Warren’s Birthday Bash set for Aug. 22-25

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published August 2, 2019


WARREN — Summer won’t end without a four-day festival to help close out August at Warren’s City Square.

Warren’s Birthday Bash is coming back this year with music, a carnival, family activities and entertainment for people of all ages Aug. 22-25 along Van Dyke Avenue, north of 12 Mile Road.

“I’m pretty happy with the lineup,” said Warren Parks and Recreation Director Dino Turcato, now in his first year coordinating the large-scale event. Turcato was appointed by Mayor Jim Fouts last year after the departure of former Parks and Recreation Director Henry Bowman.

Turcato said that while some small tweaks are being made — the petting zoo is out, fire juggling and wood-carving demonstrations are in — the basic format will remain the same. The event will kick off with Country Music Night on Thursday. Friday will feature music from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, while Saturday is Rock Night. Sunday is a Kids Day.

An expanded fireworks display is scheduled for dusk on Saturday night.

Activities spread across all four days include the carnival 4-10 p.m. Thursday and Sunday, and 4-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Wood-carving demonstrations, the Detroit Institute of Arts Drop-In Workshop, the Sterling Heights Nature Center and the Michigan Disc Dogs be there on all four days. A “fire show” performance will take place between live music acts on Friday and Saturday, and fire juggling is scheduled for 7:45-8:30 p.m. on Saturday.

A full schedule of kids events, performances and activities is available at www.facebook.com/warrenparks.

“As usual, it’s a great family event,” Fouts said. “There’s a lot of activities for kids and families. The one that will not be there, that usually kicks it off, is Jack Scott.”

Fouts said that while he has opposed neighborhood fireworks except around the Fourth of July holiday, he’s fine with the professional-grade display set for Saturday night at the Birthday Bash.

“I’m fine with fireworks when it’s put on by the city. It’s controlled,” Fouts said. “I hope people come out. The more the merrier.”