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Detroit, MI holds many special events throughout the year, including several international events. The following is a partial list of some of the major ones that can be found in the Detroit area.

The North American International Auto Show at the Detroit Cobo Conference and Exhibition Center. This prestigious show has grown tremendously in size and scope over the years. Its’ humble beginnings date back to 1907, when the first Detroit Auto Dealers Association-sponsored show, called the Detroit Auto Show, was held in 1907 at a beer garden in Detroit. A total of 17 exhibitors showed 33 vehicles. As the years passed, the show became increasingly popular as the demand and interest for automobiles grew. In 2003, the attendance for this event was over 810,000. It continues to be one of the world’s top international auto shows and is a fun outing for families as well as a great venue for manufacturers to launch world-class vehicles.

The Chrysler Jeep Superstores APBA Gold Cup – This event has been a tradition for over 100 years. It takes place on the Detroit River and hundreds of spectators line the banks of the river to watch the races that go from the Roostertail Restaurant to the Belle Isle Bridge.

The Afro-American Music Festival takes place in July at the Hart Plaza in Detroit.

The Michigan State Fair – For two weeks in August, the nation’s oldest state fair features a carnival with rides, live entertainment, agricultural displays, horse and livestock shows (a tradition since 1849,) arts and crafts, great food and more. Located on West State Fair Avenue in Detroit.

Chrysler Arts, Beats & Eats Festival in downtown Pontiac, Michigan – this festival draws nearly 400,000 people to experience more than 200 art exhibitors, 50 restaurants and 150 bands on five stages.

Ford Detroit International Jazz Festival - The largest free jazz festival in North America showcases international, national and local jazz artists in 100 outdoor concerts. Located at Hart Plaza in Detroit.

America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade - Floats, bands, equestrian units and helium balloons march down Woodward Avenue in Detroit, while onlookers anxiously await the arrival of Santa Claus.


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