Metro Detroit Events and Things to Do in July, 2015

Events, Festivals, Attractions, Shows, Walks and Marathons

July brings the warm, humid days and long, balmy nights to the Metro-Detroit area. The month also brings fireworks, music festivals and art fairs. And don't forget the ultimate celebration of the season, the Ann Arbor Art Fair. To help you schedule your activities, here is a list of Metro Detroit Events and Things to Do in July.

If you are looking ahead to August and beyond, check out the Yearly Calendar of Events for Metro Detroit.

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    2007 Target Fireworks
    ••• 2007 Target Fireworks. Photo © Bob Oren /

    When: Throughout June and July
    Where: Throughout the Metro-Detroit area

    Nothing celebrates summer like a symphony of explosive lights, colored flames, stars, crackles and pops as orchestrated by a professional. The most heralded fireworks display in the Metro-Detroit area is the Ford Fireworks Presented by Ford scheduled for Monday, June 22nd. but there are plenty of others.

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    Ann Arbor Summer Festival
    ••• Ann Arbor Summer Festival. Photo © Kelley Kozloff, 2008

    When: 6/12/15 through 7/5/15
    Where: Ann Arbor

    The Ann Arbor Summer Festival celebrates the season through three weeks of activities and entertainment, including circus and street arts, dance, comedy, music, and film. Performers scheduled include Pink Martini and The Capital Steps.  .

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    Ann Arbor Summer Festival, 2008
    ••• Ann Arbor Summer Festival, 2008. Photo © Myra Klarman

    The holiday weekend brings with it plenty to do in celebration. Not only are there fireworks, but festivals, parades, concerts, shows, picnics and more. To find out the specifics, check out your Guide to the July 4th Weekend in Detroit. 

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    Elvis Festival 2007
    ••• Elvis Festival 2007. Photo © Wigwam Jones

    When: 7/10/15 through 7/11/15
    Where: Riverside Park in Historic Depot Town, Ypsilanti

    A loving tribute to The King, the Michigan ElvisFest showcases artists in live musical performances and impersonations. It also is a venue for the average Joe, both big and small, to dress up and be The King for a day. The festival also includes food, drink and classic cars.

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    Plymouth's Art in the Park 2007
    ••• Plymouth's Art in the Park 2007. Photo © Kathy Petlewski / Plymouth District Library

    When: 7/10/15 through 7/12/15
    Where: Plymouth

    In its 36th year, Plymouth's Art in the Park has grown to rival Ann Arbor's. In fact, it is the second largest art festival in the state. In addition to the art and crafts showcased, Art in the Park features musical artists and kids activities.

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    When: -- Cancelled in 2015 --
    Where: Detroit Riverfront

    Detroit's APBA Gold Cup is a hydroplane event that features maneuvers by the U.S. Navy and a whole lot more. Due to financial considerations, the traditional events was cancelled in 2015.

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    Ann Arbor Art Fair 2007
    ••• Ann Arbor Art Fair 2007. Photo © Joe Ross

    When: 7/15/15 through 7/18/15
    Where: Throughout Downtown Ann Arbor

    The fair is actually made up of four different fairs, all of which combine seamlessly. In addition to arts and crafts, there is live music, politics, street performances,and art workshops. A Townie Street Party on July 13th kicks off the event and features live music, food and drinks.

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    Bayview Port Huron to Mackinac Race
    ••• Bayview Port Huron to Mackinac Race. Photo © Chris Clayson

    When: 7/18/15
    Where: Watch the start at Port Huron's Lakeside Park

    In its 91st year, the Bayview Port Huron to Mackinac Race is one of only two large freshwater sailboat races in the world and attracts over 200 boats. While the race doesn't start until July 18th, the Blue Water Fest kicks off on Tuesday, July 16th and runs through July 18th..

    History of Race    More Info About 2015 Race

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    When: 7/18/15 through 7/19/15
    Where: Pontiac Lake State Recreation Area, Waterford

    In its 16th year, the Quake on the Lake features hydroplane races, Made-In-Michigan beers and food products, family fun zone, and live music. Other attractions include Gunnar & The Grizzly Boys, Classic Car Show, and Race for Charity.

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    When: 7/23/15 through 7/26/15
    Where: Palmer Park, Saint Clair

    A weekend of music and powerboat races, the St. Clair Riverfest has something for everyone. Live music includes Starship, Candlebox, and The Gobies.

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    Warped Tour 2007
    ••• Warped Tour 2007. Photo © Amanda Zee, 2007

    When: 7/24/15
    Where: The Palace of Auburn Hills

    Vans Warped Tour is sponsored by the BMX/Skateboarding manufacturer Vans, as well as a host of other companies. It features extreme sports merchandise and contests, as well as over 60 bands. This year the bands include Attila, Candy Hearts, Jule Vera, Neck Deep, Silverstein, The Amity Affliction, Tori Kravitz and more.

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    Concours d'Elegance

    When: 7/24/15 through 7/26/15
    Where: The Inn at St. John's, Plymouth

    The Concours d' Elegance dates back to the 1920s. The idea has morphed over the years, but the 37th Annual Concours d' Elegance at St. John's still features luxury collector cars. Surrounding events include a vintage car auction, Autobahn Night, motoring tours, and seminars.

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    When: 7/25/15 through 7/26/15
    Where: The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn

    The Maker Faire is a festival of sorts that showcases local inventors and arts/crafts/science enthusiasts. The idea started in San Mateo, CA, but spread nationally in 2010. The Faire is located in the parking lot of The Henry Ford Museum. It also has several exhibits scattered at various places within the museum itself. 

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    Metro Park Beach
    ••• Metro Park Beach. Photo © Ri Pizza

    When: Throughout the summer
    Where: Parks throughout the Metro Detroit area

    As might be expected, the Great "Lakes" State has plenty of swimming and beach opportunity. From small swimming holes to Great Lake beaches, the Metro Detroit area has it all. Your guide to Metro Detroit beaches and parks includes crowd information, boat rental availability, general descriptions and other amenity information.

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    Kensington Metro Park, Water Slide and Splash Park
    ••• Kensington Metro Park, Water Slide and Splash Park. Photo © Wally Spice Photography

    When: Throughout the summer
    Where: Throughout the Metro-Detroit area

    If natural ponds and lakes don't provide enough excitement for you this summer, check out the many Detroit-area water parks and slides.

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    Tigers Baseball
    ••• Tigers Baseball. Photo by Spike, © 2008 Radiospike Photography

    When: Throughout the summer
    Where: Comerica Park, Detroit

    The Tigers have some great talent this year and a great ballpark.

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    Prentis Court balconies at The Detroit Institute of Arts
    ••• New Prentis Court balconies at the DIA. Photo © The Detroit Institute of Arts

    When: Throughout the year
    Where: Detroit Institute of Arts, downtown

    Arts Alive!: After six and one-half years of renovations, the New Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) opened its doors in 2007 to show off its new design and galleries. The DIA is always brimming with events, including films, exhibits and music.

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    ••• Stomp. Photo by Steve McNicholas

    When: Throughout the next couple of months
    Where: Detroit-area theaters

    At any given time, Detroit hosts a variety of shows and concerts, including music concerts, Broadway plays, comedians, rodeos and circuses.