Local Festivals Bring Entertainment Outdoors

By: Michael Fossbakk | August 24, 2020

Photo courtesy of Canterbury Village.

As we head into fall and try to squeeze in every last ounce of warmth and sunshine offered by the summer season in Metro Detroit, you may be looking for something to do outside. While being safe, wearing a mask and practicing social distancing is important, event organizers and business owners understand this and have gone to lengths to make sure they can safely serve you at their next event. So, grab your mask and your family, and head out to one of these great outdoor festivals for a little more fun in the sun!

Lemonade Stand

When: Thursday, August 27 at 6 p.m.

Where: Sleepyhead Mattresses & More in Westland

What: Taking the childhood concept of a lemonade stand to a new level, the simply named “Lemonade Stand” by Dreambox Boutique and Oriana Rae Albrecht will feature much more than sweet, refreshing drinks. All based on ideas from participating kids, Sleepyhead Mattresses & More in Westland will be lined with booths run by young entrepreneurs selling baked goods, jewelry, handmade bird feeders, bath bombs, tie dye shirts, lanyards, personalized cups, and yes, lemonade. More info.

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River Fleet

When: Thursday-Sunday through September

Where: Coyote Joes in Shelby Township

What: “Michigan’s #1 premier country venue” Coyote Joes in Shelby Township has been hosting an outdoor patio weekend event all summer long called River Fleet and it continues through the month of September. River Fleet features food trucks, dancing, live music, outdoor seating, craft beer and more amidst a riverside setting on a 12,000 sq. ft. patio. Open Thursday-Sunday, kids are welcome to free snow cones, cotton candy and popcorn. More info.

Sip & Taste Garden Stroll

When: Thursday, September 10 at 6 p.m.

Where: Lafayette Greens

What: The Greening of Detroit, a local nonprofit organization working to make Detroit a greener, healthier place to live and work, is hosting a fundraiser at Lafayette Greens, a lush, green space they maintain year round. Guests will be treated to food from Soil 2 Service, wine and cocktails from Sandhill Cranes Vineyard and cooking demonstrations from local chefs. Up to 100 guests may attend and ticket prices start at $100. More info.

The Lafayette Greens from The Greening of Detroit

Lafayette Greens is maintained by The Greening of Detroit, which is hosting a fundraiser for its organization on Thursday, September 10. Photo courtesy of The Greening of Detroit.

Wicked Bizarre

When: Saturday, August 29 at 10 a.m.

Where: Newburg United Methodist Church in Livonia

What: It’s never too early to get into the mood for Halloween. That’s why Wicked Bizarre MI will help you get ahead of the game with a Halloween and horror-inspired craft and garage sale. Masks, costumes, collectibles, props, decorations, art and more will be on sale from different vendors. There will also be hourly raffles with proceeds going to the Humane Society of Monroe County and Feeding Detroit and Downriver. More info.

Canterbury Open Air Markets

When: Saturday-Sunday through September

Where: Canterbury Village in Lake Orion

What: Music, vendors, artists and more will take over Canterbury Village every weekend this summer. Each weekend will incorporate a different theme to the vendors you will see in attendance. Past themes include vendors selling Michigan-made products and vendors selling pet products. Admission is free, but parking is $5. More info.