Art and the Outdoors in Oakland County

Warmer weather means it’s time to enjoy the many outdoor art fairs that showcase the beauty of Oakland County. These art fairs display the work of local artists, so attend and support your local painters, sculptors, and craftspeople! You won’t want to miss SummerFest Food, Arts, and Fun in Auburn Hills, or Arts, Beats, and Eats in Royal Oak, and Milford Memories to name a few. 

Whether you’re lover of mosaics, colorful statuettes, striking paintings, or pencil drawings, you’ll definitely find beauty at any one of the outdoor arts fairs across the county. Use our master list below to find fairs that are happening June through October:

List of Outdoor Art Fairs in Oakland County

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Fireworks to Light Up Oakland County

The Fourth of July is nearly here! All across Oakland County, communities are putting on firework displays in celebration of our country’s Independence Day. Firework shows begin as soon as June 24th and conclude on July 8th. Visit the beautiful Kensington Metropark and witness a wonderful fireworks display on June 29th, or celebrate July 4th on the day itself at the Independence Festival in Clintwood Park in Clarkston.

Wherever you decide to go, grab a blanket, pack a picnic basket, and get ready to shout, “OOH” and “AAH” at any of the many shows in Oakland County.

List of Fireworks in Oakland County

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Outdoor Concerts and Movies Across Oakland County

The sounds and sights of music and film are set to be seen in parks across Oakland County, this summer. From the pristine Riverside Park in Auburn Hills, to Shain Park in Birmingham, bands both local and well-known are prepared to play music of all genres from June through September. In addition, a multitude of parks such as Community Park in Berkley or Central Park in Milford are hosting movie nights for anyone to attend. 

Pick up a soft blanket, a pillow or two, a picnic basket of snacks, and use our list of outdoor summer concerts and movies to plan an evening of entertainment outdoors.

List of Concerts and Outdoor Movies in Oakland County

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Great Crested Flycatchers: Often Heard – Seldom Seen

Great Crested Flycatcher

THE WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

It’s never good to pick favorites, but when it comes to flycatchers, the Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus Crinitus) is mine, hands down. These beautiful and boisterous flycatchers are more often heard than seen. Their favorite summer habitat is high up in the leafy canopy of tall forest trees where they nest within deep tree cavities across much of the eastern half of the United States.

I first became keenly aware of the flycatchers last summer when I became completely frustrated by them on South Manitou Island: island overlooking the often stormy Manitou Passage that is part of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Whenever I heard their unmistakable territorial call echoing through the woodlands, I stared into the tops of the tall trees in hopes of discovering the source. I failed every time. The melody remained a mystery until the near completion of my 30-day stay on that wilderness island as the National Park Service lighthouse keeper. That’s when a backpacker noticed me craning my neck upwards as the song came from the tree tops. She casually commented that she was happy to discover Great Crested Flycatchers near her campsite overlooking a wooded bluff on the island’s south shore. It was that moment that brought “Bird ID Happiness,” a feeling best understood by birders. I now had a name for the bird that had been just a mysterious, yellowish-brown flash of wings that carried a beautiful song. But try as I might, I was never able to capture a single photo of those island-life loving flycatchers of South Manitou. They stayed in the tree tops and I stayed on the ground, except for when I climbed the 117 steps to reach the catwalk of the 1871 lighthouse. Continue reading

Dinosauria at the Detroit Zoo!

This summer, the Detroit Zoo in Oakland County is going prehistoric with the famous Dinosauria exhibit. The largest outdoor dinosaur exhibit of its kind in the country, Dinosauria features over 40 lifelike animatronic dinosaurs that shift, roar, and spit. The zoo’s most exciting summer attraction, presented by the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, began on May 25th and runs through September 3rd, 2018.

Check out this video to see this zoorassic world in action!

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