We're hearing about it so much that it's almost already a cliche, but not yet, so I'll say it again: gas prices are on the rise. The good news? This area is awash in sporting events, cultural activities, ways to gamble your money, cool cars to look at, free concerts galore ... hey! Maybe that's how the Convention & Visitor's Bureau came up with that whole branding idea.
Since you've got 94 days of summer before the frost sets in, save your vacation fund for another day and spend some of your hard earned time and money right here at home. The even better news? If we all stay right here and pump more money into our own economy, we'll be better off anyway.
Not sure where to start? Come on, we'll show you. And just to make sure you know what you're getting into, we've categorized cach event neatly into one or more of the CVB's brand: Cars, Culture, Gaming, Music & Sports. And since the magazine hit the stands a few days after the official beginning of summer, you're already a few days behind. Get outside, already!
Cars[red square] Do it Detroit-style and watch a movie in your car at the Ford-Wyoming Drive In, which is named after its location in Dearborn. Although the concept of a drive-in theater wasn't invented in Detroit, it's a perfect match for the Motor City, and this theater remains the largest drive-in theater in the world!
Sports Did you know Jiffy Mix is a product with Michigan roots? So that's why mom always used it! America's first prepared consumer mix product was created right here in Michigan in 1930. Take a tour of the plant, located in Chelsea, where the company does everything from storing the wheat to milling the flour to making those little blue boxes! Call (734) 475-1361 and ask for tour scheduling.
Green Catch the last few days of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, which runs now through July 6. View the concert schedule at www.annarborsummerfestival.org.
CultureGreen The Wyandotte Street Art Fair runs July 9-12. The fair has been voted Best Waterfront Festival in Michigan and voted among the best of Michigan Street Art Fairs by the Detroit News.
Culture Check out the art in People Mover stations. The 13 stations feature more than $2 million in mixed media that you can photograph, touch and experience - all for free. Visit www.thepeoplemover.com to set up a guided tour or request an Art in the Stations guide.
Sports Boat Night in Port Huron is July 11 this year, Head over for the pre-race bash - the race to Mackinac starts the next day.
Cars 2008 is the Year of the Car! This summer, the world will celebrate two monumental automotive events. In 1908 William Durant founded General Motors, and a few days later, Henry Ford sold his first Model T. For more information and a list of activities that spans through October, visit www.motocities.org/Year+of+the+Car.html. The celebration will encompass over 100 events at more than 60 venues.
Sports Can't beat the heat? Go ice skating at the Dearborn Ice Skating Center call (313) 943-4098 for times.
Culture Take a dinner cruise on the Detroit Princess. Visit www.detroitprincess.com for a schedule.
CarsCulture Visit the Henry Ford Museum and its Showroom of Automotive History.
Culture He's not restricted to Kalamazoo: the 2008 Michigan Elvisfest will take place in Ypsilanti July 11-12.
Cars Detroit ABPA Gold Cup Races are July 11-13. The APBA Gold Cup is over 100 years old - it's the oldest active motor sport trophy in the world and the most prestigious trophy in all of power boat racing!
Culture Shop at Michigan Made and More in Plymouth, which offers all things made in Michigan. Visit www.michiganmadeandmore.com for hours.
Culture Take a walking tour of downtown Clarkston's historic district. Call the Clarkston Community Historical Center for more information: (248) 922-0270.
Culture Looking for a good curry? Attend the Festival of India at Hart Plaza July 11-13.
CultureGreen Tempt your senses with bold colors, flavors, aromas and sounds as you sip mojitos on the sundeck and take in the Latin music ... without leaving the Detroit Region. Book your passage for Havana Nights on the Infinity & Ovation Yacht Charters, July 14 at 6:30 p.m., through Ticketmaster.
Culture The Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair is taking place July 16-19.
Culture Attend anything at the Fox Theater to check out the elaborate decoration on the walls and ceiling. How many golden elephants can you spot?
GreenCulture With a beat-driven lineup propelling its 16th year, the Concert of Colors promotes peace and respect through the universal language of music with four days of free performances at the Max M. Fisher Music Center. Head down to the Max July 17-20. For the lineup: www.concertofcolors.com.
Sports Bet on your favorite horse at the Windsor Raceway.
Culture Visit Elmwood Cemetery for a creepy history lesson on Detroit. There's a virtual treasure trove of Detroit history always on view at the Elmwood. Use the guards to your advantage and quiz them on the whereabouts of the celebs or ask for free self-guided tour booklets. www.elmwoodhistoriccemetery.org.
Culture Attend the Arab & Chaldean Festival at Hart Plaza July 19-20.
Culture Take a two-hour, history-filled, narrated boat cruise along the Detroit River, starting at Hart Plaza in Detroit and Wyandotte's Bishop Park, with Diamond Jack. Call (313) 843-7676 for schedules.
Green Enjoy the sounds of Motown every Thursday evening at the Ritz-Carlton Dearborn between 4:30 - 7:30 p.m., now through August 21. Entrance and parking are complimentary, and reservations are not required.
Culture The Coney Island could have come from no where else - step back in time with a visit to Lafayette Coney Island (or American Coney Island ... decide for yourself which is the original!).
CarsCulture Preservation Wayne is offering an Auto Heritage walking tour this summer on the first and third Saturdays of the month, now through September. Walk in the footsteps of Henry Ford, Henry Leland and the Fisher Brothers as knowledgeable guides bring Detroit's rich automotive history to...