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BLAC's Picks for the Best Summer Festivals In and Around Detroit

Do summer right.

The first formal day of summer may be June 21, but as far as we're concerned, the season of sandals and sunglasses kicks off at that first festival when you round up your folk for a day of sticky skin and stickier treats. As spring prepares to take a bow, this is all the guide you'll need – because what else is summertime if not hot days and cool nights peppered with booze, music, food and friends?

Burgers & Brews June 8

At this all-ages event, sample metro Detroit's best burgers and brews from 20-plus restaurants and 40-plus breweries.

$25/general admission, $35/VIP

Royal Oak Farmers Market

316 E. 11 Mile Road, Royal Oak

Motor City Pride June 9-10

This annual festival and parade brings tens of thousands to downtown Detroit in a celebration of love, freedom and LGBTQ rights.

$5

Hart Plaza • 1 Hart Plaza, Detroit

GM River Days June 22-24

The family-friendly fun is back bringing with it Jet Ski demos, live music, delicious eats and more, presented by Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort.

Free-$5

Detroit International Riverfront

Art in the Park July 13-15

Back for its 39th year, Michigan's second-largest art fair invites you to peruse works from 400-plus painters, sculptors, jewelry makers and more.

Free

Downtown Plymouth

Ribs and R&B Music Festival Aug. 10-12

Encapsulate yourself in a whirlwind of smooth R&B and fall-off-the-bone tender barbecue and ribs.

Free-$5/general admission, $45-$90/VIP

Hart Plaza • 1 Hart Plaza, Detroit

African World Festival Aug. 17-19

Explore the Wright, inside and out, while celebrating African culture through poetry, art, traditional drumming and dance and more.

Free

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit

Ford Art, Beats & Eats Aug. 31-Sept. 3

This 21st festival delivers over 200 performances on nine stages, the best cuisine from in and around Detroit and a fine arts show featuring digital, photography and fashion exhibits.

Free-$7

Downtown Royal Oak

Detroit Jazz Festival Aug. 31-Sept. 3

This Labor Day weekend tradition is back for its 39th year featuring Cecile McLorin Salvant, the Julian Lage Trio, Marcus Miller, Chick Corea and more.

Free/general admission, $100-$999/VIP

Hart Plaza • 1 Hart Plaza, Detroit

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