A month-long Black Country BOSTIN’ celebration kicks off Saturday.
The Black Country Festival has returned to normal after the program was interrupted for the past two years due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The centerpiece of this year’s festival is the grand Black Country Weekender on Saturday July 16 and Sunday July 17 at Himley Hall.
Saturday will see a 20-piece orchestra and guest DJs and singers bring a slice of Ibiza to the Black Country, with a Proms In The Park event from 3pm to 9pm.
And on Sunday, 80s stars Go West, The Fizz and Roland Gift of the Fine Young Cannibals will be joined by top tributes and comedians for Musicom 2022 which runs from noon to 8 p.m.
Early bird tickets are still available for both days, but the offer ends Saturday at midnight.
Before that, the festival kicks off this weekend with events in Stourbridge, Halesowen and Coseley.
Halesowen Carnival, held in Highfields Park, is free and runs from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 2.
It will feature live music and entertainment, a dog show, food and drink stalls and a funfair. This year’s guest star is ITV meteorologist, actor and musician Des Coleman, who will sing in The Rat Pack.
On Sunday there will be a free family fun day in Coventry Street, Stourbridge, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will offer free entertainment for children, including a Punch and Judy show, market stalls, shows and street performers.
Free Family Days will also be taking place in downtown Dudley (Saturday, July 9, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.); Halesowen (Black Country Day, Tuesday July 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.); Brierley Hill (Saturday July 30, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and Sedgley (Sunday July 31, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
There will also be a display of classic cars during the Dudley event on July 9.
The festival ends on Sunday July 31 with the first ever Black Country Folk Festival at Himley Hall.
Councilor Sue Greenaway, Mayor of Dudley, said: “It’s great to see the festival back to normal this year with a month full of events for the whole family.
“The Black Country Festival is a great opportunity to wave the flag, come together and be proud of who we are and where we come from.
“I’m looking forward to a great month meeting lots of real Black Country people.”