Warren Birthday Bash set for Aug. 27-30

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published August 24, 2015


WARREN — The days are getting shorter. The nights are growing longer. Football is ramping up and the kids are getting ready to head back to school.

Summer’s almost gone and fall is nearly here. That’s as good a reason as any to party.

Warren’s Birthday Bash, scheduled over four days Aug. 27-30 in Warren’s Civic Center on Van Dyke north of 12 Mile Road, promises something for everyone. There will be live music every night, fireworks at dusk on Friday, activities for kids, a beer garden with local craft brews, and more.

“It’s a great way to finish up summer, just as you’re getting ready to go back to school,” Warren Parks and Recreation Director Henry Bowman said. “The Warren Birthday Bash is that great summer event there’s just so many different things to do at. It all takes place in a very confined area, and the parking is free.”

Bowman said “DIA Away: Think Like an Artist” from the Detroit Institute of Arts will be at the Birthday Bash for the first time this year. According to the museum’s website, the artistic community outreach offers a digital and hands-on creative learning experience in a 53-foot trailer.

On Sunday, the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts will host respective “Bike Blast” and “All About Scouting” programs.

There’ll be pig races scheduled each day, a movie after dark on Aug. 27, fireworks at dusk on Aug. 28, and a laser light show when the sun goes down on Aug. 29.

The “Touch a Truck” event for kids, featuring a variety of vehicles, will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Aug. 29 and will feature the city’s mobile television production truck for the first time. 

Other activities include a petting zoo, a display of military vehicles from the Detroit Arsenal of Democracy Museum, and Frisbee dog shows.

Musical performances are scheduled to include Shotguns and Violins at 7 p.m. Aug. 27; Jack Scott at 7:10 p.m. Aug. 28; Laughing Madmen at 9 p.m. and 10:20 p.m. Aug. 28; Funhouse at 7 p.m. Aug. 29; Rockstar at 9 p.m. and 10:20 p.m. Aug. 29; and The Deatles at 7 p.m. Aug. 30.

A full schedule of events planned for each day can be viewed under the Parks and Recreation tab on the city of Warren’s website at www.cityofwarren.org.