Dally in the Alley


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Dally in the Alley

Saturday in early September
Dally in the Alley is a one-day visual and performing arts fair that takes place on the Saturday after Labor Day in the North Cass neighborhood of Detroit, Mich. Located in an area with a reputation as a center of creativity and also as a somewhat seedy neighborhood, the Dally began as a community block party and art fair in 1977. The art show expanded into a performing arts festival and moved to its current location in 1982, when it became known as the "Dally in the Alley," the name of an English pub song.
The original festival site was a service alley that dates back to the era when homeowners in the area maintained horses and carriages. Over the years, however, the Dally has expanded beyond the alley proper, taking over neighboring streets with vendor stalls, art displays, and four stages presenting a variety of original music acts throughout the day and night, including rock, techno, hip-hop, folk, country, and jazz artists, among others.
The Dally is sponsored by and benefits the North Cass Community Union, a nonprofit neighborhood organization that supports community preservation issues. Each year more than 30,000 visitors attend the festival, which includes music, a curated art show, poetry and writing workshops, children's activities, food, and refreshments—particularly beer, a beverage closely associated with the founding of the event.
CONTACTS:
Dally in the Alley
4632 Second Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
dallyinthealley.com