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!
Haaaappppppyyy FRIDAY! :-)
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!
Another week survived, another weekend to indulge in! Just like every weekend, Detroit will be hoppin’ the next couple days. From good food to unique parking spots, I hope you enjoy at least one of these activities!
Detroit Restaurant Week , Sept 19-28th
It’s that time of the year!! Detroit Restaurant Week is back, which means some of Detroit’s finest dinning is opening it’s doors (at a discounted rate) for all of you! 21 restaurants will be serving three-course meals for $30 from September 19th through the 28th! I know, I know.. $30 doesn’t sound too appetizing for a college student, but trust me, these are good deals for these restaurants! From Cliff Bells to the Whitney to Detroit’s newest Top of the Pontch, these fab spots will promise you a classy night in the city! So grab your significant other, best friend, mom, dad, or cousin, and don’t leave your taste buds behind! Find the list of participating restaurants here.
DIA Weekend Fun, Sept 19th-21st
Drawing in the Galleries; Every Friday and Sunday you can head down to the DIA from 6-9pm for the chance to make some art yourself! Art instructors will lead you in pencil drawing sessions throughout the museum. No experience necessary. Definitely a fun, unique way to spend a weekend evening!
Friday Night Live and Sunday Music Bar; Every Friday evening and Sunday afternoonthe DIA presents FREE concerts! These artists tend to be world renowned, ranging all genres. This week The Grace Kelly Quintet will be performing on Friday at 7pm, and the Detroit Jazz Pianist, Bill Meyer, will be performing Sunday from 1-4pm.
PARK(ing) Day, Sept 19th
What if someone took a metered parking spot and decided to turn it into a cool hangout spot for a day? Well, it’s happening here in Detroit!
Parking spots around campus will be turned into unique areas where you can come hangout and find out more about this cool world-wide movement. So come down to Cass and Putnam (right
by La Pita), and check it out. Find the full schedule here. I’ll be there from 12-1pm, so come say hi!
Tour de Troit, Sept 20th
Tour de Troit is an annual 30 mile bike ride through the city! Starting at the old Central Train Station, going through Midtown, Southwest, Downtown, Belle Isle and many more areas, Tour de Troit is one of the coolest ways to scope out the city.. while riding with thousands of other people! Don’t worry, tickets are still available day of!
Detroit Bacon Takedown, Sept 21st 1-3pm
Everyone likes bacon, right? (Except me and all the other vegetarian/vegans out there, holla!) The Bacon Takedown challenge will bring together amateur chefs in the quest of finding the one who can make the best bacon dish in the D! If you’re not a master chef, no worries! There will be tons of samples for those who attend! Get your tickets here!
Hey y’all! Before jumping into this weekend’s exciting activities, I wanted to introduce myself to all you wonderful readers. I am Sonali Patel, a junior here at Wayne State, studying Public Affairs and Urban Studies. I’ve lived in Detroit my whole life and just recently moved into Midtown a few months ago. I am super pumped to carry on the awesome blog that Hannah created! I hope you enjoy the readings and make your way down to these fun events that the city has to offer!
37th Annual Dally in the Alley!
Dally is one of Midtown’s best festivals! Filled with live music, local eats, and a wide array of vendors, this will be the go-to on Saturday! The streets and alleys between Forest and Hancock and 2nd and 3rd (only a block from campus) will be filled with people grooving to the beats! In addition to the festival, local stores and restaurants will have activities going on. For example, head to Marcus Market on Second and Prentis to enjoy live DJs and more yummy food!
(Photo from CBS Local)
The performances run all day from 11am-11pm, so stop by whenever you please!
Here’s a map of Dally, with stage and vendor locations - www.dallyinthealley.com/map
In addition to Dally, there are a few other cool happenings around town..
Detroit City Chess Club
Friday, September 5th – 4-8pm: Play chess or want to learn? Put your skills to the test this weekend at the DIA! Whether you’re new to the game or have been playing for years, here is the place to have some fun. Did I mention that your opponents will be middle or high schoolers? That’s right! The Detroit City Chess Club consists of some of Detroit’s youngest, brightest chess players!
(Photo taken from WDET)
Saturday, September 6th: Before you dally in the alley, head down to the Unitarian-Universalist Church on Cass and Forest for a fun scavenger hunt through Midtown! Starting times are at 11am, 2pm, and 5pm. Feel free to brings friends and create a team!
(Picture taken from Unitarian Universalist Church Facebook)
Saturday, September 6th – 3-7pm: Feel like exploring outside of Midtown this weekend? Then check out the Festival of Nations concert in Southwest, Detroit! This FREE concert will be held at the Ford Resource and Engagement Center, located at 2826 Bagley. Some of the performers include the Detroit Children’s Choir, world class musician Xiao Dong Wei, and Chilean singers Ismael and Gabriel Duran!
Words at Willys!
Saturday, September 6th – 6-8pm: Have you been to one of Midtown’s newest retailers? Willys Detroit, owned by Shinola, is always hosting FREE events to show off the awesome creatives that they work with. This weekend you can pop in for their first ever poetry slam, featuring the famous Jamaal May!
The summer is coming to end… Let’s all just take a moment to celebrate how BA it was. Check out my favorite parts.
Bikes, bikes and more bikes
Other types of art
Sunsets and good views
This summer is no doubt one that I will remember forever. Our community is wonderful. What were your highlights?
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