Memorial Day is usually the unofficial start of summer in Michigan. For me, summer officially begins with the start of the special event season in Birmingham. With so many wonderful events, you can attend an event just about every weekend in Birmingham from May through October.
Looking ahead, this year's summer event season in Birmingham will have a lot to offer. June 3-6 is Village Fair, in a new location on South Old Woodward at the 555 Triangle. In the Park Concerts will kick off June 18 with Battle of the Bands, continuing Wednesdays from June 23 to Aug. 11 in Booth Park. Expect the usual eclectic mix of music, highlighted by the U.S. Army Field Band on July 7, and Birmingham's own Michael King on Aug. 11.
Booth Park will host Movie Nights on June 25, July 30 and Aug. 13. Enjoy Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Night at the Museum 2 and the award-winning The Blind Side.
Day On the Town will take place July 24. The huge outdoor sale welcomes thousands of visitors from all over. This year, Green Breeze joins Day On the Town with 100 booths from eco-friendly companies, free lectures and exciting displays. The Birmingham Cruise Event takes place Aug. 21, with a rolling museum of Detroit's finest automobiles.
Farmers Market will offer special events, including the all-new Corn Festival Aug. 8, and Hay Day Sept. 12. There will be lots of farm fun, kids crafts and more.
Art In the Park, hosted by Common Ground, makes its debut Sept. 26-27 on South Old Woodward. We will stretch the “summer” event season a little longer with the End of Season Celebration at the Farmers Market, the Pumpkin Patch and the Halloween Parade, all Oct. 24. The Eccentric, PSD and the chamber are cooking up a pumpkin festival for the same day (more details to come)!
With all of the great outdoor dining spots and some of the finest shopping anywhere, Birmingham is an amazing summer event destination. Best of all: It's in your back yard. Get out and enjoy special event season in Birmingham.
Finally, on this Memorial Day weekend, let's take a moment to remember our fallen heroes — those brave service members who have given their lives to keep us all safe, secure and free.
John Heiney is executive director of the Birmingham Principal Shopping District.