Looking for something to do in the Detroit area this weekend? Here are our suggestions:
1. Detroit Art Week
Now through Sunday, July 17 – 21: Detroit Art Week returns for a second year, and this time it's expanded to five days! There are both free and ticketed events open to the public, including numerous exhibition openings, studio visits, performances, and panel discussions featuring more than 150 artists in all.
Also, check out the interview we did last year with the founder of Detroit Art Week, Amani Olu.
2. Pig and Whiskey Festival
Friday through Sunday, July 19 – 21: The name kinda says it all, and yet there's also so much more. Head to Ferndale to get your barbecue with a side helping of live music, including headlining sets by the Detroit's own Electric Six and the Verve Pipe (“We were merely freshmen…”).
3. Crash Detroit Festival
Friday through Sunday, July 19 – 21: Here come the street bands! For three days, these marching bands will march out to local business and public spaces throughout the city, bringing the joy of music with them.
4. Beacon Park 2nd Anniversary Party/Free Concert
Saturday, July 20: The old school will be in full effect now that Kool Moe Dee, Doug E. Fresh, and DJ Mal-ski have been added to the lineup for this free outdoor concert featuring six-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Tamia.
5. The Michigan Glass Project
Friday through Sunday, July 19 – 21: If you've ever wanted to see glass blowers in action, here's your chance. Dozens of glass artists will be displaying their work at the Russell Industrial Center as part of a silent auction to raise money for Art Road, a Detroit nonprofit that aims to bring art classes back to Detroit Public Schools.