Happy, Happy December! This week is filled with fun crafty events, giving you the perfect chance to get some unique gifts for friends and family, as well as some toys for yourself!
Saturday, December 6th 5-10pm – Midtown, Detroit
Noel Night is back and bigger! Saturday evening Midtown will transform into a fun-filled zone with activities, music, games, vendors, and much more! There will be over 70 locations open for the public to visit, and over 200 musical/art performances. From restaurants to museums to shops, Midtown will be buzzing with all sorts of interactive displays and activities! This is the one winter event that you don’t want to miss! Check the schedule and map here!
Saturday, December 6th 10am-7pm
Sunday, December 7th 11am-6pm
Masonic Temple; 500 Temple, Detroit 48201
The Detroit Urban Craft Fair is one of the largest, selling unique goods made by over 100 local and national vendors! For $1 admission, you can listen to some tunes and peruse the thousands of goodies that will be on sale! This is the perfect opportunity to get something heartfelt instead of a generic gift!
Sunday, December 7th 12-4pm – Signal Return; 1345 Division, Detroit 48207
Signal Return is an awesome letterpress shop in Eastern Market. Every year they hold an open session where you can go in and print your own holiday cards! You can also purchase some of the pre-printed cards, posters, and other goods. This year they’ve also invited some other vendors, such as Germack and Pinwheel bakery to set up shop! Regardless if you want to print your own letters, I definitely recommend stopping by if you’ve never been!
Wednesday, December 10 7pm-10pm – 1331 Broadway, Detroit, 48226
I know it’s not on the weekend, but I had to include it! Punch Bowl Social is Downtown’s newest addition! The venue will be a bar/restaurant/bowling alley/ and overall social gathering place to have fun and play games! The entry is $10, but all the proceeds go to the Salvation Army! Also, it’s 21+ after 10pm. If you can’t make it for the grand opening, then definitely plan a night to check this new spot out!
I hope you all had a very filling Thanksgiving! I also hope instead of going out to the malls for Black Friday shopping you will participate in Small Business Saturday and shop local in Detroit! D:hive and the Experience Factory did an awesome job in pin pointing some of the city’s best small shops. Check it out below!
Friday, November 28th 9:00pm – UFO Factory; 2110 Trumbull, Detroit, 48216
For a $5 cover, you can dance your heart out at the party of the universe! The UFO Factory is one of the newest additions to Corktown. The bar/music venue/art gallery will host events often, being a central location for artists and those who like to have a good time!
Friday, November 28th 10:00pm – Majestic; 4120 Woodward, Detroit, 48201
It’s back! After you hit up the Space Bang at the UFO Factory, come by Funk Night at Majestic! With a $5 cover for 21+ and $10 for 18+ the night will consist of live performances and a few DJs taking the stage! This is a dance party that you won’t want to miss! So come out (don’t forget your dancing shoes) and get jiggy with it with hundreds of other people!
Challenge yourself this year! Don’t just hit the malls for some generic goods. Instead, check out the hundreds of small shops in Detroit and support local! The Experience Factory will be at D:hive from 11-4pm on Saturday with information on the various Detroit shops and their deals for the day! You can find the list of shops with their discounts for the day here! In addition to the premier shops that are participating in the event, also ask for a Detroit retail checklist, which includes a list of all the stores in the greater downtown area!
There’s a couple events around town this weekend, but the spotlight is definitely taken up by the tree lighting ceremony downtown on Friday along with many Campus Martius activities, which will continue all season long!
Friday, November 21st 5pm – Campus Martius
Conquer the cold and come out for a wonderful winterland of fun downtown! The evening will consist of many live musical performances, ice skating, drinks, food, photos with Santa, carriage rides, and much more! The festivities will begin at 5, the ceremony at 6:30, and the lighting at 7:45! This year is expected to attract thousands, so be sure to get down early!
Campus Martius will have activities going on all winter, so if you miss the fun on Friday, come down Saturday or Sunday! Ice Skating, food, drinks, carriage rides, pics with Santa, street performers, live music, and much more will be going on every weekend!
Friday, November 21st 8-10pm – Detroit Institute of Music (DIME), 1265 Griswold, Detroit, 48226
Whether you’re a rapper, rap fanatic, or just enjoy hearing some local talents show off their rapping skills, the Rapt.fm Cypher will be a cool event to check out! Rapt.fm is a Detroit originated company that allows rappers to have battles and cyphers online! Friday’s event will be a live performance, made up of local artists! If you’re skeptical… I’ve seen some of these guys/gals live, and they’re pretty talented! (Are you a rapper? Sign up for the cypher by clicking the event title!)
Saturday, November 22nd 6pm – Offworld Arcade; 2020 14th St, Detroit, 48216
I just heard about this event the other day and it sounds so cool! How many places can you find tons of old school arcade games and play them all night with just a flat entry fee?! Offworld Arcade is an arcade that serves as a gallery and communal workspace for gaming lovers! The arcade hosts a monthly game night. $5 general admission to play all your favorite old school games. There will also be some live performances and other side activities to keep you entertained. Definitely a unique event that’s worth checking out!
This weekend is full of things to do in the D, so bundle up and check out all of these amazing events!
Friday, November 14th, 7-11pm – 1551 Winder St, Detroit, 48207
In case you weren’t hip to it already, the Red Bull House of Art serves as a home for 5-10 artists every “season.” Sponsored by Red Bull, the “House” gives the selected artists funding and space for them to produce some amazing art. It gets better though. Red Bull then sponsors a FREE opening night for all the artists to show off their talents to thousands of visitors. Did I mention there’s free booze for those of you 21+? This is by far one of my favorite nights every season. So come out to see some cool art, dance to some bumpin’ tunes, and/or mingle with the friendly crowd! (I recommend getting there early and leaving your coat in the car because it will be packed!)
Saturday, November 15th 5pm-12am – 1600 Clay St, Detroit 48211
Similar to the Red Bull House of Art, the Russell Industrial Center is home to many artists. Saturday you can check out all of there artists (15+) for FREE. These artists will be hosting exhibits, demonstrations, and other engaging showcases. And of course they’ll be good music and even better vibes! Definitely a perfect night to follow up with after a fun previous night at Red Bull House of Art!
Saturday, November 15 6-10pm – Masonic Temple; 500 Temple Street, Detroit, 48201
The Detroit Derby Girls are kicking off their 10th season this weekend with a double hitter! Personally, I’ve never been to a game (do they call them games? rallies? matches?), but I definitely have it on my bucket list for this year! There is a game at 6 and one at 8, and tickets are $18 at the door or online. So if you’re in the mood for something a little out of the ordinary, I recommend this! What’s cooler than watching some kick-butt women get aggressive while skating?!
Saturday, November 15 5-7pm – Library Street Collective; 1260 Library St, Detroit, 48226
Alley activation is coming to Detroit! SO exciting. Alley activation is when people take advantage of gross dark alley ways and transform them into beautiful attractive spaces for people to gather! This weekend marks the start of that. Stop by and check out the alley that’s located between the Library Street Collective and the Z Lot (cool/colorful new parking lot downtown – if you’e never been, do yourself a favor and park on the top floor and walk all the way down – it’s filled with awesome murals!). This new alley is termed “The Belt” and will host murals from 10+ artists from around the world (like the Z lot!). So while on your way to one of the cool events listed above, stop by here and peep the new art!
Sunday, November 16th 6-9pm – 2900 E Grand Blvd, Detroit, 48202
One of my favorites is back this weekend! Detroit SOUP is unique, creative, totally cool way to support up and coming Detroit organizations! By donating $5 you get soup, bread, a chance to meet new/fun people AND vote to support one of the presenting organizations. Yup, YOU vote! There will be a group of various organizations presenting on how/what good their doing in Detroit. At the end, you vote for which you like best. The organization who gets the most votes leaves with the evenings donations! How neat, right!? See you there!
This week is pretty chill in the city! I got some new events, a few of which happen to be repetitive – so don’t worry if you miss them this weekend! Also, be sure to come back next weekend because next weekend will be bangin’ with some cool events around town, I can’t wait to share!
Now – November 16th (Only 10 days left!) – Fisher Theatre
It’s only right that Motown the Musical premiers in Detroit! This Broadway hit is only here for 10 more days, so get tickets now! Following the life of Motown’s star, Berry Gordy, this musical shows the brilliant ins and outs of Detroit’s hayday!
Saturday, November 8th – The Majestic Theatre
Live rap battles and DJ battles will be going down at Majestic on Saturday. This will be as close as you get to seeing a live version of Eminem’s rap battle scenes in 8 mile! Tickets are $50, get them here!
Every Sunday, 5pm – Charles H. Wright Museum
Come out and get ya hustle on! Every Sunday the African American History museum hosts hustle dance lessons (I’m so excited for this!)! Classes are $7 for non-museum members, but if you attend 5 classes, you get a free museum membership! Come learn how to get your groove on, even if you have two left feet! More info here.
Friday, November 7, 7 & 8:30 pm
Sunday, November 9, 1 & 3 pm
Every have free time on a Friday evening or Sunday afternoon? The DIA has got you covered. Every weekend the DIA hosts some groovy performer/band for FREE to the public. This Friday evening the Huun Huur Tu, an acoustic quartet will take traditional compositions and give them a funky electronica spin! Sunday afternoon the Trio Fiori will be bumping some contemporary jazz for you to sway to.. they’re also noted for their engaging performances, so don’t miss out!
Happppy Halloweeeen! I’ve got some spooky events for you this weekend that include tricks and treats!
Friday, October 31st 7-11pm – Cass Community Services, 11850 Woodrow Wilson, Detroit 48206
This is one of best Detroit’s urban haunted house! If you want to be spooked then this is the place for you (and you don’t have to drive all the way to the burbs!)! Admission is $10, but all proceeds go to the Cass Community Social Services!
Friday, October 31st 10pm – Majestic, 4120 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
Wipe out your best costumes for this groovy Halloween party at Majestic! Admission is $5 for 21+ and $10 for 18+. There will be two live djs and dancing all night! Prizes will be given to those with the best costumes! This is the perfect close-to-campus Halloween partay!
Saturday, November 1st 9pm-2am – St. Andrews, 431 E Congress St, Detroit, 48226
Shoutout to Wayne State for throwing a FREE Halloween party! That’s right, all students alumni, and faculty can attend the post Halloween party held at St. Andrews on Saturday! Whip out your costume one last time and come party with friends on the dance floor!
Saturday, November 1st 7pm – Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, 48202
Admission is $10 to see this horror thriller that goes through various stories of the several guests at a country side estate in England. The stories they describe are meant to leave you shaking in your seats! This film is made for Halloween, targeting those who prefer tricks rather than treats!
Although it isn’t Halloween oriented, it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t give a shoutout to the Hilberry Theatre and the cast of this season’s Romeo and Juliet! This Shakespeare classic will be playing at the Hilberry for the next couple of months, so whenever you have a free weekend, definitely keep this in mind!
Happy Friday! One week until Halloween! Do you have your costume? I’m still working on mine.. recommendations? Anywho, I’ve got some fun Halloween and non-Halloween events for you this weekend!
Friday, October 24th 11:00pm & Saturday, October 25th 11:00pm – Cinema Detroit, 3420 Cass, Detroit, 48201
I have to admit, I’ve never seen the Rocky Horror Picture Show, but I’ve only heard good things! If you want to watch this classic this Halloween season, then I recommend you catch it at Cinema Detroit this weekend! Tickets are only $8, so get them before they sell out! There will also be other goodies sold on site.
Saturday, October 24th 12:00pm, Russel Industrial Center – 1600 Clay, Detroit, 48211
Shop for some unique vintage pieces while being in the Halloween mood! Vendors will be dressed in costumes and you are encouraged to, too! There will be fresh snacks for purchase, entertainment, and of course lots of shopping! Even if you’re on a budget, this will be a nice place to spend your Saturday afternoon to peruse some cool antiques and crafty goods for FREE!
Saturday, October 25th 9:00pm-2:00am, Detroit Institute of Music Education – 1265 Griswold, Detroit, 48226
Looking for the biggest, craziest Halloween party of the year? Look no farther! The Detroit Institutes of Music (DIME), is throwing an unforgettable Halloween bash. With two of the city’s best DJs, this isn’t a party you wanna miss. Costume’s aren’t mandatory, but highly encouraged. The winner of the costume contest will win 2 weekend passes to Electric Forest 2015! Tickets are $20 for those 21+, and $25 for those 21 and under.. BUT, bring some canned goods you’ll receive $5 off your ticket for helping Detroit’s neediest families!
Sunday, October 26th 3:00-8:00pm, Eastern Market Shed 3 – 2934 Russell, Detroit 48207
It’s back for a third time! All Things Detroit is the best way to support various makers, shakers, and doers in the city! This event will bring together over 75 local vendors to show off and sell their awesome products/services! The entry fee is $5, but no worries, you’ll be entered into various raffles, so it’ll be hard for you to leave with your hands empty! In addition, there will be live entertainment and demonstrations going on throughout the day!
Monday, October 27th 6:00pm, St. Andrew’s Hall – 431 E Congress, Detroit, 48226
Unfortunately this will be Slow Roll’s last Monday ride. But no worries, they are going out with a bang! Grab your best costume and deck out your ride in some fun halloween decor and ride through the city with thousands of others! Who knows, there might even be a costume contest! Celebrate a successful year of Slow Rolling with this last Monday ride!
It’s the weekend, so let’s get to it…
Haunted Bike Tour
Saturday, October 18th 11am AND 2pm (same tour, different times) –> 1340 E. Atwater Street, Detroit, 48207
Start your Halloween early and join Wheelhouse Detroit for a haunted bike tour through the city! (How awesome, right?!) The ride will go through various sites, like the Masonic Temple, Majestic Theatre, and Elmwood cemetery. If you like a little spookiness in your life, then don’t miss out on this! Tickets can be purchased on the Wheelhouse website.
We’re all guilty of laughing so hard that we cry when we watch America’s Home Funniest Videos. So why not reenact the show and be apart of the audience? MOCAD is hosting a Home Movie Day by having locals submit their favorite home videos. They don’t have to be funny.. although you know you’re hoping you see some embarrassing stuff. So come down and enjoy this FREE afternoon of unique home videos, eat some popcorn, and meet some other fun people!
Sunday, October 19th 6-8pm –> 2900 E Grand Blvd, Detroit, 48202
If you have never attended a Citywide Detroit SOUP, or don’t know what it is, then THIS is your chance!!! Detroit SOUP is an awesome non-profit that has a simple, yet impactful strategy. Come. Bring $5. Eat soup, salad, bread. Meet cool people. Help a local organization reach there goals. It’s that simple! When you attend on Sunday, you’ll hear from a individual organizations that are trying to make a difference in the city. After each organization presents, you vote. Whoever receives the most votes will walk away with the funds raised from the night! Tons of local businesses and non-profits have blossomed through SOUP, and each month there are more and more attendees, allowing more funds for the competing orgs! In addition to being a philanthropic attendee, I promise you’ll meet some interesting people since all of the seating is communal! SOUP is a monthly event, so don’t miss out (it gets packed, so arrive early!)!
Monday, October 20th 6pm –> 1408 E Fisher Fwy, Detroit, 48207
Oh no – there are only two Monday Slow Rolls left! Before the winter cold arrives (or maybe it already has?), fit in one of your favorite rides around the city. Join THOUSANDS of other riders on a fun and lighthearted ride through Detroit’s beautiful neighborhoods. This Monday’s Roll will meet at Thomas Magee’s Whiskey Bar!
Happy October, y’all!
Thursday, October 2nd – Saturday, October 11th • Various locations
Where are all the foodies at?! Dine Drink Detroit is nine day celebration of some of Detroit’s most mouthwatering restaurants! For $15 you’ll get to eat a little, drink a little, and dine a little! 15 of the most popular restaurants in Midtown/Downtown will be participating, such as La Feria, Traffic Jam, Slows, Two James, and many more! Get the full list and details here!
Saturday, October 4th – 1-8pm • 1801 W. Jefferson, Detroit, 48226
That’s right, the Riverwalk is expanding! In order to celebrate, the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy is hosting a block party! Come down for some live music, food trucks, and other fun activities! The party lasts from 1-8pm, so you’ve got all day to stop by!
Saturday, October 4th – 2-6pm • Ford Resource & Engagement Center, 2826 Bagley, Detroit, 48216
After checking out the Riverwalk, head down to Southwest for a FREE outdoor concert. The show will consist of various traditional Native American dancers, singers, and bands! There will also be an art exhibit to accompany. This is the last concert in the Celebrating Southwest Concert Series that was hosted this summer!
Sunday, October 5th – 1-4pm • Detroit Institute of Arts, Kresge Court
Every Sunday the DIA hosts a world renowned artist to perform for FREE to the public! This week’s artist is Pianist Stefan Kukurugya who will be performing jazz, pop, R&B, and classical. These Sunday Musicbars are a great way to spend the end of your weekend!
Happy Friday y’all! There are some BIG things happening in the D this weekend that you don’t wanna miss out on!
Friday, Sept 26 & Saturday, Sept 27 – 7:00pm-Midnight
If you haven’t heard everyone raving about Dlectricity, then now’s your turn. Dlectricity is an art and light festival in Midtown, Detroit that started in 2012 and happens every other year (so this is second time!). Unlike many festivals, this one is unique and has gained worldwide attention! Over 35 art/light installations will be placed all around Midtown, creating a walkable and FREE event for all ages. Midtown will be LIT UP with amazing images and arts, attracting thousands each night. Speaking of, each night will have the same installations, except Saturday will have a light bike parade, so deck out your ride in some cool lights and be apart of that! You can check out more about the event at www.dlectricity.com! I also recommend scoping or printing out the map beforehand!
Saturday, Sept 27 12:00pm-2:00am
173 East Grand Boulevard, Detroit
Don’t whatever Whateverfest. It’s the fourth year that this local music festival has showcased some of Detroit’s best! With over 20 acts, the festival will be a full day of good vibes, yummy food, and unique vendors! Entry is FREE before 3pm, then goes up to $3. Check out the list of performers, vendors, and other details on the event page!
Sunday, September 28 10:00am-4:00pm
BUILD Bazaar is Detroit’s cool pop-up marketplace. Every Sunday the Bazaar chooses a new location in the city and invites it’s many vendors to come out and sell their unique crafty goods. The vendors range from foodies, artisans, jewelers, to many more! Definitely worth coming out on your lazy Sunday Funday to peruse the Bazaar! Check out the Facebook event here!
September Dinner Roll
Sunday, September 28 – 2:30pm
Back Alley Bikes, 3611 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
This one’s for the vegetarians and vegans (not to discourage any meat lovers, you’re still invited!)! Also, if you missed/liked the Tour de Troit or Detroit Restaurant Week, this is the perfect mix for you! Back Alley Bikes is hosting a cool fundraiser this weekend. For $35 you and many others will be taking a 4 hour bike ride around the city, with stops at various vegetarian and vegan friendly restaurants. You can check out the event and purchase tickets here!