Best Downtown Festivals In Detroit

August 22, 2011 5:55 PM

Enjoy some great music and fun in Detroit at one of these festivals, including the Downtown Hoedown and the Detroit International Jazz Festival.
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Downtown Hoedown

This annual free Country music festival occurs on a weekend in the middle of May at Hart Plaza, featuring big names and many up and coming and local acts. Thousands of fans show up for the three days of music and partying. Presented by our CBS Radio Detroit sister station, 99.5 WYCD.

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Movement: Detroit’s Electronic Music Festival

Held each Memorial Day weekend at Hart Plaza, the festival has fans from all over the world showing up in Detroit to see and hear performances by electronic and techno musicians and DJs.

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River Days

River Days are held on the Detroit Riverfront, from the Renaissance Center to the new Milliken State Park, in the days before the big Target Fireworks in late June. It features many family activities and plenty of free music performances from local acts.

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African World Festival

Hart Plaza is the place every third weekend in August for this celebration of the richness, diversity and worldwide influence of African culture through performances, cuisine and exhibitions. Sponsored by the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

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Detroit International Jazz Festival

Every Labor Day in Detroit, Jazz lovers from around the world come for the largest free festival of its kind. It covers several blocks of Detroit from Hart Plaza up Woodward Avenue and off into side streets to Campus Martius Park. Musicians and stars of Jazz and Contemporary Jazz are presented along with learning workshops for students.

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