Hey everyone, Tevin here!
The fourth of July is soon approaching, and you know what that means – fireworks, s’mores, and hot dogs (or whatever vegetarian/vegan replacement there is for hot dogs). It’s finally warming up, and there’s plenty to do. Whether you live on campus, somewhere around Midtown, or are willing to drive in to Detroit just to hang out, you can find something fun. On your way to wherever you’re going, be sure to pick up some ice cream or maybe a coffee – both businesses are within walking distance of campus. So here are our weekend events!
June 28, 2-4p, Cass Corridor; If you’re a biker, you’ve probably dealt with some kind of a frustration. Whether you use your dad’s old bike from the 80’s or a shiny new thing from Shinola, you’re going to run into mechanical problems along the way – and wouldn’t you like to learn to fix it yourself? Back Alley Bikes offers classes every Sunday afternoon where you can learn from a mechanic on the ins and outs of your own bike and how to repair it. Best of all, the classes are FREE! This week’s focus is on brakes, and there’s a different topic every week.
June 27th, 9-11p, New Center; Do you love to dance? Get your salsa on? There’s no better way to burn calories than to do it with friends. The Metro Times suggests, “here’s an event that you should totally drive your parents to, and then stay out of their way for the following 24 hours so you can miss any displays of affection that might result.” Whether you could basically take home the gold on So You Think You Can Dance, or you have three left feet, you should make it out for an hour or two – most likely without your parents. New Center Park always offers their Friday movie nights as well, which you can learn more about at the link above.
June 27th, 1-6p, Heidelberg Project; You’ve seen the exteriors of the Heidelberg Project houses. You’ve driven down the street, taken plenty of pictures to supply your Instagram profile for the next month, and told all your friends and family about it. But have you ever been an integral piece of the experience? As part of his show Inside-Out, artist Daniel Cicchelli will be live-painting “visitors’ energy” and adding YOU into the mix. Hang out for a while, become immortalized in paint and ink, and have the opportunity to add more to your portfolio as a quasi-professional iPhoneographer. Best of all, it’s all free!
Alongside all these happenings, there’s the standing exhibit that was just recently installed along the Detroit Riverwalk. It’s a series of photographs all promoting the idea of #PureMichigan. It’s a great display of all of the natural beauty that our state has to offer. You might even find your hometown represented there! If you find yourself at the Riverwalk between this weekend and the next, be sure to share some photos in the comments below, and I’ll share them in next week’s blog. I can’t wait to spend the weekend with you all! And remember, there’s no excuse for being bored in Midtown.
The biker/blogger/coffee addict/tour guide/all around nice guy you’ve come to know and love,
Hi all! Sonali here this week. Instead of doing the usual weekend events, I’m mixing it up on ya! Tevin and I started a new page on the blog (see the “Reoccurring Events” tab above). The new page will have a list of events that happen every weekend. This way you’ll have even more options! We’ll keep it updated, constantly adding new things that happen around town all the time. We hope you enjoy this new perk!
New Center Park is about 1.5 miles north of campus. During the summer they have Wednesday and Friday night movies and special events (mainly concerts) on Thursdays and Saturdays! Chairs are provided but I encourage you to bring a blanket and a friend! Did I mention it’s all FREE? Drinks and refreshments are sold at the park bar. Find out more on their website!
Start your weekend early! Every Thursday evening during the summer, this beautiful mansion/restaurant will be holding outdoor parties (for those of you 21+)! $5 cover, $5 craft beers, $5 brats. A different band will be performing every week! If you’ve never been to The Whitney, I highly encourage attending one of these parties to see the amazing decor!
Green Garage is an organization who’s goal is to help Detroit become a more sustainable city. Every Friday they welcome the public into their space to speak about the week’s topic. The best party is that tours and information about their amazingly beautiful and ecologically friendly building is also available. OH, and don’t forget to bring a brown bag lunch with you!
Every weekend The Detroit Bus Company offers $30 tours through the city on their super cool buses. So if you haven’t been far past campus, or the Midtown/Downtown area, then I suggest you make time to explore a little more of the city!
Not much better than the bustling sheds of Eastern Market on a Saturday morning! If you haven’t been, then I highly suggest you go! If you don’t need to buy produce (which is quality and cheap there!), then visit the various local vendors or just enjoy the scenery!
Got a bike? Then ya gotta Slow Roll on Mondays! Every week this casual bike ride takes off and ends at a different location. Come join the party on wheels!
Who says the weekend has to end on Sunday? Not I! Every Monday Garden Bowl has their $7 special – 1 slice of pizza, 1 hour of bowling, shoe rental, and 1 beer or pop! Definitely can’t beat that!
Hi everyone! It’s me again, Tevin!
I bet you thought I was just going to show up for one single post and then disappear… nope, you’re stuck with me for a while!
I hope you all got the chance to check out Wayne State’s farmers market last Wednesday, now in front of the Reuther Library. The market will run every Wednesday from 11-4 until it gets chilly again in October, and don’t forget to get some really good coffee while you’re there.
Let’s get into this weekend’s events then, shall we?
June 5th-6th, Tangent Gallery; Do you love art? Do you love tattoos? Do you love to go to events that benefit the homeless? Then the INK.² Detroit Art Show is for you! This event will showcase artwork from tattoo artists throughout the city, and even feature a Miss Ink Detroit competition! The event is 18+ and $10 with a canned good or $15 without.
June 5th, New Center Park; If you’re looking for a great date idea, or a fun place to take a younger sibling, or you just really love kids movies (!!), New Center park offers free movie showings every Friday night throughout the summer. This week is Toy Story, so Disney/Pixar lovers rejoice! The movie starts at sundown, around 9pm. Movies and events run every week, so the website is worth bookmarking!
June 5th-7th, Hart Plaza; Motor City Pride is the largest LGBTQ community event in the state of Michigan. It goes on all weekend, and there’s plenty to do! The event includes a parade, live entertainment, food & drink, and much more. See the link above for more info on pricing, parking, and the like.
June 6th, Southwest Detroit; What a beautiful weekend to volunteer! This year, Neighborhood Beautification Day will be focusing on Southwest Detroit by taking shovels, rakes, paint brushes, and sledge hammers to some public spaces that could use some sprucing up. It’s a great way to get those perfect summer tan lines, all while making Detroit look better. You can read more about the event at the link above, and register you and your friends right here.
Alright, so now that I’ve given you a lot of ideas on how to fill your time, you’re probably thinking, how am I going to do it all? The answer is simple: set aside your textbooks, clear your schedule, and go out and explore the city! (Okay, I guess you shouldn’t prioritize adventuring over school, so maybe my advice isn’t the best.) Best of luck to you all!
Your ingenious friend-with-a-keyboard-and-access-to-a-blog,
Well hello there everyone!
Allow me to introduce myself… I’m your newest student blogger, Tevin!
I’m a junior studying Nutrition and Food Science. You might probably guess by my major that I’m a huge foodie, and you’d be right. This summer, I’m living and working in the Towers Residential Suites. I also work as a university tour guide and a member of the WSU street squad. This is my first summer in Detroit, and I couldn’t be more excited to explore the city with you all!
I’m sure we all get that feeling when we’re sitting in our bedrooms while all of our friends are home for the summer, and we’re thinking, what is there to do? Well, thankfully, Detroit doesn’t take a summer break! I’ll be showing you all just a taste of what the city has to offer on the weekends. So without further ado, here’s some of the happenings this weekend!
May 29-31st, Belle Isle; The Grand Prix is finally here! The event takes place on Belle Isle, and the weather is supposed to be beautiful. If you haven’t had a chance to see Belle Isle in all of its renovated beauty, now is your chance. And the next time you register your license plate, make sure to add the state park sticker to get into Belle Isle for free! The Grand Prix is taking place all weekend, so check out the website (linked to above) for more information about ticket pricing and event times.
May 29th, 10a-8p, CCS New Center campus; It’s always nice to connect with the other school that’s right in our neighborhood. CCS students have been putting on an annual student exhibition for years now (this is the 90th annual event!) and they have some really cool pieces to display and sell. This weekend marks the end of the event, so this is your last chance to check out the exhibit before it’s gone! While you’re out there supporting CCS, make sure you point some students back towards your favorite university by wearing your WSU gear.
May 30th, 5-9p, Cafe Con Leche Nord in New Center; In celebration of the DIA’s exhibit on Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera’s lives and artwork, Cafe Con Leche Nord is hosting a reception of artwork inspired by Kahlo and Rivera. The artwork includes fashion, jewelry, paintings, and ceramics by local artists. The cafe opened in January, less than a mile from campus, and is definitely a great local place to get some studying done.
May 30th, 6a-4p; It’s worth the reminder! Eastern Market has Saturday markets all year long, but as summer approaches, we’ll see more fresh produce and more activity! The market is open from 6 until 4 every Saturday, and it’s always best to get there early. From campus, it’s about a mile away, so it’s easily bikeable or walkable. Get a few friends, run to an ATM beforehand, and we’ll see you on Saturday morning!
Well, that’s about it for this time. Sonali and I will be switching off for the rest of the summer, so you’ll be hearing more from both of us! Don’t forget to sign up for our weekly email subscription and share this blog on your social media. It’s our job to prevent you from ever being able to truly say, “I have nothing to do this weekend.”
Your favorite warrior blogger,
(snow) showers bring May flowers! That’s the saying, right?
Anywho.. Take a break from stressful finals and enjoy one of this weekend’s activities!
April 25th & 26th; It’s the last of a three weekend celebration of some of Detroit’s most talented artists. Throughout Saturday and Sunday you can catch various art performances/installations throughout the Midtown area. Hear some live music, see a film, watching a performance, engage in a panel discussion, and much more! Did I mention they’re all free? This is the perfect event to pop in and out of during your weekend! Check out the schedule here!
April 24th, 7-11pm; After you’ve checked out some awesome Art X Detroit events, head to Eastern Market for the 3rd anniversary of Red Bull HoA! Every season/cycle Red Bull sponsors 7-10 local artists with the materials and space they need to create amazing art. They then celebrate with a giant opening with free Red Bulls (& booze for those 21+), live DJs, and cool art!
Eastern Market Saturdays!
April 25th, 6am-4pm; If you’ve never experienced a Saturday morning at Eastern Market, you must. Get the best fresh fruits, veggies, and flowers for a price that Whole Foods could never compete with (no offense to y’all that work at WF!). Also roam the local vendors who sell their custom crafts and snacks. If you can’t make it this weekend, no worries. You have every Saturday morning to attend!
April 25th & 26th; Do you know what that building is in this pic? –> That’s Fort Wayne! Built in 1840, it was one of the country’s first Forts! Bet ya didn’t know that was in Detroit, huh? This weekend the site is hosting a flea market and collectibles show. So along with checking out the fort itself ($5 tour), you can scope out some interesting antiques! Definitely check the website for more info!
April 26th, 6pm; It’s that time of the month! If you haven’t heard about it before… $5 for soup and a vote! Listen to local entrepreneurs pitch how they’re helping do good in the community. At the end vote for who you like the best and the winner takes home the proceeds! Simple but impact!
April 27th, 6pm – This week’s Slow Roll will meet at Traffic Jam & Snug, only a couple blocks from campus! Like every Monday, come join thousands of bikers along a unique route through the city! Every week is a different meeting/end point!
Happy Spring! I hope you get a chance to attend one or more of this weekend’s events, because they’re some of the city’s best! (Sorry there aren’t any Friday events.. check out past posts for some general places/things to do!)
Saturday, 7-11pm –> Tangent Gallery; 715 E Milwaukee, Detroit 48202 (18+)
Venus Rising is an all women art exhibition featuring all forms of art, from poetry to performance art to photography. Tickets are $7 at the door and 25% of the proceeds go to Alternatives for Girls (how awesome is that!)! Along with mingling and looking at the art, there will be live performances, such as body painting! Have fun and donate to a good cause!
Sunday, 12pm –> Eastern Market, Shed 2
IT’S BACK! You’re favorite part of summer is here. The Slow Roll is back, and of course bigger than ever. Instead of the Monday evening stroll, the season opener will be Sunday afternoon. So dust off your bike and come out for the first ride of the year!
Sunday, 12-6pm –> Eastern Market, Shed 3
After you finish up with the Slow Roll head back to Eastern Market for All Things Detroit. Come check out 75+ local vendors, live performances, and yummy foods! It’s the perfect outdoor/indoor event to kick off the spring!
Sunday, 6-9pm –> 2900 E Grand Blvd, Detroit 48202
Another month, another SOUP! If you haven’t heard me rant about it before, it’s easy! $5 for a portion of soup and a vote! Listen to locals talk about their projects, and at the end vote on which you like the best. Winner takes home the proceeds. Such an cool grass roots funder. So stop by for a bowl of soup and a vote!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! (Hopefully the Irish luck will cancel out the bad luck from Friday the 13th!) Have fun this weekend, enjoy the warm weather, and be safe!
Friday, March 13th – 8am-7pm ; 123 Monroe St.
D:Hive is no more, but no worries! The Detroit Experience factory combined with Build Institute is the new D:Hive. The Factory focuses on being the welcome center for the City. Soo, stop by today for the Grand Opening! Check out what they have to offer and they’re new programs. Did I mention there’ll be free food?
Friday, March 13 – St. Andrews
Celebrate 313 Day with some of Detroit’s best hip-hop artists. (March 13th = 3/13 = 313 Day!) The newly famous Dej Loaf will be performing along with many other talented artists. Tickets are $20.
Sunday, March 15 – 10am/12pm
Put on your best green and come out to celebrate some Irish(ish) culture! If you’re in the mood, run the 5k before the parade with over 10,000 others. Be sure to dress up for the run too! Stay around for the parade, which kicks off at noon. Last years parade was freezing, but thank Mother Nature for reasonable temperatures this year!
Can’t/don’t feel like coming out for the parade? No problem. Wear your green at home and grab a brew and watch the parade at LiveDetroit.tv – they’ll be live streaming the parade from PJ’s Lager House in Corktown!
Remember to enjoy the weather and be safe this weekend!
Happy March! Take a deep breath and inhale the 45 degree weather this weekend and exhale the snow and 20 degree weather from last week!
Hamtramck Music Festival
I’ve never blogged about a non-Detroit event, and I contemplated it for a while, but I couldn’t help but share! This weekend is the second annual Hamtramck Music Festival! Hamtramck’s best bars and venues are filled with live performers night and day, and it’s only $10 for a wristband that gets you into everywhere. Most venues are 18+, but some are 21+. With the warmish weather, it’ll be perfect to roam concert to concert all weekend! Get more info and tickets here!
2015 Mix & Mash Weekend
Don’t feel like roaming Hamtramck? No problem. Hopcat is offering a weekend of awesome DJs. Buy a wristband for $20 for one night or $30 for both nights and enjoy the sounds of some creative DJs. Get your tickets and more here!
This week is a little slow in special events, but there’s no reason you can’t take advantage of the Detroity things that are here every day. It’s the first warm weekend all year – enjoy a walk on the river, or grab a coffee from Roasting Plant (not Starbucks) and chill out at Campus Martius downtown. Or revisit your favorite little stores on Cass Ave. Or check out one (or more) of the Free Press’ top 10 New Restaurants of the Year! Or did you hear about the new record store Paramita Sound? Go listen to some cool music and pick out your fav record to hang on your wall (if you don’t have a record player). Whatever you do this weekend, don’t do nothing! Because you have no excuse to enjoy the 45 degree weather!
Happy Love Day! Whether you’re single, taken, hate Valentine’s Day, love Valentine’s Day, or don’t care, check out some of the things happening around town this weekend!
Don’t feel like being outside this weekend? Don’t want to brave the movie theaters filled with people going to see 50 Shades of Grey? No problem! This is one of my favorite events all year (even though I’ve only been once). The Oscars are held at the end of February every year, and the DIA offers an awesome chance to catch some of the best films of the year! No, not the blockbusters. Instead, every weekend in February the DIA gives you the chance to see both the animated and live action Oscar nominated short films. I know, short films might sound lame to you.. but I promise, they’re not! The best part about short films is that they pack a whole story in a quarter amount of the time as a real movie, so they tend to be more interesting. Also, the nominated films tend to vary. You’ll laugh, cry, and feel tons of other emotions in the short two hours. SO, if you needlast minute plans. I DEFINITELY recommend checking out the DIA! Tickets and info about the films here!
Saturday, 10am – Hamtramck
I normally only stick to Detroit events, but we all love Paczki Day! To celebrate, Tour de Troit is hosting a 5k Packzi Run, which ends with paczki’s for the tired runners! It’s not too late to register, check here!
Saturday, 12pm – The Fillmore
The Undie run is a 1.5 mile run/party that’s hosted to raise money for The Children’s Tumor Foundation. Runners are encouraged to run in their undies, but NOT mandatory. Do what makes you comfortable! There will be a pre/post party inside the Fillmore. Register here!
Saturday, 11-4pm – Cafe Con Leche Nord
Need a last minute Valentine’s gift for someone? Want to treat your self, like you should? Just interested in some unique crafts and goods? Then Build Bazaar has you covered! The bazaar will host over 15 vendors with a diverse array of goods – the perfect pit stop for last minute gifts!
Sunday, 5-11pm – Ford Field
If you’ve been reading this blog, you probably already know how much I love Detroit SOUP. If you haven’t been reading this blog, then let me tell you. Detroit SOUP is a non-profit that started off with a brilliant, simple idea to support small local organizations doing good in Detroit. Every month a dinner will be held. You pay $5 for soup, bread, and whatever other special item they had. Your donation also got you a vote. At the dinner there would be several presentations by organization leaders who were pitching their ideas. At the end, you’d vote for which idea you enjoyed the most. The winner would take home all the money raised that evening. This year marks the 5 anniversary of Detroit SOUP. So in order to celebrate, a party will be held at Ford Field! Lots of entertainment, mingling, and even a few words from past winners are expected. Get your tickets here!
Campus Martius — Friday, February 6th- Sunday, February 8th.
Entry: 3 canned goods OR 1 children’s book OR $2, which will be donated to the Matrix Human Services Organization
In case you aren’t familiar, the Winter Blast is a winter festival held downtown at Campus Martius every February, and it’s back and bigger than ever this year! Between the ZIP LINE! and the GIANT SLIDE! and the ICE SCULPTURES! and DOG SLEDDING! and the LIVE MUSIC! and FOOD VENDORS! and ICE SKATING! there’s a little something for everyone to have a good time. For all the winter haters, there will be various tents set up with vendors and live music inside so you can stay warm (so no excuses!). For more info check out the Winter Blast site here!
- Winter Blast Bar Blast; For all of you that are 21+, there will be a post Winter Blast bar crawl on Saturday. Check it out here!
Don’t feel like being outside this weekend? No problem! This is one of my favorite events all year (even though I’ve only been once). The Oscars are held at the end of February every year, and the DIA offers an awesome chance to catch some of the best films of the year! No, not the blockbusters. Instead, every weekend in February the DIA gives you the chance to see both the animated and live action Oscar nominated short films. I know, short films might sound lame to you.. but I promise, they’re not! The best part about short films is that they pack a whole story in a quarter amount of the time as a real movie, so they tend to be more interesting. Also, the nominated films tend to vary. You’ll laugh, cry, and feel tons of other emotions in the short two hours. SO, if you need indoor weekend plans. I DEFINITELY recommend checking out the DIA! Tickets and info about the films here!
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History — Saturday, February 7th — 12-8pm
February is Black History Month! In commemoration the African American History Museum will be hosting it’s first African World Bazaar! Yes, yes.. Every summer the African American Museum does host an African World Festival in the summer, but this is the first for winter, so get excited! Filled with millions of vendors, the day will consist of listening to live music, shopping for unique crafts and jewelry, and watching live performances and demonstrations. Entry is free, so make sure you stop by to scope out the vendors and see a live performance or two!
Come back next weekend for lots of Valentine’s fun for the taken and the single!