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12 Things You Absolutely Must Do in Detroit This Summer

Published On 06/18/2015 Published On 06/18/2015
Flickr/Mike Boening Photography

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Jun 19 Fri

Detroit River Days Music, food, Jet Skis, zip lines... this is what’s in store this year for River Days, and if that’s not incentive enough to hang out on the Riverfront for a day, then we don’t know what is.

Detroit Riverfront

Detroit River Days Detroit Riverfront Music, food, Jet Skis, zip lines... this is what’s in store this year for River Days, and if that’s not incentive enough to hang out on the Riverfront for a day, then we don’t know what is.

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Jun 20 Sat

Royal Oak Summer Beer Fest It’s a celebration of craft brews from near and far, and as far as food goes, Detroit BBQ Company will be there as will comfort food-producing Delectabowl.

Royal Oak Farmers Market

Royal Oak Summer Beer Fest Royal Oak Farmers Market It’s a celebration of craft brews from near and far, and as far as food goes, Detroit BBQ Company will be there as will comfort food-producing Delectabowl.

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Jun 22 Mon

Ford Fireworks Most cities blow stuff up in July to celebrate our nation’s independence, but for some reason Detroit figures June is better, so that’s just what we do.

Detroit Riverfront

Ford Fireworks Detroit Riverfront Most cities blow stuff up in July to celebrate our nation’s independence, but for some reason Detroit figures June is better, so that’s just what we do.

Stars and Stripes Festival

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Jun 25 Thu

Stars & Stripes Festival Nothing says ‘Murica quite like the Stars & Stripes Festival. There’s the fireworks, the monster-truck ride, and the Budweiser National Stage where you can see Buckcherry, Hoobastank, P.O.D., and more.

Freedom Hill

Stars & Stripes Festival Freedom Hill Nothing says ‘Murica quite like the Stars & Stripes Festival. There’s the fireworks, the monster-truck ride, and the Budweiser National Stage where you can see Buckcherry, Hoobastank, P.O.D., and more.

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Jul 8 Wed

The Rolling Stones The Stones rank #4 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 greatest artists of all time. But since the Beatles are no more, Bob Dylan’s nearly unintelligible, and Elvis is dead, the Stones might as well be #1 now. Check ‘em out.

Comerica Park

The Rolling Stones Comerica Park The Stones rank #4 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 greatest artists of all time. But since the Beatles are no more, Bob Dylan’s nearly unintelligible, and Elvis is dead, the Stones might as well be #1 now. Check ‘em out.

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Jul 9 Thu

Summer Zoomance You like booze and you like animals. The Detroit Zoo knows this, which is why it's providing you with a cash bar, live music, and no kids allowed.

Detroit Zoo

Summer Zoomance Detroit Zoo You like booze and you like animals. The Detroit Zoo knows this, which is why it's providing you with a cash bar, live music, and no kids allowed.

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Jul 16 Thu

Shakespeare in Detroit “Double, double toil and trouble”... is from Macbeth and not at all what you’ll find at New Center Park during this Bard-fest. Actually you’ll find Macbeth performed for you outside.

New Center Park

Shakespeare in Detroit New Center Park “Double, double toil and trouble”... is from Macbeth and not at all what you’ll find at New Center Park during this Bard-fest. Actually you’ll find Macbeth performed for you outside.

Flickr/Brandon Dimcheff (Edited)

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Jul 24 Fri

Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Fest The Michigan Brewers Guild knows how to throw a party. The key: lots and lots of Michigan-made beer. Of course, the pleasant Riverside Park location helps, too.

Riverside Park, Depot Town, Ypsilanti

Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Fest Riverside Park, Depot Town, Ypsilanti The Michigan Brewers Guild knows how to throw a party. The key: lots and lots of Michigan-made beer. Of course, the pleasant Riverside Park location helps, too.

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Jul 25 Sat

Mo Pop Indie fans, rejoice! Modest Mouse, Iron & Wine, and Passion Pit will be playing, along with your favorite local kickass rock band Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas. 

West Riverfront Park

Mo Pop West Riverfront Park Indie fans, rejoice! Modest Mouse, Iron & Wine, and Passion Pit will be playing, along with your favorite local kickass rock band Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas. 

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Aug 7 Fri

Kid Rock Detroit’s favorite rap-rocker has 10 shows lined up at DTE this year, and as a special offer, anyone who can scream “My name is KIIIIIIIIIIIIID ROCK,” for as long as he does in "Bawitdaba" gets in free... just kidding tix are $20.

DTE Energy Music Theatre

Kid Rock DTE Energy Music Theatre Detroit’s favorite rap-rocker has 10 shows lined up at DTE this year, and as a special offer, anyone who can scream “My name is KIIIIIIIIIIIIID ROCK,” for as long as he does in "Bawitdaba" gets in free... just kidding tix are $20.

Flickr/Philip Michael Wilson

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Aug 8 Sat

Detroit Burger Brawl Who has the best burger in Detroit? In 2013 it was One-Eyed Betty’s. In 2012 it was Townhouse, and in 2014 no one won because the main sponsor pulled out, leaving backyard BBQ-ing dads throughout the metro Detroit area to claim the title for themselves.

Erskine St btwn Russell and Rivard

Detroit Burger Brawl Erskine St btwn Russell and Rivard Who has the best burger in Detroit? In 2013 it was One-Eyed Betty’s. In 2012 it was Townhouse, and in 2014 no one won because the main sponsor pulled out, leaving backyard BBQ-ing dads throughout the metro Detroit area to claim the title for themselves.

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Aug 15 Sat

Woodward Dream Cruise It’s the largest one-day celebration of classic-car culture in the world: check the official website for all the stuff going down along Woodward in Ferndale, Pontiac, Birmingham, and beyond.

Woodward Ave

Woodward Dream Cruise Woodward Ave It’s the largest one-day celebration of classic-car culture in the world: check the official website for all the stuff going down along Woodward in Ferndale, Pontiac, Birmingham, and beyond.

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