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.
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.
May 30; Ferndale; ferndalepride.com
Ferndale Pride strives to recognize, promote, and celebrate pride for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and ally communities.
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.
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.
Wyandotte Street Art Fair
July 8-11; Wyandotte; wyandottestreetartfair.org
Celebrate art and culture in the heart of Downriver.
Concert of Colors
July 5, -13; Detroit; concertofcolors.com
How often do you get to hear music from all around the world? Don't miss this annual festival.
July 10, 11; Ypsilanti; mielvisfest.org
Pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Celebrate the King with Elvis impersonators and superfans alike.
APBA Gold Cup
August 21-23; Detroit; gold-cup.com
More than 100 years strong, it's the oldest active motor sports trophy — and as good an excuse as any to spend a sunny day downing a few beers.
Ann Arbor Art Fairs
July 15-18; Ann Arbor; artfair.org
Your summer is not complete until you stroll the streets of downtown Ann Arbor to browse contemporary fine art and crafts.
Pig and Whiskey
July 17-19; Ferndale; metrotimes.com/pigandwhiskey
Three nights of barbecue, live music, a beer tent and, oh, yes, whiskey by the barrel.
Michigan Summer Beer Festival
July 24-25; Ypsilanti; mibeer.com
Celebrating Michigan's craft beer movement for the summer months, this festival takes place at Riverside Park in Depot Town.
The Woodward Dream Cruise
Aug. 15; various; woodwarddreamcruise.com
Grab the lawn chairs and stake out your plot of grass along Woodward for this weekend event featuring classic cars and cruisers.
Detroit International Jazz Festival
Sep. 4-7; Detroit; detroitjazzfest.com
Spanning several city blocks downtown, this hip celebration of jazz features fireworks, jam sessions, and more.
Arts, Beats & Eats
Sept. 4-7; Royal Oak; artsbeatseats.com
The name says it all — local artists, musicians, and restaurants from metro Detroit give Royal Oak a taste of what they're all about.
Brighton Smokin' Jazz & Barbecue Blues Festival
Sept. 5-6; Brighton; brightoncoc.org
Witness the music of jazz and blues collide with the tastes of barbecue in downtown Brighton.
August-October; Holly; michrenfest.com
The Ren Fest has it all — jousting, musicians, costumes, and turkey drumsticks — every weekend from August until October. Huzzah!
Dally in the Alley
Sep. 5; Detroit; dallyinthealley.com
One historic block of the old "student ghetto" is cordoned off and given over to people hawking art, T-shirts, books, beer, and music.
Arts & Apples Festival
Sep. 11-13; Rochester; pccart.org
Every September, the city of Rochester transforms the 30-acre Rochester Park into one of the nation's top fine-art fairs with over 290 exhibiting artists from across the country.
Funky Ferndale Art Fair
Sep. 25-27; Ferndale; integrityshows.wix.com/ferndale
Head to everyone's favorite funky stretch of Nine Mile Road for an immersion in metro Detroit's eclectic art scene.
DIY Street Fair
September 5; Ferndale; diystreetfair.com
Celebrate the art of doing-it-yourself with live music, food, and vendor booths hawking all manner of unique items.
Detroit Fall Beer Festival
Oct. 23, 24; Detroit; www.mibeer.com/detroit-fall-festival
Hop on over to Eastern Market to sample the finest craft brews our great state has to offer and dig into some delicious Detroit eats, all while treating your ears to music provided by local musicians.
December 5; Detroit; midtowndetroitinc.org
Noel Night is a great opportunity to get some gift shopping done, plus you can catch Christmas carolers, ice sculptors, horse-drawn carriages, and more.