Memorial Day Weekend in Metro Detroit: Outdoor Fun and Festivals

By: Katie Goncalves | May 17, 2023
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Memorial Day weekend is finally here and Michiganders everywhere are celebrating the unofficial start of summer. Many of us have traditions of putting the boat in the water for the first time this year or having a family BBQ. But the long weekend is also an opportunity to get out of the house and enjoy some unique and fun events happening in Metro Detroit. Whether you’re into being active, music, or family fun, these are some great events happening in Metro Detroit this Memorial Day weekend:

Kensington Metropark Art Fair

4570 Huron River Parkway, Milford

The annual Kensington Metropark Memorial Day Weekend Art Fair is back and better than ever. This boutique, juried art fair will feature artists from across the country, showcasing amazing artwork in every price range. There will be live art demonstrations and hands-on activities. Food trucks will be on-site as well. The art fair is free to attend, but you must have a Metropark vehicle pass to enter Kensington.


Dearborn Memorial Day Parade

The Dearborn Memorial Day Parade is one of the largest Memorial Day parades in the country and takes place on Monday, May 29. The parade has been a tradition in Dearborn, and is the oldest Memorial Day Parade with 97 years running, and attracts thousands of spectators each year. The parade features marching bands, military units, veterans groups, and community organizations. The parade route stretches for over a mile along Michigan Avenue and ends with a ceremony at the city’s War Memorial. The event is a way to honor the sacrifices of the men and women who have served in the armed forces.

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Movement Electronic Music Festival

1 Hart Plaza, Detroit

The Movement Electronic Music Festival takes place over Memorial Day weekend at Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit and features some of the biggest names in electronic music. The event attracts music fans from around the world and has been called one of the best electronic music festivals in the country. With three full days of artists on six stages, you’re sure to get your fill of electronic music at Movement. In addition to music, the festival also includes art installations, food vendors, and other activities. The festival is a celebration of Detroit’s rich music culture and a way to showcase the city’s ongoing revitalization.