Detroit Festivals & Shows
Whether it’s a sunny summer day or a snowy winter one, you’ll find that the residents of Detroit always have something fun going on. Join these community celebrations and see what draws people together in Motown. Use our list of favorite festivals to discover the friendliest and most interesting annual attractions.
Kick off your summer at the River Days Festival
along the Detroit International Riverfront. This three-day festival draws in almost 3.5 million visitors to the Windsor-Detroit region in conjunction with Windsor’s 19-day Summer Fest. Celebrate Detroit’s maritime history, listen to some of the best music around, munch on delicious food and end your weekend with an extravagant fireworks display.
Address: Riverfront, Detroit, MI 48207 - MAP
Phone: (313) 566-8200
When frost is in the air, bundle up and head over to the Motown Winter Blast
in Campus Martius Park. This festival features very, very cool events and fun activities for the whole family. Enjoy some free skating, walk through an elaborate Ice Garden, enjoy entertainment on two stages and warm up at some of the Comfort Zones.
Address: 800 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226 - MAP
Phone: (313) 963-8418
What better place to host the North American International Auto Show
than Motor City? This annual international event was first held at Beller’s Beer Garden in 1907. Today, you can find car collectors and enthusiasts at the Cobo Center in early January, admiring some of the latest models and enjoying sneak previews from industry leaders.
Address: One Washington Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226 - MAP
Phone: (248) 643-0250
Swing by the largest jazz festival in North America! The Detroit Jazz Festival
has changed names, and sponsors, over the years, but it continues to bring in huge crowds over Labor Day Weekend. Spend some time at this premier jazz event and you’ll see why–five stages, 100 acts, fireworks, artists meet-ups and, best of all, free admission.
Address: Hart Plaza to Campus Martius, Detroit, MI 48226 - MAP
Phone: (313) 447-1248
Come by the Cass Corridor District for the city’s largest community festival: Dally in the Alley
. Completely volunteer-based, this unique festival brings an excellent combination of live music, visual arts, performance, food and beer to the streets of Detroit. Take advantage of the beautiful September weather, and check out what local vendors have to offer.
Address: 4632 Second Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201 - MAP
Phone: (313) 832-1949
Since 2000, the Movement: Detroit Electronic Music Festival
has existed in one incarnation or another on Memorial Day weekend. As its name states, DEMF brings together musicians and DJs who produce some of the best electronic music in the nation. Celebrate the culture and progress of this unique branch of music in Hart Plaza.
Address: Hart Plaza, Downtown, Detroit, MI 48226 - MAP
Motown is renowned for its contributions to the music industry. Presented by the Motor City Music Foundation, the Detroit Music Awards
recognize and honor Detroit area musicians during a multi-genre award ceremony hosted at the Fillmore Detroit. Previous winners at this event include Eminem, Kid Rock, Bob Seger, Martha Reeves, Insane Clown Posse and many more.
Address: 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201 - MAP
Head over to Ferndale for a fun weekend at the DIY Street Fair
. This 2-day, 3-night festival showcases local artists, crafters, businesses, organizations, musicians, restaurants, brewers and others who base their work on creativity and a “do-it-yourself” work ethic. Entrance is free, but bring some cash because you are sure to find something to purchase at the Marketplace, Record Shop, Beer Garden or Restaurant Row.
Address: 22646 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, MI 48220 - MAP
APBA Gold Cup (formerly The Spirit of Detroit Thunderfest)
Address: 6925 E Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI 48218 - MAP
Phone: (586) 774-0980