Looking for things to do in and around Metro Detroit this August? Check out this list of places to go, see and be seen.
Compiled by Arianna Smith
Star Wars and the Power of Costume
Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit
You may think you know everything about “Star Wars,” but do you know the creative details behind Carrie Fisher’s iconic Leia outfit? The Detroit Institute of Arts is offering a “Star Wars and the Power of Costume” exhibit through next month. The exhibit gives an insider’s look at the symbolism and impact of costume designs from the first seven films for fan-favorite characters like Darth Vader, Queen Amidala and Rey. Tickets can be purchased at dia.org/starwars. Residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties receive $5 off all adult tickets.
Toast2U — A Celebration of Women
2505 Hilton, unit 107, Ferndale
To all women that have made accomplishments, mistakes, gutsy moves and everything in between, join SheHive keyholder Brandi Keeler for Toast2U — a monthly encouragement and accountability party for women of all ages who want to network, connect and socialize with other self activated women taking the world by storm in a fun, safe and supportive environment. The Toast2U event starts at 6:30 p.m. Reservations can be made at toast2u.org.
Troy Traffic Jam
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
201 W. Big Beaver Road
The 11th annual Troy Traffic Jam, presented by the Troy Historic Village, aims to bring classic car lovers and collector enthusiasts together on Sunday, Aug. 5 in support of the Troy Historical Society. The car show will have family-friendly activities, showcase cruises, judged contests for hot rods and muscle cars and music and food. The 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. event at Columbia Center 201 W. Big Beaver Road is free to the public.
Motor City Tap Fest
Wayne State University
4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit
Founded over a decade ago, the Motor City Tap Fest will return to Detroit from August 8-11. Top tap dance instructors and tap dance groups from around the world will gather on Wayne State University’s campus for four days of concerts, classes and competitions that support fine arts scholarships for rising performers. Whether you’re a professional tapper or an interested novice, Motor City Tap Fest offers something for all tap dancers. Sign up for classes is open at motorcitytapfest.com.
Summer Beer Tasting Cruise
Detroit Princess Riverboat
1 Civic Center Dr., Detroit
On Saturday, Aug. 18, hop aboard the Detroit Princess Riverboat for a Summer Beer Tasting Cruise, presented by Motor City Brew Tours. Passengers can sample international seasonal spirits and ciders while listening to live musical performances in the sun. Boarding begins at 11:30 a.m., and the boat departs at noon. Tickets for the two-hour tour are $62.50 and can be purchased at eventbrite.com.
August 18 thru September
Michigan Renaissance Festival
10 a.m. to 7p.m.
12600 Dixie Hwy., Holly
If you’re a fan of “Game of Thrones” and Dungeons and Dragons, saddle your horse, grab your sword and head to Holly, Michigan on Saturday, Aug. 18 for the opening day of the Michigan Renaissance Festival. The festival is open on weekends through Sunday, Sept. 30 and on Labor Day. Every weekend has a theme ranging from “Royal Pets and Ale” to “The Magic of Mermaids.” Jousting competitions are a traditional favorite, and the festival also offers craft and food vendors, magic shows, reenactments and rides. Tickets are available at michrenfest.com.
Working Moms Meetup
Empire Kitchen & Cocktails
3148 Woodward Ave., Detroit
Join SEEN, LittleGuide Detroit and Mother Honestly for a meetup with working moms 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23 at Empire Kitchen & Cocktails in Detroit. Blessing Adesiyan, the founder of the new platform Mother Honestly (above right), will share why she created a space for Metro Detroit moms to connect and support each other. Purchase tickets for $10 here. Appetizers are included.
Detroit Sushi Festival
Eastern Market, Shed 3
Metro Detroit residents 21 and up will have the opportunity on August 24 to observe sushi chefs create art out of fresh ingredients, and then sample that art in Eastern Market’s Shed #3 from 5:30-10:30 p.m. Festival-goers will have access to top of the line vendors, live entertainment and exclusive giveaways, including souvenir chopsticks! VIP pass holders will also receive a premium beverage, preferred seating, additional tasting tickets and use of a private bar and restroom. Regular passes, $40, and VIP passes, $75, can be purchased at eventbrite.com.
Vegan Nights! at Naturalista Life
16000 W. Nine Mile Road, Southfield
Socialize and mingle with fellow vegans over fresh, fantastic food at Vegan Nights! hosted by Naturalista Life in Southfield on Sunday, Aug. 26. Starting at 6 p.m., guests experience a live cooking demo from a local vegan chef and presentations from natural-based companies, then enjoy a smoothie bar, dinner, dessert and live entertainment. Ticket packages start at $15 and can be bought at eventbrite.com.