What to do in Detroit this week: Belle Isle Art Fa...

What to do in Detroit this week: Belle Isle Art Fair, Hamtramck Music Fest and concerts galore

How to stay busy in Detroit, Aug. 4-10.

The best things to do around Detroit (and from your home), Aug. 4-10

The theme of this week is live music! Man, we really missed it. Which live shows are you most excited about? Email allison@detourdetroiter.com with your take!



🥁Concert of Colors: Immerse yourself in global sounds, both virtually and in person, at the 29th annual Concert of Colors. The fest takes over the Cultural Center with dozens of musicians, poets and artists hailing from Algeria, Haiti, Uganda, Guatemala, Ukraine and across the U.S. Through Aug. 9, free, info.

🎹 2021 Wednesday Jazzy Nights: Listen to the jazzy sounds of PJ Morton & BJ The Chicago Kid this week at the Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre. Aug. 4, $16-50, info. 

🎸 Japanese Breakfast in concert: Korean-American musician and author Michelle Zauner is the frontrunner of this indie rock band — check them out at Saint Andrew’s Hall. Aug. 4, $25+, info. 

🎤 El Club reopening week: The Southwest venue’s jam-packed lineup continues with Jax Anderson and Curtis Roach Wednesday night (free), Negative Approach and the Detroit Cobras Thursday ($26) and The Gories and The Stools Friday night ($26). Aug. 4-6, info.


🎶 🥬 Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision Garden Party: Support a nonprofit advocating for environmental justice in Southwest Detroit during a festive evening where you can tour their Cadillac Urban Garden while enjoying live music and perusing handmade wares from local artisans. Drinks and meals made from produce grown at the garden included. Aug. 5, $35, info

🥒 Northwest Detroit Farmers Market: Shop small and grab some local produce while enjoying live jazz! Aug. 5, free, info. 

🎸 Hamtramck Music Festival: You probably can’t see 150 artists in one weekend, but you can try. The Hamtramck fest returns with shows at bars across the city — find the full lineup here and a few top show picks here. Aug. 5-8, $15 fest pass, info.

This weekend!

🏖️ 🎛️  Bruce Bailey: House music stalwart DJ Bruce Bailey brings his set to the Campus Martius Beach Friday night — bathing suit optional. Aug. 6, free, info

🎙️ Lucky Daye: The four-time Grammy-nominated R&B artist performs at Beacon Park this Friday, with openers and plenty of food and drink for purchase. Aug. 6, free, info.

💃 Havana Nights Detroit: The annual Havana Nights Summer Charity Soiree at the Roostertail is back this year in full swing. Come dance the night away to live music and support the Belle Isle Boat House. Aug. 6, $40/$75, info.

💎 “Summer on Woodward” Block Party:  Local shop and design studio Elaine B. Jewelry is hosting an open house and block party with neighboring businesses. Meet the designers and makers, ask questions about gems and styles, and get a deal on a new ‘Forever’ bracelet. Aug. 6-8, free, info.

🚴 BLKOUT WALLS X Boaz Bikes: North End Mural Tour with Detroit Curated: If you missed the BLKOUT WALLS mural fest last week, no sweat — just plan to break a light sweat while taking a bike tour of the newly created murals. Aug. 7, free, info

🕺 Sidewalk Festival: The community arts fest continues this Saturday with dance and music performances from  Tene Dismuke/House of Bastet, Ian Finkelstein, Brandon Waddles, Iyawo Dance Theatre and others. And all evening at the Joy-Southfield site, check out art installations and screen printing stations. Aug. 7, free, info.

🖌️ Belle Isle Art Fair: Over 100 artists and artisans will be sharing their work right next to James Scott Memorial Fountain on Belle Isle in Detroit. Plus, enjoy great food, live music, and activities for the whole fam. Aug. 7, free, info.

🛍️ Vintage Alley: Explore Eastern Market and grab vintage clothing, decorative items and jewelry made by local artists. Aug. 7, free, info. 

🏙️ Detroit in Context Walking Tour: If you haven’t joined in yet on a Detroit Experience Factory tour, now’s the time! Tour discussion points include: downtown’s assets from architecture to cultural gems, a brief history of Detroit including indigenous history and racist policies, a discussion of Detroit’s challenges including population and blight — and much more. Aug. 7, $20, info.

Next week

🍜 GeeVeeCo. Pop-Up: Check out fresh, vegan bowls, burgers and more at East Eats this summer — book your rez today! Starts Aug. 10, info.

Allison Jacobs is the digital producer and lifestyle reporter for Detour Detroit. She was the former digital editor at The Detroit Jewish News, where she helped oversee their digital strategy and produced a four-part video series called “Bubbie’s Kitchen.” Over the years, she has contributed articles for The Detroit Jewish News and SEEN Magazine. She’s a stickler for honest reporting and creating content that educates, entertains and inspires. Follow her on Twitter: @ajacobs114