Things to do in Metro Detroit in 2022: concerts, festivals, activities, and more.
It’s finally here, Michiganders: the warm, sunny weather we’ve been waiting for all year.
With concerts, festivals and events returning in droves after two long years of pandemic fatigue, we think you’ll find something to occupy your calendar. Read on to plan your summer of fun in Metro Detroit.
It’s not a Michigan summer without the sweet and tart taste of Traverse City cherries, and what better place to sample them than at the city’s annual Cherry Festival? Other festive summer events include the National Asparagus Festival in Oceana County and the National Blueberry Festival in South Haven.
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A coalition of civil rights groups will hold a four-day commemoration from June 16-19 to honor the civil rights legacy sparked nearly 40 years ago by the beating of one Vincent Chin, a Chinese- American in Highland Park. It will include conversations about democracy and racial justice, the commissioning of ancient Chinatown murals, performing arts experiences and a series of films in collaboration with the Freep Film Festival.
Detroit Opera’s 2022-23 season is the company’s first full lineup of productions in the newly renovated Detroit Opera House since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The season kicks off September 17 with Artistic Director Yuval Sharon’s new staging of “Die Walküre: Act III,” co-produced with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and conducted by Sir Andrew Davis.
In Metro Detroit and elsewhere around the world, the first full summer of shows since 2019 is fast approaching, promising the busiest live music schedule in many years. It’s a program that includes nearly 50 concerts in a 50th anniversary season at Pine Knob, the Clarkston venue that has often topped the US rankings for amphitheater attendance. And there are a host of stadium extravaganzas, including an 11-day streak in July that includes four shows at Comerica Park.
Henry Ford’s Greenfield Village in Dearborn kicked off a new season with the debut of its first new permanent addition in 20 years: Detroit Central Market. The covered outdoor structure will serve as a multi-purpose facility for seasonal attractions and special events, such as the village’s famous 4th of July Salute to America celebration.
Who said bouncy houses were just for kids? Coming to Fraser’s Steffens Park June 10-12, this 13,000 square foot attraction is big enough for kids and children at heart. Time slots are divided by age to ensure all participants have a safe bounce experience. To kick the party vibe up a notch, a live DJ will spin the beats from a stage at the center of the fun.
Lace up your skates, Detroiters: Monroe Street Midway, an outdoor sports and entertainment complex just east of Detroit’s Campus Martius Park, will return for a second summer starting May 27. It will again feature an outdoor rink operated by Southwest Detroit’s RollerCade, the oldest continuously operating black-owned roller rink in the country. It will also host a sports area, food trucks, a mini-golf course, vibrant murals and live music.
They don’t call it the Great Lakes State for nothing: Michigan is home to a seemingly endless list of sparkling freshwater lakes. Several beaches are located within an hour or two (or less) of the Detroit metro, which means you can spend less time in the car and more time splashing around in the wet stuff.
Known for its beautiful golf courses such as Arcadia Bluffs and Bay Harbor Golf Club, Michigan is also home to some unique courses on a smaller level. From meticulous and original designs to views of the Straits of Mackinac, these five putt-putt golf courses are worth a summer visit.
According to the website for the Capri Drive-In Theater in Coldwater, Michigan was home to 110 drive-ins in 1958 — considered the peak of the trend in that state. Today, less than a dozen remain. Find them by consulting our guide.