22 Things to Do This Weekend (July 19-21)

Train and REO Speedwagon in concert, the Thunder Over Michigan Air Show, Ann Arbor鈥檚 Art Fair, and more fun things to do this weekend.
REO Speedwagon will perform with Train on July 21 at Pine Knob Music Theatre. // Photograph by Randee St. Nicholas

The weekend is quickly approaching and with it comes a wide variety of events for metro Detroiters. Here, we offer details on some of our favorite happenings coming to town this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday including a concert with Train and REO Speedwagon, the Thunder Over Michigan Air Show, this year鈥檚 Concert of Colors, the second weekend of Blake鈥檚 Lavender Festival, the Ann Arbor Art Fair, and more.

Concert of Colors

This annual event features a wide variety of music and dance from around the world.听July 16-21. Various locations, Detroit;听.听听

Ann Arbor Art Fair

Featuring nearly 1,000 artists and spanning 30 city blocks, this summer tradition in downtown Ann Arbor is made up of three separate events: the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original; Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair; and Ann Arbor State Street Art Fair. As the largest juried art fair in the country, it draws artists from around the U.S. displaying works in a variety of mediums, including paint, ceramics, glass, jewelry, and sculpture.听July 18-20. No cost. Downtown Ann Arbor;听.

Farmington Founders Festival

Entertainment includes the Fido Festival dog agility event, a crafters market, kids鈥 activities in the Kids area, a festival parade, a beer tent, and听farmers market.听July 18-20. Downtown Farmington area;听.

Dancin鈥 in the Street

Downtown Rochester and The Stewart Team Real Estate Partners partner up on this community tradition, which features live music by SpaceCat, food from area restaurants, and a chance to come together as a community. July 19. No cost for admission. Downtown Rochester area; .

Blake鈥檚 Lavender Festival

You can pick your own lavender in the fields, shop an open-air market featuring more than 200 artisans, try lavender lemonade, ice cream, and cupcakes, and enjoy workshops and DIY projects.听July 19-21.听Blake鈥檚 Orchard & Cider Mill,听;听.听

Festa Italiana

It鈥檚 a three-day celebration of Italian heritage. Enjoy authentic Italian food, wine, and beer, along with national and local entertainment, kids鈥 activities, fireworks, and much more.听July 19-21. Freedom Hill County Park,听;听.听听

Armenia Fest

This year鈥檚 festival honors Manoogian Manor and will feature a wide variety of activities to completely immerse guests in Armenian culture including a Middle Eastern Bazaar full of handmade crafts, artwork, jewelry, and more. A silent auction and music, too. July 20. No cost for admission. Royal Oak Farmers Market, ; .

Royal Oak Suicide Awareness and Pet Adoption Event

This fundraising event in honor of Tatum Noelle Edison 鈥斕齛n animal lover who died by suicide 鈥 helps raise money for adoptable animals at the Oakland County Animal Shelter & Pet Adoption Center, Detroit Dog Rescue, and No Dogs Left Behind Shelter and raise awareness for suicide prevention and the importance of caring for homeless animals. The event will include on-site pet adoptions, silent auction, live bands, classic cars, a petting farm, vendor show, and more. July 20. No cost for admission but donations are encouraged. First Congregational Church of Royal Oak, ; .

Thunder Over Michigan Air Show

Turn your eyes to the sky for two days of aerial shows. Included in the line-up are a USAF F-16 Viper, Northrop F-5B Freedom Fighter, P-51 Mustang 鈥淩ed Nose,鈥 and others. Guests can also take a ride in UH-1H Huey Greyhound, and B-25 Rosie鈥檚 Reply. Proceeds from the event go to support the Yankee Air Museum.听July 20-21.听Yankee Air Museum,听;听.

Riverfront Music Festival

Enjoy live music by Queen Naija, Jaquees, K Michelle, Kelly Price, and others at this two-day festival. There鈥檚 an indie fashion show and a singalong with Mr. Lightshow. This event is for ages 21 and up only. July 20-21. $50-$200. Hart Plaza, ; .

Sad Summer Fest

The fifth anniversary of this music festival features performances by headliners Mayday Parade and The Maine, with special guests The Wonder Years, We The Kings, Real Friends, The Summer Set, and more. July 21. $59.59+. Crofoot Festival Grounds, ; .

Summer Fun Carnival

Corewell Health and the Downtown Detroit Partnership team up on this family-friendly event. Find arts and craft projects, Faygo floats, a dunk tank, lawn games, an inflatable lawn slide, live entertainment and so much more. July 21. No cost for admission. Campus Martius Park, ; .

D.L. Hughley

Fans of 鈥90s and early 鈥00s TV may recognize Hughley as the host of BET鈥檚听ComicView听or as the face of the ABC/UPN sitcom听The Hughleys. Most recently, the comedian and actor appeared on Comedy Central鈥檚听The Daily Show听as a guest host. He鈥檚 also appeared on听Dancing with the Stars听and听The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.听July 21. $45+. Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel,听;听.

Train and REO Speedwagon

Two prolific hit machines will join forces for the Summer Road Trip 2024 tour, offering fans two full sets of timeless anthems. Pop-rock perfectionists Train first dominated American radio in 1998 with the single 鈥淢eet Virginia,鈥 before shooting to truly stratospheric fame on the heels of its Grammy Award-winning second album,听Drops of Jupiter. Arena rockers REO Speedwagon lit up airwaves in the 鈥80s with hits like 鈥淜eep on Loving You鈥 and 鈥淐an鈥檛 Fight This Feeling.鈥 Together, the bands claim more than 50 million albums sold worldwide and more than 32 songs on听叠颈濒濒产辞补谤诲鈥檚听Hot 100 chart.听July 21. $35. Pine Knob Music Theatre,听;听.

Detroit Festival of Books

Shop used, rare, and unusual books, vinyl records, comic books, creative arts, vintage board games, and much more at this 6th annual event.听July 21. Eastern Market Shed 5,听;听.听

The Festival of Chariots

This 39th annual celebration of Indian culture returns with a parade of chariots, including a 40-foot chariot, Indian food, live entertainment including dancing and music, vendors, and kids鈥 activities.听July 21. Novi Civic Center,听;听.听

Summer in Sosnick Music Festival

This festival was made possible by the Gilbert Family Foundation and features two weeks of dance performances, concerts, poetry readings, and more.听Now-July 21. No cost for admission. DSO Sosnick Courtyard,听;听.听

Doctor Moloch

Witness the world premiere of this new play by Carla Milarch that grapples with what it means to be human in a rapidly evolving world. Set in 2029, the play follows actress Serena Blaise as she attempts to help the world鈥檚 first robotic doctor improve its bedside manner. Directed by Briana O鈥橬eal, the production stars Shelby Bradley, Louie Chen, and Artun Kircali.听Now- Aug. 4. $28. Theatre Nova,听;听.听

Unnatural Climate 鈥 An Abstract View

This art show features the work of abstract environmental artist Steffanie Samuels and Detroit-based documentary photographer Amy Sacka.听Now-July 21. No cost for admission. The Gallery at Brewery Park,听;听.

Angkor Complex

In the four-year period between 1975 and 1979, roughly a quarter of Cambodia鈥檚 population died of disease, wounds, and malnutrition under the brutal rule of the communist Khmer Rouge regime. This exhibition at the University of Michigan Museum of Art will display more than 80 works that aim to illustrate the changes in the country鈥檚 visual culture in the face of inconceivable upheaval. Featured artists include Amy Lee Sanford, Sopheap Pich, Pete Pin, Maline Yim, and Ouk Chim Vichet.Now-July 28. No cost. University of Michigan Museum of Art,听;听.听听听

43rd Annual Michigan Fine Arts Competition

This juried art competition features the work of 81 artists from Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin.听Now-Aug. 15. Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center,听;听.


Michigan First Credit Union and the Detroit Zoo have teamed up to bring back this display of 25 animatronic lifelike dinosaurs including a Brachiosaurus, and a T-rex. It also offers a hands-on fossil dig site, and dinosaur gifts and merch for sale to commemorate your visit.听Now-Sept. 8. This experience is a $6 upcharge to regular zoo admission, which runs $14-$24 and varies by day. Parking fees apply. Detroit Zoo,听;听.听

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