5 Lesser Known Music Festivals to Add to Your Summer Plans

By: Scott Davis | May 24, 2017

Attending a music festival is something many Michiganders look forward to in the spring and summer. We all know about the bigger festivals like the Hoedown, Faster Horses, and Electric Forest, but were you aware that there are several smaller scale, yet equally as entertaining music festivals taking place in the area this summer? Music lovers all over southeast Michigan have the opportunity to discover new local bands, artists, and styles of music that might just be their next listening obsession. Here are five local music festivals you should check out this summer in metro Detroit.

BLED Fest, 5/27

The 13th Annual BLED Fest (Big Love’s Educational Festival) will take place at the Hartland Performing Arts Center in Howell on Saturday, May 27. What started out as an end of the school year pool party/basement concert thrown by local musician Ben “Big Love” Staub really took off. BLED Fest got its inspiration from Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” music video where there are no barricades between the band and crowd, allowing for fans to get a more personal and genuine experience. The multi-genre festival will include more acts than ever before.

Fuzz Fest, 6/1-6/3

33 bands will take the stage at Blind Pig in Ann Arbor for the folk and indie rock celebration, Fuzz Fest 4. The festival was founded by geek metal band Blue Snaggletooth frontman Chris Taylor in 2014, whose goal was to create a rock-centric festival that showcases the wide range of rock. The three night festival begins on Thursday, June 1 and will feature 11 bands performing on two stages each night.

Peacefest Art & Music, 6/3-6/4

Over 120 artists and 14 local bands will be on display at L.A. Cafe in downtown Waterford for the 2017 Peacefest Art & Music Festival on Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25. The mission of the festival is to spread love and peace through art and music.

Motor City Irish Fest, 6/16-6/18

Why wait until St. Patrick’s Day 2018 when you can get your Irish fix at the Motor City Irish Fest at Greenmead Historical Park this June in Livonia. Featuring over 20 bands and six schools of Irish dance, the eighth annual all-ages festival will have the whole family doing Irish jigs throughout the weekend.

Corktown Strut, 6/26-7/4

Corktown Strut, the annual July 4th celebration, was formed to focus on creating a platform for the growing Detroit’s arts community. The festival is planned for the week July 4th in order to help Detroit businesses who normally struggle during the holiday. In 2016, over 50 Detroit artists were given the opportunity to showcase their work and music venues saw an average of 46% more in sales compared to previous July 4th weekends. The lineup of musicians and artists are going to be announced soon, so be sure to check their Facebook page for more announcements.