Southfield residents enjoy a concert on the front lawn of City Hall June 18. The city will hold concerts all summer long either at City Hall or the Burgh Historical Park, on Berg Road.

Southfield residents enjoy a concert on the front lawn of City Hall June 18. The city will hold concerts all summer long either at City Hall or the Burgh Historical Park, on Berg Road.

Photo by Samantha Jenkins

Southfield welcomes residents back to in-person summer events

By: Jacob Herbert | Southfield Sun | Published July 1, 2021


SOUTHFIELD — Warm weather is upon us, and that means the need to go outside and socialize is more apparent than ever.

For the past year, the city of Southfield has had to brainstorm ways for residents to socialize virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As restrictions loosen and cases plummet, the city is finally ready to host in-person outdoor events once again.

“We are super excited,” said Recreation Programmer Samantha Jenkins. “It was a long year and a half of trying to do things virtually or not at all, so it’s very exciting to be able to have a summer full of concerts and other fun, exciting things we have going on.”

The city has already held several outdoor events, including concerts on the front lawn of City Hall for both kids and adults, and a daddy-daughter dance that took place June 26 and 27 at the Burgh Historical Park and gardens.

Southfield will kick off July with a Summer in the City Concert featuring The 313 Experience, a jazz-fused group influenced by jazz, R&B and hip-hop. The show starts at 7 p.m. and will be held on the front lawn of City Hall.

“This is such an impactful thing that we get to do,” Jenkins said about the concerts. “We had a concert the other night, and I would say there were 300 or 400 people there. Everybody respected social distancing and other protocols. It went really well, and it was great to see everybody up, dancing and interacting with each other.”

While COVID-19 rules have been loosened, the city is still recommending residents wear masks, but it is not required. Southfield is also encouraging social distancing to keep residents as safe as possible.

The city is doing more than just putting on concerts outdoors. On July 11, the Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a movie under the stars. Residents are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to City Hall, along with snacks, to watch “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” starting at 6 p.m.

Jenkins said programs are filling up fast as residents are excited to be able to safely get out and get together.

Cathy Fresia is a fellow recreation programmer in Southfield who spends a lot of time working with seniors. During the pandemic, seniors were among the most susceptible to the virus and therefore spent a lot of time in isolation. While that was a necessary precaution for everyone to be safe, interacting face to face is important for morale.

“It’s really important for them to see each other,” Fresia said. “I had a couple seniors that had recently retired and immediately went into COVID shutdown and didn’t know anybody except for those they met virtually. To see them meet last week in person at an event, it was so cool to see their faces. They’re planning to meet up for other events.”

Jenkins said a lot more thought and preparation went into the events this summer. Before, city officials did not have to worry about safety protocols. But as COVID hit, they were forced to brainstorm precautions as the safety of residents remains a top priority.

Throughout July and August, residents can enjoy musical performances from the likes of Circle of Sound July 13, The Persuasion Band July 20, Alise King July 23, Detroit Social Club July 27, Beverly Music Lady July 28 and The Will C Experience July 30.

August will feature concerts from Alex Goss & Detroit Soul Rhythm on the 20th and Miss Paula and the Candy Bandits Aug. 25.

For more information on summer events, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (248) 796-4620. The city is also looking for anyone to help out at events this summer. Those interested should contact Fresia at