AUBURN HILLS (WWJ) – The City of Auburn Hills has lined up a host of sights, sounds and flavors for two days of fun at its annual Summerfest celebration. The “main street” event will take place on Friday from 4:00 to 10:00 pm and Saturday from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm in the heart of downtown at Auburn and Squirrel Roads.

The festivities kick off Friday afternoon with the City’s renowned BBQ Cook-Off. Sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society, entrants will begin prepping and slow-cooking their barbecue favorites for a panel of judges to select winning recipes on Saturday.

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The Kids Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest runs from 4:00 to 7:00 pm and everyone is invited to the time-honored Ice Cream Social served by City Council members in the big tent from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

Friday’s live entertainment on stage kicks off at 4pm with DJ Jeff Buck, followed by the Rochester School of Rock from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, dance contests and prizes from 7:00 to 8:00 pm and the Summerfest debut of the band “Arizona Son” with lead singer Devin Scillian from 8:00 to 10:00 pm. Click here for the full entertainment schedule.

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A full day of events is also scheduled for Saturday, starting with the Rotary Club’s Pancake Breakfast from 7:00 am to 11:00 am, Glenda’s Glide 5K Race & Fun Run/Walk at 10:00 am, the Optimist Club’s 4rd annual By the River Car Show from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, the Pet Parade at 11am and BBQ judging beginning at noon, with awards presented on stage at 3:00 pm.

Both days will feature local restaurants and street vendors offering tasty food, snacks and beverages throughout the festival, in addition to activities in the Kidz Korner, including the new Cool Zone water area, Treasure Island sand pile, a giant slide, climbing wall, inflatable bouncers, face painting, balloon artistry, clowns and more.

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For more information, visit or call 248-370-9353.