When you think of Detroit or Michigan as a whole, you probably think of long, cold winters. You think of families staying home from school and work because of an overabundance of snow on the roads. But this line of thinking is unfair. Once the snow melts and the sun shines, this beautiful industrial city starts to let loose. There are a number of activities and events that you can explore in Detroit once the weather gets warm. The city also acts as a gateway to events happening outside the city especially in the state’s capital, Lansing, which just an hour’s drive away from Detroit. Learn about a few of your options below.
Detroit Jazz Festival
This event takes place in Detroit’s Downtown district during Labor Day Weekend. This international festival has been around for around four decades and is one of the world’s most celebrated jazz festivals. As such, the festival features over 100 world-class performances on multiple stages throughout the Downtown area. It offers loads of entertainment options from educational activities for both children and adults, and popular concerts, to late-night jam sessions and fireworks. The event takes place between late August and early September.
MSU Science Festival
Are you or your children interested in chemistry, botany, or technology? Michigan State University holds their annual Science Festival during the springtime. If your youngster is curious about the world around her, or you want to expose them to something new, this is the festival to bring them to. With topics ranging from the ordinary to the extraordinary, there is fun for the whole family.
African World Festival
This mid-August event runs for three days and attracts millions of participants every year. Organized by the internationally famed Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the event is recognized as Michigan’s largest ethnic festival. The event celebrates and appreciates the African culture through fun children’s activities, an artisans’ market, live music & entertainment, and a great variety of authentic ethnic cuisines from every corner of the world.
If you are a fan of fireworks, Detroit city offers more than just the Independence Day fireworks displays. Target Fireworks is an annual event held in June that features one of the world’s largest fireworks display. With fireworks being the only event, Target Firework is considered the largest Firework show of its kind.
Considering the size of Detroit city and its proximity to other well-established cities and towns in Michigan, the list of annual events available to the residents of the city is simply inexhaustible.