Looking for some summer fun in Detroit? From the annual Blake’s Lavender Festival to the 40th annual African World Festival, Concert of Colors and a celebration of hip hop’s 50th anniversary, metro Detroit has a lot to offer!  

One Detroit contributor Dave Wagner of 90.9 WRCJ shares what you can do around the Detroit area during the July 14 weekend and into next week on “One Detroit Weekend.” 

List of upcoming events: 

  • Immerse yourself in tranquil orchards and stroll the open-air marketplace as you sip on a refreshing lavender lemonade or enjoy a homemade lavender treat at Blake’s Lavender Festival from 10-5 p.m. July 14-16.
  • Experience the African diaspora at the 40th annual African World Festival July 14-16 at Hart Plaza. Enjoy live entertainment, over 125 vendors with food, clothing, health products, visual arts, live demonstrations, community resources and information, and more.
  • Join the world’s second oldest Black LGBTQ+ Pride right here in Detroit for the 28th annual Hotter Than July, a celebration of Detroit’s Black LGBTQ+ community. The July 14-16 festival includes a book festival, music performances, a worship service and more.
  • Catch rising singer Bobbi Storm performing at Aretha’s Jazz Café at Music Hall at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 15. Debuting across the world with her first headlining tour, Storm will perform an eclectic mix of songs very dear to her but catchy enough for you to sing along to.
  • Celebrate the 50th anniversary of hip hop with an elite lineup of the genre’s pioneering artists, including Doug E. Fresh, Rakim, Slick Rick, KRS-One and more. The Bounce 105.1 FM presents the 50th-anniversary concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 15 at the Fox Theatre.
  • Explore the world of global music and culture at Concert of Colors, metro Detroit’s 31st annual diversity festival. The festival spans multiple days, July 19-23 this year, with a diverse array of concerts, workshops, educational programming, food vendors and more.
  • Grab your floaties and gear up for a movie night at the pool! Join the City of Detroit for a showing of “Sing 2” at the pool at the Brennan Recreation Facility. Movie nights are free and open to families. Movies will begin showing at dusk, weather permitting. 

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