With the start of summer comes festival season, and June begins with outdoor music and films from Detroit to Ann Arbor.

AASummerFestAnn Arbor Summer Fest. Photo courtesy of Courtney Geist.June 1-11, Cinetopia Film Festival
Over the new Pirates of the Caribbean film already? Cinetopia brings some of the best independent feature-length films, shorts and documentaries from other festivals around the world to theaters throughout Detroit and Ann Arbor each summer.

June 6-July 4, Ann Arbor Summer Festival
This year's A2SF opens with a performance from Diana Krall, and includes performances from Detroit favorite Flint Eastwood, evening film screenings, circus perfomers, and more.

June 8, House Opening Party at The Henry Ford
House Industries co-founders will present their new exhibit, House Industries: A Type of Learning, in this evening reception.

June 8-25, Shakespeare in the Arb at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Aboretum 
What's summer without some outdoor Shakespeare? This year, University of Michigan students perform The Tempest in this annual tradition. 

June 17, Shostakovich and the Black Monk: A Russian Fantasy presented by the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival
The Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, running from June 10-25, presents its largest performance to date with this world premiere at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

June 17, Complexions Contemporary Ballet at Music Hall
After a successful 2016 debut, these dancers are back at Music Hall with their inventive and athletic take on ballet.

June 17, The Friends of the Northville Art House Chalk Festival
If you haven't used sidewalk chalk since childhood, or spend countless summer days outdoors drawing on the driveway with your kids, now is the time to kick it up a notch! Participants in the chalk Festival will be given a 12-color box of chalk and a square, with voting held for the best chalk art. 

June 24-25, Detroit 67: Perspectives Opening Weekend at the Detroit Historical Museum
With the opening of the Detroit 67: Perspectives exhibition, timed tickets will be available to view the show, as well as plenty of special events for all ages.

June 29, Bike Safari at the Detroit Zoo
Explore the zoo on bike during this special evening event that gives you an after-hours visit with the animals, plus a beer at the end of the ride. This is sure to sell out, so buy your tickets early!

June 30-July 3, Salute to America at Greenfield Village
Head into Independence Day with evening performances from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, with a fireworks display to their patriotic melodies.

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