Don't Miss These Metro Detroit Outdoor Art Fairs

From paintings to photography to ceramics, local visual artists showcase their latest works


Photograph Courtesy of Ann Arbor Art Fair

Whether you’re looking purchase a new painting for the dining room, peruse work by local and nationwide talent, or create craft projects with your kids, this summer’s outdoor art fairs are an ideal way to embrace metro Detroit’s creative side.   

Wyandotte Street Fair: Started in 1961, this longtime festival’s 2018 lineup will feature about 200 artists and 25 restaurants. More than 200,000 visitors are expected to come out for the event, which will include musical performances by groups like Phoenix Theory, Heroes of Charlotte, and Boogie Dynomite. Through July 14. No cost. Downtown Wyandotte, 3200 Biddle St., Wyandotte; 734-324-4502;

Art in the Park: More than 400 adult and children artists will gather in Plymouth for the three-day event, which will showcase jewelry, digital art, sculpture, wood, metal, ceramics, and more. Children will have the opportunity to paint a mural and participate in other activities such as face painting, glitter tattoos, henna body art, and candle making. July 13-15. No cost. Kellogg Park, W. Ann Arbor Trail, Plymouth; 734-454-1314;

Ann Arbor Art Fair: The Ann Arbor Art Fair is comprised of four outdoor events — the Street Art Fair, Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair, State Street Art Fair, and South University Art Fair —and features original artwork, live music, food, street performers, and sidewalk sales. Families can create a variety of art at the Art Activity Zone, including mixed-media mosaics and pinch-a-pot projects. July 19-22. No cost. Downtown Ann Arbor, 721 E. Huron St., Ann Arbor; 734-994-5260;

Sterlingfest Art and Music Fair: The Sterling Heights festival will feature arts-and-crafts vendors that specialize in candles and soap, ceramics and glass, mixed-media art, clothing design, photography, and more. Artists include Green & Hickey, Lack Haehl, P&L Olson, Fleckenstein, WorkPlacePro, and Emmendorfer. July 26-28. No cost. City of Sterling Heights campus, 40555 Utica Road, Sterling Heights; 586-446-2489;

Belle Isle Art Fair: More than 100 artists will showcase their talent through two-dimensional art, three-dimensional art, and wearable art. Artists include Judy Bowman, Deanna Carter, Espacia Fotiu, Tim Gralewski, Tina Love, Amy Ferguson, Irene Gates, and more. The Theater Arts tent will feature The Casoe Group, Detroit Actors Theater Company, Detroit Public Theater, Detroit Repertory Theater, and The Michigan Renaissance Festival. Aug. 4 and 5. No cost. Belle Isle State Park, Belle Isle, Detroit; 844-235-5375;

Fine Art at the Village: The Village of Rochester Hills’ fair will have an outdoor food court, entertainment, and demonstrations from artists, such as Alec LaCasse, who will be carving wood, and Jackson Dupree, who will be spray painting. Children activities include an arts-and-crafts tent and exercise programing. Aug. 4 and 5. No cost. The Village of Rochester Hills, 104 Adams Rd., Rochester; 248-375-9451;

Shelby Township Art Fair: The art fair will showcase more than 100 exhibitors. Artists include Ken Carr, Linda Pussehl, Lindsay Claus, Lisa Hanel, and many more. Entertainment includes musical performances by Bob and Carl, The Rick Lieder Band, Terry Stevens Duo, and Jib Brown Duo. Children can enjoy a live animal display, inflatable bouncers, and crafts presented by the Detroit Institute of Arts. Aug. 11 and 12. No cost. Shelby Township Municipal Grounds; 52700 Van Dyke Avenue, Shelby Township; 586-731-0300;

Arts, Beats, and Eats: The Labor Day Weekend festival will feature a juried art fair, more than 40 local restaurants, and more than 200 performers on 10 stages. Artist, music, and cuisine lineups will be announced at a later date. Aug. 31-Sept. 3. Pricing varies. Downtown Royal Oak, Royal Oak; 248-541-7550;

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