Sterlingfest gets ready to roll out the rock

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published July 11, 2018

It’s still weeks away, but Sterling Heights’ biggest summer music event of the year is sticking with the big classics, including hosting the former lead vocalist of the band Styx.

The annual Sterlingfest Art and Music Fair will run July 26-28 at Dodge Park and the Richard J. Notte Sterling Heights City Center.

During the July 3 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, Assistant City Manager Jeff Bahorski said the upcoming festival “promises to be one of the best ever.”

“Well, obviously, (it’s) a great lineup coming up, and again, that’s in a couple of weeks, so we’re all looking forward to that,” he said.

On Thursday, July 26, Satisfaction: The International Rolling Stones Tribute Show will perform on the main stage. On Friday, local band Kaleido will open for Smash Mouth, a band that became popular around the turn of the millennium. It’s best known for hits like “All Star” and “Walkin’ on the Sun.” 

And on Saturday, Jim McCarty and Mystery Train will precede Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx.

The festival will also feature a jazz and blues stage and a “Suds ‘N’ Sounds” stage, where other musical acts will perform.

Among the event’s other attractions, visitors may buy original artwork at an arts and crafts show that will be stationed at the City Center campus. A carnival midway will delight families with its selection of amusement rides, and the Kidz Tent will feature performances to entertain the children. 

On Saturday, runners will get on their mark for the Sterlingfast 5K run/walk, which is held along Utica Road and at Dodge Park. On that same day, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Sterling Heights Public Library’s Local Author Book Sale will boast more than 50 Michigan authors, according to organizers.

Eateries at Restaurant Row will serve up all sorts of ways to feed guests as they work up an appetite.

Community Relations Director Bridget Kozlowski said Restaurant Row has 14 participants this year, and she explained how city staffers determine what sorts of food companies are represented.

“Essentially, we take applications (around) late winter/early spring,” she said. “We give preference to Sterling Heights-area vendors, but we also try not to double up on any food items. ... And we try to rotate every year.”

The Sterlingfest Art and Music Fair will be held 10 a.m.-11 p.m. July 26-28 in the area around the Richard J. Notte Sterling Heights City Center, 40555 Utica Road in Sterling Heights. Admission is free. Find out more by visiting or by calling (586) 446-2489.