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Fork & Cork Festival
Sept. 21-23; downtown Utica; forkandcorkfestival.com; Free.
New to the end-of-summer festival circuit is Utica's Fork & Cork Festival. The two-day drink-centric event will take place in downtown Utica, offering up a unique variety of wines and regional craft beers, as well as some necessary bites to soak up all that swanky booze. Following the successful festival formula, Fork & Cork will also feature dueling performance stages with pop and classic rock bands, as well as students from local music studios and country sensation Chuck Wicks as the headliner. If artisans are more your bag, there will be over a hundred different exhibitors. And if that wasn't enough to pop your cork, a portion of the event's craft beer and wine sales will benefit the Humane Society of Macomb.