Looking for things to do during the dog days of summer? Here are seven events around Metro Detroit you are sure to enjoy, even in scorching temperatures.
Compiled by Ri’An Jackson
Featured photo via Woodward Dream Cruise
Happy Together Tour
MGM Grand Detroit Event Center
1777 Third St., Detroit
If you’re missing the good vibes of the 1960s and 1970s, this concert is perfect for you. The Happy Together Tour is making a stop at the MGM Grand Detroit Event Center on Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. and is bringing some of the most iconic artists from the 1960s and 1970s. Here, you can dance to old hits from groups like The Turtles, The Buckinghams and The Cowsills all night long. Tickets start at $45 on Ticketmaster.
Motor City Tap Festival
Tap Dance Detroit
310 Livernois St., Ferndale
The Motor City Tap Festival is essential for all established and aspiring tap dancers. The 12th annual festival will feature four days of classes with leading tap artists in the industry, the Motor City Soles all-star faculty show at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, Young Choreographer’s competition, a showcase for participants and more. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Visit motorcitytapfest.com for more information and tickets.
Wild Beasts Wild Wine
6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
8450 W 10 Mile Road., Royal Oak
Spend a night enjoying the Detroit Zoo’s award-winning habitats, live music, zookeeper talks and wine from more than 50 local and national wineries and vineyards. Tickets for Wild Beasts Wild Wine include a beverage holder and admission to the zoo with wine-filled trails. Visit detroitzoo.org for more information and tickets.
Sarah McLachlan and the Meadow Brook Festival Orchestra
Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
234 Festival Drive., Rochester Hills
Multiplatinum singer and songwriter Sarah McLachlan is joining forces with the Meadow Brook Festival Orchestra to bring an unforgettable show to Metro Detroit. Known for her soft and intimate ballads, you won’t want to miss the irresistible paring of her voice and the orchestra. Tickets start at $30.50 on Ticketmaster.
Woodward Dream Cruise
9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Woodward Ave., Ferndale
Join over 1 million attendees on Woodward Avenue for the world’s largest one-day automotive event. At the Woodward Dream Cruise, you can lounge and gaze at the 40,000 featured classic cars, hot rods and specialty vehicles as they cruise from Ferndale to Pontiac. Aside from cars, visitors can enjoy live entertainment and many local bars and restaurants. Admission is free. Visit woodwarddreamcruise.com for more information.
Michigan Renaissance Festival
10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
12600 Dixie Hwy., Holly
Time travel to the 16th century at the annual Michigan Renaissance Festival. Along with exploring the 17-acre village, you can interact with wizards, watch jousting shows, eat delicious food, view artwork from artisans and much more. Visit michrenfest.com for more information and tickets.
Ladies Night Out Downtown
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The Detroit Writing Room
1514 Washington Blvd., Suite 203, Detroit
All ladies can hang out downtown with the Boss Ladies Referral Crew and the SEEN team at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 29. Enjoy a cheese board, shrimp cocktail, drinks and meet new people at this relaxing networking event. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.