From a professional symphony orchestra to historic community venues to one of metro Detroit's largest suburban fireworks displays, Livonia provides art and cultural opportunities for a wide variety of interests.
The city has three public libraries with many programs for children and adults. Each summer, the Livonia Civic Center and other city parks are home to outdoor, family concerts featuring various musical acts as part of the weekly "Music Under the Stars" series.
Livonia is home to several community service organizations which produce a number of successful family and fundraising events, such as the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.
To preserve its rich history as a farming community, Livonia created the 103-acre Greenmead Historical Village, which includes a museum, preserved 19th Century homes and barns, and the beautifully restored Alexander Blue House, which is available for gatherings. The park includes the Newburgh Road intersection built to look as it appeared in the early 1900s with a store, church and train station waiting room. Greenmead provides a large community garden maintained by many Livonia residents. Greenmead is also the home of the Highland Games, a two-day event in August presented by the St. Andrew Society of Detroit which features Scottish music, games and culture.
Also, the Wilson Barn on West Chicago and Middlebelt, is a preserved dairy barn that dates back to 1888. Today, it is home to several community events such as a summer's farmer's market, fall pumpkin patch, and the Antique & Hot Rod Car Show.
The Livonia Symphony Orchestra, celebrating its 44th season, is a professional orchestra, under the direction of highly acclaimed conductor Volodymyr Shesiuk, which performs at least five concerts each season at the Louis Schmidt Auditorium at Clarenceville High School. Through fundraising and volunteer efforts, tickets are reasonably priced. Performances, featuring classics, Broadway and pop songs, are regularly sold out. For more information, visit www.livoniasymphony.org.
The Livonia Civic Chorus, celebrating its 52nd season, is a vocal organization of 70 volunteer members performing two major concerts a season (May and December) at the Louis Schmidt Auditorium at Clarenceville High School. In addition, all or part of the Chorus sings at many community events. For more details, visit www.livoniacivicchorus.org
Established in the 1970s by then-Mayor Edward McNamara seeking to create a city birthday celebration, the Livonia Spree has evolved into one of metro Detroit's largest annual community festivals.
The six-day event held each June features rides, games, food, pig races, concerts and several special events that attracts tens of thousands of people to Livonia's Ford Field and Eddie Edgar Ice Arena. The Spree culminates on the fourth Sunday of each June with a grand fireworks show, regarded as the largest display among Detroit's suburbs, which attracts as many as 150,000 people within a two-mile radius of the launch site.
The event is coordinated by the Livonia Anniversary Committee, a volunteer board that uses proceeds raised from the Spree to provide thousands of dollars in college scholarships graduating Livonia high school students, and other charitable grands across the community. The Committee coordinates with Spree vendors to create other fundraising opportunities for several non-profit service organizations in Livonia.
The Spree is a prime gathering spot for Livonians, past and present, to socialize in a fun atmosphere to begin the summer, and it also supports Livonia's brand as a premier community to work, learn, live and play.
Founded in 2006, Barefoot Productions is driven to provide a broad range of theatre for the community in an intimate setting. The theatre relocated in January 2018 to Livonia from Plymouth. Their mission is to entertain, provoke, and inspire all our guests, patrons, and donors as well to provide a creative space for all interested in the theatre arts, to create arresting and moving theatre unique to our community. For more information and details on shows, visit www.justgobarefoot.com