Looking for a good time this weekend? You could turn to the professionals, but where’s the fun in that? Do it yourself. The DIY Street Fair runs Friday through Sunday in fabulous downtown Ferndale. Visitors will find more than 100 vendors and exhibitors, 50 local recording artists on two stages, 35 craft beer selections in two beer gardens, a kids zone — and more. The theme celebrates locally sourced goods, creative energy, free and independent spirit and innovation. Attendance is free and everyone is welcome. – Christy Strawser
Like your music raw? This is the place to be. Forget the producer-polished national acts at other local street fairs. This is pure, raw talent from local bands. Click here for a complete lineup: www.diystreetfair.com/live-music/
Restaurant Row will offer the best of Ferndale, including tasty handmade ice cream from Treat Dreams — which is bringing their latest creations: bourbon pecan pie ice cream and cherry mojito popsicles. There will be vegeterian fare from Om Cafe, something for the meat lovers from Omnivorous Catering, Mexican fare from Taco Mama, and hearty edibles from Woodward Avenue Brewers.
Ths year’s event will feature the largest beer garden in DIY history, with 23,000 square feet of space for the most luscious brews Michigan has to offer. Inside, you’ll find microbrews and homemade wine from Atwater, B. Nektar, Arcadia, Frog Island, Founders, Corner Brewery, Liberty Street Brewing Company, Millking It, Midland Brewing Co., Mount Pleasant Brewing Company, New Holland Brewing, Saugatuck Brewing, Sherwood Brewing Company, Shorts, and Woodward Avenue Brewers.
Puppet theater, anyone? There will be handmade puppets, handmade crafts created from recycled materials, a rock climbing wall, mini horses on display and more in the Kids Zone, located on the south side of the Ferndale Public Library, off Troy Street. See the complete schedule here: http://www.diystreetfair.com/kids-zone/
The event is open 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday. The Marketplace has different hours, staying open 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, with afterglow shopping until midnight; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, with afterglow shopping until midnight; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, with afterglow shopping until 11 p.m. The Kids Zone is open noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon until 6 p.m. Sunday.
The festival footprint basically takes over all of Ferndale along 9 Mile Road, east of Woodward. Specifically, the fair is in the southeast quadrant of Nine Mile, centered on East Troy, between Woodward Avenue Brewers and The Emory restaurant. It occupies the municipal parking lots just west of the Ferndale Public Library and south of Troy Street behind the brewery.