From mini-golf at Cranbrook and the Detroit Grand Prix, to concerts and art fairs, there are so many fun things to do in Metro Detroit this June.
BY SEEN CONTRIBUTORS
Mini-Golf at Cranbrook Art Museum
Enjoy mini-golf this summer at Cranbrook Art Museum’s new course inspired by the art and design of Cranbrook itself. This 9-hole course is truly a one-of-a-kind experience adjacent to the Orpheus Foundation. They also have snacks available at the Fika Cafe. Tickets are $8 – $15. More information and hours here.
June 2 – 5
57th Birmingham Village Fair, Birmingham
Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town, Pine Knob Music Theatre
Country music singer and songwriter Miranda Lambert is co-headlining The Bandwagon Tour with the beloved country music quartet Little Big Town. Lambert, the only female country music artist in history whose first six studio albums have made their debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Charts, is fresh off the release of her 10th studio album, Palomino. Little Big Town’s latest album, Nightfall, was released in 2020. ticketmaster.com
Friday Night Films showing Encanto, New Center Park
Grab your cozy blankets and lawn chairs for an outdoor showing of Disney’s hit Encanto. Friday Night Films is kicking off another summer of outdoor movies every Friday through August 26. Gates open at 8 pm and movies start at dusk. Guests can enjoy free popcorn! Full schedule and more information here.
Sigur Rós, Masonic Temple
Sigur Rós is one of Iceland’s most successful bands of all time. The alternative band is known for its ethereal sound, incorporating classical and minimal aesthetic elements. The band launched the ‘Liminal’ soundbaths and endless playlists, built around blissed-out re-imaginings of moments from Sigur Rós’s catalog both familiar and obscure. The world tour is coming to the Masonic Temple June 3. Tickets are available here
June 3 – 5
Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix, Belle Isle
Don’t miss the 22nd and final Grand Prix weekend on Belle Isle before its return to downtown Detroit in 2023. The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear will feature the cars of the NTT IndyCar Series, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires. Comerica Bank Free Prix Day returns Friday, June 3, offering race fans free admission to the opening day activities, grandstand seating, and access to the historic Scott Fountain, home of the Autotrader Winner’s Circle. detroitgp.com/tickets
Michigan Lavender Festival, Imlay City
This festival offers a “symphony for the senses” when you step inside the doors. The event has grown over the years and switched locations a few times. You can now find it in Imlay City at the Eastern Michigan Fairgrounds. Guests will experience soothing sounds from a harp and be able to walk artisan booths with lavender-themed goods. There are also classes, workshops, and demonstrations for a hands-on learning experience. More information is available here.
June 3 – 12
The Mackinac Island Lilac Festival
The Mackinac Island Lilac Festival is the largest and most historic festival on Mackinac Island. The event celebrates lilacs and their history on Mackinac Island and this year’s theme is “Flower Power: Peace, Love, Lilacs.” Over the 10 days, you can check out the Lilac Queen coronation, a 10K Run/Walk, lilac walking tours, lilac planting seminars, bounce houses, a corn hole tournament, a parade, live music, and more. More information here.
Night Market at Beacon Park, Detroit (Every Saturday through August 27)
This free and fun series returns to Beacon Park on June 4 from 6-11 p.m. In association with DTE Foundation and Downtown Detroit Partnership, the event will run every Saturday through August 27 — except for July 2— and is set to feature more than a dozen local businesses each week, as well as great bands and food! downtowndetroit.org/event/night-market/
Michigan Humane Mutt March, Grosse Pointe
The Michigan Humane Mutt March is an annual fundraiser for Michigan Humane. The event at Ford House in Grosse Pointe Farms is an all-day celebration of man’s best friend. Registration for the event is free, but every fundraiser that raises 50 dollars or more receives a Mutt March t-shirt and bandana for their pet. Attendees can also check out a pet costume contest, adoptable dogs, food trucks, games, and music. More information is available here.
St. Clair Waterfront Beer, Wine, Cocktail and Seltzer Festival, St. Clair
Get ready to raise your glass and toast to the 7th annual St. Clair River Waterfront Beer, Wine & Cocktail Festival. The event founded in 2015 features more than one hundred different brews, wines, and craft cocktails from more than sixty breweries and wineries from around the world. You can also grab a bite to eat from several food trucks and enjoy live music. The event is 21 and up. Tickets start at $30 and are available here.
June 4 – 5
Art on the Grand, Downtown Farmington
The free, two-day festival features an array of high-quality art in a variety of price ranges and disciplines, including ceramics, jewelry, painting, photography, wood, wearable art, glass, leather, and sculpture. Additionally, Kids Art Alley features young local artists who are on site to talk about and sell their own creations. artonthegrand.com
Justin Bieber, Justice World Tour, Little Caesar’s Arena
The Bieb’s really needs no introduction. His tour is coming to Little Caesar’s Arena on June 5. Tickets are available here.
World Oceans Day at the Detroit Zoo
On World Oceans Day the Detroit Zoo is celebrating the waters that cover 71 percent of the world. The zoo will highlight water conservation and encourage visitors to keep waterways clean and connect with nature. Guests can check out specialized “ed-zoo’cation” stations, talks with animal education staff and resources to continue caring for the planet at home. All guests visiting the zoo are required to purchase tickets in advance.
SEEN x Mean Girls Event, Fisher Theatre
Direct from Broadway, Mean Girls is the hilarious hit musical from an award-winning creative team, including book writer Tina Fey, composer Jeff Richmond, lyricist Nell Benjamin, and director Casey Nicholaw. Wear your “Fetch” pink outfit and join the SEEN team for a special pre-reception with photo opportunities, pink drinks, swag bags for the first 50 attendees, and more! ticketmaster.com
June 9 – 12
Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival
The city known for its Bavarian-style architecture and German roots is hosting it’s annual Bavarian Festival, one of the oldest festivals in Michigan. Sing and and dance in downtown Frankenmuth to Bavarian music played by costumed German entertainers. There will also be a children’s parade on Saturday, followed by the main parade on Sunday. Tickets are $10 a person and can be purchased here.
June 11 – 12
Motor City Pride Festival, Detroit
Michigan’s largest LGBTQ+ pride event happens in June with more than 40,000 attendees each year. Motor City Pride is an entirely volunteer organization with a mission of “fostering pride and respect for the LGBTQ community.” The festival runs Saturday and Sunday with a parade at noon Sunday and features live entertainment, more than 100 booths, a family area, and 12 food vendors. Admission to the festival at Hart Plaza is $5; youth 12 and under are free. motorcitypride.org
Rhythm and Art Block Party, Eastern Market Brewing Co
Juneteenth Jubilee Detroit is partnering with Eastern Market Brewing Company to showcase visual and musical artists at the Rhythm & Art Block Party. Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people in the U.S. You can check out performances by Lolly Mariah, BLAC Natiives, Pejay Eugene, and DJ Nefyu. There will also be food trucks and a photo booth. Tickets are available here.
Dave Matthews Band, Pine Knob
What would summer be without a Dave concert at Pine Knob? Catch them at Pine Knob Music Theatre on June 21. Tickets available here.
Ben Sharkey, Meadow Brook Hall
Since Michigan native Ben Sharkey first posted his first raw home videos of himself singing Michael Buble and Frank Sinatra classics to YouTube in 2007, he has amassed more than 5 million views worldwide. One of Detroit’s premiere live entertainers for more than 10 years, Ben Sharkey fills his live performances with a lot of swagger and the perfect fusion of old-school cool, contemporary jazz, soul, and pop. meadowbrookhall.org/concertseries
Detroit Booze Carnival, Eastern Market
The inaugural Detroit Booze Carnival celebrates games and booze. Guests will have the opportunity ot sample beer and spirits while trying their hand at classic carnival and oversized games. General admission tickets include access at 7 p.m. and 10 drink samples. Tickets start at $30 and are available here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/detroit-booze-carnival-tickets-328969746367?aff=ebdssbdestsearch.
June 24 – 25
30th Annual Garden Tour, Grosse Pointe Garden Center
Seven beautiful local gardens are being featured for the 30th Annual Garden Tour. You can also check out the Creatures of the Night Enrichment series with learning stations on bats, moths, and other nocturnal dwellers. Garden docents will be in the gardens to answer any gardening questions you may have. Tickets may be used either Friday or Saturday, and are available here.
June 24 – 27
Michigan Challenge Balloonfest
The Michigan Challenge Balloonfest is a summertime favorite for families. There are activities planned for everyone from skydiving and stunt kite shows to carnival rides and fireworks, in addition to the balloon launches. Entry into the event costs $5 per person. More information is available here michiganchallenge.com.
Backwoods & Bonfires Music Festival, Detroit
This event features everything from live music to adult bounce houses. Backwoods and Bonfires is happening at the Russell Industrial Event Center on June 25, from 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Tickets and full lineup available here.
2022 Ford Fireworks, Detroit
The Ford Fireworks show is a Detroit tradition unlike any other. The theme this year is “Hey Detroit! The Sky Shines for You,” and The Parade Company is promising a better show than ever before. Get your tickets for The Rooftop Party hosted by The Parade Company, and enjoy the show on the Center Garage roof, or find a spot in Hart Plaza or Belle Isle and experience this spectacular display that is expected to draw more than one million people downtown.theparade.org
Pars Fore Pink Golf Outing, Orchard Lake Country Club
Breast cancer diagnoses continue to rise, affecting over 8000 women in Michigan with the greatest concentration in SE Michigan. The financial impact of treatment can be devastating so The Shades of Pink Foundation provides prompt financial funding for women undergoing treatment, so they can focus on treatment and healing. Enjoy a day on the course, with lunch, cocktails and later a strolling dinner and silent auction. Register at shadesofpinkfoundatin.org/events.
Disney in Concert, Orchestra Hall
A Dream is A Wish transports guests into the world of classical Disney music through the stories of The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, Aladdin, and more. The show features four Broadway-caliber singers, original Disney film footage, and sweeping orchestral scores performed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. dso.org