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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

LEO Kite Fest

The Lyon Township Kite Festival brings in professional kite flyers from all over the world

The 10th Annual Lyon Township Kite Festival, organized by the nonprofit Lyon Events Organization (LEO), is expected to be its biggest year yet, and has expanded to also include Friday night for the first time ever. 

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Jessica Schatz of Expressions Music Academy on the power of systems in growing a business

Jessica Schatz went from three students at her first music academy business to now an estimated 1,400 students in three locations across Metro Detroit.

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Pontiac-born artistís tunes, apparel line grows from family, friends and love of music

Sometimes really good things grow out of love when you least expect it.

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Ferndale Radio brings hyperlocal focus to the airwaves

If you happen to be driving through Ferndale anytime soon, flip to100.7 Ferndale Radio for a solid mix of college rock and new wave. Don’t turn the dial too fast, though, or you might miss it.

Lance Luce

Lance Luce - the local theatre organist who inspired Liberace's rhinestone shoes

Lance Luce doesn't exactly have what you would call a "common" occupation: as a professional theatre organist, it's probably safe to say he is one among mere dozens in America. He started playing the organ at the age of 13, and since then has played all over the country and world, from Radio City Music Hall to unity churches, and from pizza parlors to the most opulent historic theaters still standing. 
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Arts + Culture Videos

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.

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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. 

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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.  

Comedy Castle

Featured Video: Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle

Laughter is truly the best medicine, and Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle is your favorite doctor's office. Since 1979, the Comedy Castle in Royal Oak has been a staple for stand-up comedy in Metro Detroit, helping to launch the careers of folks like Tim Allen and Dave Coulier and seeing some of the biggest names in stand-up of the last 40 years come through its doors, while also allowing new talent the opportunity to take the stage with its popular weekly open mic nights. 
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