Dragons, Jazz & Books: Enjoy the Last Days of Summer at These Local Festivals

By: Scott Davis | August 24, 2018

The final stretch of summer is upon us, and while there have been plenty of great summer festivals already, the fun isn’t over just yet! There are many festivals taking place over the last few weeks of summer to help you and your family enjoy every last bit the warmer weather.

Dragon on the Lake (Through 8/26)

A staple in the Lake Orion community, Dragon on the Lake returns for another year of celebrating art, community, and of course, dragons. The event continues throughout the weekend with the Dragon on the Run 5K on Saturday morning, live performances from local bands throughout the day, and the opening ceremony of the Dragon Boat races on Sunday morning. For more information on specific events, be sure to visit the website or Facebook page!

Ypsi Fest (Through 8/26)

Celebrating the rich heritage, creative arts, and talented entertainers of the Ypsilanti area, the annual Ypsi Fest is a great way to close out the summer. The event will include live performances throughout the weekend, including Your Generation in Concert on Friday, August 24. You won’t want to miss the first annual Illumination Light Parade on Saturday, August 25 where you and your family can help light up Riverside Park. Be sure to check out all of the other unique events taking place throughout the weekend on the event’s website.

Saline Community Fair (8/29-9/2)

Those looking for a fun family-friendly festival over the Labor Day weekend should look no further than the Saline Community Fair. Each day has a theme with the first day of the festival being Agriculture Day where there will be plenty of animals and tractor pulls for the whole family to enjoy. Other days include Children’s Day, Senior’s/Ladies’ Day, Heroes’ Day, and Family Day. There are plenty of exciting events taking place throughout the weekend, and you can find the full schedule on the event’s website.

Brighton’s Smokin’ Jazz & Barbecue Blues Festival (9/8-9/9)

Brighton’s Smokin’ Jazz & Barbecue Blues Festival helps you bridge the gap between summer and fall with an entertaining festival full of great music, tasty food, and countless entertainment. The 13th annual festival will fill the streets of downtown Brighton with the award-winning barbecue featuring ribs, pulled pork, beef brisket, pork tenderloin, and more from the area’s top vendors. Music starts at 5 p.m. each day at the beer tent and will feature some of the area’s best jazz and blues musicians.

Kerrytown Bookfest (9/9)

Taking place each September, the Kerrytown Bookfest is an annual celebration of books and their talented authors. The primary goal of the festival is to highlight the area’s rich heritage in books and put a spotlight on some of the most talented writers around. Local authors will be on-hand to speak about their experiences and offer insight for aspiring authors. Be sure to follow the event on Facebook to see who will be speaking this year!