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Street fairs fill Ferndale this weekend

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Royal Oak has likely finished cleaning up from Arts, Beats & Eats just up the road.

Now it’s Ferndale’s turn to have its streets filled with, well, arts, beats and eats.

The city that likes to bill itself as Fabulous hosts a pair of concurrent but cooperative festivals this weekend. The DIY Street Fair will host three nights and two days of music, food and merchandise on East Troy Street, east of Woodward Avenue and south of Nine Mile Road, while the Funky Ferndale Art Fair will line up 120 juried artists and food on Nine Mile Road west of Woodward.

The DIY festival’s calling card is music — 47 live bands and artists on two stages, plus DJs spinning on a third stage each night. The lineup features a who’s-who of Detroit artists, including the Electric Six, Goober & the Peas — whose Dan John Miller will also play a solo show — Outrageous Cherry, the Silent Years, the Sights, American Mars, Doop & the Inside Outlaws, Chris Richards & the Subtractions, Summer Pledge, Bad Party and more. The fair also includes a Beer Garden, a Restaurant Row featuring local chefs, a Kids Zone with street performers, puppet shows and hands-on art projects, and a Marketplace for merchants selling everything from clothing to CDs.

DIY hours are 6 p.m.-2 a.m. today; noon-2 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18 and noon-9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19. Performance schedules and other information can be found at www.diystreetfair.com.

Funky Ferndale, meanwhile, will be the place to for all forms of art, including painting, photography, jewelry and more. There will also be a Kids Art area, food vendors and special sales by area shops. The adjacent Live Green Fair, meanwhile, features displays on clean energy, environmentally conscious homes and vehicles, organic foods and health and beauty tips.

The Funky Ferndale Art Fair runs 4-8 p.m. today, 10-8 p.m. Saturday and 11-5 p.m. Sunday. Information can be found at www.michiganartshow/ferndale.html and www.livegreenfair.com.

Web Site: www.downtownferndale.com

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