Festivals held at Detroit's Hart Plaza include the Detroit International Freedom Festival, the Detroit International Jazz Festival and the Detroit Electronic Music Festival. Other festivals regularly held at Detroit's Hart Plaza are the Downtown Hoedown and the Motor City Pride festival.
The Detroit International Jazz Festival was founded in 1990 and, as of 2015, is the largest free jazz festival in the world. The festival is held annually over Labor Day weekend. The Detroit International Jazz Festival comprises five stages over several city blocks with over 100 acts performing over the course of the weekend. The original purpose of this festival was to bring more people into Detroit and provide all sections of the city's population with high-quality entertainment.
The Detroit Electronic Music Festival, also known as the Movement Electronic Music Festival, takes place annually at Hart Plaza over Memorial Day weekend. This festival is held in Detroit to celebrate electronic music, a genre that developed from the genre known as techno, which was invented in Detroit. The Movement Electronic Festival features performances from many popular electronic recording artists, as well as local musicians and legends within the genre.
Motor City Pride takes place every year in June at Hart's Plaza in Detroit and is Michigan's largest LGBTQ pride celebration. This weekend-long event includes a parade, a film festival and live performances.