Ready for some summer fun? Get out and enjoy local art, food, community, and more with these events around Metro Detroit
By Nicole Grace
Featured photo via @vangoghdetroit
June 4 – 6
10:00 am – 6:00 pm all weekend
Celebrate 75 years of history at Blake’s Orchard and Cider Mill with family fun and festivities throughout the weekend. Enjoy free donuts, train rides, music, giveaways — and, of course, lots of cider (there are discounted and new flavors). General admission tickets are $7.50.
June 5 + 6
Saturday 10 am – 7 pm + Sunday 11 am – 5 pm
Kick off summer and make your way to downtown Farmington for the 12th Annual Art on the Grand art fair. Shop one-of-a-kind art and handmade crafts from local artists at this free, community-sponsored event. No registration necessary.
June 5, 12, 19, 26
10 am – 12:30 pm
Experience an award-winning walking tour of downtown Detroit, hosted by Preservation Detroit. Learn about almost 300 years of history, including monuments and architecture, while walking through some of the most significant parts of the city. Preservation Detroit also offers walking tours of Eastern Market and Detroit’s Cultural Center throughout June. Tickets for all events range from $15-$18.
June 5, 12, 19, 26
12:00 – 2:00 pm or 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Tie-dye is the official uniform of summer! Get in on the creative action at a tie-dye workshop held every Saturday in June in Brightlytwisted’s Detroit store. This hands-on class will teach you how to put a colorful twist on pieces ranging from tote bags to T-shirts. All tie-dye materials are provided — but if you prefer to drink while you work, BYOB! Tickets start at $55 and can be purchased here.
June 9, 16, 23, 30
The Village of Rochester Hills is partnering with six local workout facilities to offer free outdoor fitness classes all month. From yoga to Pilates to cycling and more, enjoy the fresh air and small-town ambience while getting your daily sweat on. Classes are free to attend with no reservations required, but all operate on a first-come-first-serve basis. Check out the class schedule and times here.
10 am – 9 pm
Stop and smell the roses on the annual Franklin Garden Walk. Sponsored by the Franklin Garden Club (founded in 1953), this walk lets you stroll through the gardens in and around Franklin while learning about the gardens and their owners. Tickets purchased in advance are $12 with proceeds supporting local, state, and national horticultural, educational, and environmental causes.
7 – 9 pm
Yoga and craft cocktails — what could be better? Enjoy both — plus shopping from local vendors — at this nighttime yoga class hosted by Manifest Movement at The Whiskey Factory in downtown Detroit. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased here.
11 am – 5 pm
Learn about art and sustainability at the first event of a summer series called Reconnect Reuse Days, hosted by Arts and Scraps in Detroit. General admission registration is free and attendees can enjoy artist demonstrations, STEM activities with recycled materials, a sidewalk sale, live performances, and food trucks.
June 19 + 20
Bring your appetite and make your way to Canterbury Village in Lake Orion for the Annual Michigan Mega Food Truck Rally. Serving up unique cuisines, beverages, and shopping, this family-friendly event is sure to satisfy even the pickiest eaters. General admission tickets start at $5 and must be purchased in advance.
8 am – 12 pm
The Detroit Zoo and MIU Men’s Health Foundation are hosting the 13th Annual Run for the Ribbon “Stroll for Survivorship” event on Father’s Day to raise awareness for prostate cancer and other men’s health issues. Register for the in-person event and run (or stroll) through the Detroit Zoo with scavenger hunts, prizes, and refreshments along the way. Registration for the run is $30 and includes zoo admission for the day, plus an event T-shirt. Want to help the cause but can’t attend? Registration for “Doze for Dads” is $25 and allows you to support the event from afar.
June 25 – 30
Learn about the life and work of Vincent van Gogh at this interactive exhibit at the TCF Center in downtown Detroit, where you can literally immerse yourself in his artwork with cutting-edge projection technology. Tickets for the exhibit, which runs through August, start at $42 and can be purchased here.
7 – 8 pm
Michigan By the Bottle Tasting Room is hosting a virtual event that will help perfect your summer picnicking skills. Picnic Pairing will teach you about the best wine pairings for all kinds of traditional picnic dishes. Registration is free and open to the first 90 participants, but you may want to consider purchasing one (or more!) of the recommended bottles of wine from any location (Auburn Hills, Shelby Township, or Royal Oak) to get the most out of the session.