Best Upcoming Art Festivals In Detroit

April 2, 2012 6:00 AM

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Detroit and its surrounding areas will have many art fairs and festivals going on this spring and summer. Some, like the Ann Arbor fairs, are famous nationwide, whereas others may take a little research to find out about. Luckily, you can save time and see a list of the best of these festivals here.
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Ann Arbor Art Fairs
Downtown Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
The Original: (734) 994-5260
Summer Art Fair: (734) 662-3382
State Street Area Art Fair: (734) 663-6511
South University Art Fair: (734) 663-5300

Price: Free
Dates: July 18 to July 21, 2012
Hours: Wednesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The Ann Arbor Art Fairs, an annual event, will take place this summer from July 18 to 21. Over 500,000 visitors come to view and participate in the art fairs, and what some people might not know is that there are actually four different art fairs, not just one big one. There is the Summer Art Fair, which takes place in the Main Street area; the State Street and the South University Art Fairs, located on the streets in their titles; and the Ann Arbor Original Street Art Fair, which takes place on Thayer, Fletcher, and North University, near the bell tower and the Michigan League.

The Art Fairs are always a lot of fun, especially if the weather cooperates, and the art ranges from paintings to jewelry to lawn sculptures. There’s also booths from local restaurant and stores, and sometimes you can snag free samples of foods and products. Make sure to arrive at the art fairs early in the morning, as parking in the structures are expensive and can range up to $15 or $20 for the day Insider’s tip: park at a meter instead, especially by the Hill Street area or those north of campus, or in street parking, if you arrive early enough to find a spot.

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Plymouth Art in the Park
Downtown Plymouth
Plymouth, MI 48170
(No phone number to contact)

Price: Free
Dates: July 13 to July 15, 2012
Hours: Friday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Plymouth Art in the Park is another festival taking place in July; this year it is July 13-15. It’s been an annual event since 1980, and is Michigan’s second largest art fair (the Ann Arbor one probably being the first). It features artists from around the country in downtown Plymouth, as well as entertainment and activities for kids like interactive theater. Plymouth has a great downtown area, with lots of restaurants and shops; check out E.G. Nicks for some pizza or Kilwin’s for a scoop of ice cream after you’re done browsing the art fair.

Art Birmingham
Downtown Birmingham
Birmingham, MI 48009
(734) 662-3382

Price: Free
Dates: May 26 to May 27, 2012
Hours: Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The streets of Birmingham, usually teeming with cars, annually shut down for one weekend in late May, when their art festival is held. 175 artists gather to showcase (and hopefully sell) their artwork, jewelry, photographs, and other wares, Art Birmingham was originally called the Birmingham Fine Art Festival, but has expanded to other mediums in the past few years. You can find the festival around Shain Park, and Maple Road is usually closed throughout the festival. Many of the downtown restaurants and shops hold sales as well; make sure to check these out as well as the art.

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Wyandotte Street Art Fair
Downtown Wyandotte
Wyandotte, MI 48193
(734) 324-4502

Price: Free
Dates: July 11 to July 14, 2012
Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m; Entertainment area, 12 pm. – 11 p.m.

From July 11-14, Biddle Avenue in Wyandotte between Eureka St. and Oak St. will be closed for the 51st Annual Wyandotte Street Art Fair. The festival started in 1961 as a small event, but has expanded rapidly to become one of the bigger fairs in the state. Though the art fair itself closes at 9 p.m. each night, the entertainment area will be open later, until 11 p.m. Parking can be found at Roosevelt High School, with shuttles leaving every 10 minutes; Chase Bank; Oak St. and 1st St.; Biddle Avenue between Pine and Plum; and First St. between Superior and Chestnut. All except Roosevelt are available from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. only.

Related: Wyandotte Street Art Fair Celebrates 50 Years

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DIY Street Fair
Downtown Ferndale
Ferndale, MI 48220

Price: Free
Dates: September 14 to September 16, 2012
Hours: Friday, 5 p.m. – 2 a.m.; Saturday, 11 am. – 2 a.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.

The DIY Street Fair in Ferndale will take place September 14-16 on East Troy Street. The artists who organize this each year are those who have a “do-it-yourself” work ethic (DIY), and there are tons of live performances that will be taking place over the weekend (calendar). There’s a ton to check out besides the art, too, including a beer garden, “Kids Zone,” and record shop, where you can purchase and listen to CDs from the performers. Free water will be provided at the fair, and many of the local restaurants will serve food at the “Restaurant Row,” including ice cream from Treat Dreams.

Related: DIY Fun at Ferndale Street Art Fair

Liz Parker is a freelance writer and a University of Michigan graduate with a degree in Creative Writing and Literature. Her work can be found at

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