August Events in Detroit
Motor City Detroit is a well-known hub of cultural diversity and activity and, as the largest city in the great state of Michigan, has a robust reputation for tourism to the architecture, festivals and city sights. If you’re planning on visiting Detroit any time this Summer 2017, rest assured that you will not want for things to do and see.
In addition to always present attractions such as the Detroit International River Walk, Belle Isle Park and numerous Food Tours, there are events happening exclusively in August that you won’t want to miss.
Sunset at the Scott – Belle Isle Park, August 10 at 6PM
This gigantic state park, which is always thumping on the 4th of July for Independence Day, will host a memorable summer celebration on the 10th of August under the setting Michigan sun. The rationale behind the get-together is to acknowledge the James Scott Memorial Fountain, which has a history that is inextricably tied to early Detroit.
Bring your significant other, for heavy appetizers and cocktails will be served until 9PM. There will be live music and a private bar for VIPS – get your tickets early. There’s a yacht club and nature center if you get there early and want to explore some of the sights.
The Ribs R&B Music Festival, August 11-13, Hart Plaza
The name of this event says it all. What’s better than a 3-day festival where one of America’s favorite finger foods will be served to the tunes of artists such as the incomparable Chante Moore, The Enchantments, The Mary Jane Girls, Dion Price and Steve Russell? More than just finger food, in fact, your plate can host brisket and chicken and other delicacies if you like. The ribs will be cooked to perfection by the best chefs on the local scene. If you’re an out-of-towner, AirBnB has numerous options in the area surrounding Philip A. Hart Plaza.
The Otsego County Fair, August 12-19
This will be roaring good fun, and is taking place at theOtsego County Fairgroundsjust outside of Detroit in Gaylord, MI. If you’re a fan of the country scene, then you can get it all here. It’s a perfect event for the kids, with the Carnival portion starting on August 15 in the afternoon. Before this, there will be a Queen Pageant, and then a free movie under the stars with the family the next day. Stick around for the heavy weight horse pulling events and various motor sports at night.The entire affair runs all day on each of the five days that the fair is in town.
Woodward Avenue Event – Cruisin’ to Drive Out Hunger, August 18
This will be a 15 year old event as of August 2017, and it is still going strong as it attracts thousands of vehicles out to cruise down Woodward Avenue in conscientious support of helping feed your fellow hungry humans in Metro Detroit. All proceeds from the sponsored event goes to the Forgotten Harvest organization. There will be some fantastic eateries there to serve up excellent dishes, such as Westborn Market, Chive Kitchen and Treat Dreams. Classic cars will be a sight to see, and refreshments will be available as entertainers regale the crowd with music.