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Best of the rest: Festivals galore in metro Detroit this weekend

June 12, 2014

By Mary Lendzion, Detroit Free Press

June 12--Motor City Irish Fest

Ready for a round of cornhole?

The beanbag-tossing game will be played at the Motor City Irish Fest, which also will feature family entertainment, a crafts area for children, and retailers selling Irish-related items.

In addition, there will be live music by more than 20 Irish bands and musicians, including Carl Henry, the Tom Kish Band, Brother Crowe, Celtic Crossroads, Blackthorn, Finvarra's Wren and the Jamrocks.

Hungry? A variety of local restaurants will be on hand to offer food during the event, which is in its fifth year and presented by local Irish clubs and bars.

5-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, 1-8 p.m. Sunday. 14701 Beech Daly, Redford. 734-564-0770. $12, $5 ages 12-17 and free for children under 12.

The cornhole tourney will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. $30 per team (register online).

Taste of Dearborn

In celebration of the area's diverse culinary offerings, the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce is offering the annual Taste of Dearborn.

Participating restaurants include Andiamo Italia, Bailey's Pub & Grille, BD's Mongolian Grill, Biggby Coffee, Bravo! Cucina Italiana, Buddy's Pizza, Buffalo Wild Wings, Fuddruckers, Iversen's Bakery, La Pita Mediterranean Cuisine, Moose's Martini Pub, PF Chang's China Bistro, PizzaPapalis, Post Bar, Red Olive Restaurant, Tijuana'sMexican Kitchen, Tria Restaurant at the Henry, Yogurtopia and others.

Shuttles will be available to take participants to the restaurants, many of which will offer specials on food and drinks.

6-10 p.m. Wednesday. Register in the Bryant Library, 22100 Michigan Ave., Dearborn. $25 until Tuesday, which includes free appetizers from the 26 participating restaurants. Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce: 313-584-6100.

A VIP reception with a wine tasting, appetizers and live jazz music runs from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Ford Field Park, 22051 Cherry Hill, Dearborn. $40 in advance, includes admission to the Taste of Dearborn.

Harley Fest roars into town

Thousands of motorcycles are expected to be on display for Wolverine Harley-Davidson's Harley Fest.

Live music from local and national bands also will be featured with Jackyl as the headliner. In addition, Jesse James Dupress, Jackyl's lead singer and star of the reality show "Full Throttle Saloon," will meet with visitors.

Presenting sponsor Wolverine Harley-Davidson will give away a Harley-Davidson at the event.

10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Freedom Hill County Park, 14900 Metropolitan Parkway, Sterling Heights. 586-268-9700. Admission is free; parking costs $10.

2nd annual Michigan Beerfest

Sample beer from nearly four dozen breweries during CBS Radio Detroit's second annual Michigan Beerfest at DTE Energy Music Theatre.

Featured breweries include Frankenmuth Brewery, Rochester Mills Beer Co., Arbor Brewing Co., Great Lakes Brewing Co., Round Barn Brewery, Saugatuck Brewing Co., Atwater Brewery, Griffin Claw Brewing Co., Liberty Street Brewing Co., Superior Lakes Mead Brewery, Cheboygan Brewing Co., Mt. Pleasant Brewing Co., North Peak Brewing Co., Fenton Michigan Winery and Brewery and many others.

Also planned are craft beer seminars and live music. Food trucks will be at the site.

1-5 p.m. Saturday, DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston. 800-745-3000. $30 in advance, $35 at the door, $10 designated drivers (includes two non-alcoholic beverages). Proceeds will benefit Lighthouse PATH.

4th annual BRU Fest Michigan

Michigan craft beer provided by Bell's Brewery and food provided by Buffalo Wild Wings and Bagger Dave's will be served at the fourth annual BRU Fest Michigan.

The event, which benefits the Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan, also will feature entertainment.

7-11 p.m. Saturday, Royal Oak Farmers Market, 316 E. Eleven Mile, Royal Oak. $39 general admission; $60 VIP, which includes 6 p.m. entry, private beer tastings with food, a mug and more. Tickets include 10 tokens for one half-pour of beer and four tickets for burgers and wings.


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