Traditionally, the theater season in Detroit slows down over the summer, but there are still a lot of circuses, plays, shows, musicals, ballets and impersonation tributes scheduled in June, July and August.. A few shows even move outside, including Shakespeare in the Park. Check out the specific in the Detroit Theatre Guide to Plays, Broadways Shows and Musicals. Highlights include Architects of Air: Miracoco, American Idol Live!, The Wizard of Oz, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Voice Tour, Walking with Dinosaurs and Hamlet.
Looking for somewhere to go next weekend? There are plenty of places within driving distance from Detroit, but here are just a couple of hotels/inns to check out up north in Michigan.
- Stafford's Bayview Inn in Petoskey provides a calm, peaceful and elegant stay in a village on the shores of Little Traverse Bay. Located in Bayview, a historic village two miles from Petoskey, the Inn is close to shopping, water sports, biking, hiking and casinos. Despite its close-to-the-heart-of-things location, it maintains a quiet and welcoming atmosphere.
- Hotel Iroquois on Mackinac Island is expensive in season but is a nice choice in terms of location. In addition to its location at water's edge, the hotel is close to most shops and restaurants but outside the worst of the main strip's hustle and bustle. Best of all, it manages to combine the amenities of a hotel with the more personalized level of service of a bed & breakfast.
June is the traditional start of summer, so the month also hosts a lot of outdoor events. If you're looking for something To Do in June in Metro Detroit, check out the Detroit Grand Prix, Taste of Ann Arbor, Motor City Pride, Bavarian Festival in Frankenmuth, Belleville National Strawberry Festival, Cruisin' Gratiot, River Days, Stars & Stripes Festival, Michigan Challenge Balloonfest, and Cruisin' Downriver.
Several big-name concerts are coming to the Metro-Detroit area this summer. Listed below are some highlights, but check out the Schedule of Metro Detroit Shows and Concerts for a more detailed listing.
- Morris Day and the Time
- John Mellencamp
- Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band
- Eminem and Rihanna
- Dave Matthews Band
- twenty one pilots
- Lady Gaga
- Sarah McLachlan
- Counting Crows
- Bruno Mars
- Katy Perry
- Fleetwood Mac
- Gogol Bordello
- Brides Day Bridal Show
- Downriver Fair
- Fifth-Third Bank Michigan State Fair
- Gem & Jewelry Show
- God's World Concert
- Motor City Hot Wheelers Club
- Rubber Stamp Show
- Sneaker Addix Convention
- Titans of Dance
- USMA National Car Show
So, it's sunny outside and the temperatures are getting warmer. If that means you're looking for some place cool and dark with a nice selection of beer and pub food, check out these Metro-Detroit favorites.
- Bastone Brew Pub in Royal Oak: Bastone is a Belgian brewery and pub with unique offerings and a fun, friendly atmosphere. The bar area is the heart of the establishment, especially as it offers a selection of beers made on site. Although the lunch prices are a little high, the food is delicious, different and memorable; and the service is friendly and efficient.
- Red Coat Tavern in West Bloomfield: While its austere, dark dining room can be a little overwhelming for lunch on a sunny, spring day, the Red Coat Tavern celebrates beef and pays attention to the details of its dishes, making them memorable through the inventive use of ingredients, high-quality meats, skilled cooking and spice. Despite the high-brow decor, the prices for lunch were very reasonable.
- Red Fox English Pub in Royal Oak: The pub is located on a second story with an open, airing dining room and large deck. While it has some pub elements - long, wood bar; brick walls; wood-enhanced ceiling - the décor is more modern than would usually be expected of a British pub. The "pub," however, can be found in the restaurant's menu, which includes several nicely done British favorites.
The Memorial Day Weekend traditionally heralds the coming of summer; but more importantly, Memorial Day is about honoring fallen U.S. soldiers. There are several ceremonies and parades scheduled in 2014, including:
- Allen Park Annual Memorial Day Parade: The annual event takes place on Sunday (5/18) at 2 PM. The route is Park Street to Champaign Park.
- Beverly Hills Memorial Day Parade and Carnival: The Village is hosting a Memorial Day Parade & Carnival on Monday (5/26). The Parade begins at Groves High School, and the Carnival is held at Beverly Park.
- Dearborn Memorial Day Parade: The parade is scheduled for Monday (5/26) at 10 AM.
- Royal Oak Memorial Day Parade: The parade is scheduled for Monday (5/26) from 9 AM until 10 AM in downtown Royal Oak.
- St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade: The parade's theme in 2014 is Honor. Freedom. Family. The parade is scheduled for 1 PM and starts at Harper Avenue and Little Mack.
- Saline Memorial Day Parade: The Memorial Day Parade is scheduled for 10 AM on Monday (5/26).
- More Things to Do Over Memorial Day Weekend in Detroit
So you think you known Detroit?
Check out the Detroit History Trivia Quiz and answer the fill-in-the-blank and multiple-choice questions:
- What does Detroit mean?
- Who are some of Detroit's more notable/notorious mayors?
- What artists were on the Motown label?
The school year may be coming to a close, but summer is short when you're trying to figure out what to do for next year. Students in kindergarten through 12th grade have a lot of education choice in Michigan, including traditional public schools, charter schools, and online education. Of course, you can always home school your child or pay for them to go to a private school. If you're child is a little older or has special needs, there are even more options. To get more information, check out K-12 Schools and Education in Michigan.
It's finally getting warmer in Michigan, which means it's time to do some puttering about the garden. As you choose what to plant, keep in mind that there are a lot of benefits to plants that are native to Michigan. In other words, plants that developed naturally in the area rather than being brought in from other areas.
What does it matter?
Native plants are well suited to Michigan's soil, climate and water levels, which means their use in a garden can save you work, reduce pests and weeds, and support natural habitats. With the large variety of native plants to choose from -- tall, showy flowers; rare white blooms; low-maintenance roses -- you'll undoubtedly find a native plant or two to meet your garden's needs. Furthermore, the Top 10 Native Michigan Plants include varieties that bloom at different times throughout the spring and summer.