The Friday 5 — July 12-14

C&G Newspapers | Published July 11, 2019

1. Festa Italiana
July 12-14 • Freedom Hill County Park, Sterling Heights

The Italian American Chamber of Commerce of Michigan is bringing Festa Italiana back to Freedom Hill County Park, 15000 Metropolitan Parkway in Sterling Heights, this weekend. 

The festival will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 12; from 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 13; and from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, July 14. The event will include live entertainment, fireworks, a family fun zone, and an assortment of food vendors serving up Italian dishes. Also returning to the festival are the meatball contest and the cannoli eating contest.

For more information, visit

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2. Berkley Street Art Fest
Saturday, July 13 • Downtown Berkley

The third annual Berkley Street Art Fest, presented by the Berkley Area Chamber of Commerce, will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 13, primarily on Coolidge Highway between Catalpa Drive and Wiltshire Road.

Along with the usual festival attractions, such as live music and food vendors, the highlight of the Street Art Fest is its chalk art contest, where people can compete to win cash prizes by creating an art piece in a 5-by-5-foot square. Other activities will include art demonstrations and workshops, as well as sidewalk sales and activities at businesses along Coolidge. Attendees also are invited to judge the People’s Choice Award for chalk art from 3 to 4 p.m.

For more information on the Street Art Fest, visit

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3. Concert of Colors
July 10-18 • Midtown, Detroit

The 27th annual Concert of Colors will bring free concerts and more by artists from around the world to various venues in Midtown from July 10 to 18. 

The festival’s home base is at the Detroit Institute of Arts, with additional concerts hosted at surrounding venues, including the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Michigan Science Center, the Scarab Club and the Detroit Historical Museum. Highlights this year include a performance by Egyptian hard rocker and exiled political activist Ramy Essam, traditional Nigerian Yoruba music by Toby Foyeh and Orchestra Africa, electronic and instrumental hip-hip by Michigan native Shigeto, Ismael & the Earth Island Drummers with special guest Lana Mini’s Oriental Dancers: Dancing on Tarab, jazz drummer Sean Dobbins, and the Palestinian band 47Soul.

For a full schedule or more information, visit

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4.  Dancin’ in the Street
Friday, July 12 • Downtown Rochester

The Rochester Downtown Development Authority will host Dancin’ in the Street from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 12, along Fourth Street, between Main Street and Walnut Boulevard. 

The family-friendly evening will feature live music from the band SpaceCat, as well as a TasteFest with food from Rochester eateries, including Dessert Oasis, D’Marcos Italian Restaurant, Hungry Howie’s, O’Connor’s Public House, Penn Station East Coast Subs and Rochester Mills Beer Co.

For more information, visit or call (248) 656-0060.

5. Warren Garden Club walk
Saturday, July 13 • Warren

The Warren Garden Club will hold its biennial garden walk from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 13 — rain or shine. 

The walk will feature several gardens throughout the city of Warren, and detailed maps will be provided. Tickets can be purchased at Jim’s Florist, Greco’s Nursery and Kutchey's Family Market in Warren or at Eckert’s Greenhouse & Perennials in Sterling Heights. Tickets cost $8 in advance and $12 the day of the walk. Proceeds help fund the Warren Garden Club Scholarship Fund, 4H Endowment and Keep Michigan Beautiful. 

For more information, call (586) 582-9708. 

Staff Writers Eric Czarnik, Mike Koury and K. Michelle Moran contributed to this report.