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The Metro-Detroit area plays host to a lot of events throughout the year, including festivals, attractions, fairs, shows, walks and marathons. Because planning is everything, check out the Detroit Events Calendar to see which events are scheduled month to month in the Metro Detroit area.

January

2008 North American International Auto Show (Detroit)
Photo © Laura Sternberg, Licensed to About.com

January hosts what is arguably Detroit's biggest event: the North American International Auto Show. The month also marks the beginning of the winter-festival season with Zehnder's Snowfest in Frankenmuth and the Plymouth Community International Ice Sculpture Spectacular.

February

Detroit Winter Blast!
Photo © Bob Oren, 2006. www.detroit-photos.com

Snow and more snow usually characterizes the month of February in Detroit. All we can do as Detroiters is learn to revel in it at Detroit's Winter Blast! First, though, we need to store up some body fat by attending Hamtramck's Paczki Day Celebration.

March

The 45th Ann Arbor Film Festival
Photo © William Couch

While March marks the beginning of the thaw in Detroit, we still prefer spending the bulk of our time indoors if possible. The Ann Arbor Film Festival and the Metro Times Blowout Music Festival make this possible. If you absolutely, positively have to be outdoors, save it for Detroit's St. Patrick's Day Parade.

April

Festifools 2007
Photo © Amy Palomar

In spite of April showers, the month hosts several outdoor events, including Ann Arbor's Festifools and the Detroit Music Awards. If you're looking for a roof over your head, however, the Shrine Circus usually pulls into the Detroit area in April and there is always the Detroit Music Awards.

May

Eastern Market Flower Day, 2007
Photo © Rhonda Marie

While May usually brings warm weather our way, snow is still possible. Ever optimistic (or stubborn as the case may be), Detroiter-area communities hold art fairs and outdoor concerts, including Plymouth's Green Street Fair, Art Birmingham and Eastern Market's Flower Day.

Memorial Day Weekend

Movement: Detroit's Electronic Music Festival
Photo © The Beej

In addition to the parades and ceremonies hosted by local communities in honor of fallen soldiers, the Memorial Day weekend in Detroit usually includes a picinic in the park or a day at the beach. Events scheduled over the three-day holiday include Movement: Detroit's Electronic Music Festival at Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit and Greenfield Village's Salute to America in Dearborn.

June

Detroit Festival of the Arts 2007
Photo © Tom Dyksinski

Ahhh...Summer. The Metro Detroit area is bustling with activity starting in June. Where to start? Downtown Detroit holds its annual Festival of the Arts and GM River Days, while Mt. Clemens gets the jump on Independence Day celebrations with its annual Stars and Stripes Festival.

July 4th Weekend

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

Detroit celebrates the nation's birthday in style with firework displays, parades and special events, including Salute to America at Greenfield Village and the Stars and Stripes Festival in Mt. Clemens. If a private picnic is more your style, however, it's all good!

July

Ann Arbor Art Fair 2007
Photo © Joe Ross

We pay a price for our cold climate, but one of the perks is being able to appreciate the warm weather. No matter where you hang in the Metro Detroit area, July is all about being outdoors with the Ann Arbor Art Fair, Detroit's Comerica City Fest and Pontiac's Quake on the Lake.

August

Detroit Festival of Speed & Style
Photo © Erik Howard

August hosts what is arguably the biggest event in the Metro Detroit area: the Woodward Dream Cruise. It started off as a local fundraiser in Ferndale, but has grown all along Woodward Avenue. In fact, car fever has hit the entire Metro-Detroit area in August; Autopalooza and auto-related events hosted by other communities require a separate, auto-related Events Calendar. August also marks the beginning of Holly's six-week-long Renaissance Festival.

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