The 6th annual Hamtramck Neighborhood Arts Festival kicks off Friday October 9th with an opening reception at Popps Packing with new work by Hamtramck artist and performer, Jessica Frelinghuysen. This will also be your first opportunity to get a hold of maps and schedules.

The festival resumes Saturday at 12pm with a heroic bloody mary brunch at BUMBOS, including amazing eats provided by the friendly owners of Hamtramck’s newest most excellent bar. From there the festival takes over the city as artists on the south side of Caniff open their home studios and music rises from backyards and empty lots. The whole thing moves from south to north as the day rolls on, culminating in a frenzy of events and performances and opportunities to imbibe in delicious beverages at Lo Behold, the Bier garden in the vacant lot on Campau , Elijah’s, and yes, back to Bumbos.

“The festival is artist initiated,” says Steve Hughes of Public Pool art space. “That is, as organizers we just provide a framework for it to happen. But we don’t know just what we’re going to find from one location to the next. That’s the beauty of it. It’s completely organic. It’s homegrown. It’s 100% Hamtramck.”