The DIY Street Fair is a free 2-day, 3-night event in Ferndale, Michigan where local artists, crafters, businesses, groups and organizations, musicians, restaurants, food trucks, brewers and others whose lives and work adhere to do-it-yourself ethic converge for one big celebration. The event, which launched its first weekend fair in 2008, showcases the immense creative energy, independent spirit and innovative talent that can be found throughout the area. Open to the public, free to attend and all are welcome.
Live Music: regional, popular and up-and-coming original bands converge for one the largest showcases of area talent over 3 days, 4 nights and 3 stages.
Local Cuisine: local restaurants and food trucks cook up delicious dishes all weekend long
The Marketplace: local artists, crafters, entrepreneurs and organizations present and sell their original work
The Kids Zone hands-on, DIY projects, educational demonstrations, music and entertainment for children of all ages throughout the weekend
DIY 5k Charity 5k benefiting Ferndale Public Schools’ art programs
Who’s behind this?
The street fair is organized by local business owners who recognize the DIY ethic that thrives throughout the local community and enhances the quality of life in Detroit and surrounding areas.
What distinguishes DIYSF?
Among the many special characteristics that push this event beyond the traditional art fair, DIY Street Fair is about community outreach, championing personal and professional growth, and supporting the local economy. It is a showcase for local, independent and homegrown businesses offering forward-thinking solutions, original artistic works, and unique products made with care.
Ferndale is the perfect city to host the DIY Street Fair. Ferndale has quickly become the areas hottest place to be, epitomizing the DIY ethic on so many levels – evident in the national success of such companies as Garden Fresh Salsa, the local popularity of Woodward Avenue Brewers and The Magic Bag Theatre, and the fertile creative soil that is home turf to so many artists, musicians, entrepreneurs and activists. Ferndale has often been described as 20 minutes from nearly everywhere in Metro Detroit, making it the logical choice for an event of this scale. Ford Motor Company relocated all of their official Woodward Dream Cruise events from Birmingham to Ferndale. Ferndale’s unique mixture of non-corporate homegrown small business and Woodward as a central part of its downtown layout make for a genuine and authentic environment.