This post is exciting for me to write About two years ago, I was on a run (two miles or so, I’ve never been very good lol) and right before my eyes, TWO businesses were putting up their “now open” signs. It became very evident to me that it is a very exciting time to be in Detroit. We out here growing y’all! Check out my list of things that didn’t exist/ have grown exponentially since I arrived in Detroit.
The environment in this coffee shop is pretty much conducive to everything that you want to do. Work, have a meeting, chat, sit in your lonesome and contemplate life, the place is YOURS! It’s truly beautiful. And I can recommend the cider and “hot Mexican” (a spicy mocha!) Also, they serve beer and wine! Yaaaassss…
2. Slow Roll
My first Slow Roll was about three years ago. I was the youngest and the most femaleish of the bunch (by that I mean the only female) and had the crappiest bike. There were about 20 of us and we went very fast (at least some of us did). There was nothing slow about it. I couldn’t keep up at all! Anyway, things have grown and progressed and Slow Roll is the absolutely BOMB! It is for EVERYONE! All shapes and sizes, all bikes, all colors, etc. It’s a truly beautiful thing and thousands gather every week to experience it. Please! If you do one thing, check out Slow Roll. You won’t be disappointed.
Third Street was actually the restaurant that I saw putting their sign up a couple years ago! I thought that it was like a branch of Union Street (also a very good restaurant). Third Street is like my local midtown bar. I loveeee the environment. I can dance, sit and talk, meet new people, whatever and I love it. Also – no one is forcing me to buy drinks cuz sometimes I just aint got the money! It’s just super chill and the people are great. Ps – Dangerously Delicious Pies is in the back and yes, they’re definitely delicious <3
4. La Feria
I met Elias, one of the owners, at Run This Town Detroit. We all actually ran to a restaurant for vote for him to win this grant to start his own “tapas” bar (I always thought he said “topless!”) Anyway, they won! And now they have this beautifully delicious Spanish Tapas restaurant. My Spanish friends said that is actually authentic too Check them out!
I love me some Thursdays in the D. Honestly, shhh don’t tell but my favorite part of Wayne State is Detroit (yes! I said it!) So anything that the university does to connect to the community is great in my book. <3 Check out Thursdays in the D for tons of great activities in the local area. Connect yo’self!
- 6. Whole Foods
Do ya’ll remember when Whole Food opened? People were FREAKING OUT! Seriously tho. I remember hearing someone in Ann Arbor say, “oh you live in Detroit, cool they have a Whole Foods now” as if Whole Foods was the answer to all of our prayers. Lol! I’m not sure about all that, but I am sure that the company does cool things for the community. They always have events and good food. I can dig!
New Center has everything that the soul needs. Every week they have a variety of great concerts (from gospel to rap to rock), movie nights, and DANCE PARTIES! I can’t get enough. Also, it is so close to campus. You can walk! And you should. Believe me <3
By far, my most absolutely, top, totally, extremely favorite community to be a part of (especially in working out). These are the most encouraging people that yo will every meet. Try me! Go to one session (Tuesdays at 6 pm and Saturday at 11am), network a little, work out a little, networkout a lot (clever of them right?) and try coming back feeling bad about yourself. YOU WON’T! These people are amazing. I’m so thankful for our community. Can’t get me enough of the love <3
This is super unique! (Like Detroit). Tons of artists place different exhibits/ activities in the midtown area and you walk around and enjoy <3 Last year there was a bike light decorating class thing. Yeah, we don’t mess around. Be sure to check it out on September 26th and 27th.
This coffee house is very quaint I’ve only been once and I got a chai tea. Delishhhhhhh! Also, it’s cute in there and the location is nice. Could be your new study spot, ay?
Pretty much national news in our backyard. Yeah, Bill Clinton came to check it out. All American made products, no big deal. We see you Shinola! Although I can’t afford anything in there, I love the idea and love that there are people investing in our community <3
THROWBACK! Lol I know this is random but I remember when Jets opened and that junk was a big deal. Jets was actually like a little answer to our prayers. We were sick of Dominoes! Do ya’ll remember that excitement? Hahah just wanted to take a moment and remember that.
13. The Auburn
I’m not really that interested in the apartments here cuz they expensive as a muhhh but I am in love with all of the shops! There’s Source Booksellers (a fiction book store that used to be across the street with Spiral Collective, the people are absolutely wonderful at both of these places). There’s Cass Corridog (a super cute name), Hugh (sells all things “bachelor pad style”), The Butcher’s Daughter (an art gallery) and some more awesome stuff.
Growth is awesome, our community is great and I’m so thankful for being here. Happy exploring!
I know, I know, I can’t deal with it either! Like every summer before and every summer to come, this summer has flown by. I hate to even think about it but before we know it, we’ll be back in the recording breaking snow/ cold (doesn’t it seem like it’s record breaking every year?) Anyway, I say that we go out with a bang and make August really last. Here’s a couple of ways this weekend to start the month off that way.
Friday, August 1
Alyssa Simmons Concert
Free and (kinda) walkable!
A cluster of spicy, spunky sounding all the way from Motown classic to catchy modern pop. Sounds…. weird. WE LIKE WEIRD.
Trio Nova Mundi
7 & 8:30 pm
Detroit Institute of Arts
Free and walkable!
Violin, cello and piano fused beautifulness (is that a word?) Ps – I think this is italian for Three New Worlds. <3
Saturday, August 2
Meklit Hadero (for the African World Festival)
New Center Park
Free and walkable!
The website says that her style is a “soulful melody of jazz, folk & East African sounds” and I say “yaaaaaaaaasssss”.
Movie Night in the D – The Lego Movie
Campus Martius Park
Free and (kinda) walkable!
Free movie. Big Screen. Cool buildings. Fun people. Delicious food. Awww yeahhhh
The Trinity International Film Festival
The Carr Center
Okay, not gonna lie I’m not sure if this event really exists… haha. The website is just kinda not detailed but I aint even mad because ya know what, those make for the BEST adventures! Plus, take it for me. If you show up to this museum and there aren’t any films, you’ll be totally in awe at the museum itself anyway <3 Try it out yall!
Detroit City Theatre
Join one of Detroit’s many beautiful theatre production companies in honoring Ernie, our favorite sports broadcaster.
Make the most of it y’all
I celebrated my 313 day in styyyyyle This entire week I did “Detroity” things and loved it. How could I not? Our city is definitely something to celebrate.
I went on lots of bike rides with my little sister (have you checked out Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Detroit lately? Have I mentioned how rewarding this program is? Ask me sometime when I have hours to talk about how much I learn from my spunky, fun, smart little sister. Forreal tho ps- yes! She’s my real sister now). We went to some music events and celebrated at the Detroit Historical Museum’s birthday bash. It was a fun filled week of Detroitness.
Biking in/to Southwest, Detroit (Mexicantown) -Friday, July 18
My sister, Shaterria and I, rode all the way to Southwest Detroit for lunch. On the way, we met up with some cool people at a local non-profit just chill in outside. We were literally riding around, they were playing badmitten and ask if we wanted to join. Of course we did! That’s what Detroit (to me) is all about. The community <3
We ate lunch at Evies, a delicious Mexican restaurant that has super cheap lunches. I ate the burrito lunch and she had the pancakes. We both like to eat In Southwest this week, we also visited Michocana for some ice-cream (I got the chocobanana because they are soooooo dang good even though they look kinda funny). Outside, we met a man and funded his “feed my kitty fund”. He was nice! Again, it’s all about that community.
From there, we went to Detroit Farm and Garden (a random place that I’ve never been to before) and played with some stuff that we shouldn’t be touching. We are the same in that too, we like to do things that we shouldn’t. Right next door is the fascinating 555 Gallery which is a super sweet art museum that used to be a police station. Artists use the cells to house their work. It was super legit! Shaterria liked it too but couldn’t figure out why “that sculpture of that woman is naked”. Haha <3 We drove by Grand Central Station and took advantage of the empty parking lot to practice bike tricks. Shaterria can do some legit stuff
Crash Detroit/ Mercury Bar – Saturday, July 19
On Saturday, Shaterria and I had another long bike riding day. We biked to Grand Central Station for some Crash Detroit, a “movement” that provides free access to music and arts in the process of meeting awesome people, dancing and enjoying Detroit. IT WAS LEGIT! And super fun. We enjoyed the music, the fire breathing dragon (that came from the event Marche Du Nain Rouge a VERY Detroitish event that takes place in March every year, please check it out if you haven’t yet) and a delicious burger at Mercury Bar and some more music and dancing. I love that Shaterria met some of the band members after and they were so kind, encouraging her to pursue music <3 Yaaaaaasssss Detroit. Thank you for always giving us a good time <3
Coneys – Sunday, July 20
Slow Roll – Monday, July 21
Slow Roll was the bomb as always. Over 3,000 bikers came out. LEGIT! We started at the Traffic Jam (which is delicious BTW) and right around the corner from us. We headed West then north and back south. We passed by the beautiful Lasalle Gardens on the west side and partied a little more when we got back to Traffic Jam. I aint kidding, Detroiters know how to get down.
Detroit’s actual 313th birthday – Thursday, July 24
Okay so Thursday was by far the COOLEST of all the days. I mean it should be, it’s the actual birthday! Highlights include – a visit to the Heidelberg Project where we all met Tyree Guyton (the founder and creator of the project), Shaterria painted a polka dot on his street and hosted her own TV show. Yeah, I aint kidding. Detroit is the ish!
Second stop was at the Detroit Historical Museum where we drove old cars (or at least pretended), made our own music in their new music exhibit, learned about the assembly line and listened to some good beats.
Finally, we visited the New Center Park for their Thursday Night Concert series and heard the Motown Gospel Choir. Brought tears to my eyes. So much love and passion in all of the art forms that we were able to experience this week.
I think my week was pretty “Detroit” (I think Detroit should actually be it’s own adjective!) How was your week Detroit? How did you celebrate our beautiful city’s 313th birthday?
Wow. Our wonderful city is getting pretty old. On July 24, 2014, Detroit turns 313 and (as if we need an excuse to party) that’s a huge reason to celebrate. There is literally something (several somethings) awesome to do every single day of our 313th birthday week. The Detroit Historical Museum itself is having tons of events this week. Check those out here. There are tons of other events too! Check it out y’all and happy exploring.
Friday, July 18
Friday Night Live: James ‘Blood’ Ulmer
7 & 8:30 p.m.
Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA)
Guitarist James Blood Ulmer has a cool combination of jazz, rock and funk in his music. Can’t imagine a better way to celebrate Detroit’s birthday week. We love us some jazz/ rock/ funk. Mostly we just like to shake our booties and this music is always good for that. <3
Detroit – Bruce Weber
Now until September 07
Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA)
Before/ after enjoying some cool jams, why don’t you hit up this newish exhibit right outside the Deigo Rivera murals? I finally went and it’s super cool. Photography (if done well) really provides the audience with a new perspective of something that they may already know (or think they know). And this exhibit definitely did this for me. I’m thankful for the art in the DIA! I hope you’re also able to spend some time appreciating it.
Saturday, July 19
Roosevelt Park (Grand Central Station)
A family friendly party including live street bands, visual and performing arts. Also, again with the Detroit pride. Roosevelt park is right in front of the beautiful, historic Grand Central Station. Seriously, you should see this place. Gorgeous and so historic! And the music? Awwwww, yeah.
The Detroit Portrait Series/ The Blackman Revue Show
Reception 7-10 p.m. and music at 10 p.m.
Free and walkable!
Join Cass Cafe and the community in celebrating the opening reception of the Detroit Portrait Series, a collection of large portraits of social and political leaders as well as everyday heroes from the past. #Throwback #DetroitLove. After the reception, kick back and enjoy a free musical performance of funkadelic, old school sounds with a modern musical twist.
New Center Saturday Showcase: Invincible+
New Center Park
Free and walkable!
Trust me y’all – this performance will make you wanna be the change. It’ll be political, motivating, resilient and fun. Kinda like the spirit of Detroit. Check this out. Invincible is seriously the ish. P.S. - Did anyone else notice how many free, walkable, musical events are here this weekend? I ain’t even complaining <3
Sunday, July 20
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Detroit Historical Museum
Free and walkable!
Someone once told me that “the one thing that we don’t lack in this world is stories.” And that is so exciting to me! Come hear some of the people of Detroit (from all backgrounds!) tell their stories.
Monday, July 21
Detroit Love Ice Cream Social
Join local organizations for a beautiful (as always) day at the Detroit Riverfront. There will be a picnic games, ice cream, music and, as always, TONS of love for our great city.
Detroit Slow Roll Mondays
Traffic Jam and Snug
Slow Roll is full of characters and I promise you that you will learn/ see something new about Detroit. Whether it’s socializing with someone that you just met or seeing a new place, you’ll love it. PROMISE! Get it, I like this thing.
Tuesday, July 22
Arsenal of Democracy Day
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Detroit HIsotrical Museum
Free and walkable!
Make your own propaganda poster and learn about the World War 2 victory gardens. (It may not be that “exciting” but it’s important too!)
Wednesday, July 23
313th Birthday Classic Car Show
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Detroit Historical Museum
Free and walkable!
Cars are a serious part of our history. Come celebrate the automobile (and therefore Detroit) by checking out classic cars from tons of eras and learn about how Detroit played a huge role in the industry (Okay, we pretty much are the car industry.).
Museum of Contemporary Arts Detroit (MOCAD)
I honestly don’t know if I am writing zeros or ohs which makes this band kind of cooky and I kind of like it. MOCAD describes it as having a “musical language all its own” and “warped perceptions of what constitutes pop and experimental music.” I mean, let’s be real. Detroit is kinda weird so I’m sure that we can appreciate some different music like these guys. Check em out!
Thursday, July 24 -ACTUAL BIRTHDAY!
Every Thursday, join the Whitney for an outdoor garden party. They mention the ability to “escape the incessant buzz of city life and peak into a previous chapter of Detroit”. Idk about all that, LOL, but it does sound like a great way to enjoy some history (this building is beautiful) and kick back and chill. P. S. - I’d imagine that there will be some extra fun activities for Detroit’s actual birthday.
313th Birthday Party at the Detroit Historical Museum - THE BIG EVENT! ** :)
Detroit Historical Museum
Free and walkable!
Join one of Detroit’s best museums to party and celebrate Detroit style With dancing, food and drinks of course. Check out the Detroit Historical Museum’s schedule of events for our 313th birthday week here.
New Center Concert:Motown Legend’s Gospel Choir
New Center Park
Free and walkable!
Motown is a very important part of Detroit history! (And a very fun part of it too.) I can imagine it will be like a huge Detroit birthday party. Soooo beautiful sounding! <3
Happy birthday, beautiful! <3
A DUCK! What? Yeah, so I did this photography project (I know, WSU classes are awesome) and photographed various cool areas of Detroit highlighting the diversity, culture and community feeling of our beautiful city. Hope you enjoy! Ps- If even this little ducky can get out and explore, YOU CAN TOO! Lol Let’s call her… D-Duck (I know pure creativity on my part). She’s ready for some exploring. Like all good Detroiters, D-Duck takes her bike to do her exploring. She takes advantage of the growing biking lanes and if she had more time she would definitely hit up Slow Roll Detroit, Critical Mass and rent a bike for some riverfront riding at Wheelhouse Detroit.
Midtown – First stop for D-Duck was Midtown (Duh). She loved riding past Nest, City Bird, Shinola, Traffic Jam, Motor City Brewery, seeing from afar some hipsters chillin outside the Bronx, leading her to the beautiful West Canfield Historic District and finally past Third Street Saloon / Dangerously Delicious Pies. She had to go back to visit everything on Willis including Avalon, Goodwells Market and Spiral Collective. This led her to Cass where she passed tonsssss of cool ish including Cass Cafe, Shangri-La, Go Sy Thai, Cass Corridog, Source Booksellers and tons more that she is feeling too overwhelmed to list. She hurried over to Woodward in order to pass quickly by the new dog park on the corner of Cass and Canfield because she is a little afraid. She passed by Great Lakes Coffee, the Majestic Theatre/ Magic Stick/ Garden Bowl, the Museum of Contemporary Arts Detroit (side note! She stopped in for a youth poetry slam and was super impressed by the city’s talent.) She made it to main Wayne State campus (of course!) and finally made it over to the gorgeous Detroit Institute of Arts with the stunning main branch of the Detroit Public Library standing tall on the other side. She passed the Detroit Historical Museum, Good Girls Go to Paris, the Peacock Room and tons of more shops (as if she hadn’t already bought enough goodies). She was feeling exhausted already. She thought, “WHAT? People say there isn’t anything here? I would need years to see all these cools places. She loved midtown for it’s art, culture and life. <3 The heart of Detroit!
New Center/ Tech Town – D-Duck made her sweet way all the way down Woodward north to the Boulevard (Grand Blvd). She saw the beautiful Fisher Building which has a theatre and is architecturally stunning. She passed by the Henry Ford Academy for Creative Studies proof that you CAN receive a great education within city limits (think about it people!) She was happy to see TONS of people hanging out at the New Center Park for either a movie night, concert or dance party (or all at once). Either way, she found that this park get’s down. After passing a few big cool lookin hospitals, she made her way to The Motown Museum – Hitsville U.S.A. and was amazed by the history that the city has. Not only is there so much to do, there is a history of art, resilience, struggle and triumph. She loved New Center/ Tech Town for it’s innovative attitude without forgetting their history and of course, the sense of community. She was falling in love with the D!
Corktown - From New Center, D-Duck took the long journey to Corktown. There she found TONS of outdoor art exhibits, hipsters and urban farms. She loved it too! She couldn’t help but stop at the Corktown kitty monument, made just ‘cuz Detroiters are out here doing cool shtuff. She rode by Nancy Whiskey, Spaulding Court (a beautiful historical building) the old Tigers Stadium (more history!), Detroit Institute of Bagels, Slows Barbecue, Mercury Bar, the Imagination Station (a community take over) and Michigan Central Station (more cool history!) If she had more time she would have stopped at Green Dot Stables cuz she heard their sliders are the junk (and they really are!) She loved Corktown for the history and the community feeling. She saw people hanging out on their stoops, community gardens, tons cyclists and she just kinda felt like it was a place where people knew each other.
Southwest/ Mexican Town – Next stop was the tour guide’s personal favorite (yes, that’s me). Southwest or Mexicantown (what the people who don’t know the area call it) is an area filled with culture, festivals, traditions and community (a common theme in the D). First she drove through the gringo part of Southwest where she found Xolimilcos (a popular place for post Tiger’s game people to go), Evies and La Gloria. She couldn’t possibly name all of the places. She continued down Bagley, cut over to Vernor and passed Cafe con Leche, a very well known place in the area. She stopped in and saw that everyone knew each other, the coffee was delicious, the culture was very evident and she was lucky enough to catch the tail end of an open mic night. It was legit! On her left, she saw Clark Park, a park that is very important to the community (she heard Tigers players make visits sometimes). There, she saw an ice rink for the winter and kids playing futbol, football and baseball. It made her miss her little ducky family who would have loved the place! She continued down Vernor very frequently passing nonprofit organizations reaching out to those in need, taco trucks and bakeries. She finally made it to her guide’s favorite ever restaurant, Mi Pueblo. She had tacos with carne asada and pollo. YUM. She loved Southwest for its culture, community feeling and art.
Eastern Market - After a little Mi Pueblo snack, D- Duck made the long hike over to the Eastern Market. She waddled around, bought some fresh veggies and saw tons of characters. She loved the Eastern Market for it’s diversity, freshness and openness. It seemed that anyone was willing to talk with her! She also noticed that there were people there from all walks of life, gathering to enjoy the same thing. She loved the environment especially the outdoor music at Bert’s Marketplace and the ice cream at Mootown.
Wayne State - Before heading to her last location, D-Duck admired Wayne State’s beautiful campus silhouette in front of the Detroit sunset. <3 She was officially in love with the city.
Downtown – D-Duck finally made it downtown to the place where most people would visit first (D-Duck is a little weird). She loved the Riverfront, looking at Belle Isle and the Canada side of the River. She found the architecture, the lights and the nightlife just another beautiful aspect of her new favorite city. She also thought Greektown was the ish.
Okay, so I know this post was even cheesier than normal (didn’t think it was possible did you?) but I thought it was a really cool assignment that I did. Made me think – What would happen to Detroit if people came and saw it through this perspective? Simple and pure and without effect from what the media tells us about it? I think things would be a little different. My point is, there is a lot of great things happening here; there is a ton of room for growth, however, focusing on the positive can only be a good thing.
Concert of Colors
Various locations (DIA, Orchestra Hall, Arab American Museum)
This event is the ish! All around Midtown, there will be awesome concerts highlighting a variety of great music.
HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY! Time to celebrate our independence y’all. Detroit’s got you covered with cool things to do
Friday, July 4
Fourth of July Rock ‘n’ Roll Barbecue/ Pig Roast
2 PM – All night
Nancy Whisky (Woodbridge/ North Corktown area)
No better way to celebrate ‘Merica! Join Nancy Whiskey to eat some meat, drink some beers and celebrate the red white and blue.
Random party on Belle Isle
IT’S PARTIES ALL OVER THE CITY RIGHT NOW! If I were you, I would gather the crew and walk around the city and find some new, random people to talk with. I know people say this place is dangerous and blah blah blah but I think that you truly don’t understand the openness and community spirit of this place until you have walked around and felt it. So spread the love and trust me, there’s plenty out there being spread RIGHT NOW! Get out there
Saturday, July 5
Saturday at the Eastern Market
I just can’t help but mention that we should all visit the Eastern Market as much as we possible can this summer. It is just plain old good for the soul.
Concert of Colors Opening Concert
New Center Park
Celebrate Afrobeat On the real though, our country is such a melting pot so celebrating any culture this holiday is totally fitting. I’m SOO into getting down to some afrobeats. It’s really great!
The Union Suits at PJ Lager House
PJ Lagers House (Corktown)
Another cool hipstery Corktown bar showing the band called the Union Suits known as having a “high plains outlaw country” sound. Hey, sounds legit.
Sunday, July 6
In honor of Indpendence Day, finally make your choice between the two famous Detroit coneys (owned by brothers). I’m a Lafayette girl (although my last visit I found a cockroach on the wall, oh well). Which one will you pick?
Happy Independence Day y’all! Thankful four our country’s melting pot of cultures and various freedoms. We still have a long way to go, but I’m thankful to have been brought up here. <3
Well, again it wasn’t difficult to find awesome things to do in the D this weekend. Don’t waste a minute of this beautiful summer! DO something new and random Imma be out there with you. PS – Keep me posted if I’m missing anything.
Friday, June 27
Trumbull and Warren (Matthaei soccer fields)
Alright, I know y’all think I’m obsessed and I probably am but this is an awesome event that every Detroiter/ human being must do! Check it out. I promise you won’t be disappointed
Museum of Contemporary Arts Detroit (MOCAD)
Chicha is this alcoholic beverage made in South America from corn. It’s supaaaa strong (I actually had it in Ecuador!) Anyway, any event with it’s name included must be a riot. Plus, the MOCAD is always filled with characters, so I know it will be legit.
Saturday, June 28
Call for immigration reform protest
11:30 am – 12:45 pm
McNamara Federal Building (477 Michigan Ave.)
Whether you agree with the motives of this particular movement or not, I think that everyone should get involved in a movement that they are passionate about. Detroit is a great place to start! There are people hurting who need to be defended and we are a generation that can make a change! Sorry for the seriousness… butttttt if you’re interested in this particular movement, see you there. Get involved in your community y’all (no matter what movement it is)! We out here
A popular folktale told with a twist usin gthe language of urban America featuring hip-hop and rap to retell the tale. It’s a tale of community togetherness. Sounds legit.
Sunday, June 29
Detroit City FC Futbol Game
Cass Tech High School
“City ’til I die” and “We lift Detroit in soccer” are their mottos. I can really dig it! Also, probably because I’m the world’s biggest bandwagon soccer fan and all of this world cup hype has really got me excited.
Tuesday, July 1
USA FIFA Outdoor match showing
THE US IS KICKING BUTT! And of course, Detroiters are always looking for an excuse to party. Join fellow Detroiters downtown for a viewing party. Details will be announced but it will probably be in Cadillac Square like this last game. I don’t want to jinx it, but this might be the last opportunity to see them play. ‘MERICA.
This Saturday, June 21 marks the longest day of the year (something about the way the earth is in relation to the sun at the perfect angle, blah blah… IDK! I didn’t study science lol). What I DO know is that there is tons of things to do in the extra daylight, especially in Detroit, well DUH!
Detroit Riverdays is a great way to spend the day of the year with the most sunlight <3 Check it outttt. It should be a great time. (Ps – Disclaimer! These aren’t my photos) List of activities below
It’s like a carnival! But with a much better view than your small town’s and with carnies with a Detroit twist. Ps- Don’t ride the yellow one if you have a weak stomach (I know from experience :/ )
Wha whaaaa!??! I had no idea that was possible. So gorgeous!
It aint a Detroit party without some jams (but you already knew that). There’s a long list of a bands from the whole spectrum <3 me some Detroit diversity.
They call them “buskers”. Idk what that is, but it sound coooooo. Looks like no matter what you do at Riverdays, you’ll be entertained. (Even for the full, longest summer day that we got!)
If you have’t ran through the sprinkler things directly outside the Ren Cen yet, you’re doing something wrong (or maybe I’m just a child). This is literally always available! Riverdays is a great time to take advantage of this opportunity. A couple other things about the riverfront that NEVER change: the sunset, bike rentals (from Wheelhouse Detroit), the merry-go-round, the smell of the fresh water, the smiling faces, the view of the skyline, the wonderful people fishing everywhere, the view of Canada, and tons more.
Soooo… It’s safe to say that Detroit has you covered on ways to spend the longest day of the summer. Every time I realize how much is happening, I get a little too excited haha Happy Detroiting ya’ll!
With so much wonderful time on my hands, I created a list of things that I WILL do this summer. Sooooo, yeah. I better get started. Trust me, the list is longer than what I was able to have on here too. There is so much to do here! Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise (they are clearly blind). Much love and much exploring!
Yes, the state takeover has been controversial to say the least. However, we can’t argue that the nature of this island is one to be valued and appreciated. Of course, I have visited Detroit’s very unique island (if you haven’t, seriously, get on it!) However, there are several things on Belle Isle that I still have not done. It’s safe to say that probably the more time that I spend on Belle Isle this summer, the better.
Yes, THERE’S A BEACH IN DETROIT! I know, I know. Mind blown right? It’s cuz not many people know about it (which in my opinion, makes it even cooler). Anyway, it’s beautiful and you can watch the skyline while you get your swim on. Oh yea, I’ve heard there’s rumors that there will be kayaks/ surf board rentals available.
Love me some fishies I can’t believe that after it’s reopening in 2012, I still haven’t been! It’s open every Saturday and Sunday from 10 am – 4 pm. (Yes, it’s totally free! Despite my graduation, I still have a student mentality, LOL)
Open daily 10 am – 5 pm. ‘Nuff said.
Yaaaaaaaaaaassss. After visiting another country, I realize that the US is the only country in the world that doesn’t appreciate the beauty of futbol (football in it’s original definition). Check out the skyline in this picture (okay, and the dudes). But this is definitely at the top of my bucket list items for obvious reasons. <3
I know I know, it’s kind of embarrassing that I still haven’t gone. Truth is, I’ve always been a little afraid that Whole Foods is wayyyy out of my budget. However, I just became aware (thanks Julie!) about the TONS of programs (like more than any fellow RA could imagine). Sooooo I’ve added shopping at Whole Foods on my list (even if it’s just once). And yes, I will be taking advantage of some of the events that they have going on. Check em out.
Every other Thursday, local artists come and share their stuffs. Free, frequent and right in our backyard. Don’t mind if I do thanks.
I’m a little sad that I didn’t hear about this place before because it seems like the ish forreal. The New Center, neighbors to Midtown, contains the Motown Museum, The Fisher Building and New Center Park (duhhh). The place is gorgeous and totally on the rise. I’ve heard people call it like a technology/ business hub.
That’s right, every single Wednesday New Center Park shows a film, FO FREE YALL.
Yes… every single Thursday they show concerts FO FREE YALL. Check out the schedule here.
Again, every single Saturday there’s a dance party FO FREE YALL (see the pattern?) Pshh and people say there isn’t anything happening in this city. Feel that burn?
I saw some of the “kids” of this organization perform at a conference and heard some of the leaders speak at a film showing and this place is legit. It’s basically an organisation that teaches the 5 elements of hip hop as a creative outlet to our city’s youth. I can’t believe I haven’t made it out to a show yet because seriously, they are super talented, politically involved and overall extremely impressive. I can’t wait to make it out to a show.
What’s on YOUR Detroit summer bucket list? Have you made it out to any of these places?
Critical Mass Review
Critical Mass is THE BOMB! Forreal tho. How can you go wrong with a bunch of fiesty (towards drivers) bikers… literally a thousand. I attribute this ride to much of my knowledge of Detroit and love the group for that. Critical Mass happens the last Friday of every month and meets right on WSU’s campus (Warren and Trumbull). Prepare to meet some characters and see some Detroit.
Critical Mass was originally created to promote the concept that cyclists exist and deserve a place on the road #WeOutHere. It is now celebrated by more than 3000 cities all over the world! It’s cool feeling like you’re a part of something that is bigger than us, ya dig?
So the purpose of the ride is to be completely spontaneous and have no plans but simply to occupy the streets via bicycles. Here’s the May 30th story…
17.35 miles of adventure and stories. We hit up (in order) Our starting place, 2. Woodbridge, 3. a little of the Westside, 4. Southwest, 5. Corktown, 6. Downtown, 7. the Eastern Market, 8. a little of the Eastside, 9. the Dequindre Cut and 10. Midtown, before returning to our starting spot on Trumbull and Warren.
1. Starting place (Warren and Trumbull, RIGHT ON CAMPUS!)
2. Woodbridge (literally right off campus)
3. Westsideish / Southwestish
7. Eastern Market
8. The Eastside
9. The Dequindre Cut - A railroad track on the Eastside (near the Eastern Market) renovated into a beautiful bike/ walking path with graffiti art all over.
Events this weekend
Friday, June 6 – Sunday, June 8
Campus Martius Park
Love is love. Come celebrate pride and encourage others!
Wednesday, June 4 – Sunday, June 8
Various Locations (Detroit Film Theatre, Cinema Detroit, College of Creative Studies)
SOOOOOO many good films showing in Detroit (and in Ann Arbor but let’s be real, the D is where it’s at). A couple of the ones most appealing to me
- 1982, “A well crafted portrait of black life in 1980s Philadelphia”. Showing on Friday, June 6 at 7:15 pm at the Charles H. Wright Museum.
- To Kill a Man, “tells the story of Jorge, an unassuming father and husband whose neighborhood in Chile has become victimized by a local gang”. Showing on Saturday, June 7 at 9:30 pm at the Detroit Film Theatre and Sunday, June 8 at 2 pm at Cinema Detroit.
Woodbridge Neighborhood Yard Sale
Saturday, June 7 – Sunday, June 8
9 am – 5 pm each day
The Historic Woodbridge community (Bound by Lincoln Street to the east, Martin Luther King and Grand River Ave to the south, Rosa Parks to the west, and I-94 Service Drive to the north)
Woodbridge has some serious characters so I can only imagine the cool stuff you can pick up at their neighborhood yard sale. Hit it up!
Sunday, June 8
6 pm doors, 7 pm proposals, 8 pm dinner, 9 pm winners
The Jam Handy, 2900 E. Grand Blvd
Detroit SOUP is by far one of my favorite things that our community does. The concept is simple but super creative. The community comes together, pays $5, listens to proposals from community members hoping to do some unique project, votes for their favorite proposal, eats delicious donated food (soup, salad, bread) and gets to celebrate the winner of the micro-grant at the end of the night. Talk about community grassroots togetherness. I feel all warm inside <3 seriously though, try and be a part of this. It might make you feel differently about our community.