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Oakland County has a world-class selection of professional theatres, art museums, cultural destinations and historical sites. It is home to Cranbrook Educational Community (which includes the Cranbrook Art Museum, Cranbrook Institute of Science, Art Academy and Cranbrook House & Gardens), Detroit Zoo, Walter P. Chrysler Automotive Museum, and Meadow Brook Hall.  

No matter the season, Oakland County has plenty of fun and entertaining events – Fire & Ice Fest, Uptown Film Festival, Woodward Dream Cruise and Arts, Beats & Eats.

Arts + Culture Features

Thomas Bos, Lover's Leap

Top five artists chosen as 2018 MI Great Artist online competition gets down to business

Five artists will vie for the top spot in the 2018 MI Great Artist online competition and a share of more than $16,000 in cash and prizes.

Suburban Collection Showplace

The Suburban Collection Showplace expands into a multi-purpose venue that can host concerts and more

The Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi is currently undergoing some serious changes, adding almost 200,000 square feet of additional space, the first phase of which just opened for the Michigan State Fair. 

The official ground-breaking of the new garden

Sakura, Sakura! Oakland County plants cherry tree garden in Novi to celebrate Japanese partnerships

This coming spring, when cherry blossoms start to bloom, Oakland County residents can enjoy their splendor at the MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center in Novi, where 17 cherry trees have been planted in their new Sakura Garden.

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7 ways to 'staycation' in Metro Detroit

It’s rare that you get to play the tourist in your own hometown, but Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne counties have a lot to offer. 

2013 – Henry Heading

"People's Choice" award added for Southeast Michigan artists in 2018 MI Great Artist competition

Artists from Oakland County and seven other southeast Michigan counties can strut their stuff as the MI Great Artist™ online art competition kicks into gear.
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Arts + Culture Videos

Ken Hershenson

Video: MI Great Artist Winner Ken Hershenson

Meet Ken Hershenson of Clawson, the 2015 winner of the MIGreatArtist contest. Ken, a self-taught painter, commented about his success in the competition stating, “This is validation for working all of these years, for getting to do my passion.” You could join Ken in the winner's circle with your entry in this year's art contest. Enter at www.migreatartist.com.  

Featured Video: Epiphany Studios

Move over Chihuly, Epiphany Studios is out to eat your lunch. Okay, not really, but this Pontiac-based glass studio produces some incredible work, employing techniques developed and mastered by Italian glass blowers over hundreds of years.

Fire and Ice

Featured Video: Fire and Ice

This year's Fire & Ice Festival in Rochester will be held from January 19-21. Enjoy dog sledding, snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing, tubing, and a variety of other family-oriented winter activities absolutely FREE! Check out this video for more of what's in store for you at the Fire & Ice Festival.

Take Root video

Featured Video: Take Root

Calling Rochester, Michigan their home, Take Root resides at Oakland University under the direction of its founders and fellow company members, Ali Woerner and Thayer Jonutz. In addition to being a modern dance company, Take Root also works for the health and wellness of the community through programs like their Dance for Parkinson's Disease classes, designed for Parkinson's patience and addressing PD-specific concerns like balance, coordination, and depression. 

Legoland video

Featured Video: LEGOLAND

Oakland County Prosper takes you on a tour of the LEGOLAND Discovery Center Michigan, a Lego-themed indoor playground located inside the Great Lakes Crossing shopping center in Auburn Hills that features a "miniland" of the city of Detroit's most iconic landmarks, carnival rides with laser guns, hands-on activity areas, and a "4D" cinema.  This video was produced by Hendrickson Video Productions Detroit.  
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