From food fests and beach parties, to air shows and concerts galore, here are some fun things to do in Metro Detroit this July!
BY SEEN CONTRIBUTORS
Friday Beach Party, Campus Martius Park
The Beach at Campus Martius Park is a hot summer destination in Detroit. From 4-10 p.m. every Friday through August 26, the Friday Night Beach Parties will feature a rotating lineup of the best local and regional bands and DJs performing beachside, such as Brett Lucas, Root Vibrations, One Love Reggae Band, DJ Bruce Bailey, and DJ Eddie Riot. downtowndetroit.org/events
July 1 – 4
Royal Oak Taco Fest
Get in fiesta mode and enjoy four days of tacos, tequila, music, mariachis, and more at the first-ever ROYAL OAK TACO FEST. royaloaktacofest.com
Michigan Rib Fest
In addition to en epic fourth of July fireworks display, Lake Orion is also home to Michigan Rib Fest. Fest-goers will enjoy mouthwatering ribs, live music, games and monster truck rides along with pig and wiener dog races. michiganribfest.com
Selfridge 2022 Open House & Air Show, Harrison Township
Check out the Air Combat Command F-22 Demonstration Team as they headline the Selfridge Air Show! There will be food and drinks for sale and tickets can be purchased here.
Hospitality Included Food Festival, at Chroma Detroit
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The 2nd annual Hospitality Included Festival will take place at Chroma, the office and co-working space in Grand Junction. Hospitality Included Fest will feature restaurants like Takoi, Freya, and Oak and Reel, as well food trucks and pop-ups like Fried Chicken & Caviar, Konjo Me, and more. According to their website, Hospitality Included, the goal of this festival and it’s programming is to increase diversity among the city’s restaurant scene, as well as providing training and opportunities to young black adults who would like to get into the hospitality industry. Chroma, 2937 E. Grand Blvd., Detroit.
Detroit Kite Festival, Belle Isle Fountain
The Magical Music of Harry Potter, Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
Experience the magic of Harry Potter brought to life by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. The show will feature music from all eight Harry Potter films. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, a leader in the world of classical music, is the fourth oldest orchestra in America. The show starts at 7 p.m. ticketmaster.com
Kevin Hart, Little Caesars Arena
Hailed as one of the highest-earning stand-up comedians of 2019 by Forbes, Kevin Hart sold out more than 100 arenas around the world and sold more than one million tickets worldwide in 2018 during his Irresponsible Tour. It has been four years since Hart’s last major tour, and his 2022 Reality Check Tour will feature a lot of great new material that you don’t want to miss. This is a phone-free performance, and guests will be required to secure their phones upon arrival at the venue. ticketmaster.com
5th Annual Detroit Festival of Books, Eastern Market
The Festival of Books is a perfect spot for book lovers. Organizers say they are dedicated to promoting the joy of reading and the rich culture surrounding it. This free event features vendors selling a variety of books, including rare and used ones. There will also be food, beer, and a live DJ playing funk music. detroitbookfest.com
July 16 – 24
30th Annual Concert of Colors, Detroit Institute of Arts
This free festival is truly a celebration of love and culture from all over the world. Featuring live music from from Native Americas, Africa, Brazil, Puerto Rico, India, Ireland, and of course Detroit funk, rock, jazz and more! Festival goers will also be treated to a screening of the documentary film on the 30 years of the Concert of Colors and so much more. Check out the event page for more details and mark your calendars! www.concertofcolors.com
Elton John Farewell Tour, Comerica Park
The iconic performer is coming back to Detroit one last time. Commonly nicknamed “Rocketman” after his hit single of the same name, Elton John has made a lasting impact on the music industry. He has released 31 albums since 1969, collaborating with lyricist Bernie Taupin. Farewell Yellow Brick Road: The Final Tour will make stops in Europe in major cities such as Milan, Liverpool, and Paris. John will then travel across the pond to take his final bow in North America, playing in major cities, including Vancouver, Toronto, East Rutherford, Chicago, and more. ticketmaster.com
Girls on Track, M1 Concourse
Start your engines and get your tickets to the 5th Annual Girls on Track fundraising event at M1 Concourse! This is your chance to experience fast car rides around the track with professional drivers while also helping to support Women of Tomorrow in continuing their life-changing mission and benefit hundreds of young women in the Detroit community. Tickets include delicious food and drinks, a live and silent auction and more. Tickets here.
Art + Wine SEEN, Art Leaders Gallery
Sip on delicious vintages from Youngblood Vineyard and meet the artists featured in our July issue of SEEN Magazine! Tickets are $30 and includes 6 wine tastings and charcuterie spread. More information and tickets here.
Ann Arbor Art Fair
It’s three fairs in three days and is considered the largest juried art fair in the nation. The Ann Arbor Art Fair features nearly 1,000 artists and spans 30 city blocks in downtown Ann Arbor. The beloved tradition draws nearly half a million attendees each year. Check out art in its many forms, including paintings, drawings, ceramics, sculptures, jewelry, culinary treats, and live music. The event comprises three independent juries and nonprofit art fairs: the Ann Arbor Original Street Art Fair, the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair, and the Ann Arbor State Street Art Fair. theannarborartfair.com
July 22 – 24
Jackson Hot Air Jubilee
With morning and evening launches, as well as nightly balloon glows at dusk, THE JACKSON HOT AIR JUBILEE is a magical event. hotairjubilee.com
July 22 – 30
Pippin, Berman Center for Performing Arts
The Nicely Theatre Group is putting on a production of the Tony Award-winning musical Pippin at the Berman Center for Performing Arts in West Bloomfield, Michigan. Pippin is the story of a young prince’s search search for the secret to true happiness. Pippin features choreography from the legendary Bob Fosse, originally appearing on Broadway in 1972. The updated 2013 circus-inspired version won four Tony Awards, including the award for Best Musical Revival. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased here.
What are you looking forward to the most this July? Let us know in the comments below!