Jewelry by Chelsea Hall at the Funky Ferndale Art Fair.
Jewelry by Chelsea Hall at the Funky Ferndale Art Fair.

Artists, jewelry-makers, potters, musicians, food trucks, face painters and more. Here’s a sampling of this year’s fairs and festivals.

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  • May 26-28: Kensington Metropark Art Fair. Nature-based and non-traditional art.
  • June 1-3: ART! Macomb, downtown Mount Clemens. Free family activities, performances.
  • June 2-3: Palmer Park Art Fair, Northwest Detroit. Art, food and log-cabin visits.
  • June 2-3: Art on the Grand, downtown Farmington. Kids’ art section.  (248) 473-7276;
  • June 9: Berkley Art Bash, 12 Mile in downtown Berkley. Whimsical gift gallery. (248) 414-7222;
  • June 9-10: Art of Fire, Washington and Fifth, Royal Oak. Artist demonstrations. (248) 547-4000;
  • June 9-10: Flint Art Fair, Grounds of the Flint Institute of Arts. Musical entertainment.
  • June 14-16: Canton Liberty Fest, Heritage Park. Carnival rides and fireworks. (734) 394-5460; cantonliberty
  • June 15-17: Belleville National Strawberry Festival, multiple locations. Includes a parade.
  • June 22-24: Trenton Summer Festival, downtown Trenton. Art workshops. (734) 675-7300;
  • June 23-24: Arts and Acts, downtown Northville. Includes Art in the Sun, music, Chalk Festival.
  • June 23-24: St. Clair Art Fair, Palmer Park in downtown St. Clair. River setting.
  • June 28-July 4: Stars & Stripes Festival, Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi. Monster truck rides.
  • July 6-7: Lakeshore Art Festival, downtown Muskegon. Street performers and kayak sculpture project.
  • July 7-8: Royal Oak Outdoor Art Fair, Royal Oak Memorial Park. Craft sections. (248) 246-3180;
  • July 11-14: Wyandotte Street Art Fair, downtown Wyandotte. Specialty foods.
  • July 13-15: Plymouth Art in the Park, downtown Plymouth. “The Funny Waiter Show.” (734) 454-1314;
  • July 19-22: Greater Farmington Founders Festival, downtown Farmington. Camper displays. (248) 919-6917;
  • July 19-22: Ann Arbor Art Fair, various locations. Four fairs together. (800) 888-9487;
  • July 26-28: Sterlingfest, City Center Campus, Sterling Heights. Includes midway rides. (586) 446-2470;
  • July 28-29: Orchard Lake Fine Art Show, West Bloomfield High School. Youth art competition. (248) 684-2613;
  • Aug. 3-4: Allen Park Street Fair, Allen Road between Southfield and Roosevelt. Nonprofit programming. (734) 258-7720;
  • Aug. 3-5: Brighton Fine Art & Acoustic Music Festival, downtown Brighton. Main Street stages.
  • Aug. 4-5: Fine Art at the Village, Village of Rochester Hills, Walton and Adams. Artist demonstrations.
  • Aug. 4-5: Belle Isle Art Fair, near Scott Fountain. Art projects.
  • Aug. 10-12: Milford Memories Summer Festival, downtown Milford. Competitive sports. (248) 685-7129;
  • Aug. 11: Charlevoix Waterfront Art Fair, downtown Charlevoix. Resort ambience.
  • Aug. 11-12: Downtown Monroe Fine Art Fair, central city location. Jazz Fest.
  • Aug. 11-12: Shelby Township Art Fair, Shelby Township Municipal Grounds. Michigan-made products.
  • Aug. 18: Art on the Riverfront, Grand Haven Municipal Arena. View of waterway. (616) 844-7306;
  • Aug. 18-Sept. 30 (weekends and Labor Day): Michigan Renaissance Festival, Holly. 16th-century setting. (248) 634-5552; michrenfest.
  • Aug. 24-26: YpsiFest, Riverside Park. Balloon rides.
  • Aug. 31-Sept. 3: Ford Arts, Beats & Eats, downtown Royal Oak. Music, food and Zumbathon.
  • Sept. 3: Art in the Village, Franklin. Antique auto show. (248) 626-2231;
  • Sept. 7-9: Art & Apples Festival, Rochester Park. Fresh apple treats. (248) 651-4110;
  • Sept. 15-16: Common Ground Birmingham Street Art Fair, streets surrounding Shain Park. Silent auction tent. (734) 662-3382;
  • Sept. 21-23: Funky Ferndale Art Fair, Nine Mile at Woodward. Buy art, make art and watch buskers.
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Suzanne Chessler’s writing-editing career has spanned many years, and her articles have been featured in secular and religious publications across the state and around the country. There was a period of time when she maintained three regular columns in three different publications – one appearing weekly to spotlight metro volunteers, another appearing weekly to profile stage enthusiasts in community theater and a third appearing bimonthly to showcase upcoming arts programs. Besides doing general reporting, she has had continuing assignments involving health, monetary subjects and crime. Her award-winning work builds on majors in English-speech and journalism earned at Wayne State University, where instructors also were writers-editors on Detroit’s daily newspapers.