Concert of Colors, Detroit

The annual concert series returns to Midtown Detroit July 12-16, 2017 (and Dearborn July 13), with performances at many of the area's cultural spots.


The annual diversity music festival Concert of Colors is back in Detroit for another year July 12-16, 2017– and even includes a special event in Dearborn on July 13.

The free fest will not only feature music, but also dance numbers, poetry readings and films. With more than 30 artists, there’s no shortage of performing arts and cultural experiences to enjoy!

Kick it off on July 12 at Third Man Records with gospel performances in the evening and on July 13, head to the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn for a “Forum on Community, Culture & Race — Art and Rebellion: Detroit Since ’67” happening at 6:30 p.m.

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Then, July 14-16, there are several Midtown Detroit venues, all of which are on or near Woodward Avenue, hosting artists. Be sure to swing by these spots:

A few highlights? On Friday, check out jazz/Latin performances by Kuumba at The Wright a drumming workshop with Mokoomba at Alkebu-Lan Village and an after part with DJ Michael Elliott at the Detroit Historical Museum – and more.

Saturday, there are a ton of performances. Find everything from rock and jazz to Afro-fusion and Indian fusion, African drums and children’s folk music. A food truck rally and kids’ games, crafts and entertainment are on the itinerary, too.

Sunday brings even more music, including soul, gospel, Ghanian reggae Latin jazz and others.

Check the full schedule ahead of the event for times and to see which venues are hosting on which days.

All of the venues will also have refreshments for purchase during festival hours, and there are plenty of restaurants in the area to check out as well. Each location will have the Concert of Colors official T-shirts for sale, too, so you and your family can commemorate the unique experience.

There are plenty of indoor and outdoor events, so you can enjoy the warm sunshine or stay out of the humidity, whichever your family prefers.

Celebrate the music and diversity of our great city with your family. The event is free. Times vary based on performances.

Learn more about the 2017 Concert of Colors Detroit in the Metro Parent calendar.

This post was originally published in 2016 and has been updated for 2017.