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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.
Where: Willow Run Airport
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:
- Frankenmuth: The annual Summer Music Fest at Heritage Park includes a huge dance floor, polka bands and the Fabulous Hubcaps. The festival runs from August 8th to 10th and August 15th to 17th, 2013.
- Northville: The fifth annual Buy Michigan Now Festival takes place in downtown Northville from August 2nd through August 4th, 2013.
- Rochester: The 13th annual Wine and Food Festival at Meadow Brook takes place on August 24th and 25th in 2013. Admission to the festival includes wine samples (from over 150, award-winning varieties), seminars and exhibits. Tickets are $25 an adult. Sunday admission can include an evening performance by Lyle Lovett and his Large Band for $30 lawn/$35 pavilion.
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.
Where: Detroit-area theaters
At any given time, Detroit hosts a variety of shows and concerts, including music concerts, Broadway plays, comedians, rodeos and circuses.