Arts and Entertainment events to enjoy summer in Metro-Detroit
By Alexandra Lachine, Arts and Entertainment Editor
May Zoo Brew
The Detroit Zoo, 8450 W 10 Mile Rd., Royal Oak, MI 48067
May 4 from 6 to 10 p.m.
$45 advance admission, $50 at the door, $85 VIP and $30 Designated Driver
Lions and tigers and beer, oh my! The increasingly popular Detroit Zoo Brew features over 100 unique craft beers from select Michigan breweries, live music, exclusive access to the Zoo’s award-winning habitats until twilight and zookeeper talks. For general admission, the event includes a dozen beer samples, while VIP guests can enjoy unlimited food, 16 beer samples and access to the VIP lounge. Advanced purchase is encouraged as tickets sell out fast.
GM River Days
Detroit Riverfront from the Wayne County Port Authority to Rivard Plaza
June 22 to 24 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day
$3 admission between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., $5 admission after 3 p.m., Seniors 65 and older, children younger than three and active or retired military with ID are free.
Kickoff summer by exploring all that the River Days festival has to offer, including tall ships, carnival rides, great food, sand sculptures, live music and much more. In 2017, GM River Days presented by Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort drew 150,000 people to the shores along the Detroit River for a family-friendly three-day weekend of activities for everyone. Guests should note that anyone between ages of 13 and 17 need to be with a guardian or an adult 25 or over at all times. Anyone age 12 and under must also be accompanied by a guardian or adult age 21 and over at all times.
60th Annual Ford Fireworks
June 25 at 9:55 p.m.
The Parade Company is proud to help the Motor City welcome summer with the 60th Annual Ford Fireworks at 9:55 p.m. June 25. As always, the display will take place along the Detroit River. The colorful compounds are shot into the skyline from three barges on the river, illuminating it for miles in an annual display of true Detroit tradition. Be sure to get there early for a prime viewing spot and to enjoy concessions that several vendors have to offer.
39th Annual Art in the Park
Downtown Plymouth, MI 48170
July 13 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., July 14 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and July 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A signature Michigan event, Art in The Park annually welcomes over 400 artists from around the U.S. Each sprawling booth, stall and vendor offers their own unique paintings, sculptures, body care, jewelry, glass, folk art and much more. Live entertainment and cuisine complement the art exhibitors, creating a sensory filled experience with the second largest art fair in the state. Downtown Plymouth truly comes alive in the summertime as this event welcomes people from all over the nation.