By Charlie Kadado
1. Woodward Dream Cruise - August 17
Calling all car enthusiasts! Metro Detroit's automotive heritage is on display at the annual Woodward Dream Cruise in Oakland County. The cruise is the world's largest one-day event of classic cars. Over one million spectators and 40,000 special cars will make it to this year's show. Expect to see muscle cars, custom cars, street rods, and more. Learn more at http://www.woodwarddreamcruise.com/.
2. Michigan Renaissance Festival - August 17 - September 29
Experience history with the recreation of a historic English village! More than 250,000 people will assemble in Holly, MI for the annual event, bringing together reenactments and performances dating back to the 16th century. Tickets are $20.95 for adults, $11.95 for children ages 5-12, $18.95 for seniors 65+ and students with a valid college ID. For the weekend schedules visit http://www.michrenfest.com/.
3. Detroit International Jazz Festival - August 30 - September 2
Now in its 34th year, the Detroit International Jazz Festival features live stages and over 100 acts, extending from Hart Plaza to Campus Martius Park. You can expect educational activities for all ages, a full fireworks show, and exclusive opportunities to meet world-renowned jazz artists. There is no admission fee. To learn more about the festival visit http://detroitjazzfest.com/.
4. Arts Beats and Eats - August 30, September 2
After its 2009 move from Downtown Pontiac to Downtown Royal Oak, the Arts, Beats, & Eats has kept its family entertainment tradition continuing. Each year, more than 400,000 help bring a $39 million economic impact to the region. From local to national talent, Michigan-made to international foods, and a diverse assortment of fine arts, this is a Labor Day event you can't miss! Festival admission is $3 until 5pm Saturday, Sunday, & Monday and $5 after 5pm everyday. For the full event lineup, visit http://www.artsbeatseats.com/.