Dexter Daze in Washtenaw County

It's one of the must-attend metro Detroit events. Enjoy art, live entertainment, magic and games in downtown Dexter, Aug. 14-15, 2015.

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Shake off the kids’ summer haze with the Dexter Daze festival, Aug. 14-15, 2015, when artisans, crafters, entertainers and families unite for two days of inspired fun in the sun!

Peruse more than 100 local business and artists’ booths featuring polymer clay and fabric art dolls, belly henna, gourmet popcorn, spray paint space art, landscape photography, Live.Love.Michigan mitten wear and much more.

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Get down and boogie at the gazebo featuring contagious tunes courtesy of classic rockers from Ann Arbor: North Congress, native Detroit rockers: Most Wanted, Motown favorites: Pete “Big Dog” Fetters Band, country musicians: Kari Holmes and the Modern Day Drifters and the countrified rockers: Two Tone Tobacco.

Kids can go crazy in Mill Creek Park 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily and tackle a rock wall, enjoy an Olympic bounce house and other inflatables, play on Jacob’s ladder or challenge friends for all their marbles at 3-shot basketball. Don’t forget to catch a ride on the Kids Train.

But persuade them to take intermissions to attend Kevin Devine’s one-man, kid-friendly band, visit Zeemo, juggler, magician and yo-yo extraordinaire, and catch Animal Magic, Inc.’s extraordinary and exotic animal show. Participate in the Pedal Pull and Kid’s Tractor Pull races for ages 3-10. Kids can giggle with comedic magician Jeff Wawrzaszek and let “Colors” the clown paint their faces or fashion them a balloon animal or stylish hat.

Literature fanatics and junior Shakespearians can stop by the library’s used book sale downtown while those with rumbling tummies appease their palate at St. James Church’s chicken barbecue. Don’t neglect the produce at the farmers market, either!

Also, you can try your arm and precision at the horseshoe tournament. At 10 a.m. Saturday, checkout the Dexter Daze Parade featuring sleek, classic cars, even sleeker horses, floats, tractors and more. Then, explore your inner artist on Jeffords Street and participate in Chalk the Block or tie and dye a shirt with the Dexter Educational Foundation.

The cherry on top: Don’t miss Sunday night’s fireworks show at Mill Creek Park.

Come on out and see why Dexter Daze has successfully served up fun for the whole family for 43 years! Booths open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and the Social Tent open Friday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public, but bring cash for food, booths and games.

Get even more details on the 2015 Dexter Daze event and learn more about family friendly metro Detroit events in the Metro Parent calendar.

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