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Your guide to annual events, festivals and attractions

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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.

Michigan Elvisfest

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.

Renaissance Festival

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.

Noel Night

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.

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