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Metro Detroit Events and Things to Do in July, 2014

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 2014

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 Ford scheduled for Monday, June 23rd. but there are plenty of others.

Ann Arbor Summer Festival

Ann Arbor Summer Festival
Photo © Kelley Kozloff, 2008

When: 6/13/14 through 7/6/14
Where: Ann Arbor

The Ann Arbor Summer Festival celebrates the season through three weeks of activities and entertainment, including circus and street arts, dance, comedy, music, and film. Performers scheduled include Cake, MOMIX: Botanica, Robert Cray & Mavis Staples, Andrew Bird and the Hands of Glory, and Architects of Air: Miracoco.

The Michigan ElvisFest

Elvis Festival 2007
Photo © Wigwam Jones

When: 7/11/14 through 7/12/14
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: 7/11/14 through 7/13/14
Where: Plymouth

In its 35th 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: 7/11/14 through 7/13/14
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 general admission starts at $15.

Bayview Port Huron To Mackinac Race

Bayview Port Huron to Mackinac Race
Photo © Chris Clayson

When: 7/12/14 to 7/15/14
Where: Watch the start at Port Huron's Lakeside Park

In its 90th year, the Bayview Port Huron to Mackinac Race is one of only two large freshwater sailboat races in the world and attracts over 200 boats. While the race doesn't start until July 12th, the Blue Water Fest kicks off on Tuesday, July 8th.

History of Race    More Info About 2014 Race

Ann Arbor Art Fair

Ann Arbor Art Fair 2007
Photo © Joe Ross

When: 7/16/14 through 7/19/14
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 14th kicks off the event and features live music, food and drinks.

Vans Warped Tour '14

Warped Tour 2007
Photo © Amanda Zee, 2007

When: 7/18/14
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 60 bands. This year the bands include Every Time I Die, Alive Like Me, Bowling for Soup, We The Kings, Real Friends, and Mayday Parade..

Quake on the Lake

When: 7/19/14 through 7/20/14
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, and live music. Other attractions include Air Margaritaville, Classic Car Show, Christmas in July Craft Show and Race for Charity.

Saint Clair Riverfest

When: 7/25/14 through 7/27/14
Where: Palmer Park, Saint Clair

A weekend of music and powerboat races, the St. Clair Riverfest has something for everyone. Live music includes The Rockets, Loverboy, and John Waite.

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