Add These 7 Detroit Summer Events to Your List

Detroit is diverse, determined and dazzles residents and visitors alike. Why are our festivals and events so widely attended? Because we add a special ingredient to each of them: soul.

You can attend a car event nearly anywhere around the country, but the Motor City has the largest, free one-day car cruise full of gearheads and every type of car imaginable. You can listen to a DJ mix some beats on stage, but the birthplace of Techno has a 3-day massive gathering of international artists mixing never-before-heard tracks in front of thousands of techno diehards.There is plenty to do this summer in Detroit, so browse these seven major summer attractions and plan your trip to The D today.

1. Movement
May 28-30
Hart Plaza

Approximately 120 performances across six technologically-rich outdoor stages including a 3-D show, a posh VIP setting located behind the main stage, dozens of official afterparties, an interactive technology center featuring the hottest gear in the industry and several art displays to stimulate the senses all inside Detroit’s legendary Hart Plaza on Memorial Day weekend – Detroit knows how to have a good time.
Since its inception, Movement has been globally recognized as one of the most influential festivals in the country for its unique programming as well as its long-standing tradition of promoting a wide spectrum of up-and-comers, local luminaries and pioneers of electronic music, in the birthplace of Techno.

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2.Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix
June 3-5
Belle Isle, Detroit

Sit trackside and watch your adrenaline increase as the cars zip along the 2.4 mile track at speeds of 190 mph. The event features the cars of the Verizon IndyCar Series, the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the trucks of the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks presented by TRAXXAS. There’s plenty to do for families including fun carnival-like games, concerts from major performers and interactive displays.

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3. Motor City Pride Festival & Parade
June 11-12
Hart Plaza

Live entertainment throughout the weekend and a selection of unique shops lead up to the highly anticipated Motor City Pride Festival & Parade. Detroit hosts the largest LGBTQ pride event of its kind in Michigan so if you are looking for an empowering weekend, look no further than Hart Plaza on June 11-12.

4. Concours d’Elegance of America
July 29-31
Inn at St. John’s

Attention elite auto owner: display your world-class cars from every era and celebrates classic, rare, collectible and prestigious automobiles alongside an art exhibit and vintage auto auction at Concours d’Elegance of America. And for the enthusiasts, this is your chance to admire and adore the cars like never before. Exhibition showcases beautifully display art on wheels. If you’re interested in the art of the automobile, this is an event you can’t miss.

Photo Courtesy of Chris Arace

4. Maker Faire
July 30-31
The Henry Ford

Thomas Edison would be proud. Maker Faire is a collection of actual and wannabe scientists who build really cool things! Hundreds of new makers typically join Maker Faire veterans Life-Size Mousetrap, Eepy Bird(the Coke and Mentos guys) and the 64-by-26-foot fire-breathing dragon Gon KiRin in building and showcasing their projects – it’s like attending an entertaining and awesome science fair but on a grand scale, at The Herny Ford. The Detroit location is one of seven national major Maker Faires, so visitors come from far and wide to see and show their “makes”.

6.Woodward Dream Cruise

August 20
Woodward Ave. between the cities ofFerndale andPontiac.

Imagine a place, or corral, where you can park your favorite muscle car and hang out with other owners who share your passion. Then imagine admiring and talking to kit car gearheads who built cars from the ground up. Imagine a 4-lane boulevard packed with shiny, rare cars cursing from sun up to past sun down.
Now stop imaging because it’s real – it’s the Woodward Dream Cruise, the largest, free, one-day car event where enthusiasts and newbies meet for one reason: to appreciate the automobile.

Photo Courtesy of Chris Arace

7. African World Festival
August; Dates TBD
The Charles Wright Museum of African American History
This free cultural extravaganza weekend includes live performances, poetry, arts, crafts and African drumming you’ll have to see to believe. Celebrate with over 150,000 attendees worldwide. Eat ethnic cuisines and dance to music, perfect for the whole family.

Which of these events are you most looking forward to? Share by commenting below!

Dan Fuoco is the Interactive Marketing Manager for the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (VisitDetroit) and is responsible for building and engaging with the community via social media. He has been interviewed by Marketing Sherpas for two social campaigns: once for a USA Today social voting campaign focused on Detroit sports whose results saw more than 4 million Twitter impressions and another for an email marketing campaign that earned 1,400+ subscribers in less than 8 days.

Dan is active in two groups that he co-founded: “Social Media in The D” and “Tour Michigan”. These groups of professionals practice social media both in metro Detroit and statewide. Follow him on TwitterInstagram and periodically on Pinterest.

By The Numbers: Nine Facts About Detroit Tigers Opening Day

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It’s another Detroit Tigers Opening Day in Pure Michigan, signaling the start of spring and the beginning of another season of Motor City Kitties baseball. For generations, Tigers fans would excitedly listen to the late Ernie Harwell recite “The Song of the Turtle” before each opening Day, and prepare for another season with the “boys of summer”.

To celebrate Opening Day in Detroit, considered by many as an unofficial holiday in Michigan, we rounded up nine Tigers opening day statistics. Make sure to check out our April Events Roundup for everything else happening in April in Pure Michigan.

.561 – The Tigers’ winning percentage for Opening Day games since 1901. The Tigers own a 64-50 record for opening day, including both home and away games. All time, the Tigers own a .507 winning percentage with a 9085-8806 record.

8– The number of new delectable food items available this season at Comerica Park. These include: deep fried Oreos, downtown dog, mac daddy dog, brat pop, smokehouse fries, pork rind nachos, chicken and waffles and a fried bologna sandwich.

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8 – Times the Tigers have opened the season at Comerica Park since its opening in 2000. Before Comerica Park, the Tigers played at Tiger Stadium (formerly Navin Field and Briggs Stadium) from 1912-1999.

11 – The number of opening day games pitcher Justin Verlander has spent with the Tigers. Verlander, who is currently the longest-tenured player with the team at eleven years, famously won the American League Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards in 2011.

12 – The numbers of new faces on the 2016 Opening Day roster compared to 2015. These include: Buck Farmer, Logan Kensing, Mark Lowe, Mike Pelfrey, Francisco Rodriguez, Kyle Ryan, Drew VerHagen, Justin Wilson, Jordan Zimmermann, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Mike Aviles and Justin Upton. (Whew!)

20 – The most runs scored by a Tigers team during an opening day game. This record was set on April 13, 1993 vs. the Oakland Athletics.

Photo courtesy of Michelle Forte

Photo courtesy of Michelle Forte

24 – The number of Opening Day games the Tigers have played under the ownership of Mike and Marian Ilitch. Along with the Tigers, the Ilitch family also owns the Detroit Red Wings and Little Caesars Pizza.

30,000 – The average number of hot dogs sold at a Detroit Tigers home game. Pass the mustard!

45,068 – Fans that attended Opening Day in Detroit in 2014, setting a franchise record for attendance.

If you couldn’t make it downtown for the festivities, here’s a quick look at how Tigers fans spent the day.

What are your favorite Detroit Tigers opening day memories? Tell us below!

Here’s an Activity You Can’t Miss at the Henry Ford this Spring

Looking for something new to experience in metro Detroit? The Henry Ford has your answer! Read below as social media manager Lish Dorset explains the excitement around the new Giant Screen Experience in Dearborn and a couple special flicks you can’t miss this spring.

We’ve got a busy year ahead of us here at The Henry Ford! Kicking off 2016, we began work on the transformation of our cinematic offering inside Henry Ford Museum. At the beginning of April, our guests will enjoy a re-invented cinematic experience complete with new 4K digital state-of-the-art projection system, sound, screen and seating when The Henry Ford Giant Screen Experience opens. As we like to say, prepare to be wowed.

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The Henry Ford Giant Screen Experience will feature unique programs including a venue for the Cinetopia International Film Festival in June, a Thursday Night Flix series and feature films that further explore the people, places, themes and ideas that bring the American experience to life.

To kick-off the opening of the Giant Screen Experience, we’ll be showing MacGillivray Freeman Films’ National Parks Adventure 3D, an immersive film that takes audiences soaring up exposed rock faces, hurtling down steep mountain cliffs and exploring other-wordly realms found within America’s most legendary outdoor places. Narrated by Academy Award® winner Robert Redford, the film is an action-packed celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the U.S. National Park Service.

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The upgrades to the Giant Screen Experience were designed by D3D Cinema, who installed the new dual Christie 4K digital projection with MasterImage 3-D technology, the QSC audio system and new MDI premium silver screen for exceptional resolution and brightness. The system features the first museum-based ultra-high resolution 4K projection system in the greater Detroit area.

When the Giant Screen Experience opens, members of The Henry Ford will now have the added benefit of seeing traditional documentary films for free, including new films – National Parks Adventure and James Cameron’s Deep Sea Challenge 3D. Members will also receive discounts to any special pop-up programming, classic feature-length films and more moving forward.

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Tickets for the Giant Screen Experience are now available. For upcoming programming information, make sure to keep an eye on The Henry Ford website.

Lish Dorset is the social media manager at The Henry Ford in Dearborn.