In the summertime, the Detroit suburbs have plenty of festivals that have become annual traditions for many families, including the Woodward Dream Cruise, the Michigan Renaissance Festival, and more!


Woodward Dream Cruise

Held Saturday, Aug. 18, thousands will turn out to show off and watch classic cars from Detroit’s past. The activities stretch up and down Woodward Avenue from Ferndale to Pontiac, one of the cruising haunts back in the day. Many activities are centered at the Northwood Shopping Center at Woodward and 13 Mile. Get there early: People will be gathered along the sides of the street in lawn chairs for hours and days ahead of time. One million people are usually expected to line the corridor to hoot and holler at the best in Detroit muscle. The event is sponsored in part by our CBS Radio Detroit sister station, 104.3 WOMC.


Arts, Beat and Eats

Held every Labor Day Weekend, the festival moved from its longtime home in Pontiac to downtown Royal Oak in 2010 and hasn’t looked back since. Artists sell their painting, sculpture and crafts, bands both national and local, provide free music and there’s plenty of food to purchase and sample from area restaurants. It offers the best in local art, music and edible goodness, including wine tastings, microcreamy ice cream, Michigan beer, local restaurant fare, crafts, and games for the kids.

Jazz On The River Alexander Zonjic

Alexander Zonjic performing at Jazz On The River. (credit:

Jazz On The River

Every first weekend of August, this two-day free music festival is put on by Wayne County Parks at Elizabeth Park in Trenton. National and local acts are presented with plenty of food available.


Michigan Renaissance Festival

See jousting, family entertainment, puppetry and more from Labor Day weekend and weekends through the end of September in this annual event held in Holly. Can’t get enough of giant turkey legs, Medieval cleavage, mystical wares or dragons? This is your home base for summer.


River Raisin Jazz Festival

Held on a weekend in the middle of August annually at St. Mary’s Park on historic River Raisin in Monroe, thousands come from all over to catch the free music from national and local acts. Bring a chair or blanket and have a great time.  Put on by Monroe County Tourism Bureau and local sponsors.