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Dally In The Alley Returns This Saturday

For more than 40 years, Dally in the Alley has celebrated local art, music and food in the alleys of Detroit’s Cass Corridor district. One of the city’s longest-running events and largest annual community festivals, Dally in the Alley supports North Cass projects and is entirely organized by community volunteers as well as the North Cass Community Union. It’s always 100% volunteer-run and completely sponsorship-free.

The free festival runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, September 7 and is located just south of Wayne State University within the alleys bordered by 2nd Avenue, 3rd Avenue, Hancock Street and West Forest Avenue.

Here’s what you can expect this year:

Food

You’ll find several food vendors along West Forest Avenue and at the Beer Gardens on Hancock. There are a variety of options to choose from including barbecue, seafood, Polish cuisine, ice cream and Hawaiian shaved ice. This year’s vendors are:

  • Amicci’s Pizza
  • Union Street Detroit
  • The Majestic
  • Sno Biz
  • Delectabowl
  • Milk & Froth
  • Kabob Kart
  • Big Calvin’s BBQ
  • Full Course Catering
  • Detroit Shrimp & Fish BBQ
  • People’s Pierogi Collective
  • Conchy’s Empanadas
  • Nosh Pit

Music

Live entertainment from local musicians will last throughout the day on three different stages: Garden Stage, Alley Stage and Forest Stage. The first performance begins at 11:15 a.m. with the last performance starting at 10 p.m. Here are a few of the more than 30 bands performing:

  • The Band Mint
  • Pet Psychic
  • Light Scene Factory
  • BAD FASHION
  • The Stools
  • Tony Nova
  • After Dark Amusement Park
  • Dani Darling
  • The Muggs
  • Octavia

Vendors And Activities

Local merchants and artists will have booths set up throughout the festival selling all kinds of merchandise like T-shirts and posters.

The festival is a family-friendly event and even includes a kids’ fair on West Forest Avenue. Kids can tie-dye a shirt, make a flower crown or roll a beeswax candle. Along with these craft activities, the kids’ fair also offers face painting and teaches kids about the festival’s history through the art of coloring. The kids’ fair is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Head over to the Ann Kennedy Community Stage for a variety of events throughout the day including a free yoga class for all levels and ages, entertainment from the Cass Tech Music Ensemble, a dog show, karaoke and a drag performance.

Dally In The Alley Posters

Every year the Dally recruits a local artist to create the official event poster. This has been a tradition ever since 1982 when this event was officially named “Dally in the Alley”. The inaugural poster was designed by celebrated Detroit artist Gary Grimshaw who created event posters for MC5 and designed the cover album for Iggy Pop’s “Instinct.” Other past poster artists have included Detroit muralist Brian Taylor and artist Niagara (i.e., the designer of Kid Rock’s “First Kiss” album cover). You can check out all of the past official Dally in the Alley posters on the event’s website.

Parking

There are a few parking options nearby along the John C Lodge Service Drive. However, parking for the festival could be an issue with this event having the potential to draw thousands of visitors. Try using other transit options including rideshare services, the QLINE®, DDOT or SMART Buses, MoGo bike rental or scooter rentals. There will also be a bike valet offered by Metropolis Cycles.

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