There are countless many festivals held in Oakland County throughout the summertime, from small Main Street festivals celebrating their community’s unique charm to massive art, music and food festivals (like Arts, Beats and Eats) that overtake a whole city for several days. From craft beer to arts and crafts, from fairs to faires, there is no shortage of ways to celebrate summer. But there is nothing quite like the DIY Street Fair.
The DIY Street Fair, which will be held in downtown Ferndale on September 14-16, is now in its fifth year. While the concept of bands, beer and BBQ certainly isn’t unique, what sets DIY apart from the others is its staunch commitment to all things local. Chris Johnston, who co-owns the Emory, Woodward Avenue Brewery and the Loving Touch, started DIY in 2008 specifically with the intention of promoting local artists, local musicians, local restaurants and local beer (in fact, aside from the Michigan Brewers Guild beer festivals, DIY was really the first to emphasize Michigan craft beers in their beer garden). He wanted to create an event that helped out as many local people as he could.