with a Peach Queen. Not all the details are released yet, but last year they had a fly-in breakfast complete with a World War II era bomber, Kid Fest, 5k and 10k run and Floral Parade.
  10. And on one final note, we’d be remiss if we didn’t include the 34th installment of the Detroit Jazz Festival! This legendary coming together of the best in the genre returns to downtown Detroit Labor Day Weekend, from Aug. 30 through Sept. 2. The festival covers three blocks by the award-winning Campus Martius Park and draws an international crowd that loves the quintessential American music genre.



How many of the 10 festivals will you attend? 


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