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Top 10 Events and Festivals in Detroit, Michigan

View this selection of the top 10 annual events and festivals, fairs and celebrations (listed in calendar priority) in Detroit in Michigan.

See below for more about the main 10 Detroit, Michigan events and festivals.

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Movement Electronic Music Festival
late May
Detroit, Michigan

Presented in downtown Detroit, the city where electronic music originated, the Movement Electronic Music Festival is Detroit’s premier annual electronic dance festival that attracts some of the biggest names in the business and more than half a million visitors each year with a popular display of light and sound.

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Detroit Downtown Hoedown
early to mid June
Detroit, Michigan

Featuring some of Country and Western's best performers, the 3-day Detroit Downtown Hoedown is one of the largest free country music festivals in the world featuring new and upcoming artists and many famous and well recognized ones as well entertaining several hundred thousand fans with the best in country music. A popular event for 30 years, the Detroit Downtown Hoedown is just one of the the top 10 annual events and festivals, fairs and celebrations in Detroit in Michigan showcasing more than 50 well known and very popular live performers.

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Midsummer Nights in Midtown
mid June
Detroit, Michigan

Detroit’s unrivaled international arts festival, replacing the Detroit Festival of the Arts, Midsummer Nights in Midtown is a popular and major arts event attracting over 10,000 people each year for the month long series of free cultural performances on every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening through June at a variety of cultural center venues.

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Target Fireworks
late June
Detroit, Michigan

Brought together by the same company that orchestrates the ever popular America's Thanksgiving Parade in late November, the Target Fireworks event, the largest international fireworks show of its kind, has been a popular attraction for well over half a century. Launching from the Detroit River, more than 10,000 separate explosives highlight the skies above Detroit.

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Detroit River Days
late June
Detroit, Michigan

One of Detroit’s most popular summer events, the 3-day Detroit River Days festival celebrating Detroit’s maritime, ecological and culinary culture attracts thousands of visitors each year with a host of family oriented events, eco-friendly children’s activities, Jet-skis, tall ships and boat tours, towering sand sculptures, and live concerts highlighting local, national and international musicians. 

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Arab & Chaldean World Festival
late July
Detroit, Michigan

Recognized as the biggest Arab-Chaldean-American cultural event in North America for over 40 years, the Arab & Chaldean World Festival attracts over 100,000 people every year to enjoy music from all over the Middle East, the Art Gallery showcasing multiple exhibits, the popular Children's Fair featuring arts and crafts projects and multiple attractions that are fun for the whole family, a variety of Arabic and Chaldean food and a fashion show highlighting the exotic and different attire from all of the Arab countries involved.

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African World Festival
mid August
Detroit, Michigan

top african american festivals in the USA USARecognized as Detroit's premier ethnic festival, the three-day African World Festival, presented by the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History attracts over a million people each year and celebrates African culture with music, live entertainment, children's activities, an artisans' market and a wide variety of ethnic cuisine from all over the world.

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Detroit Jazz Festival
late August / early September (Labor Day Weekend)
Detroit, Michigan

top jazz events nd jazz festivals in the USA USAA popular event for over 34 years, the Detroit International Jazz Festival is one of the world’s premier jazz festivals that takes place over several city blocks in downtown Detroit and which features more than 100 acts taking part on five stages in four days. One of the top 10 annual events and festivals, fairs and celebrations) in Detroit in Michigan offers everything from popular concerts, educational activities for adults and children such as the Jazz Talk Tent and the Kid Bop Area, fireworks, late-night jam sessions, and unique opportunities to meet the artists involved.

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America's Thanksgiving Parade
late November
Detroit, Michigan

A popular event for almost 90 years, America's Thanksgiving Parade® is one of the country’s oldest and most celebrated parades producing amazing events for millions of people including the world renowned and ever-expanding parade of nearly 300 papier-mâché heads, some of which date back to the 1940s. Other popular facets of the parade include large helium balloons and the Distinguished Clown Corps handing out candies and beads.

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