Detroit Events and Festivals Calendar

Events, Festivals, Attractions, Shows, Walks and Marathons

Detroit Michigan skyline reflections
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The Metro-Detroit area plays host to a lot of events throughout the year, including festivals, attractions, fairs, shows, walks, and marathons. Because planning is everything, check out the Detroit Events and Festivals Calendar to see which events are scheduled month to month in the Metro-Detroit area.

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    Ford displays the 2015 50th anniversay Mustang at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) on January 14, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The auto show opens to the public January 18-26.
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    January hosts what is arguably Detroit's biggest event: the North American International Auto Show. The month also marks the beginning of the winter festival season with Frankenmuth's Zehnder's Snowfest, Rochester's ​Fire & Ice Fest, and the Plymouth Ice Festival.

    There are also indoor events, like TigerFest in Detroit, the Ann Arbor Folk Festival, and the Anti-Freeze Blues Festival in Ferndale.

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    Motown Winter Blast Marks Super Bowl XL
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    Snow and more snow usually characterizes the month of February in Detroit. All we can do as Detroiters is learn to revel in it at Detroit's Winter Blast! First, though, we need to store up some body fat by attending Hamtramck's Paczki Day Celebration.

    If you choose to bury your head in the snow and live in denial of the cold conditions, you can head indoors to the Ferndale Blues Festival or the Motor City Tattoo Expo.

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    Valentine's Day Events

    When: On or around February 14th
    Where: Throughout the Metro Detroit Area

    Valentine's Day and romance are celebrated throughout the Metro Detroit Area with galas, balls, cruises, and special film reviews.
     

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    March

    A2 film festival
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    While March marks the beginning of the thaw in Detroit, we still prefer spending the bulk of our time indoors if possible. The Ann Arbor Film Festival and Detroit's Autorama make this possible.

    If you absolutely, positively have to be outdoors, save it for Detroit's St. Patrick's Day Parade.

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    In spite of April showers, the month hosts several outdoor events, including Ann Arbor's Festifools, as well as Detroit's Greek Independence Day Parade and the March of Dimes "March for Babies" Walk.

    If you're looking for a roof over your head, check out the Detroit Music Awards and Detroit Restaurant Week, as well as the Shrine Circus that usually pulls into town this month.

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    May

    Eastern Market Flower Day
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    While May usually brings warm weather our way, snow is still possible. Ever optimistic (or stubborn as the case may be) communities within the Metropolitan Detroit area hold outdoor art fairs, concerts and walks, such as ​​Art Birmingham, the Belle Isle Grand Prix, Eastern Market's Flower Day, and Walk MS. Of course, heading indoors is good, too, at the Motor City Comic Con.

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    Memorial Day Weekend

    Detroit Electronic Music Festival
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    In addition to the parades and ceremonies hosted by local communities in honor of fallen soldiers, the Memorial Day weekend in Detroit usually includes a picnic in the park or a day at the beach. Events scheduled over the three-day holiday include Movement: Detroit's Electronic Music Festival at Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit and Greenfield Village's Salute to America in Dearborn.

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    June

    Motor City Pride Merch
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    Ahhh...Summer. The Metro Detroit area is bustling with activity starting in June. Where to start? Maybe on one of Michigan's lakes? Jobbie Nooner usually takes place the weekend before July 4th. 

    Downtown Detroit holds its annual ​Motor City Pride Parade and River Days, while Sterling Heights gets a jump on the 4th of July holiday with its Stars and Stripes Festival in Sterling Heights.

    Other events this month include the Taste of Ann Arbor, the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, Frankenmuth's Bavarian Festival, Belleville's National Strawberry Festival, Eastpointe's Cruisin' Gratiot, Howell's Balloonfest, the Livonia Spree and June on Jefferson.

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  • 09 of 19
    Big chrysanthemum firework
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    Detroit celebrates the nation's birthday in style with firework displays, parades and special events, including Salute to America at Greenfield Village. If a private picnic is more your style, however, it's all good!

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    Ann Arbor Art Fair 2007
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    We pay a price for our cold climate, but one of the perks is being able to appreciate the warm weather. No matter where you hang in the Metro Detroit area, July is all about being outdoors with the Ann Arbor Art Fair, Ann Arbor Summer Festival, Ypsilanti's ElvisFest, Plymouth's Art in the Park, the Detroit APBA Gold Cup, the Bayview Port Huron to Mackinac Race, and Pontiac's Quake on the Lake.

    Other events include Vans Warped TourThe Maker Faire at The Henry Ford Museum and the Concours d' Elegance in Plymouth.

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    2002 Woodward Dream Cruise
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    August hosts what is arguably the biggest event in the Metro Detroit area: the Woodward Dream Cruise. It started off as a local fundraiser in Ferndale but has grown all along Woodward Avenue. In fact, car fever has hit the entire Metro-Detroit area in August; Autopalooza and auto-related events hosted by other communities require a separate, auto-related events calendar.

    August also marks the beginning of Holly's six-week-long Renaissance Festival and hosts Livonia's Highland Games, Milford Memories Summer Festival, the Thunder Over Michigan Air Show, and Detroit's African World Festival.

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    Michigan Renaissance Festival
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    Labor Day weekend is huge in the Metro Detroit area. Maybe it's because we want summer to go out with a bang, but there are always a lot of events scheduled for the three-day holiday. In addition to the on-going Michigan Renaissance Festival, the month hosts Royal Oak's Arts, Beats & Eats Festival; the Detroit Jazz Festival, the Hamtramck Labor Day Festival, and the rebooted Michigan State Fair

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    September

    The warm weather wanes and school start in September, but Detroiters get in a few more events before calling summer quits, including Detroit's Dally in the Alley, Rochester's Art & Apples Festival, Northville's Victorian Festival, Brighton's Smokin' Jazz Barbeque Festival, Mt. Clemen's Selfridge Air Show, Plymouth's Community Fall Festival, Westland's Blues, Brews and Barbeque, the Funky Ferndale Art Fair, Romulus' Pumpkin Festival, and the Detroit Fashion Week. 

    And that's not all! Cider mills open for the season in September.

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    October

    When envisioning the dark nights surrounding All Hallow's Eve, the Michigan Landscape fits the bill. In this regard, Michigan does up Halloween right with a long list of Haunted Houses.

    Beyond Halloween, the Metro Detroit area holds several events in October, including Detroit's Free Press Marathon, Detroit's Fall Beer Festival, Northville's Oktoberfest, Trenton's Scarecrow Festival, Southfield's International Festival, Ann Arbor's Edgefest, and Plymouth's Great Lakes Regional Chili Cook-Off and Harley Davidson Motorcycle Show.

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    Glowing window casting light in backyard
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    Halloween is one of Metro-Detroit area's biggest holiday seasons. In fact, the area boasts so many haunted attractions that it's been called the haunted house capital of the country.

    In addition to haunted houses, the area has several corn mazes, ghost tours, ​and family Halloween attractions, including the Detroit Zoo Boo and Hallowe'en in Greenfield Village.

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    November

    Campus Martius Rink
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    Admittedly, there is something of a lull in November before the holiday season begins, but there are a few events scheduled outside of Thanksgiving. For instance, Detroit hosts its Veterans Day Parade and Urban Organic Fest. The Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus also pulls into town this month.

    Meanwhile, The Rink at Campus Martius Park and Wayne County Lightfest officially open in November.

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    America's Thanksgiving's Day Parade
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    While Thanksgiving is all about the big dinner and even bigger shopping, it is also about Detroit's Turkey Trot, America's Thanksgiving Parade, and Detroit Lions Thanksgiving Day Football. Thanksgiving also serves as the gateway to the Christmas holiday season with Dearborn's Festival of Trees, as well as a host of tree lighting ceremonies and Santa parades.

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    Festival Singers Perform at Dickens Festival in Holly, Michigan
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    Frankly, December in Detroit is mostly about Christmas, but there are several events and festivals that are more about the season than anything else. For instance, Ferndale holds its annual Holiday Ice Festival and Detroit its New Year's Eve Family Fun Run / Walk.

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    City Of Detroit's Christmas Tree Lighting
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    The Christmas season is chock full of things to do in Metro Detroit, including family activities like Detroit's annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Noel Night, as well as the Village of Holly's Dickens Festival. There are plenty more holiday displays, Christmas-related shows and concerts, New Year's Eve parties, special meals, shopping, traditions, and more.