12 Metro Detroit Festivals and Fairs to Round Out the Summer

Water Lantern Festival, Charivari Detroit Music Festival, Armada Fair, and more
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Charivari Detroit Music Festival features a lineup of electronic dance music. // Photograph courtesy of Malikah A. Shabazz 

Fight off the back-to-school blues at these metro Detroit festivals and fairs. From live music to livestock sales, there’s plenty of neighborhood happenings to scope out before the unofficial end of summer.

Charivari Detroit Music Festival

The four-day electronic dance music festival honors the genre’s Detroit roots. Returning for its ninth year, the event celebrates health, art, and music. Charivari features well-known and up-and-coming artists on multiple stages throughout the historic Fort Wayne. $40+. Aug. 11-14. Fort Wayne Detroit, 6325 W. Jefferson Ave., Detroit; charivaridetroit.com

Hamtramck Music Festival

The world’s largest local music festival returns this week. Starting Aug. 11, the two-square mile city will host over 150 local performances in various Hamtramck venues including The Painted Lady, Ghost Light, and Smalls. Hamtramck Music Fest is a nonprofit and proceeds will benefit music education in the area. $25. Aug. 11-14. Hamtramck; hamtramckmusicfest.com

Arab Film Festival

Hosted by the Arab American National Museum, the Arab Film Festival brings Arab and Arab-American films to Michigan viewers. Attendees can opt to view a variety of films, both short-form and feature length, from the comfort of their own home virtually or in-person at the museum or participating theater. Individual showing tickets start at $9. AANM Film Festival Pass $90. Aug. 12-21. Virtual and in-person. Arab American National Museum, 13624 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; aanmfilmfest22.eventive.org

Ribs and R&B Music Festival

Combining two summer favorites — barbecue and music — Ribs and R&B guests can enjoy live performances and delectable grilled fare along the Detroit Riverfront. Headliners include Stokley of R&B group Mint Condition and “They Don’t Know” singer, Jon B. $10 after 2 p.m. Aug. 12-14. Hart Plaza, 1 Hart Plaza, Detroit; ribsrnbmusicfestival.com

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Enjoy carnival rides at the Armada Fair. // Photograph courtesy of Nick Shafer

Hour Detroit Food + Wine Show presented by Visit Detroit

Foodies unite at Hour Detroit’s annual Food + Wine Show presented by Visit Detroit. The food-centric event serves samples from metro Detroit’s best chefs, sommeliers, and beverage connoisseurs. VIP night tickets $99. Public show tickets start at $31.30. Aug. 12-14. Huntington Place, 1 Washington Blvd., Detroit; hourdetroit.com/food-and-wine-show

Shelby Township Art Fair

Celebrating its 39th anniversary, the local art fair features more than 120 exhibits. In addition to a Kids’ Craft and Activity Corner, the fair also features shopping, live music, interactive art, and eats. No cost. Aug. 13 and 14. River Bends Park, 5700 22 Mile Road, Shelby Township; shelbyartfair.org

Armada Fair

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the rural fair. For adrenaline seekers, the six-day celebration features demolition derbies, tractor pulls, and power wheel races. For more laidback fun, enjoy the carnival, parade, and livestock sale. $10. Aug. 15-21. Armada Fair Grounds, 74280 Fair St., Armada; armadafair.org

Woodward Dream Cruise

Car enthusiasts gather at the quintessential auto event of Michigan summers. Attendees can park themselves along Woodward Avenue for the annual event when the iconic road becomes a runway for classic cars from all over the world. No cost. Aug. 20. Along Woodward Avenue; woodwarddreamcruise.com

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The Water Lantern Festival takes place at Lake St. Clair Metro Park. // Photograph courtesy of Water Lantern Festival

Emerging Artists Art Fair

A culmination of the work of artists from the Emerging Artists Corps, a program dedicated to developing and nurturing young creators, the EAC Art Show provides its artists opportunities to network, showcase, and sell their artwork. No cost. Aug. 21. Eastern Market Shed 5, 2810 Russell St., Detroit; emergingartistscorps.com

A Taste of Greece Cultural Festival

Learn all about Greek culture and tradition at the Nativity of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church’s three-day festival. Put together by parishioners and friends of the Plymouth church, visitors are encouraged to enjoy Greek food, discover traditions, and dance along to Greek dances. $3. Aug. 25-28. Nativity of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 39851 W. Five Mile Road, Plymouth; michigangreekfestival.com

Cider Dayze Festival

Prior to its autumnal activities, Blake’s Apple Orchard and Cider Mill hosts its annual Cider Dayze Festival. Dance along in a silent disco, enjoy live music, and indulge in drink samples from breweries and cider mills across Michigan. $45. Aug. 27 and 28. Blake’s Hard Cider Co.,17985 Armada Center Road, Armada; blakefarms.com

Water Lantern Festival

Voted the No. 1 Best Festival by USA Today, the Water Lantern Festival returns to metro Detroit. Invite friends and family to write wishes, hopes, dreams, and more on a paper lantern to send adrift along Lake St. Clair. The nighttime event lights up the lake, creating breathtaking views as the lanterns shine atop the water. $36+. Aug. 27. Lake St. Clair Metro Park, 31300 Metro Pkwy., Harrison Twp.; waterlanternfestival.com/detroit 

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