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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.

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8 can't-miss Instagrammers from across metro Detroit

How can you stay up to date with what’s going on in the metro area? Instagram, of course!

Susan's grandfather Walter Hibbins (front and center) June 23, 1923 on the "The Montrose" headed to America from Liverpool

Your Personal Memoir preserves priceless family histories

Your Personal Memoir documents the personal histories of families through one-on-one interviews that are then arranged into narratives and printed in heirloom books for future generations to cherish. 

Renaissance Festival

Hail and Ahoy! The Michigan Renaissance Festival returns August 19

Kings and Queens, jousters, jugglers, pirates, mermaids, fairies, fortune tellers, and a unicorn? It must be time for the Michigan Renaissance Festival! Check out what's new this year, the festival's 39th running. 

DPAN TV

DPAN.TV is making history by making news accessible to the deaf and hard of hearing community

Sean Forbes started the nonprofit organization D-PAN 10 years ago with the intent of making music and music culture more accessible to the deaf and hard of hearing community, and he started DPAN.TV in 2015 to make news and current events equally accessible. 

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2017 MI Great Artist competition begins Monday

Artists from Oakland County and seven other southeast Michigan counties have the chance to strut their stuff beginning Monday as the MI Great Artist online art competition kicks into gear.
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Featured Videos

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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.  

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.

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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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. 

Featured Video: Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum

Doctor Kill-r-watt! The Great Chopandoff! Marvin's is a coin-operated wonderland of blinking, buzzing, and clattering machines. Every square inch is crammed with animatronic dummies, model airplanes, video games, and sideshow posters. From boardwalk-style gypsy fortune telling machines to the "Sing-Sing prison electric chair" to a custom-made automated orchestra, this one-of-a-kind arcade doubles as a museum unlike any you've ever visited.
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