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The Big List of Summer Events in Detroit

Detroit shines in the summer! There are tons of festivals, concerts, and special events going on in the Detroit area that will keep everyone busy. I noticed that my summer schedule was quickly becoming booked solid so I put this list together of things to do in Detroit in the summer.

I hope you find it helpful too! Oh, and this list isn’t exhaustive; it’s just a smattering of summertime fun in Detroit.


Peony Festival in Ann Arbor - June 6-13

Berkley Art Bash - June 12

Bavarian Festival in Frankenmuth - June 10-13

Ann Arbor Summer Festival - June 18-July 11

Cruisin' Gratiot - June 14-19

Detroit River Days - June 18-21

Arab American International Festival - June 18-20

International Tug Boat Race - June 19

Detroit Target Fireworks - June 21

Jobbie Nooner - June 25 (Facebook Link: may not be safe for work. It was the tamest link I could find!)

Opa! Fest - June 25-27



Salute to America at Greenfield Village - July 1-4

Cinematic Titanic - July 2

American Polish Festival & Craft Show - July 9-11

Michigan ElvisFest - July 9-10

Baar Bazaar - July 10

Sting with the Royal Philharmonic - July 16

Windsor International Fringe Festival - July 16-25

Quake on the Lake - July 15-18

Concert of Colors - July 16-18

Ann Arbor Street Art Fair - July 21-24

Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival - July 23-24

Arab and Chaldean Festival - July 24-25

Michigan Challenge Balloonfest - July 25-27



Buy Michigan Now Festival - August 6-8

Tears For Fears at MotorCity Casino- August 12

Anime Detroit - August 13-15

Kid Rock - August 13-15

Harsens Island Bluegrass Festival - August 15

African World Festival - August 20-22

Woodward Dream Cruise - August 21

Michigan Renaissance Festival - August 21-October 3



Eminem & Jay-Z - September 2

Arts, Beats, & Eats - September 3-6

Detroit International Jazz Festival - September 3-6

KISS - September 11

Northville Victorian Festival - September 17-19

DIY Street Fair - September 17-19

Plus, there are a few late summer festivals that I couldn't confirm dates on such as the Arts & Apples Festival in Rochester, Dally in the Alley, and the Hamtramck Festival (which is usually labor day weekend). I'll update as those are confirmed.

Oh, and if you're looking for a fireworks display near you check out

Have a fabulous summer!

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It's at the tail end, but don't forget about the Tour de Troit: Saturday, September 25th at 10 a.m.

June 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEverett

Thanks Everett! I had the cut-off date for this as September 21st but stay tuned for a post featuring Tour de Troit in the near future.

June 9, 2010 | Registered CommenterBecks Davis

What an awesome list! This will definitely help me plan my weekends this summer! And thanks for including the Baar Bazaar in with so many other super sweet events!

June 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBethany

Motor City Pride + Hotter than July. Can't have a good city without shoutin' out to your gays.

June 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDude

Actually I guess just hotter than July... I missed MCP.

June 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDude

Thanks Bethany! Happy to include Baar Bazaar, looking forward to it.

Yeah, Motor City Pride was last Sunday. Sorry you missed it. :)

June 9, 2010 | Registered CommenterBecks Davis

Also don't forget the Maker Faire is being held the last weekend in July at Greenfield Village I think!

June 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAdele

Yes! I totally meant to include the Maker Faire, Thanks for adding it.

June 21, 2010 | Registered CommenterBecks Davis

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