Hamtramck Festivals and Events

Pączki Day
Pazcki Day
Paczki Day (aka Fat Tuesday) may sound like an excuse to grab a dozen doughnuts, but it is so much more. The paczki is a Polish doughnut. In other words, it is fried dough filled with fruit preservatives or sweet cream and topped with powdered sugar or glaze. Historically, Fat Tuesday was an opportunity for Polish Catholics to eat all the sugar, eggs and lard in their house before Lent. Whether Catholic or not, however, Detroiters knew a good holiday when they tasted it and headed to Hamtramck -- the city that has in the past made Fat Tuesday a week-long holiday. There is a good reason Detroiters head to Hamtramck: the city's many Polish bakeries don't stop at one or two varieties of the paczki. In addition to eating paczki, Detroiters can head to Hamtramck to simply celebrate them: Paczki Run 2015 is a 5K run through Hamtramck on the Saturday before Paczki Day on February 14th. The event is apparently aimed at helping people make room for those paczki's.
Blowout
Hamtramck Blowout
The Hamtramck Blowout is an annual music festival in Hamtramck. It is said to be the largest festival of its sort in the world. There's usually over 200 bands there and the festival lasts for 4 days all over bars in the neighborhood.
Strawberry
St. Florian Strawberry Festival
Held annually in the first weekend in May at grounds at St. Florian Church.
Labor Day
Hamtramck Labor Day Festival
Held Labor Day weekend, ending with the Polish Day Parade on Labor Day. Live music on three stages, carnival area, beer, and food tents line a half mile stretch of Jos. Campau from Caniff to Carpenter.
Planet Ant
Planet Ant Film & Video Festival in Hamtramck
The festival celebrates independent movies and the people who make them, featuring comedies, dramas, documentaries, animation and music videos.
Bengali
North American Bangladesh Festival
Held annually by the Bangladesh Association of Michigan.