Movie, concerts, fireworks to highlight Taylor festival

Going PlacesCThere will be something for everyone at the Taylor Summer Festival June 22 to 25 at Heritage Park, from a Free Movie Night and special Toddler Day at the Carnival to a Color Fest Run, concerts by popular bands and fireworks.

All-day passes for the carnival rides will be available for $12 through June 21.

The concert lineup is impressive with Sebastian Bach (former lead singer of Skid Row), Warrant, Sponge and Eva Under Fire performing on June 23.

VIP tickets, $35, include prime seating, dinner and two drinks. General-admission tickets are $10 in advance and will cost $15 at the door, for standing room only (no lawn chairs will be allowed). Doors will open at the Sheridan Pavilion at 5:30 p.m.

Free concerts will be presented June 24 at 6 p.m. by Rockstar, and at 8:30 p.m. by Mega 80s.

Advance registrations and additional information about the Color Fest Run are available by calling 734-374-8900, Ext. 2.

Among other attractions will be a workshop for children in the Coan Lake Historical Area and Michigan Renaissance Festival Players Wand-making on June 22.

Additional information about the festival is available by calling the above telephone number. Heritage Park is at 12111 Pardee Road.

Breakfast is planned

A gourmet breakfast with Trenton Mayor Kyle Stack will officially kick off the Trenton Summer Festival, scheduled for June 23 to 25 along Jefferson Avenue. The meal will be served at 8 a.m.

A festival preview offering tastes of Trenton restaurants is planned for 6 to 8 p.m. June 22 at numerous restaurants. Tickets, $20, are available from the Parks and Recreation Department.

The festival will offer scores of hand-crafted items, more than 20 food vendors, a bicycle stunt show, entertainment by individuals and bands, and numerous activities for children. For more information, call Scott Barr at 734-675-7300 or e-mail

River Days returning

The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy’s River Days festival will return June 23 to 25 with new activities, entertainment and a thrilling air show by the Tuskegee Airman, with pilots flying upside down and sideways.

Festival hours will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day.

Admission will cost $3 until 3 p.m., and $5 afterward. There will be no admission fee before 5 p.m. June 23, however.

The event will take place between the William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor and the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority Terminal and Dock, just west the Renaissance Center.

Headlining the more than 50 music acts will be Ann Wilson of Heart, the Isley Brothers, Freddie Jackson and 112. VIP seats, $35, which include admission to the festival, are available online.

Among the attractions will be a 30-foot-high slide, a Kids’ Zone, talks by wildlife and fish experts, a food court and jet-ski demonstrations. For a complete schedule of events, go to

Coming up . . .

June 21— Concert by The Millionaires, jump-blues and swing band, in the Taylor Conservatory Music & Art in the Gardens series; 6:30 p.m. at 22314 Northline; admission, $5; food and drinks will be available for purchase; for more information, click here.

June 26 — Ford Fireworks, recognized as one of the country’s most spectacular displays; 9:55 p.m., downtown Detroit.

June 30-July 3 — Greenfield Village Annual Salute to America, featuring Detroit Symphony Orchestra concert and fireworks; 6 to 10 p.m.; tickets from $15.50 to $25; parking, $6 per vehicle; for more information, click here .

July 4, Wyandotte Independence Day parade; 10 a.m. along Biddle, with Ronald Cassette as grand marshal and Edward Goreki as Citizen of the Year.