Bike Month
DID YOU KNOW THAT MAY IS NATIONAL BIKE MONTH? We like to think ‘bike month’ is every month in Ferndale. However, this May we will align with national efforts across the country and celebrate our bike-friendly city with Ferndale Bike Month! Throughout the month of May, the City will host weekly coordinated rides and education classes, including bike law and smart cycling. Ferndale Recreation, DDA, Police Department and Rotary Club will also host the annual Bike Rodeo on Thursday, May 17th at Schiffer Park. Look for scheduled dates, locations, and routes for weekly coordinated rides, classes, and more in the coming weeks at

May 5: Group Bike Ride (start at Downtown Ferndale Bike Shop)
 May 9: Group Bike Ride (6:30 PM start at Downtown Ferndale Bike Shop)
 May 12: Group Bike Ride (start at The Fit Park)
 May 17: Downtown Bike Rodeo (4 PM-8 PM at Schiffer Park)
 May 18: Bike-To-Work Day (contact Detroit Greenways Coalition)
 May 22: Group Bike Ride (6:30 PM)
 May 23: Bicycling 101 Class (6:30 PM at Ferndale Area District Library)
 May 30: Group Bike Ride (6:30 PM start at Downtown Ferndale Bike Shop) or

SAT MAY 5 | 2-8 P.M. | B. NEKTAR 1511 JARVIS
B. Nectars Spring Mead Fest
MEAD IS AN ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE created by fermenting honey with water, sometimes with various fruits, spices, grains or hops. It’s not quite wine and not quite beer, but it’s sure damn good. The Spring Mead Fest will take place at B. Nektar (1511 Jarvis) and runs from 2:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., although the taproom will stay open until 12:00 A.M. Admission is free and tickets are available for purchase to sample the variety of beverages. “We throw a party, located in the back parking lot of our headquarters, with some local food trucks, and an array of our products for attendees to try out,” said Miranda Johnson, marketing chief. “Each year is different.”

ROCK THE PARK Artist Bazaar
Come Rock the Park at an artist bazaar on Saturday, May 12th with BDTs at 21630 John R Rd. in Hazel Park. Admission is FREE and the event runs from noon to 9 PM. All proceeds will be donated to the Hazel Park Art Council, a local non-profit dedicated to bringing art to the community and our homes. Rock the Park will feature artist Mark Arminski, who will be showing off his amazing art along with 20+ local artisans. The event will be indoors and out with live local bands, raffles, silent auction, food trucks, and beer and wine for purchase. Come support your local artisans and participate in this amazing event! Let’s kick summer off right by Rocking the Park.

Cinco Bash Pub Crawl
GRAB YOUR FRIENDS AND YOUR SOMBREROS and get into the “south of the border” spirit for Metro Detroit’s biggest Cinco Bash!  Enjoy “loco” specials on your favorite cervezas & margaritas at all of your favorite bars in both downtown Ferndale & downtown Wyandotte. Two pub crawls – two exciting locations – dozens of Metro Detroit’s best bars. Each bar will feature exciting cocktail, beer and shot specials, as well as festive activities. Tickets are available at Registration Bars and are $15 in advance ($25 day-of).

Women Walk For Peace  A Mother’s Day Event
8:00am – walk south to Grand Circus Park and return to 1st UU by 11am (3 mile loop). Signs & Banners provided. Immediately following the walk you are invited to attend a special service and potluck at 1st UU Church. For more information and to get on our e-list contact Anita at Check out our event page on Facebook:

Artist In You
The Artist In You’ Fosters & Rewards Creativity For Youth
THE ARTIST IN YOU” IS A COMMUNITY-WIDE CELEBRATION of 2D student art, featuring works by young talents from Ferndale High School, University High, and Center for Advance Studies and the Arts. Students will compete to have their winning piece converted into public art. A public reception with live music will take place Tuesday, May 15, 6:30 P.M. at the Ferndale Area District Library. “The Artist in You” provides students with a unique opportunity to exhibit, market and gain exposure for their creative work at a formative age. Art will remain on display May 14-June 9.

SAT MAY 19 | 5:30-11 PM | 4 RIDGE ROAD
Pleasant Ridge Audtion & Gala
THE PLEASANT RIDGE FOUNDATION PROUDLY PRESENTS the 58th Annual Pleasant Ridge Auction & Gala. This year’s theme is “Back to the 80s.” As always, attendees are welcome to dress to the theme. In addition to providing the opportunity to bid on a large variety of donated items, your ticket allows you to sample fabulous food from Chick-en Shack, dazzling desserts from Treat Dreams, great beer from Axle Brewing Company, and wonderful wines. This year’s Gala will once again include the exciting raffle offering with a Grand Prize of $10,000! The Foundation will put all money raised at the event back into the community to support a variety of activities/projects. Tickets for the event are $40 per person prior to May 14 and $50 after and can be purchased at, City Hall, or at the door the day of the event.

THIS YEAR’S SEVENTH ANNUAL EVENT will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018, when volunteers will plant, spruce, paint and clean designated public spaces. Friends, co-workers and family members are encouraged to participate. Please wear blue jeans and t-shirt as you will positively get dirty in the fun. Complimentary hot dogs and refreshments will be provided immediately following the completion of activities.
This year’s volunteer projects will include the planting of flowers at the Veteran’s Memorial and City Hall, sprucing the grounds at the Ferndale Area Public Library, clean-up at city parks and downtown painting projects. On this same day, the DPW (Department of Public Works) and SOCRRA (Southeastern Oakland County Resource Recover y Authority) will have the popular temporary Drop-off Recycling Station, located in the City Hall Parking Lot, from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. As an added addition, we are pleased to include Simple Recycling to collect usable clothing and textiles for reprocessing into rags, insulation, and stuffing and the remaining natural materials left for composting. Individuals and groups interested can preregister at:

Tequila Mundo
ULTIMATE FUN PRODUCTIONS AND REAL DETROIT EVENTS are pleased to announce Tequila Mundo on Saturday, May 19 at Royal Oak Farmers Market. This exciting tasting will bring together over 60 distinct varieties of tequila from around the world, across the state, and down the street. It’s a chance to discover and taste specialty cocktails, exotic margarita flavors, agave derived liqueurs, crèmes, and infusions. All guests of Tequila Mundo will receive a commemorative glass for tasting, drink sample tickets, keepsake photo, and live entertainment. So, whether you are a tequila geek, a newcomer to the world of agave, check out Tequila Mundo for the yearly celebration of all things agave!

Spring Perennial Exchange
IF YOU GROW PLANTS, OR SHAKE YOUR HEAD IN WONDER when someone else grows them, head over to the 9th Ferndale Perennial Exchange at Blumz By JRDesigns at 503 E 9 Mile. Ferndale Beautification Commission Chair Robbin Yelverton explained how the “exchange” works, which is: “Bring a plant, take a plant.” Bring your perennials in a labeled container. You will receive tickets to “purchase” other plants. There will be plants for sale as well. All monies help fund other events the Beautification Commission hosts throughout the year. For more info, go to the Ferndale Beautification Commission’s Facebook Events Page.

FernCare Free Clinic 10th Annual Dinner
JOIN US TO CELEBRATE OUR 10TH ANNIVERSARY. This dinner is to celebrate the volunteers who make these services possible and a chance for us to say thank you to the donors who felt so many years ago and still feel that FernCare is a valuable resource. The location is lovely and fascinating at the same time. Great views of the water, Canada, the occasional lake freighter and a recently completely renovated museum. Walking into the original men’s smoking room of one of the Great Lakes cruise ships takes your breath away. Did I forget to tell you bring your phone or camera? We plan a strolling dinner based on Detroit ethnic and historic heritage. There will be places to sit and eat, so you don’t have to juggle plates and glasses. A cash beer and wine bar, music throughout and a Silent Auction. The Annual Dinner is one of our largest fundraising efforts. Tickets are $75 per person and include a drink ticket. There could be an additional $11.00 as you come on the island because Belle Isle isa state park and requires either the yearly Recreational Passport that is paid at the time of license renewal or per visit. There are a variety of sponsorship opportunities available ranging from$250 to $10,000. Ticket and sponsorship information is on our website, Click on 10th Annual Dinner or purchase dinner tickets and sponsorships by mail: FernCare, 751 E. Nine Mile, Ste.2, Ferndale, 48220. If you have any questions, e-mail Kate Baker, Dinner Chairperson at

100th Anniversary! Memorial Day Observance
ON MONDAY, MAY 28, MARCHERS IN THE ANNUAL MEMORIAL DAY PARADE will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the longest continuous observance of the holiday in the state of Michigan. Armed service members from every branch of the military will be honored at the parade, which gets underway at 10:00 AM at the corner of Livernois and West Maplehurst. The focal point of the Memorial Day observance is, as always, the reading of the Honor Roll. The Honor Roll includes the names of service members who died since Memorial Day 2017. Veterans from Ferndale and neighboring communities are recognized during the Honor Roll. “We are encouraging members of the community – businesses as well as residents – to participate as marchers in this momentous occasion,” said Jean Burns, president of the Ferndale Memorial Association, the organization tasked with commemorating the sacrifices of veterans in the city. Participants will take to the streets with veterans, scout troops, school marching bands, dignitaries, service organizations and businesses, as well as Michigan Fallen, which has marked the occasion with placards honoring state residents who have died in overseas conflicts. Some groups decorate floats.  Every group is urged to keep in mind the mission statements: “For Those Who Gave Their All” and “Lest We Forget.” Visit, or call Ms. Burns at 248-595-1187 or Major Stephen Lemelin at 248-648-1457.

A Final Meeting Together With Lee Alan
THOUSANDS OF US USED TO GET TOGETHER EVERY NIGHT ON THE RADIO. What if we could all have one last time together? Not on the radio, In person. You and me. And as many of my friends from all those great days who are still with us as I can get to come. Names you know. Radio-TV people, Music People. One last time. In one place. Memorial Day Afternoon, Monday, May 28th, 3 PM to 6 PM. at the Royal Oak Farmers Market., 316 E Eleven Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067, limited to 500 people. Advance ticket sales only. $20.00 per person. All ticket proceeds to The Royal Oak Historical Society.

Michigan Fallen Foot Float
WE NEED YOUR FEET TO HONOR THE MEN AND WOMEN who lost their lives in the Iraq and Afghanistan War while serving in  a Michigan Military Unit. We have 262 individual posters to carry, flags, banners, and will be introducing a new design to our float, as well, the parade for this years tribute to the family and friends of our Michigan Fallen. We need your feet! Come join in May 28th at Livernois and West Maplehurst. Sign in time 7:30 – 9:30AM. Parade starts at 10:00 AM. Please no clothing that promotes a business, a product, a religious or political issue, or political candidate. We welcome vets to wear hats, as well, volunteers are encouraged to honor this national holiday by wearing red, white, and blue.

IF YOU’VE EVER CONSIDERED GOING TO MOVEMENT DETROIT MUSIC FESTIVAL, this may be the best year to attend. Why? You won’t want to miss the history making 30th anniversary performance of Inner City – the Billboard chart-topping group essential to techno in Detroit and around the world.

Started by Kevin Saunderson in 1988, the band experienced phenomenal success with hit songs like “Big Fun” and “Good Life” while their debut album Paradise reached Platinum status in the UK. Saunderson is renowned in the music world in his own right; known as one of the Belleville Three, along with Derrick May and Juan Atkins, who started as high school friends and are credited with creating Detroit Techno.

Inner City spent much of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s touring the world. The band was comprised of Saunderson as DJ, singer Paris Grey, and Ferndale personality Tommy Onyx as music director and keyboardist. Onyx describes some of their experience over the last 30 years.

“It was an interesting kind of group to start in 1988, and to see the way technology has changed since that time. For us, every tour we did was drastically different in terms of production because of new gear and advances,” he says. “The first tour we did was 100 per cent live. At the time we started there wasn’t a new paradigm yet. We were going out with live instruments, and it just evolved as tours went on.”

And he sometimes can’t believe the memories they created through those touring years. “A lot of life experience boxes got checked on those tours,” he says. “You don’t realize how privileged or awesome things are when you’re in the middle of it, but we got to perform at the Apollo theater for Showtime at the Apollo. Looking back it’s crazy to think I got to experience that.”

INNER CITY TOOK A HIATUS IN THE MID-2000s, and has evolved in more ways than one since. And he members of the band have all created individual legacies since their time touring together. Saunderson still tours independently as a world-renowned DJ and runs his record label KMS, while Onyx started a successful web development and design firm now based in Ferndale.

“This is the third time Inner City has performed the Movement festival proper. The first time was when it was still called DEMF. We performed again in 2010, and this will be the third,” Onyx says. “We also performed the after-party at St. Andrews in 2012 but weren’t a part of the actual festival.”

As they reconvene for their 30th anniversary at Movement Detroit, the band has grown to include some changing and new members. One of Saunderson’s three sons, Dantiez Saunderson, has joined the band to DJ and mix alongside his father.

Fans can also expect the return of Dennis White, who hasn’t performed with the band in 25 years. White and Onyx were in the band Charm Farm together in the late ‘80s, and most recently White won a 2018 Grammy for Best Remixed Recording of the Depeche Mode song “You Move.” White will be on keyboards alongside Onyx and Nico Marks at Movement.

The most noticeable difference will be the transition of lead vocals from Paris Grey to Steffanie Christi’an. A Detroit native, Christi’an has per-formed with such artists as Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli and Big Proof. She is also active in the Black Women Rock collaborative.

“She’s from Detroit, is a phenomenal singer and is from the scene – super excited to have her in the mix ” Onyx says. “We’ve been having her redo backing tracks because we weren’t looking to replicate Paris and wanted Steffanie to create her own part in Inner City.”

Movement Detroit takes place Memorial Day weekend, May 26th through May 28th and Inner City will perform Monday May 28th ahead of Wu Tang Clan, where they are planning to release two new singles.

“Everyone is at a stage right now – Kevin is considered a legend at this point, Dennis just won a Grammy, I have a web development business – this stuff is exciting but we could all easily go our separate ways,” Onyx says. “But we are all kinda’ excited to see if we could get another charting record again, one more box to check would be to do another tour with charting records.”

By Sara E. Teller

FERNDALE’S PRIDE FESTIVAL WILL TAKE PLACE ON SATURDAY, JUNE 2ND, beginning with an open ceremony at 1:00 PM The much-anticipated annual event, which debuted in 2011, typically draws around 15,000 to 20,000 attendees each year, according to estimates from public officials, explains Event Chair, Julia Music. This year the event is expected to grow, with more events, activities, and performances than ever before. 2018 will also mark the first year Pride will have a named sponsor to present it – The Candle Wick Shoppe.

“There will be a wedding at 12:30 PM, then the opening ceremony will officially kick off the event,” Music said, adding, “There will be around 158 street vendors in total this year. So, we’ve grown substantially.” This is a significant increase from last year’s total of 100 vendors. “There will be seven food vendors in addition to the area bars and restaurants that support Pride,” Music said. “I encourage all attendees to visit Pride-sponsored spots.”

Sober Space, which debuted at Pride last year, is expected to return and be available specifically to those in sobriety. It will be set up immediately following the opening festivities. This is a space designed for the sober community to come together in celebration and get to know one another, as well as an area for the newly sober to come and meet others practicing this lifestyle. The Children’s Area, sponsored by Blue Care Network and Blue Cross, Blue Shield of Southeast Michigan, will also be back with crafting activities for participating kids.

“This year, there will be really beautiful masks the kids can make with ribbons and beads. They have some pre-fab parts, but they’ll get to decorate them.

There will also be a 40-foot rock wall and other activities that we’re still finalizing,” Music explained. She added, “We will have games and activities in Sober Space from 1 PM to 8 PM the day of Pride, and Affirmations is always available as a so-ber space. They will have activities available five days leading up to Pride, including the Pride Prom,” at which attendees will be able to dance and enjoy refreshments.

There will be two drag queen shows outside of Rosie O’Grady’s, and for the first time, an event will take place outside of Axle’s Livernois Tap celebrating its one-year birthday. Also new this year will be an asexual balloon launch, followed by the traditional rainbow-colored launch. “We will be moving the dance stage to Planavon,” Music said. “And, there will be entertainment there from 1:15 PM on-ward.”

Numerous fundraising opportunities will take place leading up to Pride, including those at Zeke’s BBQ, Dino’s Brunch, Rosie O’Grady’s and other local area restaurants and businesses. Participants will be able to support Pride by purchasing meals, raffle tickets, and attending other activities. There will be meetings for volunteers 7-8:00 PM at the Kulick Center, 1201 Livernois, Ferndale MI 48220, on April 25, May 9 and May 23. Music said contracts for Pride vendors are set to go out this week, so a final list is still forthcoming. More information regarding The Candle Wick Shoppe Presents Ferndale Pride 2018 event can be found at

Ferndale Elementary June Fair
THIS ANNUAL EVENT IS OUR BIGGEST PTA FUNDRAISER of the year and takes place at Ferndale Lower Elementary from 5-8 PM. It’s fun for the whole family and community and will feature musical entertainment, games, prizes, raffles, food, and much more! Our theme this year is “Classic Carnival”, and there are a few new surprises in store, as well as time-honored traditions the community knows and loves. We would love to see you there! Please contact this year’s event organizer, Allison Alexander, at 248-234-0459 with questions, or if you would like to be involved as a volunteer. If you are interested in or have questions about a corporate sponsorship, please email Mindy Domke at We can’t wait to see you there!

Cocktail Confidential
COCKTAIL CULTURE IS FLOURISHING and The Cocktail Confidential is your chance to sample modern twists on classic drinks, plus all new creations – complete with a look into each recipe’s inception and unique ingredients. Innovative new recipes with homemade ingredients and complex layers of flavors mixed up by industry leaders and hometown mixologists. Ultimate Fun Productions, The Social Connection and Real Detroit Events have partnered together to produce an event featuring dozens of spirits featured in classic and innovative craft libations prepared by some of Detroit’s best mixologists. Guests of The Cocktail Confidential will receive a commemorative glass for tasting, drink sample tickets, keepsake photo, and live entertainment.

Huntington Woods Home Tour
THE 26TH ANNUAL HUNTINGTON WOODS HOME TOUR is an open house tour of five beautiful homes, featuring a variety of architectural styles which reflect the diversity and character of our city. All proceeds raised from this event are redistributed to local charities supporting education, women and children’s causes, such as Berkley High School scholar-ships, the Huntington Woods 4th of July Parade, Berkley Youth Assistance program, Norup Food Pantry and other great organizations. Sunday, June 3, 2018, 1:00 – 5:00 PM. Ticket prices: $20 advanced $25 at the door (16 years and older). Huntington Woods Library 26415 Scotia Rd, Huntington Woods MI

Pleasant Ridge Home & Garden Tour
THE 14TH ANNUAL HOME & GARDEN TOUR OF HISTORICAL PLEASANT RIDGE, hosted by the Pleasant Ridge Historical Commission allows the public a special inside look at the different and characteristically historic properties of the city, and a chance to meet new people and obtain ideas on decorating, designing and gardening. Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 10 AM until 4 PM rain or shine. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 on event day and can be purchased at, City Hall or by calling 248-541-2901 or on the day of the event at the welcome tent. On the day of the event, patrons are asked to pick up their wristband(s) and tour booklets and start the tour directly behind Pleasant Ridge City Hall, located at 23925 Woodward Avenue, Pleasant Ridge, Michigan 48069

Burger Bash Detroit
BURGER & BREWS BASH WILL HAVE SAMPLES of Michigan’s best burgers and brews all under one roof, held at the Royal Oak Farmers Market on Friday, June 8. We’re not entirely sure if there is anything more “American” than a party centered around burgers and beer, but given the time of year, nothing could be more appropriate. The event begins at 7:30 PM and runs until 10:30 PM. Both VIP and GA tickets include live entertainment and unlimited samples of burgers, sides & sweets. Additionally, each guest will have the opportunity to cast their vote for Best All-Around Burger, Most Unique Burger, Most Flavorful Burger and Best Dessert. A panel of favorite local chefs and food critics will award two very special vendors the titles of Best All-Around Burger and Best Sweet. Winners will gain automatic entry into the auspicious World Food Championships in Orange Beach, Alabama.

Rainbow Run
THE SIXTH ANNUAL “RAINBOW RUN” celebrates diversity, anti-bullying and acceptance. On Saturday, June 2 at 10:00 PM, participants will take to the streets of Ferndale and be covered in a rainbow of colors by the finish line. Contact the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce at

Palmer Park Art Fair
DETROIT’S PALMER PARK ART FAIR IS BOTH one of the oldest and one of the newest art fairs in the area. It takes place in Palmer Park, between McNichols and Seven Mile along Woodward in Detroit. One of the oldest because it was originally started in the early 1970s in the era of “clothes line” art fairs. Before the days of the pop up tents, artists would string lines between trees and hang their work.
Now it’s one of the newest art fairs, returning just five years ago. Amazingly, some of the original artists still participate. One comes all the way from Belgium. Each year the committee selects a poster design and commissions a quality edition of 100 copies available for sale at the show. The 2015 poster was selected as the best in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine, and the 2016 poster was a runner-up. This year, the limited edition signed print displays an amazing piece of glass by the artist Berry Davis.
This eclectic fair features an intimate setting that many of the attendees appreciate, along the edge of Lake Francis and up to the newly restored Log Cabin. The booths are casually placed to take advantage of the natural beauty in the park.  While there is a good selection of less expensive art, the high-end originals is where this show really stands out.
This year, the Fair moves to the first weekend in June. The community comes together to make this a fabulous event. This year the Detroit Institute of Arts returns with some hands-on art activities. The Symphony will present a live simulcast concert, and other surprises are planned. A few of the area’s best food trucks participate annually, and a beer tent helps to relax and en-joy a day out at the park.

Palmer Park is only one mile South of Ferndale on Woodward. Continue past Seven Mile and take the next right turn, and you will see the art fair and the parking lots. The show runs Saturday June 2, 10-7 and Sunday June 3, 11-5. Parking and admission are free. More information about the show is at Park information is at

The Art of Fire: Clay • Glass • Metal
THIS YEAR THE ROYAL OAK CLAY, GLASS & METAL SHOW is is transforming into The Art of Fire: Clay • Glass • Metal. The new name elaborates on the concept that all of the art at the show has been created from minerals and flame. This year the show is June 9-10, on Washington Street in Downtown Royal Oak. Long-time attendees will see some major differences including much larger demonstration areas featuring larger scale work in glass blowing, raku-firing and more. Each demo area will be set up for seating and have a sound system so that the artists can explain their process. There will also be numerous places where people will be invited to get their hands dirty trying out these three mediums. The show still features over 100 juried artists showing an incredible diversity of styles and visions within the theme. About half of the artists will be new to the show this year. The show is produced by the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce, and they are partnering with the DIA, Pewabic Pottery and Oakland Community College as well as some additional organizations to assure that festival goers will get a diverse view of what is possible when you mix minerals with heat. More information is available at

Walk In The Park
SPONSORED BY VALENTINE DISTILLERY, the Hazel Park “Walk in the park pub crawl” is the result of the creative genius of Hazel Park resident, Sue Burrows who has planned a fundraising pub crawl benefiting local nonprofits. The proceeds will assist the Hazel Park Promise Zone, the Hazel Park Arts Council and Hazel Park Library Friends. The ticket price includes a free koozie, a lanyard map, shuttle, as well as free appetizers and discounts on adult beverages at each location. The Walk in the Park Pub Crawl takes place Saturday June 9th from 1 PM till 7 PM, and check-in is available at either House of Shamrocks or Kozy Lounge. Ticket price is only $25 in advance, $30 day of. Come out, bring your friends, enjoy some beverages, a nice walking tour of the city of Hazel Park, all for a good cause (or three).

Garlic & Music Fest
TEMPT EVERY SENSE AT GARLIC & MUSIC FESTIVAL – a weekend of tastes, scents, sights & sounds. Enjoy deliciously garlicky food, live music, cold beer & summer cocktails, and plenty of family fun, all centrally located in downtown Ferndale. In addition to all the garlic, guests can expect a diverse range of food and adult beverages, three days of non-stop musical entertainment across two stages, fine art & craft vendors, more.

6/12 – 7/17 – 8/7 | FERNDALE LIBRARY
Ferndale Library Summer Concert Series
THE FERNDALE LIBRARY’S SUMMER CONCERT SERIES has always strived to expose library visitors to music that is new and exciting in a setting that is both lively and thoughtful. FADL’s biggest music event features three free, family-friendly concerts spread across the season. The dates this year are June 12, July 17, and August 7; each of these performances are free and begin at 6:30pm and each of the dates will be on a Tuesday evening. We will host each concert outdoors in our courtyard if the weather permits.

June 12: Bichini Bia Congo bring a high-energy display of Congolese drums and dance.
July 17: Ferndale-based producer/songwriter/guitarist Nadir Omowale will bring some invigorating stone-cold funk.
August 7: The exquisite strings and vocalists of Musique Noire will perform some soulful/classy jazz.

Last year’s lineup attracted a record-high number of music-loving attendees to the library’s long-running Summer Concert Series, and we think this year’s artists will definitely top that. This series of monthly performances is an ideal way for local music fans and families to spend a summer evening. Funds raised by our bi-annual bake sales, bolstered by the support of the Friends of the Ferndale Library, consistently help us produce a fun and exciting three-part series of monthly weeknight concerts featuring top tier talents from around the region.

Ferndale Library Summer Reading Series
THE FERNDALE LIBRARY HAS BEEN REGISTERING ITS HIGHEST RATES ever for young readers who sign up each year to participate in the annual Summer Reading series. The theme for this year’s literacy-boosting initiative is “Libraries Rock,” proven by a six-week span of activities, programs and fun events for kids and families. Summer Reading programming at your public library can assure that young minds are raring to go when September comes around. This year’s kickoff party will be an Ice Cream Social at the library, on Saturday, June 23, from 2-4pm, with magician Cameron Zvara. Kids who sign up can collect prizes throughout the summer. Meanwhile, there will be storytimes throughout the summer, new Sensory Saturdays for the youngest readers and special summer programs like ‘Live Animals’ with Science Alive, ‘Rock & Roll Fashion & Album Artwork’ with the College of Creative Studies, a puppet show with Alex Thomas & Friends, and more!

Fine Art Fine Wine Fair
THE FINE ART FINE WINE FAIR returns to St. Mary’s Orchard Lake this June 23-24, featuring almost 100 fine juried artists on the lake under tall trees at the corner of Orchard Lake Road and Commerce Road. This year will feature international wine-tasting in an amazing sculpture garden. This is a very high-end event with artists from all over the USA participating, featuring pottery, paintings, photography, jewelry, drawings, ceramics, mixed media and fiber arts. For details see And new this year is the Grosse Pointe Art Fair on May 19-20 at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club which has the 30th year of the Great Lakes Boating Festival at the same time. The Grosse Pointe Art Fair and the Grosse Pointe Boating Festival are both free admission with free parking and shuttles. For more information see

Ferndale Community Concert Band
THE FERNDALE COMMUNITY CONCERT BAND want to thanks our patrons, adver-tisers and donors for your continued support. The FCCB will close out our third concert season on Sunday, June 17, 2018, with Salute to our Fathers Concert, held on Father’s Day. This concert is one of our most popular concerts to attend. Immediately following the concert our Annual Ice Cream Social will be held to show our appreciation to all those who attend our concerts. The Band will perform as guest musicians on Sunday, June 24 at 3:00 PM on Belle Isle as part of the newly established Music on Belle Isle Group (MOBIG). Please join us. The 2018-2019 concert season runs from September through June. The FCCB performs five concerts per season in October, December, February, April, and June. The mission of the Ferndale Community Concert Band is to be a high-caliber, adult band made up of volunteer musicians dedicated to providing high-quality musical performances.

Art Of The Cocktail
THE FERNDALE DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY’S signature fundraising event, The Art of the Cocktail, returns a fun-filled 5th year. Featuring ten of the district’s talented bartenders and their creative blending skills, attendees will be the judge of each cocktail creation, crafted from identical ingredients supplied to each bartender. Guests can watch the creative genius at work, taste the results and vote for their favorite to designate Downtown Ferndale’s Cocktail of the Year. The evening also includes a silent auction, appetizers and many more fun details to be announced. Limited quantity tickets available, via the Ferndale DDA or PayPal. All proceeds help the DDA continue its efforts to raise funds for public art in Downtown Ferndale.

By Sara E. Teller

THE MUCH-ANTICIPATED FRONT PORCH EVENT is coming to Ferndale’s streets once again Saturday, June 23rd, from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM. This annual “day of music on Ferndale porches” will be set along Woodward Avenue and in the neighborhoods just south of Nine Mile. Dozens of bands will be featured on the porches
of pre-selected area homes.

The 2018 festival will be bigger than in 2017, when it originally came to life, according to Michael Benghiat, the founder and executive producer of the event. “We are expanding from 25 porches last year to 30 for this year’s event, which will allow us to add even more performances. Last year we were only west of Woodward. This year we will expand to the east side of Woodward. A map, and one integrated with Google Maps, will be available before the event.”

There will be an eclectic mix of performances this year, even more so than in 2017. “While the platform of this event plays well for the acoustic folk /Americana / roots / country performer, it is our goal to offer a diverse mix of music,” Benghiat explains. “With the addition of more porches we hope to achieve that even more than last year. We look to have an even wider array of music offerings including gospel, psychedelic rock, R&B, hip hop, classical and more. That’s important to us, to expose as much great music as possible for those who choose to come out.”
Last year, a film crew was also present, and bands were interviewed in order to develop a pilot for an ongoing music television show titled The Front Porch. The idea was pitched to Detroit Public Television and the network gave it the green light for production. “We are in the early stages of exploring production for that,” Benghiat confirmed.

Sponsors are sought each year in order to cover The Front Porch costs. “We are finalizing sponsors for this year,” Benghiat said.

He added that the response was so positive in 2017, those involved just knew it had to be bigger this year. “The event was such a huge success,” Benghiat said of 2017. “It went beyond our expectations. The interest was so great which led us to expand to the east side of Woodward this year and to add additional porches.”

He contributes this success to the area’s talented musicians and Ferndale’s homeowners willing to share their space. “Of course, we have all the great porch hosts and fabulous musicians to thank for helping us to bring this event to life. With it being our first go-around last year we wanted to make sure we got the event under our feet and to provide the best possible experience for attendees,” Benghiat said.

Those interested in attending can find more information at or on Facebook at

KICK OFF THE SUMMER IN GRAND FASHION! Rib Fest will once again welcome thousands of guests for a weekend of BBQ, bands, and family fun in downtown Royal Oak. Rib Fest will showcase an unparalleled selection of unique cuisine, food trucks, and BBQ – along with a selection of adult beverages. More than a dozen food vendors will be offering up mouthwatering fare that’s sure to please even the most discerning palate. With a list of bands as long as the food vendors, Michigan Rib Fest presents a carefully crafted entertainment lineup that’s fit for all ages. The event will feature some of the state and region’s most impressive local talent with a range of musical genres and styles performing all day that will please any crowd! Admission is free all weekend, with festivities running Friday, July 6 – Sunday, July 8.

COME ONE, COME Y’ALL! Woodward Avenue Brewers and Metro Times are returning with another highly-anticipated summer celebration with the Pig & Whiskey! BBQ, booze, and live music set the tone for the 8th annual Pig & Whiskey. Feast on a steady diet of the areas most mouthwatering barbecue offerings. Sample a towering whiskey selection, and enjoy over 30 varieties of craft beer! Gorge your-self on a foot-stompin’ musical backdrop the likes of which comes along only once a year. Bring your appetite and leave your inhibitions at home! 80+ whiskeys, bourbons, & scotches. 18 BBQ joints & restaurants. Barrels of beer. Bands Galore. All ages, free admission.

Summer Beer Fest
SATURDAY, JULY 14 BRINGS ANOTHER fantastic craft beer celebration, with warmer temps allowing for a fun indoor-outdoor event featuring multiple stages with live entertainment, and even more room for craft beer! Each attendee receives a commemorative event pint glass, keep-sake photograph, live entertainment and an opportunity to sample their way through the event. Offering beer from dozens of breweries from around the world, across the state and down the street, each brewery has the opportunity to showcase their unique libations. The focus of Royal Oak Beer Fest is the promotion of craft beers and the brewers that create them – and furthermore, how much everyone loves drinking them! This event is the perfect opportunity for beer aficionados, beer lovers and even the casual beer drinker to speak to company representatives and brewers responsible for some of their favorite brews. And it’s an opportunity to discover and taste new brews, special “limited re- lease” beers and ales, and special seasonals – all within a fun, themed social event just right for the season!

7/19 – 8/16 – 9/20 | VESTER & WOODWARD
Get Reel Movies On Vester
OUTDOOR MOVIES IN THE MIDDLE OF DOWNTOWN FERNDALE return when Get Reel Outdoor Movies on Vester returns for the seventh year on July 29, August 16 and September 20!  Enjoy a summer evening under the stars, watching a blockbuster movie while lounging in the middle of Vester Street! Free outdoor movies include preshow entertainment, activities and a guaranteed good time! Movies start at dusk, but get there early, pick your spot and enjoy treats from our vendors or nearby restaurants!  The big – 26-foot wide! – screen will be set up right on Vester Street, between Woodward & Bermuda. Get all the details at or

Detroit Improv Fest
THE EIGHTH ANNUAL DETROIT IMPROV FESTIVAL takes place August 8 through August 11, 2018. Improvisors from across North America descend upon Metro Detroit for four days of unbelievable improv comedy. Previous headliners include Keegan Michael-Key (Key & Peele), Paul F. Tompkins (SPONTANEANATION), Horatio Sanz (SNL), Rachel Dratch (SNL), and many more. This year’s line-up looks to be the best yet. Ferndale shows take place at Go Comedy! Improv Theater, Local Kitchen & Bar and The Ringwald. For more information, visit

Sierra Club Green Cruise
THE 14TH ANNUAL SIERRA CLUB SPONSORED GREEN CRUISE will take place on Saturday, August 11th, 2018. The event features two bicycle rides – an 8:00 AM 42-mile ride, and a 9:00 AM 22-mile ride to Birmingham, both starting from the Ferndale City Hall at 300 E. Nine Mile Road. Help us promote the Sierra Club principles of exploration, enjoyment and protection of the Planet through joining this non-fossil fuel event! For more information contact event chairmen, Jerry Hasspacher, (586) 604 5781, or Dave Cottrill, (248) 635-88152 or michigan/green-cruise

Ferndale Woodward Dream Cruise
“WHERE THE DREAM BEGAN” in 1995…The 24th Annual Ferndale Woodward Dream Cruise. As a participating member of the Woodward Dream Cruise, the City of Ferndale will once again feature its very own signature family-fun events: Ferndale Emergency Vehicle Show, Lights & Sirens Cruise, Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Mustang Alley and the return of the Kids Play Zone. Plus— the Rockn’ Live Entertainment stage with performances by American Band, City Beat, Crewsade, The Favorites, Full Tilt, Lookin’ Back (a Bob Seger Tribute Band) and Shout! (a Beatles Tribute Band).
Also, in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Ferndale Police and Fire Departments, there will be an exhibit of historical artifacts for public viewing made possible by the Fern-dale Historical Society. For event times and up-dates, go online:

23rd Annual ArtWorks Detroit
MATRIX HUMAN SERVICES PRESENTS ART-WORKS DETROIT, Thursday, September 13, 2018, 6-9 PM in partnership with The Wasserman Projects, 3434 Russell St. #502, Detroit. The event will feature more than 100 pieces of donated art from mostly local artists available for live and silent auction, musical entertainment, appetizers, a fashion show and a cash bar. Contact Monica Mills, for sponsorship opportunities.

Detroit-based Matrix Human Services is a 111-year-old, 501(c)(3), social services organization committed to youth, individuals and families reaching self-sufficiency. Matrix offers positive life experiences, assistance with basic needs, education, and supportive services that defuse crisis, treat individuals and family problems, prevent abuse and neglect. With over 550 employees and 35 locations, Matrix is the 22nd largest non-profit in Southeast Michigan. Matrix serves over 20,000 annually by operating the largest pre-K Head Start program in the City serving more than 1,900 children per school year. Matrix runs three teen runaway centers, one of the largest HIV outreach programs, and a large community center in the east-side Osborn neighborhood. For more about Matrix Human Services, visit

Funky Ferndale Art Fair
ART FAIR WEEKEND IN FERNDALE TAKES OVER A LARGE SWATCH of Downtown every September. Not everyone realizes it, but there are actually two separate, but equally fun and funky events. For more than 15 years, the Funky Ferndale Art Fair has celebrated the funky side of fine art; a serious, juried art show, with a focus on edgier art. “It’s every bit as competitive for artists to participate as many of the traditional art fairs, but what we are looking for is a little bit different,” explains the event’s founder and coordinator, Mark Loeb. “We want work that will invite conversation, not just sit on the wall blending in.”

This focus has made the art fair consistently one of the 50 most popular nationwide, as designated by Art Fair Calendar. While the event has maintained its focus on fine arts, it does include some unusual street performers and other surprises. Loeb states that “We try to throw in a few twists each year to keep it interesting. We’ve done everything from having a painter work while hanging from a crane to working with the City to create the world’s longest comic strip.”

The Funky Ferndale Art Fair is September 21-23, on Nine Mile Road west of Woodward. Show hours are Friday 3:00-7:00 PM, Saturday 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM and Sunday 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM.
Information and applications are at

11th Annual DIY STREET FAIR 2018
THE 11TH ANNUAL DIY STREET FAIR RETURNS to East Nine Mile for another celebration of the creative spirit, personality and determination that is Ferndale, MI. This year’s free event will begin on Friday, September 21st at 6:00 PM, and will run all day Saturday and Sunday. It will feature over 140 local, regional and national artists with distinct, one-of-a-kind works and wares on display and for sale. The artists are selected through a carefully juried process, where the DIY Artistic Committee chooses a wide array of original, handcrafted, quality art and products from the area’s most talented makers.
Along with the talented artisans, a street fair would not be complete without highlighting a dozen of Metro Detroit’s best food trucks that provide unique, craveable food. There will be more than 50 mouth-watering microbrews being offered, the return of the popular wine garden, over 40 of the most talent-ed bands from around the state, a free kids zone for families, and thousands of dollars that will be raised for numerous Michigan-based charity groups such as Ferndale Public Library, Bark Nation, Suck It Suicide and more. As the fastest-growing, free summer event in Michigan, the DIY Street Fair takes the most pride in offering an avenue for some of the area’s most creative minds to do what they do best. For more information as it becomes available, check out:

Oktoberfest – Ciders & Seasonals
AUTUMN IN MICHIGAN IS MEANT FOR FLANNEL, bonfires, crisp ciders, and seasonal beers that capture the essence of fall. “Ciders & Seasonals” is the fall installment of the wildly popular Royal Oak Beer Fest series that focuses on hard ciders and limited edition Oktoberfest beers, held at the Royal Oak Farmers Market Friday, September 14 thru Saturday, September 15. Guests of Oktoberfest will receive a commemorative pint glass, keepsake photo, live entertainment & games. Drink sample tickets will be available for purchase, giving guests the opportunity to sample dozens of ciders and fall brews at their leisure.

Ferndale Oktoberfest
THE FOURTH ANNUAL FERNDALE OKTOBERFEST returns the weekend of October 4th-6th at Woodward Avenue Brewers! Ferndale Oktoberfest is the only Metro Detroit celebration where you will enjoy a focus on authentic German food options, live music, dancing, games, biergarten, kids crafts, souvenirs and some of the highest rated biers from around the world! Ferndale Oktoberfest incorporates the beer-loving culture of Woodward Avenue Brewers, the festive outdoor beer garden of PORT, and The Loving Touch will be trans-formed into a German-style beer hall. Prost!

OktoBEER Festival
LOCAL EVENT PRODUCERS ULTIMATE FUN PRODUCTIONS AND THE SOCIAL CONNECTION bring the third annual OktoBEER Festival to downtown Ferndale. Friday, October 5  thru Sunday, October 7 will transform the festival footprint into a gargantuan beer garden featuring tons of beer, traditional German food and tons of fun! Live music across two stages and themed games round out the entertainment for the weekend. OktoBEER Festival will showcase an unparalleled selection of German cuisine, various standalone food vendors and food trucks, along with an extensive selection of beer.

Whiskey N Wine Fest
SHE DRINKS WHISKEY. HE DRINKS WINE. Finally there’s an event that caters to both the sophisticated whiskey drinker and the cultured wine enthusiast! On Saturday, October 13 the Royal Oak Farmers Market will play host to the inaugural Whiskey & Wine Fest. Whiskey and Wine are two alcoholic beverages that are aged, appreciated and often paired with particular foods to enhance their flavors and enjoyment. Similar in many ways, yet different in their complexities, both have extremely loyal followings and fans the world over.
Join us in celebration of each – whether you like one, the other, or both!Guests of this event will enjoy sampling dozens of whiskeys and wines sourced from all over the world, country, and state. Whiskey connoisseurs can sip on select brands from storied distilleries, while winos can taste their way across the globe, including several Michigan vineyards and a diverse range of varietals. Guests of Whiskey N Wine Fest will receive a commemorative glass, keepsake photo, live entertainment & games.

Fido Does Ferndale
DOWNTOWN FERNDALE GOES TO THE DOGS when Fido Does Ferndale returns on Thursday, October 18 from 5-8pm! Downtown will be on when Fido Does Ferndale! This DDA event – to help raise funds for a doggy drinking fountain – will have downtown hopping with canine activities, vendors, and tons of doggone good fun and adventure for everyone and their pooches! With event headquarters set up at W. 9 Mile & Planavon, the event will feature the popular K-9 Treasure Hunt, featuring free doggy treats, at more than a dozen participating businesses, the Pooch Parade, dog contests, and lots of other cool stuff.

Sidewalks downtown will be lined with lots of dog-friendly vendors that will be selling everything your pet needs: organic foods, boarding, grooming, pet-sitting, collars, leads & cool duds for your dog, and much more will be available! Don’t have a Fido (or Fluffy) of your own?  Don’t worry – there will be many opportunities to meet and make a new best friend via several local pet rescues and adoption agencies at the event.

So, grab your leashes and your furry friends, if ya got ‘em, and come on downtown! Additional details available at or on Facebook at

Fall Fling
7:00 PM for the annual Fall Fling celebration. This year, it’s a costume party theme! Guests are encouraged to wear their most creative costumes to ring in the Fall season with Metro Detroit’s LGBTQ+ community. Enjoy an evening with a raffle, auction, appetizers, dessert, drinks and live entertainment. Tickets can be purchased by calling (248) 398-7105 or by visiting

Sip Savor Stomp
RAISE YOUR GLASS AND TOAST IN HONOR of Sip Savor Stomp –metro Detroit’s hottest wine and wine-inspired event. Produced by Ultimate Fun Productions and Real Detroit Events, this festive event will take place at the Royal Oak Farmers Market on Saturday, November 10. Attendees will be encouraged to sample their way across the state, country and globe – featuring over 150 delicious wines. Sip Savor Stomp will also feature artisan cheeses, chocolates, coffees, wine-inspired cuisine from numerous vendors, plus live music in a fun and social atmosphere. Guests of Sip Savor Stomp will receive a commemorative glass, keepsake photo, live entertainment & games.

Veterans Day Observance
THIS ANNUAL EVENT HONORS ALL VETERANS who served in the U.S. Armed Forces. This year’s Veterans Day observance is still in the planning stages as of press time. A bell will be rung eleven times, and there will be a guest speaker (to be determined.) Following the observance, there will be an open house, with refreshments, at the Ferndale Fire Station on Livernois, next to the Memorial Mall. All are welcome to attend.

85th Anniversary of the End Of Prohibition
FERNDALE’S DOWNTOWN WILL AGAIN COMMEMORATE THE DAY, in December, 1933, that Congress and President Franklin D Roosevelt passed the 21st Amendment to the Constitution ending prohibition, by enjoying legal libation and a taste of history. Venues will decorate with a 1930s flair, and offer special drink prices. Staff and patrons are encouraged to wear period costumes (gangsters, flappers, rum-runners etc.).
Two years ago, eight watering holes and a half-dozen volunteers raised almost $3,200 for the Ferndale Goodfellows, who offer assistance to needy families during the holiday season. Off-duty police officers work with the fire department and other service organizations as part of Good Fellows to en-sure every child is warm, sheltered, fed and have a toy for the holiday.

Donations will be collected through “passing the moonshine jug” possible cover charges at some venues and through corporate contributions. Sponsors have included: Tito’s Vodka, Sneakers, Howe’s Bayou, Danny’s Irish Pub, The Bar Down Stairs, Green Thumb Garden Center, John R Glass of Troy, Sucher Tire Service, Dynamic Dents, Twisted Tavern, now Boogie Fe-ver Cafe, Oakland, Ferndale Friends, Tiffani & Tom Gagne, Craig Covey, Councilman Greg Pawlica and Councilman Dan Martin. Past participating clubs and restaurants include: Bosco, Boogie Fever Café, Danny’s Irish Pub, Dino’s, Howe’s Bayou, The New Way, Sneakers, Soho. Other venues and sponsors interested in joining the fun, contact Larry or Monica Mills 248-330- 2328 or

Holiday Ice Fest
IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF YEAR – time for the annual Downtown Ferndale Holiday Ice Festival! This year, everyone’s favorite winter event will take place Saturday, December 8 from 10:00 AM to 4:00PM inn Downtown Ferndale. Experience Downtown as it transforms into a winter wonderland, with ice sculptures displayed up and down 9 Mile, Wood-ward and Vester Streets.

Stop by Downtown Ferndale’s North Pole at W. 9 Mile & Planavon for lots of fun wintertime activities kids from 1-100 will enjoy, including free photos with Santa and urban hayrides! Stop by the Warming Tent for some hot cocoa and goodies, or to decorate a card for soldier! Plus, lunch with Santa and lots of other fun activities to be announced.

The Holiday Ice Festival, which is proudly produced by the Ferndale Down-town Development Authority, also features live demonstrations by a world-champion, so you can see how these gorgeous sculptures come to life. You can even get some holiday shopping done. Bundle up and bring the whole family out to enjoy the festivities. For more information, visit the Downtown Ferndale web site
at or on Facebook at

Mitten Market
REAL DETROIT EVENTS AND ULTIMATE FUN PRODUCTIONS presents the MItten Market on Friday, December 14 at the Royal Oak Farmers Market. Shop 100+ Michigan art, vintage, maker,design, and food vendors – plus a pop-up coffee house, food trucks, and pet-friendly fun (well-behaved pets welcome) with a Santa Paws holiday pet picture booth, Tito’s Handmade Vodka bar, holiday DJ sets, and much more!

Santa Pub Crawl
GRAB YOUR FRIENDS AND SPREAD THE HOLIDAY CHEER while experiencing the 6th annual Santa Pub Crawl! It’s the phenomenon wildly popular in major cities around the globe, from London, Boston,New York and Chicago to San Francisco and beyond. Thousands of pub-crawlers will attend Santa Pub Crawl in Royal Oak on Saturday, December 15 to kick off their holiday season! Guests of Santa Pub Crawl will receive a Santa hat or holiday headband, event lanyard for beer, cocktail & shot specials, keepsake photo, as well as access to a Christmas carol karaoke station, pictures with Santa, and free drawings for prizes. a commemorative glass, keepsake photo, live entertainment & games.