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Taco Fest coming in hot for the Fourth of July weekend
ROYAL OAK — Taco Fest will return for the third year to Royal Oak July 4-7, featuring more than 50 taquerias, taco trucks and other eateries, as well as more than 100 musical and entertainment acts. (Read more)













‘Garden Stories’ celebrated through Troy’s 49th annual Garden Walk
TROY — For the 49th Troy Garden Walk, Troy’s Garden Club invites community members to visit six homes in Troy, as well as a bonus venue, on July 10. (Read more)













Street Art Fest to brighten Berkley roads once again
BERKLEY — The colorful nature of the Berkley Street Art Fest will make its return July 13. (Read more)













Pig & Whiskey to bring barbecue, music back to Ferndale
FERNDALE — The taste and smell of barbecue will permeate throughout Ferndale with the return of the Pig & Whiskey festival July 12-14. (Read more)













Music in the Meadows sets the tone for summer in Oakland Township parks
OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — The beat is on in Oakland Township parks this summer. (Read more)













2024 Festival of the Hills
ROCHESTER HILLS — A dazzling display concluded the events during Festival of the Hills June 26 at Borden Park in Rochester Hills. (See gallery)














Jessica's Splashpad
NOVI — The long-awaited splash pad memorial to the late meteorologist Jessica Starr-Rose is open. (Read more)













Summer Concert Series
ROSEVILLE/EASTPOINTE — The downtown development authorities of Roseville and Eastpointe are inviting you to their free concerts this summer. (Read more)


Upcoming:

July 4-7
Taco Fest: 50-plus food trucks, taquerias and eateries, five stages of performers, lucha libre wrestling, tequila sampling, hot sauce challenges, taco eating contests, dog pageant, artisan vendors, ropes course, zip line, axe throwing, and kids area with inflatables, face painting and more, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. July 4-6 and 11 a.m-9 p.m. July 7, Centennial Commons in downtown Royal Oak, royaloaktacofest.com

Read the story: Taco Fest coming in hot for the Fourth of July weekend

July 5-14
Oakland County Fair: Rides, glassblowing demonstrations, saw artist, pig racing, petting zoo, competitive project exhibitions by Oakland County youth, offroad demolition derby, micro wrestling, “Figure 8 Races,” monster trucks, “SuperKicker Rodeo” and more, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m.-11 p.m. weekends (admission gate closes at 9 p.m. daily, fair closes at 7 p.m. final day), Springfield Oaks County Park, 12451 Andersonville Road in Davisburg, oakfair.org

Read the story: Oakland County Fair set to return

July 6-7
Royal Oak Outdoor Art Fair: Featuring more than 100 artists selling ceramics, collage, drawing, jewelry, wood, fiber, metals, painting, pastels, photography, sculpture and more, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 6-7, Memorial Park, 13 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue, royaloakarts.com/2023-royal-oak-outdoor-art-fair

July 10
Music on the Green: Also lawn games, food trucks and caricature artist, 6-8 p.m., Franklin Community Association Gazebo, 26495 Carol Ave., fcamichigan.org

Troy Garden Walk: Fundraiser for Troy Garden Club, view six local private gardens and Stage Nature Center native gardens, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-8:30 p.m., tickets required, also attend club’s plant sale and arts and crafts boutique, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Troy Historic Village, 60 W. Wattles Road, free admission, troygardenclubmi.com

Read the story: ‘Garden Stories’ celebrated through Troy’s 49th annual Garden Walk

Fireworks: Also inflatables, face painting, food vendors, live music by Your Generation in Concert and more, 6 p.m., Clinton Township Civic Center, 40700 Romeo Plank Road, clintontownship.com/238/Clinton-Township-Fireworks

July 12-14
Pig & Whiskey: Music, food and drinks, 5 p.m.-midnight July 12, 11 a.m.-midnight July 13 and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. July 14, East Troy Street and in parking lots near Ferndale Area District Library, 222 E. Nine Mile Road, pigandwhiskeyferndale.com

Read the story: Pig & Whiskey to bring barbecue, music back to Ferndale

July 13
Berkley Street Art Fest: Chalk art, murals and more, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Coolidge Highway between Catalpa Drive and Beverly Boulevard, berkleystreetartfest.com

Read the story: Street Art Fest to brighten Berkley roads once again

Celebrate Franklin’s bicentennial: Community picnic, games and more, 4-6:30 p.m. (rain date July 14), The Village Green, 26495 Carol Ave., register to libbyfranklin@franklin.lib.mi, fcamichigan.org

Troy Midsummer Bash: Petting zoo, bounce houses, climbing tower, balloon twisting, face painting, kona ice truck and more, noon-3 p.m., Troy Community Center (3179 Livernois Road) and Stine Community Park (241 Town Center), rec.troymi.gov/midsummerbash

Sprint & Splash: Compete in 5K run/walk or 2-mile paddle race (kayak or stand-up paddleboard), or combine both for duathlon as individual or tandem, 8:30 a.m. start (8:45 a.m. for paddle race), 9 a.m.-noon breakfast tent and 10:30 a.m. awards July 13, proceeds benefit Clinton River Watershed Council, Lake St. Clair Metropark, 31300 Metropolitan Parkway in Harrison Township, sprintandsplash.com

July 13-14
Utica Antiques Market: 8-5 p.m. July 13 and 8-4 p.m. July 14, Knights Park & Pavilion, 11541 21 Mile Road in Shelby Township, uticaantiques.com

July 18-21
Fraser Lions Club Carnival: Beer tent and food vendors, carnival rides and midway, vendor show, and live music July 18-21, also cornhole tournament July 20, and parade, drum line performance and fireworks July 21, Steffens Park at 14 Mile and Garfield roads, see times and band lineup at facebook.com/FraserLionsClubCarnival

July 19
Dancin’ in the Street: Live music by The Keynote Sisters from 6-6:45 p.m. and SpaceCat from 7-10 p.m., also Taste Fest featuring local restraurants from 6-10 p.m., West Fourth Street between Main and Walnut streets in Rochester, downtownrochestermi.com/dancin-in-the-street

July 20
Armenia Fest: Middle eastern bazaar, silent auction, authentic food, choreg (Armenian bread) bake-off contest, beer and wine garden, music and dance, and more, 5-10 p.m., Royal Oak Farmers Market, 316 E. 11 Mile Road, proceeds benefit humanitarian Armenian causes, armeniafestmi@gmail.com

July 21
Family picnic: Purchase food or bring own dinner, also DJ, lawn games, bounce house and caricatures, free for veterans and active duty military plus three guests, 4-7 p.m., War Memorial, 32 Lake Shore Drive in Grosse Pointe Farms, warmemorial.org

July 25-27
Sterlingfest Art & Music Fair: 100-plus art vendors, family entertainment including music, juggling, animals and more, food trucks and restaurants, 5K run, midway, concerts on three stages, emoji scavenger hunt, and more, Dodge Park, 40620 Utica Road in Sterling Heights, see schedule at sterlingfest.info

July 26-27
Royal Oak Pride: Food, music, vendors, live music on two stages, drag showcase, kids zone and more, 5 p.m. July 26 and noon July 27, Centennial Commons and Farmers Market in downtown Royal Oak, prideroyaloak.com

July 27-28
Orchard Lake Fine Art Show: Featuring nearly 140 nationally recognized artists, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 27 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 28, 6925 Daly Road in West Bloomfield, hotworks.org

July 28
La Feria: Mexican festival featuring food trucks, 100-plus vendors and music, noon-6 p.m., Packard Proving Grounds, 49965 Van Dyke Ave. in Shelby Township, packardprovinggrounds.org/event/la-feria-festival


Ongoing:
Berkley
Splash pad: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily until Sept. 2, Oxford Park, 2100 Bacon Ave., berkleymich.org

Birmingham
Movie Nights: Pre-show entertainment at 6:30 p.m. and movies at 7:30 p.m., includes “The Muppets Christmas Carol” July 19 and movies determined by vote Aug. 9 and Sept. 6, also complimentary treats and giveaways, Booth Park, west of North Old Woodward Avenue and south of Harmon Street in Birmingham, allinbirmingham.com/events

In the Park Summer Concert Series: 7 p.m. July 10 (Toppermost, The Beatles tribute), July 17 (Re’Monda, neo soul, R&B and jazz), July 24 (Listen To The Music, The Doobie Brothers tribute), July 31 (Rebecca Cameron, country),  Aug. 7 (Magic Bus, Woodstock-era) and Aug. 14 (Mainstreet Soul, variety), Shain Park, 270 W. Merrill St. in Birmingham, bhamgov.org/summerconcerts

Eastpointe
Summer concerts: 6-8 p.m. July 10 (Denise Davis and the Motor City Sensations Band, Eastpointe City Hall Amphitheatre, 23200 Gratiot Ave.), 6-8 p.m. July 24 (ShamRock Jazz Orchestra, Eastpointe City Hall Amphitheatre), 7 p.m. Aug. 14 (Jerry Ross Band, Kennedy Park, 24517 Schroeder Ave.), 6-8 p.m. Aug. 28 (Matthew Ball, a.k.a. the Boogie Woogie Kid, Eastpointe City Hall Amphitheatre) and 6-8 p.m. Sept. 11 (Detroit Social Club Band, Eastpointe City Hall Amphitheatre), (586) 445-3661

Read the story: Summer concert series entertain in Roseville, Eastpointe

Farmington
Family Fun in Riley Park: Trivia to correspond with Farmington’s 200th birthday July 10, and magic by Amazing Clark July 24, 33113 Grand River Ave., (248) 699-5114

Rythyms in Riley Park: Friday Night concert series runs 7-9 p.m. July 12 (Soul Xpress), July 26 (Neil Young tribute PowderFinger Detroit), Aug. 2 (Zang), Aug. 9 (The Beatles tribute Dig A Phony), Aug. 16 (Steely Dan tribute Major Dudes), Aug. 23 (The Paisely Fogg) and Aug. 30 (Linda Rondstadt tribute Just One Linda), 33113 Grand River Ave., facebook.com/downtownfarmington

Farmington Hills
Splash pad: Open daily 10 a.m.-8 p.m. until Sept. 2, Heritage Park, 24915 Farmington Road, facebook.com/fhspecialservices

Stars in the Park: Free concert series, 7 p.m. July 11 (The Beatles tribute Toppermost), July 25 (Farmington Concert Band Big Band), Aug. 8 (Indian Music Night) and Aug. 15 (Farmington Chorus), Heritage Park, 24915 Farmington Road, fhgov.com

Ferndale
Nine on Nine Concert Series: 4-5 p.m. July 14 (Stevie Soul and Friends), July 21 (Saxappeal and the Cru), July 28 (The Luddites), Aug. 4 (Lac Le Belle), Aug. 11 (Angela Davis Entertainment), Aug. 18 (The Vig Arcadia), Aug. 25 (Stereobabe), Sept. 1 (Ammy Amorette) and Sept. 8 (Brad Stuart), Schiffer Park, Planavon Street and West Nine Mile Road, downtownferndale.com

Splash pad: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily until Sept. 2, Martin Road Park, 1615 E. Lewiston Ave., (248) 544-6767

Summer Concert Series: 6:30 July 24 (The High Strung, pop rock) and Aug. 22 (Frontier Ruckus, indie-folk/Americana-rock), courtyard at Ferndale Area District Library, 222 E. Nine Mile Road, fadl.org/scs

Grosse Pointe City
Music on the Plaza: Free outdoor concert series, 7-8:30 p.m. July 11 (Detroit Made Band), July 18 (BandWagon) and July 25 (Planet D Nonet), corner of Kercheval and St. Clair avenues in The Village business district, facebook.com/thevillagegrossepointe

Grosse Pointe Farms
Summer concerts at War Memorial: 6:30-9 p.m. July 10 (Dave Bennett Band), July 24 (Cancel Monday) and Aug. 7 (Thornetta Davis), and 7:30-9 p.m. Aug. 21 (Air Margaritaville, Jimmy Buffet tribute), 32 Lake Shore Drive in Grosse Pointe Farms, free but registration required, warmemorial.org/summerfest24

Grosse Pointe Shores
Summer concerts at Ford House: 7 p.m. July 19 (Killer Flamingos, pop rock), 7 p.m. Aug. 9 (Dave Hamilton Band, Motown tribute) and 6:30 p.m. Aug. 23 (Michigan Philharmonic playing car-inspired songs from movies and television), 1100 Lake Shore Road, fordhouse.org

Harrison Township
Splash pad: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily until Sept. 2, Lake St. Clair Metropark, 31300 Metropolitan Parkway, metroparks.com/lake-st-clair-metropark

Madison Heights
Red Oaks Waterpark: Open select dates until Sept. 2, 1455 E. 13 Mile Road, oakgov.com

Metro Detroit
Car shows and cruises: Happening all summer with some events in fall, see the list plus stories about local owners and their rides at candgnews.com/carbuffs

Farmers markets: Locations in the C & G coverage area include Berkley, Birmingham, Clawson, Clinton Township, Farmington, Grosse Pointe Park, Mount Clemens, Rochester, Royal Oak, Shelby Township, St. Clair Shores, Sterling Heights and Troy, see the full list at candgnews.com/news/farmers-markets-2024

Novi
Jessica’s Splashpad: Named after late Fox 2 Detroit meteorologist Jessica Starr-Rose, open daily 10 a.m.-8 p.m. until Labor Day, 25805 Beck Road, Facebook

Read the story: Jessica’s Splashpad opens to the public

Oakland Township/Rochester
Music in the Meadows: Free concert series at 7 p.m. July 19 (Beaumont Brass Quintet at Cranberry Lake Park, 388 W. Predmore Road in Oakland Township) and Aug. 16 (Motortown All-Stars at Bear Creek Nature Park, 740 W. Snell Road in Rochester)

Read the story: Music in the Meadows sets the tone for summer in Oakland Township parks

Rochester
Music in the Park: Free concerts 7-8:30 p.m. July 11 (Sheila Landis, blues), July 18 (Jello Shots, classic rock) and July 25 (Rochester Symphony), Rochester Municipal Park, 400 Sixth St., facebook.com/musicintheparkdowntownrochester

Rochester Hills
Summer in The Village of Rochester Hills: Live music for adults and kids at Festival Park, food trucks and exotic bugs/doughnuts events at Fountain Park, and yoga next to Von Maur and Eddie Bauer, select times and dates until Aug. 31, also art fair July 27-28 at Festival Park, 104 N. Adams Road, see lineup at thevorh.com

Roseville
Summer concerts: 7-9 p.m. July 11 (Cosmic Groove), Aug. 1 (Wayback Machine) and Sept. 5 (Mainstream Drive), alley at Erin Commons, 28363 Gratiot Ave., (586) 486-3681

Read the story: Summer concert series entertain in Roseville, Eastpointe

Shelby Township
Summer Concert Series: 7-8:30 p.m. July 10 (Sound Station, classic rock), July 17 (Katmandu, Bob Seger tribute), July 24 (Magic Bus, Woodstock-era), July 31 (American Ages, classic and new rock) and Aug. 7 (The Oneders, one-hit wonders), also watch “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” at 8:30 p.m. July 31, River Bends Park, 5700 22 Mile Road, shelbytwp.org/our-township/summer

Splash pad: Open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily until Sept. 2 (toddler time 10-11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays), for Shelby Township and Utica residents only, Chief Gene Shepherd Park, 2452 23 Mile Road, shelbytwp.org/our-township/summer

Southfield
Gazebo Concert Series: 7-8:30 p.m. July 9 (Notorious), July 16 (Alise King) and July 23 (Angela Davis), Burgh Historical Park, 26060 Berg Road in Southfield, (248) 796-4620

Eat to the Beat lunchtime concert series: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. July 11 (Detroit Social Club), Aug. 8 (Denise Davis & The Motor City Sensations) and Sept. 12 (Kathleen Murray Band), also food trucks, Southfield Municipal Campus front lawn, 26000 Evergreen Road, cityofsouthfield.com

Summer in the City: Free concert series 7-9 p.m. July 12 (The Will C. Experience, R&B, soul and funk), July 19 (313 LIVE Experience, R&B, hip-hop and pop) and July 26 (Straight Ahead, jazz, Brazilian funk and more), Southfield Municipal Campus front lawn, 26000 Evergreen Road, (248) 796-4620

Summer at the Pool: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, also food trucks on select dates, Franklin Athletic Club, 29350 Northwestern Highway, (248) 352-8000

St. Clair Shores
Music on the Lake: 7-8:30 p.m. July 10 (Rockstar, ’80s rock), July 17 (Kathleen Murray and The Groove Council, Motown/R&B), July 24 (Captain Fantastic, Elton John tribute), July 31 (Family Tradition Band, country), Aug. 7 (Randy Brock Group, classic rock and blues) and Aug. 14 (Sunset BLVD, classic rock), also food trucks, Veterans Memorial Park, 32400 Jefferson Ave., scsmi.net/307/Events

St. Clair Shores Downtown Social District: Vendors, food trucks and street games, 5 p.m.-midnight July 13 and 27, Aug. 10 and 24, Sept. 14 and 28, and Oct. 12 and 26, also live music July 13 (Mainstream Drive) and July 27 (Joey Vee), Nine Mile Road and Greater Mack Avenue, facebook.com/DowntownStClairShores

Sterling Heights
Music in the Park: 7 p.m. July 11 (Magic Bus, Woodstock-era), July 18 (Nameless, classic rock), Aug. 1 (Rockstar, ’80s rock), Aug. 8 (Planet of Fun, rock/dance), Aug. 15 (Your Generation, party band), Aug. 22 (Family Tradition Band, country rock) and Aug. 29 (Square Pegz, ’80s), Dodge Park, 40620 Utica Road, facebook.com/dodgeparkthursdays

Splash pad: Noon-8 p.m. Mondays and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, Dodge Park, 40620 Utica Road, (586) 446-2711 (weather hotline), myshpr.net

Concerts at Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre: July 6 (Whiskey Myers, Whitey Morgan, the 78’s and Reid Haughton), July 12 (Mother Mother, Cavetown and Meet Me @ The Alter), July 18 (Jamey Johnson, Drake White and Kassi Ashton), July 27 (311, AWOLNATION and Neon Trees), July 28 (Tate McRae and Presley Regier), Aug. 10 (Lamb of God, Mastodon, Kerry King and Unearth), Aug. 11 (Tedeschi Trucks Band and Margo Price), Aug. 16 (Bush, Jerry Cantrell, Candlebox and Bones UK), Aug. 17 (Cody Jinks and Tanner Usrey), Aug. 20 (Lindsey Stirling, Walk Off The Earth and Nya), Aug. 21 (Omar Apollo and Malcom Todd), Aug. 22 (Deep Purple and YES), Aug. 24 (O.A.R., Fitz and The Tantrums), Aug. 25 (The Roots, Arrested Development and Digable Planets), Aug. 31 (Wallows and Benee), Sept. 13 (Jon Pardi, Priscilla Block and Meghan Patrick), Sept. 15 (Falling in Reverse, Dance Gavin Dance, Black Veil Brides, Tech N9Ne and Jeris Johnson), Sept. 17 (Judas Priest and Sabaton), Sept. 20 (Clutch, Rival Sons and Fu Manchu), Sept. 21 (Conan Gray and Maisie Peters), Sept. 25 (The National, The War on Drugs and Lucius) and Sept. 30 (Meghan Trainor, Paul Rusell and Ryan Trainor), Freedom Hill County Park, 14900 Metropolitan Parkway, 313presents.com

Troy
Summer Sensation: Concert series runs 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 11 (Air Margaritaville, Jimmy Buffet tribute), July 25 (The Social Bandits, top 40), Aug. 8 (TNT Big Band) and Aug. 22 (Thornetta Davis, blues) also food truck at 5:30 p.m., Boulan Park, 3671 Crooks Road, troymi.gov/summerconcerts

Utica
Weekend Unwind: Free concert series runs 7-10 p.m. July 12 (WAVES), July 19 (The Mixx), July 26 (DC Marx), Aug. 2 (Stumbling Mice), Aug. 9 (Nina Sofia and Thrown Out Bones), Aug. 16 (Classic Maniacs), Aug. 23 (American Ages Band), Aug. 30 (The Geri’s) and Sept. 6 (The Detroit Social Club), Memorial Park next to Utica Public Library, 7530 Auburn Road, fireworks can be seen from nearby Jimmy John’s Field, cityofutica.org

Walled Lake
Summer concerts: 7-9 p.m. July 10 (Surf Zup), July 17 (Sound Station), July 24 (Detroit Social Club), July 31 (The Groove Suns), Aug. 7 (Harmonized Steel) and Aug. 14 (Weekend Comeback), Hiram Sims Park, 1299 Quinif Drive, walledlake.us

Warren
Outdoor movies: Watch “Little Mermaid” July 19 (Shaw Park, 22001 Warner Ave.) and “Wish” Aug. 16 (Butcher Park, 4700 Martin Road) at 8 p.m., also inflatables, face painting, games, crafts, kid show and food truck starting at 6 p.m., facebook.com/warrenparks

Summer Kids Club: Free supervised games, crafts, playgrounds, sports and tournaments for ages 6-13, meets July 8-11, July 22-25 and Aug. 5-8 at Shaw Park (22001 Warner Ave.) and Veterans Memorial Park (27400 Campbell Road), also July 15-18, July 29-Aug. 1 and Aug. 12-15 at Busse Park (5002 Frazho Road) and Miller Park (14500 Masonic Blvd.), all 10 a.m.-3 p.m., facebook.com/warrenparks

Waterford
Waterford Oaks Wave Pool: Open select dates until Sept. 2, 1702 Scott Lake Road, oakgov.com

West Bloomfield
Outdoor concerts: Food trucks at 5:30 p.m. and music at 6 p.m., July 10 (Dan Rafferty Band, rock and pop hits), July 17 (ThunderBeards, ZZ Top tribute), July 24 (Detroit Retro Society, soul, funk, R&B and more) and July 31 (Mobile Dueling Piano), Marshbank Park, 2805 Hiller Road, facebook.com/wbparks

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