The annual diversity music festival Concert of Colors is back in Detroit for another year July 10-18, 2019 – and even includes a special event in Dearborn on July 11.
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 10 at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center with concerts and dance performances in the evening and on July 11, head to the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn for a “Forum on Community, Culture & Race: The Power of Owning Our Voices” happening at 6:30 p.m.
Then, July 12-18, 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.)
A few highlights? On Friday, check out Motown and hip-hop performances by DJ Equad at The Wright, along with musical tours by the Tilted Axes at the Michigan Science Center and a screening of God Said Give ‘Em Drum Machines – The Story of Detroit Techno at the Detroit Historical Museum.
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.