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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

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"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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Berkley is a startup city doing its "own thing"

It's not a Birmingham. It's not a Ferndale. It's not a Royal Oak. Patrick Dunn lets us in on why unique this dense, walkable south Oakland County community is in a class all its own.

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12 Detroit area chefs share their favorite local dishes

Food writer Serena Maria Daniels polled some of the best Detroit area chefs on their favorite local dishes. These were their often surprising, illuminating, and humorous answers. 

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Palazzo di Bocce to host International Bocce Tournament

On July 20 and 21, Palazzo di Bocce in Lake Orion will host the International Bocce Invitational, making it only the second time this world tournament of bocce has been hosted in the United States.

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Fourth of July fireworks celebrations in Oakland County

From the last week of June through the first week of July, the skies all throughout Metro Detroit will light up with fireworks large and small from townships and cities hosting their own displays as part of their annual Independence Day celebrations. There are well over a dozen in Oakland County alone, so get your coolers ready and mark your calendars because it's time to get into the full swing of summer!
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Arts + Culture Videos

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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.

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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.  
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