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What are you enjoying this summer?

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to contribute to WDET’s “How to Summer” guide. The Detroit public radio station created the season-long series to offer recommendations and tips on how to make the most of your summer in Detroit.

I shared five summer activities I’m looking forward to in Detroit. Here’s a brief snippet of what I shared in the “How to Summer” guide.

THE RETURN OF THE AFRICAN WORLD FESTIVAL

Detroit African World Festival 2021 will be held at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History August 20 to 22, 2021.
African World Festival 2016
Detroit African World Festival 2021 will be held at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History August 20 to 22, 2021.
There will be 150 vendors at the African World Festival! (AWF 2016)

WHEN: August 20 – 22, 2021

WHERE: The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

TIME: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

ADMISSION: Free

DETAILS: I’m so excited for the African World Festival (AWF)! The festival will have so many fun activities, like a marketplace (which will feature 150 vendors), Rock the Runway Fashion Show, African drummers and dancers, Watoto Village (a youth/family area), and more!

Special musical guests will include Grammy Award-winner Angelique Kidjo, Sunshine Anderson, and Tim Bowman, Jr. Click here to get the latest AWF news! I also wrote about AWF 2016 (our first time attending the festival!) if you’d like to read about the festival.

THE REOPENING OF ARTS & SCRAPS COMMUNITY STORE

The kids enjoyed making crafts and playing games at Arts and Scraps' Reconnect Reuse Day in July. Arts and Scraps is located in Detroit, Michigan.
The kids enjoyed making crafts and playing games at Arts & Scraps’ Reconnect Reuse Day in July.
Arts and Scraps is a Detroit nonprofit organization. Reconnect Reuse Day is a fun community event open to the public.
The kids hanging out at Arts & Scraps’ community event Reconnect Reuse Day.

Arts & Scraps community store recently reopened its doors to in-store shopping! Click here to find out the store’s shopping days/hours.

The nonprofit organization will also host Reconnect Reuse, free and open to the public. There are two events coming up so make sure you save the dates: August 14th and September 11th.

We took the kids to the July community event and they had a fun time! Follow Arts & Scraps on Instagram here for the latest updates.

BLKOUT WALLS MURAL FESTIVAL

Astro Noir mural art by Detroit artist Torrence Jackson for the BLKOUT Walls Mural Festival in Detroit, Michigan.
“Astro Noir” by Detroit artist Torrence Jackson
BLKOUT Walls Mural Festival 2021 was co-created by Sydney G. James, Max Sansing, and Thomas "Detour303" Evans. Mural featured is  a work in progress art piece by Sydney G. James

Even though the inaugural BLKOUT Walls Mural Festival ended on Saturday, July 31st, you can always go visit the completed murals in the North End neighborhood!

I also shared a few photos I took at the mural festival. Click here to view the map of the murals and here to keep up with the latest updates on BLKOUT Walls’ official Instagram!


READ: “I Promise to Take My Camera Wherever I Go”


VISITING ART GALLERIES

Excited to be back at the Norwest Art Gallery! It's one of my favorite art places in Detroit, Michigan.
Nina Simone art by Denyse Couture at the Norwest Art Gallery in Detroit, Michigan
Nina Simone painting by artist Denyse Couture

No matter the season, I always love going to art galleries and shows. It was tough not being able to view art in person and connect with artists last year. This summer, galleries like Norwest Art Gallery have reopened to the public!

A couple of weeks ago, I attended the Nina Simone art exhibition, and I loved all of the beautiful artwork! I missed the Flower Therapy exhibit, but I hope to see the next art show at the gallery.

Click here to see what new exhibits are coming to Norwest Art Gallery!

DETROIT ICE CREAM SHOPS

Custard Hut Detroit is one of my favorite Detroit ice cream shops! Add this sweet shop to your summer bucket list.

On the “How to Summer” guide, I also included my love for Detroit’s ice cream shops. You can’t have summer without ice cream! 🙂

Thank you to WDET for inviting me to contribute to the How to Summer” feature! You can read the full article here.

What are you enjoying so far this summer?

All photographs by Jennifer Hamra for Good Life Detroit. Follow me on my Instagram!


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