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Ann Arbor Art Fair

Thu., July 20, Fri., July 21, Sat., July 22 and Sun., July 23

This massive street fair is actually made up for four separate entities, but you’d never know, judging by the way they weave together through the streets of downtown Ann Arbor. This absolutely enormous fair will feature everything from fine arts to those hippie wrap skirts you can wear 1,000 different ways — and everything in between. You’ll be in the middle of an already bustling Ann Arbor shopping district, so expect lots of opportunities to nosh on food from local vendors and shop at sidewalk sales at local stores. You’ll never get a spot near the fair, so we recommend parking at a nearby mall or high school. Some offer shuttles for free, while others are a mere $3 for a round trip. Check the street fair’s website for more details. Free

Various Locations (map)
Main Street
Greater Ann Arbor Area
phone (734) 665-8863
Ann Arbor Art Fair

Beacon Park Grand Opening

Thu., July 20, Fri., July 21, Sat., July 22 and Sun., July 23

This brand new park in downtown Detroit belongs to DTE, but the Downtown Detroit Partnership is curating all the amazing events that will be held therein. This grand opening weekend will feature over 50 separate events and everything is free. Thursday night there will be free live music by Robert Randolph and the Family Band. Friday there will be a craft beer garden hosted by Griffin Claw plus a live concert by Lord Huron. Saturday there will be yoga, a shopping market, and music by Plena Libre. Sunday, a live performance by the Michigan Philharmonic will set the mood for a screening of Back to the Future. Plus, there will be adult-friendly light-up see-saws at the park until mid-August. Free

Beacon Park (map)
1901 Grand River Ave
Downtown Detroit Beacon Park Grand Opening

All Time Low

Thu., July 20, 5:30 p.m.

After a two-year touring hiatus to write new music, the band is back on the road, inspiring generations of fans to bust out their Converse and Sharpies and don their checkered belts. The tour kicks off just after the release of their newest album, Last Young Renegade. All Time Low has recently secured the prestigious titles of “one of Tumblr’s most re-blogged bands of 2014”, and ‘Best Pop Punk Band” at the Top in Rock Awards for their enduring pop-punk sound. $32.50 in advance and $40 day of show

Royal Oak Music Theatre (map)
318 W. Fourth St.
Downtown Royal Oak
phone (248) 399-2980
All Time Low

Primus

Thu., July 20, 6 p.m.

If you’ve never seen a live show from one of the most influential alt-rock bands, you’re in for a treat. Long featured solos and improvised renditions of their classic songs are set to visually stunning stage designs. The band also uses live sets to showcase some secret talents, like lead singer Les Claypool’s use of a whamola during drum solos. Primus defies labels with genre titles like ‘psychedelic polka’ and ‘thrash-funk’ so you never really know what you’re going to get in the live performance, but we guarantee it will be an impressive display of the band’s usual showmanship. $25

Freedom Hill (map)
14900 Metropolitan Parkway
Greater Detroit Area
phone (586) 268-5100
Primus

Michigan Brewers’ Guild Summer Beer Fest

Fri., July 21 and Sat., July 22

For as long as we can remember, the Michigan Brewers’ Guild Summer Beer Fest has been the best place in the state to sip and sample locally made brews. The huge fest is two days, but it always sells out, so we recommend buying your tickets ahead of time. You’ll have access to over 1,000 Michigan-made beers from over 100 local breweries, making hydration and a pre-event carb-load key. Your ticket will come with 15 sample tokens and if you’re still coherent after using those up, you can purchase additional tokens for continued drinking.

http://www.mibeer.com/summer-festival
Riverside Park (map)
Huron & Cross streets
Greater Ypsilanti Area
phone (734) 483-7272
Michigan Brewers’ Guild Summer Beer Fest

Vans Warped Tour

Fri., July 21, 11 a.m.

The premiere pop punk, hardcore, and alternative music festival is back in Detroit for the annual summer tour. Long time rockers Hawthorne Heights and Suicide Machines are joined by rappers Feeki and Sammy Adams, as well as “pirate metal” group Alestorm. Don't forget to bring your white T-shirt for GWAR’s genre-transcending performance that involves fake blood showers. The fest will offer Rally Bus transportation to hype up guests coming from Michigan, Ohio, and Canada on the way to the Palace. $40.50

Palace of Auburn Hills (map)
6 Championship Dr.
Greater Detroit Area
phone (248) 377-0100
Vans Warped Tour

Blueberry Festival

Fri., July 21, 12 p.m. and Sat., July 22, 10 a.m.

In Michigan, there is a summer festival for everything, but the Imlay City Blueberry Festival is one of the originals. It’s been around since 1980, celebrating the indigo-flavored fruit with live music, a Little Miss Blueberry pageant, and a parade. Each day there are eating contests that ask participants to shove their gourds full of anything from pickles to Little Caesars Crazy Bread to blueberry pie. The whole thing is basically just an old-fashioned celebration of classic, American values. Free

Faster Horses

Fri., July 21, 1:30 p.m., Sat., July 22, 1:30 p.m. and Sun., July 23, 1:30 p.m.

Michigan is home to myriad music festivals, but Faster Horses is one of a kind. The country music outdoor extravaganza features huge stars like Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker, and Aubrie Sellers, among others. And the festival is about more than just music. There are also campground parties, a huge ferris wheel, foam parties, awesome vendors, and tons more outdoor fun. So pack your cowboy boots and straw hat, it’s going to be a boot-scootin’ good time. general admission tickets start at $199

Michigan Brewers’ Guild Summer Beer Fest

Fri., July 21, 5-9 p.m. and Sat., July 22, 1-6 p.m.

For as long as we can remember, the Michigan Brewers’ Guild Summer Beer Fest has been the best place in the state to sip and sample locally made brews. The huge fest is two days, but it always sells out, so we recommend buying your tickets ahead of time. You’ll have access to over 1,000 Michigan-made beers from over 100 local breweries, making hydration and a pre-event carb-load key. Your ticket will come with 15 sample tokens and if you’re still coherent after using those up, you can purchase additional tokens for continued drinking. Friday tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the gate, Saturday tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the gate

Riverside Park (map)
Huron & Cross streets
Greater Ypsilanti Area
phone (734) 483-7272
Michigan Brewers’ Guild Summer Beer Fest

Jim Gaffigan

Fri., July 21, 6 p.m.

Jim Gaffigan may not be a very pretty man, but he is funny. OK, maybe his ruminations on the divinity of bacon and his overwhelmingly pale complexion are not the fodder most social justice-seeking millennials are used to hearing, but sometimes we just need a break to talk about the delicious wonder that is pig fat. The last time we saw Gaffigan live he performed his then-current album, Beyond the Pale, front to back. So, if you’re already familiar with his recent release, Cinco, you’ll likely be reciting jokes word-for-word. Not that it won’t be fun. It will totally be fun. lawn tickets are $30, pavilion tickets start at $40

DTE Energy Music Theatre (map)
7774 Sashabaw Rd.
Greater Detroit Area
phone (248) 645-6666
Jim Gaffigan

Goddam Gallows

Fri., July 21, 8 p.m.

These rockers first began in Lansing, when the band’s three members happened to meet in a fight with the Benton-Harbor gangbangers. And from that moment, the Goddamn Gallows was created. The rockers are definitely hard-core. In 2007 they left everything behind and spent four years living out of their vehicles in order to tour the country. Their last album released in 2011 is a reflection of their four-year trip. $12

The Loving Touch (map)
22634 Woodward Ave.
Downtown Ferndale
phone (248) 546-3644
Goddam Gallows

Living Art Tattoo Convention

Sat., July 22, 4-11 p.m.

Gone are the days when getting some ink on your arm could be considered taboo. Now, everyone and their mom has imbued their skin with a permanent work of art. This convention is not only a place to appreciate your fellow ink addicts’ tats, but it's also a time to meet with a slew of new tattoo artists and piercers. They’ll be doing work at the convention, so you can get a new piece on the spot or discuss options for setting up an appointment at their local shop. $20

Royal Oak Farmers' Market (map)
316 E. 11 Mile Rd.
Downtown Royal Oak
phone (248) 246-3079 (FAX); (248)
Living Art Tattoo Convention

Say It Loud: Art, History, and Rebellion

Sun., July 23, 1-5 p.m.

Detroit has been abuzz with stories commemorating the 50th anniversary of the civil unrest of 1967. This exhibit features politically and socially informed works by more than 40 nationally recognized artists, including native Detroiters, across multiple generations and disciplines to show how African-American artists have responded to injustice and transformed the national consciousness over several decades. admission is free for members and children younger than 3, $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and kids 3 through 12

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (map)
315 E. Warren Ave.
Midtown
phone (313) 494-5800; (313) 494-5855 (FAX)
Say It Loud: Art, History, and Rebellion

Incubus

Sun., July 23, 5:15 p.m.

Twenty years ago, S.C.I.E.N.C.E. was released — Incubus’ first major label studio album. To celebrate, the band will go on their first tour since 2015 armed with a new single, “Nimble Bastard” off their forthcoming album. Frontman Brandon Boyd has a laundry list of influences ranging from Red Hot Chili Peppers to Ani DeFranco, from the Police to the Beastie Boys, that has inspired the band’s uniquely inclusive genre. Jimmy Eat World and Judah & the Lion will open the show. $29.50

DTE Energy Music Theatre (map)
7774 Sashabaw Rd.
Greater Detroit Area
phone (248) 645-6666
Incubus

Bring It! Live

Sun., July 23, 7 p.m.

Lifetime’s original reality series Bring It! is an over-the-top look inside the dealings of a dramatic dance group led by outspoken Miss D. Whether you’re already addicted to the show’s farcical fits of vocal sparring and killer dance numbers or you’ve never heard someone utter the words “bring it” before, this night of choreographed intensity is sure to be entertaining. Want to meet and greet with Miss D? A photo opportunity add-on is available at all price levels, as well as a VIP package that comes with premium seating. $33-$60

Fox Theatre (map)
2211 Woodward Ave.
Downtown Detroit
phone (313) 471-6611
Bring It! Live
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