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DIY Street Fair in Ferndale

This unique art festival celebrates creativity and the do-it-yourself spirit, including lots of fun for kids, when it returns Sept. 13-15, 2013

From DIA crafts and Michigan Science Center experiments to a Faygo-sponsored free Ferris wheel and climbing tower: You'll find all this kiddy fun at the annual DIY Street Fair, hitting Ferndale Sept. 13-15, 2013 – plus, of course, heaps of one-of-a-kind, locally made goodies for sale!

This family-fave festival returns to its nook on the east side of Woodward Avenue, near Nine Mile Road (fun hint: You can also visit the Funky Ferndale Art Fair on the other side of the avenue – a quick walk away).

The big lure is the marketplace, where there are over 150 local crafters, entrepreneurs and organizations present and sell their work. This year's event features items from Mitten Made's pretty wearables and Cellar Door Soap Co. to Detroit Mfg. and lots of goodies by Handmade Detroit folks.

For families, the Kids Zone is a total highlight! Friday gives a little sampler with that nifty Ferris wheel (6 p.m.-midnight), climbing tower (6-8 p.m.) and a dunk-tank party (6-10 p.m.). Those elements are back Saturday and Sunday – with extended hours; plus the weekend goes full-throttle with make-and-takes by the Detroit Institute of Arts, engineering fun with Michigan Science Center (build a wind turbine and a structure strong enough to withstand an earthquake!), face painting, kid-friendly music and more.

The Beer Garden is sure to be a hit with the adults! It features samples of craft beers made right here in the "Great Beer State." Or, if you're hungry, get your fill at Restaurant Row – where local eateries and food trucks serve up delicious grub.

Check out live music entertainment all weekend from various artists, too: regional, popular and up-and-coming bands are featured. Some of the featured acts this year are The Sights, Thunderbirds Are Now! and Bars of Gold.

Want to get active, artistic and help a good cause, too? Sign up for the DIY 5K on Saturday to support the arts programs at Ferndale Public Schools. This run is quite unique – you can choose to make five stops along the way at the art canvasses, where you can leave your own artistic touch. These works of art then will be displayed at the Ferndale Public Library for all to see.

Overall festival times are as follows:

  • Friday: 6 p.m.-midnight
  • Saturday: 11 a.m.-midnight
  • Sunday: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

For more information about the 2013 DIY Street Fair in Ferndale, visit the Metro Parent calendar listing.

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