Annual Festivals/Fairs in Detroit, MI
Get a taste of Detroit’s Middle Eastern culture at the largest Arab & Chaldean Festival in the U.S. – right in Detroit’s own Hart Plaza. Celebrating 41 years, this fest stocks tasty Middle Eastern food, vendors, culture, customs, entertainment and more. Visitors can check out the Art Gallery, a venue that showcases multiple exhibits including: 1,000 years of Arab Medicine, Arab Folklore and Customs, and Arab Calligraphy. Each year, more than 50,000 guests enjoy learning about the Middle East by viewing the beautifully displayed collection. Kids also will have the opportunity to learn and enjoy crafts and inflatables at the children's fair. Another annual tradition is a fashion show, showcasing attire from all of the Arab countries.
Juried art from more than 100 artists (arts), great music from more than 200 performers (beats) and fabulous food samples from more than 60 restaurants (eats), make Arts, Beats and Eats one of metro Detroit’s most popular festivals. After all, who can resist the lure of fresh food in an artistic – and musically-inspired atmosphere? Held on Labor Day Weekend in downtown Royal Oak, Arts, Beats & Eats is many metro Detroiters favorite way to say adios to summer. Another major benefit of the festival? Proceeds benefit local charities, and an estimated $1.7 million had been donated in past years. Admission is $3. Additional costs for parking are possible.
Up, up and away! Pack up the family and head to the Michigan Challenge Balloonfest and state championship of hot air ballooning, held on the grounds of the Howell High School complex. While visitors can’t actually get inside a balloon for a ride, they can enjoy thrilling skydiving jumps, live music, a carnival, family entertainment, downtown activities and more. Another major draw is the nighttime balloon glow and fireworks. Items not to forget: comfortable walking shoes, lawn chairs, beach chairs or blankets, sunglasses, sunscreen, bug spray and of course, a camera to capture all the beautiful balloons. It’s free to enter the premises, but there are parking fees.
Entering its fourth year in downtown Northville, the Buy Michigan Now Festival is a weekend celebration of the state’s annual Buy Michigan Week. The event includes sidewalk sales, street vendors, live music, and children’s activities, all highlighting Michigan-based businesses and Michigan-made products. It’s a funfest with a cause! Admission is free, as is most parking. Main and Center streets are closed in the middle of downtown to make it easy to shop and dine, while enjoying live entertainment from some of Michigan’s finest performers. The festival aims to revitalize Michigan’s economy – one product, one purchase and one person at a time.
One of downtown Detroit’s major gems is the beautiful Riverfront. To celebrate the river’s recent transformation during the past few years, the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy created this annual event to attract families from across metro Detroit and Canada to experience the vibrant riverfront. The three-day festival features diverse family-friendly programming with favorites, like the tall ships, towering sand sculptures, a kids area, a carnival, three stages for live performances and more – all celebrating Detroit’s maritime, ecological and culinary culture. Additionally, live concerts, with performances by local, national and international musicians grace the stage each day of the event. Free.