FERNDALE – This once quaint, little bedroom community has in recent years cultivated its image as the area's most hip, cool place to hang. This weekend, along with hundreds of professional artists and performers, the city will really dig into its modern persona with the Fifth Annual Funky Ferndale Art Fair and the DIY Street Fair, both taking place in downtown Ferndale this weekend.
The Funky Ferndale Art Fair will host over 110 juried artists – sculptors, painters, glass workers, fabric artists, tilers, jewelers and more. The show will have a special focus on young artists, and joining in the fun will be Affirmations community center. Staff, volunteers and the young artists themselves will display artwork created during the Affirmations Summer Art Camp at their booth just outside the new center building. The Affirmations building will also be open as part of the fair, with special presentations and workshops in the center.
History may be made at the Funky Art Show, too. Everyone is invited to participate in creating the World's Longest Comic Strip. It will run along Nine mile for 1,100 feet, and everyone and anyone can join in by filling in part of the strip.
The Funky Ferndale Art Fair will start on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., then on Sunday, Sept. 21 from noon to 5 p.m.
Right across Woodward, local merchants, restaurants and performers will party down with the first annual DIY Street Fair, featuring a main stage with live performances by 30 original bands, a beer garden with beverages from Michigan-based breweries, culinary crafts from local restaurants and street performances. DIY Street Fair will have displays from over 70 creative entrepreneurs setting the example for how to "do it yourself."
The DIY Street Fair will start on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 11 a.m. until midnight, then on Sunday, Sept. 21 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Both fairs are free and open to the public. Ferndale is offering free parking all weekend.