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Metro Detroit Events and Things to Do in July, 2013

Events, Festivals, Attractions, Shows, Walks and Marathons


July brings the warm, humid days and long, balmy nights to the Metro-Detroit area. The month also brings fireworks, music festivals and art fairs. And don't forget the ultimate celebration of the season, the Ann Arbor Art Fair. To help you schedule your activities, here is a list of Metro Detroit Events and Things to Do in July.

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

Summer Fireworks 2013

2007 Target Fireworks
Photo © Bob Oren / www.detroit-photos.com

When: Throughout June and July
Where: Throughout the Metro-Detroit area

Nothing celebrates summer like a symphony of explosive lights, colored flames, stars, crackles and pops as orchestrated by a professional. The most heralded fireworks display in the Metro-Detroit area is the Ford Fireworks Presented by Target scheduled for Monday, June 24th, but there are plenty of others.

Fourth of July (and Holiday Weekends) Events

2007 Stars and Stripes Festival
Photo © Eric Rabior / Robillard Photography

When: 7/4/12
Where: Throughout the Metro-Detroit Area

Detroit celebrates the nation's 237th birthday in style with firework displays and special festivals, but if a private picnic is more your style, it's all good! Check out some of the things to do on (or around) the 4th of July in Detroit.

The Michigan ElvisFest

Elvis Festival 2007
Photo © Wigwam Jones

When: 7/12/13 through 7/13/13
Where: Riverside Park in Historic Depot Town, Ypsilanti

A loving tribute to The King, the Michigan ElvisFest showcases artists in live musical performances and impersonations. It also is a venue for the average Joe, both big and small, to dress up and be The King for a day. The festival also includes food, drink and classic cars.

Art in the Park

Plymouth's Art in the Park 2007
Photo © Kathy Petlewski / Plymouth District Library

When: 7/12/13 through 7/14/13
Where: Plymouth

In its 34th year, Plymouth's Art in the Park has grown to rival Ann Arbor's. In fact, it is the second largest art festival in the state. In addition to the art and crafts showcased, Art in the Park features musical artists and kids activities.

Detroit APBA Gold Cup (or Challenge Cup)

When: 7/12/13 through 7/14/13
Where: Detroit Riverfront

Detroit's APBA Gold Cup is a hydroplane event. The U.S. Navy will also demonstrate maneuvers. There are several classes of tickets, but Friday is free of charge and general admission on Saturday and Sunday starts at $15.

Ann Arbor Art Fair

Ann Arbor Art Fair 2007
Photo © Joe Ross

When: 7/17/13 through 7/20/13
Where: Throughout Downtown Ann Arbor

The fair is actually made up of four different fairs, all of which combine seamlessly. In addition to arts and crafts, there is live music, politics, street performances,and art workshops. A Townie Street Party on July 15th kicks off the event and features live music, food and drinks.

Vans Warped Tour '13

Warped Tour 2007
Photo © Amanda Zee, 2007

When: 7/19/13
Where: The Palace of Auburn Hills

Vans Warped Tour is sponsored by the BMX/Skateboarding manufacturer Vans, as well as a host of other companies. It features extreme sports merchandise and contests, as well as over 70 bands. This year the bands include Hawthorne Heights, Forever the Sickest Kids, Man Overboard, Motion City Soundtrack, Chidos, We Came as Romans, and Reel Big Fish.

Quake on the Lake

When: 7/19/13 through 7/21/13
Where: Pontiac Lake State Recreation Area, Waterford

In its 14th year, the Quake on the Lake features hydroplane races, Made-In-Michigan beers and food products, family fun zone, live music, Flaming Pistons Car Club, high-performance race cars, and a carnival midway.

Saint Clair Riverfest

When: 7/26/13 through 7/28/13
Where: Palmer Park, Saint Clair

A weekend of music and powerboat races, the St. Clair Riverfest has something for everyone, including a Classic K9 Show, carnival rides, 5K race and laser show. Live music includes Tonic and Everclear.

Maker Faire

When: 7/27/13 through 7/28/13
Where: The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn

The Maker Faire is a festival of sorts that showcases local inventors and arts/crafts/science enthusiasts. The idea started in San Mateo, CA, but spread nationally in 2010. The Faire is located in the parking lot of The Henry Ford Museum. It also has several exhibits scattered at various places within the museum itself. Tickets start at $28 (for non-members) an adult and include admission to The Henry Ford.
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