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Metro Detroit Events and Things to Do in August, 2014

Events, Festivals, Attractions, Shows, Walks and Marathons


August brings warm, humid days and long, balmy nights to the Metro-Detroit area. The month also brings music festivals and carnivals. And don't forget the ultimate celebration of the season, the Woodward Dream Cruise! To help you schedule your activities, here is a list of Metro-Detroit Events and Things to Do in August.

If you are looking ahead to September and beyond, check out the Yearly Calendar of Events for Metro Detroit.

Highland Games

Highland Games Poster
Photo courtesy St. Andrew's Society of Detroit

When: 8/1/14 through 8/2/14
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.

Milford Memories Summer Festival

Milford Memories Summer Festival, 2007
Photo © John Commoner, used with permission.

When: 8/8/14 through 8/10/14
Where: Milford

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, two stages of entertainment, a beer tent, Euchre tournament, blind canoe race, fishing tournament, and basketball tournament.

Thunder Over Michigan Air Show

Thunder Over Michigan, 2007
Photo © Chris Amos
When: 8/9/14 through 8/10/14
Where: Willow Run Airport, Ypsilanti

The air display with over 40 invited planes, as well as the following performances and activities: U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, Texan Takeover-T-6 Gathering, B-25 rides, B-17 rides, Jet Waco Screamin' Sasquatch, P-63 Kingcobra, U.S. Army Golden Knights, F-86 Sabre, P-51 Mustang Demo, The Bell P-63 Kingcobra Demo, and a WWII Battle Reenactment.

African World Festival

Dancer: 2001 African World Festival, Detroit, MI.
Photo © Anthony Lockhart

When: 8/15/14 through 8/17/14
Where: The Wright Museum, Detroit

Sponsored by Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the African World Festival includes three stages of performances, 150 marketplace vendors, and ethnic foods.

Woodward Dream Cruise

2002 Woodward Dream Cruise
Photo by: Bill Pugliano / Getty Images News

When: 8/16/14
Where: Woodward Avenue from Ferndale to Pontiac

The Woodward Dream Cruise celebrates its 20th 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

Michigan Renaissance Festival

Renaissance Festival in Holly, 2007
Photo © Wigwam Jones

When: Weekends from 8/16/14 through 9/26/14
Where: Holly

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 Fest! (8/16 & 8/17), Highland Fling! (8/23 & 8/24), High Seas Adventure! (8/30 & 9/1), Wonders of the World (9/6 & 9/7), Shamrocks & Shenanigans! (9/13 & 9/14), Harvest Huzzah! (9/20 & 9/21), Festival Friday! (9/26), and Sweet Endings! (9/27 & 9/28). Admission is $21.95 an adult / $12.95 a child at the gate.

Still More:

Downtown Northville
Photo © Laura Sternberg, Licensed to About.com

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 7th to 9th and August 14th to 16th, 2014.
  • Northville: The fifth annual Buy Michigan Now Festival takes place in downtown Northville from August 1st through August 3th, 2014.
  • Rochester: The Big, Bright Ball is an evening of food, music and fun at the Royal Park Hotel and raises funds for The Big, Bright Light Show. It takes place on August 3rd.
  • Rochester: The 14th annual Wine and Food Festival at Meadow Brook takes place on August 23rd and 24th in 2014. Admission to the festival includes wine samples (from over 150, award-winning varieties), seminars, exhibits and live music. Tickets are $25 an adult. 

Events Over Labor Day Weekend

Detroit International Jazz Festival, 2007
Photo © Sujoy B. 2007. All Rights Reserved.

When: 8/29/14 through 9/1/14 (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.

Shows and Concerts

Photo by Steve McNicholas
When: Throughout the next couple of months
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.

Tigers Baseball

Tigers Baseball
Photo by Spike, © 2008 Radiospike Photography
When: Throughout the summer
Where: Comerica Park, Detroit

The Tigers have some great talent this year and a great ballpark.

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