Summer Preview: Arts and culture


Kites in the clear blue sky. Washtenaw Voice Files

Kites in the clear blue sky. Washtenaw Voice Files

By The Washtenaw Voice

ANN ARBOR BLOOM FEST

Celebrate spring in downtown Ann Arbor with outdoor music, flower-themed workshops, wine tasting, art exhibits and more!

Downtown Main Street, Ann Arbor

mainstreetannarbor.org/bloomfest

May 11, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

MOTOR CITY COMIC CON

This year’s comic convention will include arcade games, a cosplay contest, children’s activities and visits from George Takei (“Star Trek”), Neve Campbell (“Scream”), David Williams (Marvel Comics), Lou Ferrigno (“The Incredible Hulk”), David Tennant (“Doctor Who”) and many more celebrity guests. Tickets range from $30-$40 for day passes and cost $80 for a full weekend pass.

Suburban Collection Showcase | 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi

motorcitycomiccon.com

May 17-19

WESTSIDE ART HOP

Half art walk, half art fair, this classic Ann Arbor summer event will feature a host of exhibiting artists in the historic Westside neighborhood. The art hop is free and open to the public.

Old Westside in Ann Arbor

westsidearthop.com

May 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

ANN ARBOR AFRICAN AMERICAN DOWNTOWN FESTIVAL

This festival is held in Ann Arbor’s historic black business district and features live music, mascot characters and food and craft vendors.

N. 4th Ave. and E. Ann. St.

a2festival.org

June 1, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

ANN ARBOR GREEK FESTIVAL

Enjoy Greek food, music, dancing and more at the annual Ya’ssoo Greek festival in Ann Arbor. Admission is $3 after 4 p.m. on Friday and after 1 p.m. on Saturday, and free all day Sunday.

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church | 3109 Scio Church Rd., Ann Arbor

annarborgreekfestival.org

June 7-9

DETROIT KITE FESTIVAL

Let’s go fly a kite! Make and fly your own kite at Belle Isle Park, participate in other kite-related activities and more. This event is free and open to the public—no tickets necessary! However, a state park pass is necessary for entry.

Belle Isle Park; enter at Jefferson Ave. and E. Grand Blvd., Detroit

detroitkitefestival.org

July 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

BELLE ISLE ART FAIR

This art fair, held on Detroit’s Belle Isle, will feature more than 100 artists with a original works that visitors can view and purchase. The fair also includes food vendors, DIY crafts hosted by the DIA and other art groups, and live music. The fair and parking are free, but a state park pass is required for entry.

Belle Isle Park; enter at Jefferson Ave. and E. Grand Blvd., Detroit

belleisleartfair.com

Aug. 4-5

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