5 things to do in the Greater Strait


The last weekend of August features several outdoor festivals, fairs and cultural heritage celebrations. Art exhibits, fireworks, a carnival and a parade are among the attractions of Metro Detroit this weekend in late summer.

Here are 5 things to do the weekend of August 26:

Novi Taco Fest & Novi Fine Art Fair

Taco trucks, live music, entertainment and award-winning artists will be on hand to offer two events in one.

Taco Fest will feature traveling Mariachi bands, three stages of entertainment, food, margaritas, tequilas, lucha libre wrestling, Mexican dancing, games, contests and more.

The Fine Art Fair will be a juried art fair with more than 40 artists from across the Midwest selling unique handmade items.

4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Twelve Mile Crossing at Fountain Walk (near Emagine Theater), 44425 W. 12 Mile in Novi. $5 per person, per day or $10 for a 3 day advance pass at novitacofest or $10 at the door. Free parking.

Copa Motor City Tournament and Summer Arts Freedom Fest

The seventh annual COPA Motor City Soccer Tournament hosted by the Clark Park Coalition will also include a Summer Arts & Freedom Fest in partnership with Detroit’s Department of Parks & Recreation and the Detroit Parks Coalition.

1000 Skyshapes is a temporary public sculpture by Ruth Koelewyn that will be at the Copa Motor City Tournament & Summer Arts Freedom Fest.

Activities will include sports, food, local artists, children’s activities, entertainment and a mercado.

9am-5pm Sunday at Clark Park, 1130 Clark in Detroit. Free. Music and entertainment from noon to 2 p.m., featuring a DJ, Hispanic dancers, salsa dancing, crafts, and outdoor games and activities.

Festival SW 2022

This southwest Detroit music and arts festival will take place inside and outside the Senate Theater with 40 performances on three stages. There will be bands, DJs, food, drink, vendors and community organizations offering resources to guests.

The first SW Fest took place on September 4, 2021 at the Senate Theater.

2-11 p.m. Saturday at the Senate Theater, 6424 Michigan Ave. in Detroit. Free.

Warren’s birthday party

Carnival rides are among the attractions at Warren's Birthday Bash.

This annual Warren celebration has a new addition this year: the Polish Day Parade, which leaves its traditional Hamtramck location.

Activities will include live music, carnival, food trucks, beer tent, family entertainment, petting zoo and fireworks.

Thursday – Saturday. Visit cityofwarren.org for a calendar of activities.

Warren City Square, 1 City Square in Warren.

Hazel Park Art Fair

Nearly 100 artists, artisans and food vendors will be on hand at this annual art fair which will also feature aerials, live music, a beer tent and more.

11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at Green Acres Park, 620 W. Woodward Heights in Hazel Park. Free.

Brendel Hightower is associate editor at the Detroit Free Press. Contact her at [email protected]


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