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
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