How to spend the summer: five things Jennifer Hamra is looking forward to in Detroit


WDET“How to Spend the Summer” is a one-season series that offers insider tips and tips from social media and listeners on how to maximize the season. With the season almost halfway (time flies!), Good Life Detroit’s Jennifer Hamra shares five things she’s looking forward to for the rest of the summer.

On her blog Good Life Detroit, Jennifer Hamra writes about everything from community to culture To makeup tips and small enterprises, but the Michigan transplant’s love for the Motor City is a common theme, whatever the subject.

The Clarksville, Tennessee native and her husband, Travis, have six children and they moved to the Detroit subway after Travis left the military in 2015.

She shared five things she’s looking forward to this summer in Detroit. Find Jennifer on Instagram at @good life and to

African World Festival

Courtesy of Jennifer Hamra

I am excited about the return of the African World Festival. Hosted by the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, this three-day festival is a wonderful celebration of the culture and heritage of the African Diaspora.

There is a bit of something for everyone. Features include children’s programming, hairdressing workshops, dance performances, African and Caribbean food vendors, a fashion show, and more.

the FAE is August 20-22 and is free to the public.

Art Galeries

As an art lover, I am a huge fan of Detroit art. I love to visit Detroit art galleries year round. However, after a difficult 2020 with the closure of businesses, this summer is very special as some galleries have reopened to the public.

the Northwest Art Gallery located on Grand River Boulevard is one of my favorite Detroit art galleries. At the moment there is a wonderful exhibition of floral art which I recommend you to visit. Flower Therapy is visible until August 1 and admission is $ 20.

Related: New Art Installation At Norwest Gallery Of Art Uses Floral Design, Nature As Path To Healing

BLKOUT Mural Festival

From July 24 to 31, the inauguration BLKOUT Mural Festival is an all-black festival co-created by artists Sydney G. James, Thomas Evans, Max Sansing and Bird Cap.

The festival will highlight local and national multicultural artists, amplify BIPOC stories and voices and beautify the North End community in Detroit.

Ice cream

Courtesy of Jennifer Hamra

Courtesy of Jennifer Hamra

You can’t celebrate summer without ice cream! I explored the various glaciers in Detroit.

Custard Hut – which is in two locations, one in Dearborn Heights and the other in Detroit – is a favorite as they offer so many wonderful options such as hot ice cream sandwiches and sundaes!

Arts & Remains

Courtesy of Jennifer Hamra

Courtesy of Jennifer Hamra

My kids love it Arts & Remains. Founded in 1989, Arts & Scraps is a Detroit-based nonprofit that provides art and STEM Detroit youth programs.

They also have a community store where local artists, designers, educators, and other creatives purchase art supplies. Donated supplies are delivered at very affordable prices. We are a home school family so we rely on the arts & Scrap for most of our artwork and STEM Provisions.

The store recently reopened in July for in-store purchases. My kids were so excited to go back to the community store!

Arts & Scraps will host two more summer community events on August 14 and September 11. It’s a great way to learn more about their lineup, shop at the community store, and enjoy fun art activities with your family.

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