Festivals to Car Cruises: Spring Events in Metro D

By: Kate Chidester | May 7, 2013

With the Spring season underway, so too are the exciting activities that come along with sunshine and short sleeves. It’s time to take advantage of the outdoors again by biking, hiking, patio dining and of course, festival going! Spring 2013 will have no shortage of festivals and events for you to partake in. Here are a few you won’t want to miss:

The 35th Annual Berkley Days celebration kicks off on Saturday, May 11 with the Berkley Days Race and concludes on Sunday, May 19. A multitude of events will take place throughout the week, including a craft show, food booths, a beer tent, horseshoe tournament, and petting zoo. There will also be a pooch pageant, which probably sounds pretty enticing to those of you who, like me, are fascinated by every single nuance and goofy face your dog makes.

The Polish Country Fair will take place once again at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s campus during Memorial Day weekend, May 24 through 27. The fair hosts over 100,000 “stay-cationers” who prefer to avoid holiday traffic in favor of carnival rides, food, entertainment and casino games. Admission is free with a $10 parking charge.

Ya’ssoo Greek Festival is being held in Ann Arbor from May 31 through June 2. It is an annual event that takes place at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. The festival will feature traditional Greek cuisine and homemade pastries, as well as live music, entertainment and an Agora marketplace. Admission is just $3 after 4 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday, and everyone is admitted free on Sunday!

The Orion Music Festival is coming back for its second year in a row with headliner Metallica, and this time it’s being held at Detroit’s Belle Isle! On June 8 and 9, festival attendees will have the chance to hear over 30 incredible bands across five stages. Featured bands include Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rise Against, Dropkick Murphys and Deftones. A custom car and motorcycle show, film tent and Metallica museum will also be available. Tickets are $150 each and will grant you access to both days of the festival.

Pile in your Chevy and get ready to check out some classic cars at the 15th Annual Cruisin’ Gratiot celebration! Macomb County will hold its largest car cruise during the week of June 10 in Eastpointe. The cruise pays homage to the tradition of the American Auto Industry. Multiple events will take place throughout the week, including an “Idol” singing competition! Proceeds from the events will benefit local charities.

After having a winter that felt like it was never going to end, getting out and enjoying at least one of these fun-filled events feels borderline mandatory to me! I am sure you can all share in my sentiment.