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Things to do in Detroit metropolitan area

By meerna Jul11,2024
Things to do in Detroit metropolitan area

Metro Detroit will come alive this weekend with a variety of long-standing festivals and fairs featuring art, music, cultural enrichment, car shows, fireworks and more. In downtown Plymouth, enjoy art and see a “living mural” where a model’s body is transformed into a painted canvas. Another art fair featuring art will be held in Wyandotte. Ride a monster truck and see a drone show in Woodhaven. Celebrate the beauty, strength and spirit of the African diaspora in downtown Detroit. Finally, relax and soak in the lavender at Armada.

Here are some things to do over the weekend of July 12-14.

This free, family-friendly festival returns with live entertainment, a carnival arena with over 30 rides, a petting zoo, a classic car show, Shell-Camino Monster Truck rides, fireworks and more.

Entertainment will include Simple Queen, Hinder, Fuel, Queensryche, Lynch Mob and Vinny Appice’s Sabbath Knights, as well as local and regional acts. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

There will be a fireworks show on Friday evening, and a new drone show will take place on Saturday at 10 p.m.

Festival hours: Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.; Fridays from 4:00 p.m. to midnight; Saturdays from 12:00 p.m. to midnight; Sundays from 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at Civic Center Park in Woodhaven. Free off-site parking and shuttles will be available at Kohl’s, 20840 West Road.

Join over 400 artists from 31 states as they take to the streets of downtown Plymouth to showcase their art. The festival will also feature live entertainment, art shows, professional hula hoop dancers, a “human statue,” magician George Tait, a variety of food options and more.

Take part in a hands-on children’s mural and watch chalk artists create a large Toy Story-style masterpiece. Plus, a “living mural” turns models’ bodies into a painted canvas.

Listen to live music from Roots Vibrations, Greektownhotbox and Cary Kocher.

Event hours: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM Friday, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM Saturday, and 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Sunday. Shuttles will run continuously from Schoolcraft College in Livonia, and the shuttle fee is $6. Children under 12 are free.

The 41st African World Festival, presented by the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, will feature live performances, vendors, food, clothing, health products, visual art, live demonstrations, community resources and more.

The concert will feature headliners including Third World, Rapsody, Thandiswa Mazwai and Dumpstaphunk.

Festival hours: Friday 3:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Saturday 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM, Sunday 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM at Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit. Admission is free for Charles H. Wright Museum members. Non-member adult tickets are $15 online and $20 at the door. Non-member tickets for seniors (65 and older) and students (13 and older) are $10 online and $15 at the door.

Stroll through historic downtown Wyandotte and visit nearly 250 artists and craftspeople, over 30 food stalls and restaurants, street performers and an art zone for kids.

The fair will be held daily from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. through Saturday in downtown Wyandotte.

Immerse yourself in the tranquil lavender fields at this festival, now expanded to two weekends. Stroll through an outdoor market featuring more than 200 Michigan artisans. Enjoy DIY workshops, educational sessions on aromatherapy, gardening and natural wellness, and a children’s activity tent with animal shows, face painting, crafts and more.

Enjoy lavender-infused treats like lavender ice cream, doughnuts and cupcakes, along with Blake’s Hard Cider and limited-edition lavender-infused cider and beer from Blake’s Brewing Co.

The ticket price includes entry to Funland and a train ride to and from the lavender fields.

Festival hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday and July 19-21 at Blake’s Orchard and Cider Mill, 17985 Armada Center Road in Armada. General admission is $12 Fridays and $14 Saturdays and Sundays. Children two and under are free.

Brendel Hightower is deputy editor of the Detroit Free Press. She can be reached at [email protected]. Support local journalism: subscribe to the Detroit Free Press.

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