If you are looking ahead to October and beyond, check out the Yearly Calendar of Events for Metro Detroit.
When: September through Thanksgiving Weekend
Where: Throughout the Metro-Detroit area and beyond
The Metro-Detroit area is rife with cider mills. In fact, fresh cider, apple pies and piping-hot donuts mark the beginning of fall in the area. Of course the hayrides, pumpkin picking and petting farms will help you work off the extra calories.
When: Weekends from 8/18/12 through 9/30/12
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 Highland Fling, Royal Pet & Ale Festival, Shamrocks & Shenanigans!, and High Seas Adventure!. Admission is $20.95 an adult / $11.95 a child.
When: Labor Day Weekend (8/31/12 through 9/3/12)
Where: Across the Metro-Detroit area
There are several events unique to Labor Day Weekend in Detroit, including:
- The Detroit International Jazz Festival
- Arts, Beats & Eats Festival of Hope
The Michigan State Fair closed permanently in 2009.
The Michigan State Fair is the second oldest state fair in the nation. It began its long run in 1849 and closed permanently in 2009 after a 161-year run. In the beginning, the fair traveled around the state; but Lansing was chosen as its permanent host in 1889. In 1905, community leaders, including Joseph L. Hudson, moved it to the 135-acre site off of Eight Mile in Detroit, where it remained until 2009.
When: 9/7/12 through 9/8/12
Where: Downtown Brighton
In its seventh year, the Smokin' Jazz & Barbeque Blues Festival is a celebration of Jazz and Blues and is catered by all things barbequed. Some of the acts scheduled to grace the stage include The Hawktones, Rusty Wright Band, Gerard Gibbs and the Return of ORGANized Crime, Tumbao Bravo, and Doug Deming & The Jeweltones. The festival includes a Beer and Wine Garden on Mill Pond Lane from 5 PM to Midnight.
When: 9/7/12 through 9/9/12
Where: Rochester Park, Rochester
Sponsored by the Paint Creek Center for the Arts, the art part of the Art & Apples Festival includes over 290 artists and artwork in several different mediums, including 2-D mixed, 3-D mixed, clay, digital art, drawing, fibers, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, toys and wood. The festival also has three food courts, as well as the festival's signature apple pies. Two stages of entertainment include local bands, dancers and acts.
When: 9/7/12 through 9/9/12
Where: Downtown Plymouth
In its 57th year, Plymouth's Fall Festival just keeps getting bigger. In addition to carnival rides, which in some cases swing and/or twirl between two-and-three-story buildings, the festival has a car show, craft show, pancake breakfast, rotary BBQ, spaghetti dinner, and two stages of entertainment, as well as food and community booths. There is also a Taste Fest ($15) in Old Village on September 7th.
Where: Alley at Second and Forest, Cass Corridor, Detroit
In its 35th year, Dally in the Alley was originally an art fair but evolved into a music festival. In addition to several stages of entertainment, Dally in the Alley has art vendors, food, weird acts and beer. In 2012, acts include Third Coast Kings, Pink Lightning, the Anonymous, Deadbeat Beat, and Walking Beat.
When: 9/14/12 through 9/16/12
Where: E. Troy Street, Downtown Ferndale
Providing a venue for local bands is the highlight of the DIY Street Fair. A host of music acts are scheduled on three stages, including Destroy This Place, The Summer Pledge, Javelins, Chris Moore and Sons, and more. Of course, the DIY Street Fair also includes more than 100 entrepreneurs with Do-It-Yourself exhibits. For instance, The Record Shop is filled with self-produced CDs, The Beer Garden is showcasing local beers, and Restaurant Row includes food from local chefs. There is also a Kids Zone.
Meanwhile, the Funky Ferndale Art Show runs from 9/14/12 through 9/16/12 on Nine Mile Road. Ferndale's funky reputation helps to attract over 120 innovative artists from across the nation who work in several mediums, including sculpture, metal, wood, jewelry, fiber and glass.
When: One weekend each month, including 9/15/12 through 9/16/12
Where: Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, Saline Road, Ann Arbor
The antiques and collectibles available at the Ann Arbor Antiques Market range from Early American to Art Deco.