The annual diversity music festival Concert of Colors is back in Detroit for another year July 11-15, 2018 – and even includes a special event in Dearborn on July 12.
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 11 at Third Man Records with jazz and rock concerts in the evening and on July 12, head to the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn for a “Forum on Community, Culture & Race: State Violence, Trauma and Healing through Art” happening at 6:30 p.m.
Then, July 13-15, there are several Midtown Detroit venues, all of which are on or near Woodward Avenue, hosting artists. Be sure to swing by these spots:
- The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (315 E. Warren Ave.)
- The Detroit Institute of Arts (5200 Woodward Ave.)
- The Scarab Club (217 Farnsworth St.)
- Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center (3711 Woodward Ave.)
- Michigan Science Center (5020 John R. St.)
- Detroit Historical Museum (5401 Woodward Ave.)
- University of Michigan Detroit Center (3663 Woodward Ave.)
A few highlights? On Friday, check out jazz/classical performances by The Gwen Laster Quintet at The Wright, along with a youth poetry slam at the Michigan Science Center and a puppet performance of 5p1nok10 at the DIA.
Saturday, there are a ton of performances. Find everything from rock and jazz to Afropop and Indian fusion. Food from local businesses, a shopping bazaar and kids’ games, crafts and entertainment are on the itinerary, too.
Sunday brings even more music, including hip hop, jazz, funk 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.
This post was originally published in 2016 and is updated regularly.