When: 8/2/13 through 8/3/13
Where: Historic Greenmead Park, Livonia
Sponsored by the St. Andrew's Society of Detroit, the festival celebrates Scottish history and runs for two days. The Ceilidh (pronounced Kay-Lee) is the kickoff party/concert on Friday and the family-oriented games are on Saturday. The schedule includes several types of competitions, including Caber Toss, Tug-o-War, and Border Collies with Ducks and Sheep. There will also be highland dancing and, of course, strong men wearing kilts and throwing things.
When: 8/9/13 through 8/11/13
Milford Memories was originally a musical produced in Milford's Central Park back in 1991. It grew into a festival over the years and now has a host of eclectic events and activities, including an art fair, 5K/10K runs, three stages of entertainment, a Civil War Encampment, beer tent, Euchre tournament, blind canoe race, fishing tournament, basketball tournament, and volleyball tournament.
The air display with over 40 invited planes, as well as the following performances: F-100 Super Sabre, A-4B Skyhawk, Gathering of Skyraiders, UH-1H "Huey" Helicopters, Vietnam battle Reenactment, WWII Battle Reenactment, Vietnam Homecoming, Sean D. Tucker (renowned aviator), Michael Goulian (renowned aviator), and exhibit celebrating the Tuskegee Airmen.
When: 8/16/13 through 8/18/13
Where: The Wright Museum, Detroit
Sponsored by Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the African World Festival includes poetry, arts & crafts, African drumming and drumming, and ethnic foods.
Where: Woodward Avenue from Ferndale to Pontiac
The Woodward Dream Cruise celebrates its 19th year of classic cars, including every conceivable type and style. Cars and more cars cruise along a nine-mile stretch of Woodward Avenue. In addition to the many events hosted by communities along the cruise's route, Autopalooza and several other auto-related events expand the celebration throughout the Metro-Detroit area.
Woodward Dream Cruise, Autopalooza and other auto-related events in August: Events Calendar
When: Weekends from 8/17/13 through 9/29/13
At Michigan's Renaissance Festival, you get to eat an enormous turkey leg, let loose a cat call to passing crowds, watch a joust, and generally get saucy as you go back in time to the Elizabethan era -- more or less -- and experience life among the peasantry. Permanent buildings help create the illusion of 16th century England; and jugglers, comedians and sword swallowers help set the mood by providing their own unique brand of entertainment. Of course, theme weekends might reflect a slightly different era or culture, such as the Royal Pet & Ale Feast (8/17-18), Highland Fling (8/24-25), High Seas Adventure (8/31-9/2), Wonders of the World (9/7-8), Shamrocks & Shenanigans (9/14-15), Harvest Huzzah (9/21-22), Festival Friday (9/27), and Sweet Endings (9/28-29). Admission is $20.95 an adult / $11.95 a child.
And that's not all! Here are some more festivals, events and other things to do in August:
When: 8/30/13 through 9/2/13 (Labor Day Weekend)
Where: Throughout the Metro-Detroit area
Most of the events and festivals scheduled over the holiday weekend are crafted to cover the entire weekend, including the Arts, Beats & Eats Festival, Detroit Jazz Festival, Hamtramck Labor Day Festival, and Michigan State Fair. There is also a long list of artists scheduled to perform across the Metro-Detroit area.