The Dally in the Alley festival celebrates its 38th anniversary Saturday, September 12, 2015. Held in Detroit’s storied Cass Corridor, the annual event attracts tens of thousands of attendees to the live music, DJs, art, vendors, food, reunions with old friends, and the making new friends, too.

The festival, a fundraiser for the North Cass Community Union, has some changes this year after experiencing an electrical transformer fire in 2014.  In 2015, more space will be made available inside the alley and expanded borders including fencing around the perimeter with 2 dedicated entrances.  The festival continues to pride itself in staying true to its core mission of celebrating the area that it takes place in: the Cass Corridor.

Dally in the Alley in 2015 will feature over 44 music acts on 4 music stages, a community performance stage, kids fair, live art installations, more than 200 local retail vendors provide attendees with activities and entertainment all day long. 10 food vendors will be on hand, more than any year before.

Since it began as an inner city art fair in 1977, the Dally has evolved into a culturally significant affair. In 2014 the festival was named “Best Summer Festival in Detroit” by Metro Times staff.  In 2013 in a poll among MetroMix readers, Dally in the Alley was awarded with the honor of “Best Festival in Detroit”.

For this year’s commemorative poster, Dally in the Alley has partnered with local Detroit artist “Niagara”. Niagara was born in Detroit Michigan and is a painter and musician. Usually, Niagara paints in oil on canvas. Her style veers toward Pop Art with radiant colors, caricature figures, and comic strip speech bubbles. Dally chairperson, Adriel Thornton, says “Niagara’s aesthetic is perfect for Dally. She’s truly captured the spirit of the festival.”

Dally in the Alley takes place in Detroit's North Cass neighborhood, between Forest and Hancock, Second and Third on Saturday, September 12, 2015 (rain date is Sunday, September 13, 2015). The event runs from 11AM to 11PM.

Please visit for map, music lineup and additional information.  Over 20,000 people have now RSVPed attending to the event page on Facebook, far surpassing those of other local festivals. The event page can be found at:


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