Special Issues » Annual Manual

Your guide to annual events, festivals and attractions

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Meridian Motown Winter Blast

February 6-8; Detroit; winterblast.com

February is right in the thick of a Michigan winter, so why not embrace it with ice-skating, bonfires, snow slides, and all sorts of other ways to enjoy the cold.

Hamtramck Music Festival

March 5-7; Hamtramck; hamtramckmusicfestival.com

The annual Hamtramck Music Festival is three-day music event in Detroit's beloved enclave of Hamtramck, celebrating local music.

Motor City Tattoo Expo

March 6-8; Detroit; eternaltattoos.com

This event draws tattoo aficionados from all over, with seminars, vendors, live music, and more.

Marche du Nain Rouge

March 22; Detroit; marchedunainrouge.com

For 300 years, on the Sunday after the Vernal Equinox, Detroiters have celebrated liberation from the Nain Rouge, the fiendish embodiment of all that holds us back.

Ann Arbor Film Fest

March 24-29; Ann Arbor; aafilmfest.org

Not quite Sundance, but this film fest is the place to go for independent experimental film.

Ann Arbor Hash Bash

April 4; Ann Arbor; hashbash.com

The annual celebration of all things marijuana-related welcomes its 44th year.

Festifools

April 12; Ann Arbor; festifools.org

The streets of Ann Arbor get invaded with a flashmob army of papier-mâché puppets.

Metro Times Blowout

April 29-May 2; Detroit, Ferndale, Hamtramck; mtblowout.com

What started as the little music festival dreamed up by Metro Times' music editor has now becomes a sprawling event that hosts more than 300 bands across three cities.

East Lansing Art Fest

May 16-17; Downtown East Lansing; elartfest.com

Roughly 70,000 people attend this street fair, and it's nationally ranked as one of the best fine art festivals in the country. It features all kinds of artists, including mixed media, ceramics, photographers, clothing designers, jewelry makers, and leather workers, but there are also live musical acts that perform throughout the festival as well.

Ferndale Pride

May 30; Ferndale; ferndalepride.com

Ferndale Pride strives to recognize, promote, and celebrate pride for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and ally communities.

Downtown Hoedown

May 30-June 1; Detroit; wycd.cbslocal.com

Detroit's not the first place people think of when they think of country, but the Hoedown draws thousands of fans to see acts big and small.

Movement

May 23-25; Detroit; movement.us

Celebrate Detroit's legacy of electronic dance music at an event that draws fans the world over.

Detroit Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix

May 29-31; Detroit; detroitgp.com

Michigan's newest state park is transformed into a Grand Prix racing track.

Motor City Pride

June 6- 7; Detroit; motorcitypride.org

Whether you're L, G, B, T, or an ally, Motor City Pride is the time to join cities all around the world in celebrating gay culture.

Ann Arbor Summer Festival

June 12-July 5; Ann Arbor; a2sf.org

Featuring music, art, film, and more, Ann Arbor's massive festival practically takes up all summer.

Clay, Glass and Metal Show

June 13; Royal Oak; royaloakchamber.com

Celebrate the spirit of creativity, as artists showcase jewelry, sculpture, and more.

Summer Solstice Jazz Fest

June 19-20; Downtown East Lansing; eljazzfest.com

Get 14 hours of free jazz at the East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Fest, where the caliber of performer is always top-notch. It's put on by the city of East Lansing, Wharton Center for Performing Arts, and the MSU College of Music, with artistic direction from Rodney Whitaker, so you know it's going to be good.

Stars & Stripes Festival

June 26-29; Sterling Heights; starsandstripesfest.com

This patriotic fest is a sort of pregame for Fourth of July celebrations.

Detroit Electronic Music Festival

July 3-5; Detroit; demf.us

That's right, there are now two electronic music fests in Detroit, as EDM's massive popularity gave festival promoters a good excuse to dust off this old moniker.

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