The Freedom Arts Festival connects and reconnects Detroiters to their neighborhood parks.

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Clark Park: Saturday, July 8, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Clark Park Coalition hosts the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Playback Theatre and local performers from Southwest Detroit as they present Free to Be You and Me!, a mix of musical and theatrical performances about freedom of expression.

Palmer Park: Sunday, July 9, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Detroit Walk to Freedom that culminated with a moving address by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., which is widely considered a preview to his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech, People for Palmer Park will commemorate the historic event with various art displays. Guests can also enjoy musical performances from Marion Hayden and Freedom Sounds — featuring Marion Hayden on bass, A. Spencer Barefield on guitar, Alvin Waddles on piano, Tariq Gardner on drums and Isis Damil on vocals.

Chandler Park: Saturday, July 15, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Chandler Park Conservancy hosts the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and local artists as they pay homage to musicians, artists and activists who contributed to the freedom of Black Americans.

Belle Isle: Saturday, July 22, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Belle Isle Conservancy hosts the second annual Community Fun Day at the Belle Isle Aquarium featuring an exciting afternoon of art, music, dance, storytelling, games and activities, food trucks and more!

Detroit Riverfront: Friday, August 11, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
In celebration of what would have been the late, former Detroit Pistons owner, William Davidson’s 100th birthday, the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy will host Good Moves Good Grooves, a musical celebration with tributes to legendary Motown artists along the Detroit Riverwalk at Cullen Plaza and Milliken State Park and Harbor.

Rouge Park: Saturday, September 16, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. 
Friends of Rouge Park and Detroit ACE will honor Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson, one of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, the first Black military aviators in the United States Armed Forces. Jefferson, a Detroit native, will be honored with a plaza and statue dedication, a flyover and airshow, performances from local high school marching bands, the Marion Hayden Trio and more.

Eliza Howell Park: Saturday, September 30, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Sidewalk Detroit hosts "Songs of Freedom, Part 2," an evening of community singing featuring impactful songs celebrating freedom and justice.