It may be getting colder, but that doesn’t mean there’s a shortage of things happening this weekend. Happy October, everyone! Let’s enjoy the sunshine while we’ve still got it, and soak up the abundance of art and music that’s going on in the city this weekend!
October 4th, 3-5pm, Old Main; As a part of the 10th annual American Romanian Festival, there will be a Chamber Music Concert held this weekend in our very own Old Main Schaver Hall! It will begin with an electric string quartet, and then end with piano and violin pieces. And it’s totally free! Check out the link above.
October 2nd and 3rd, 8pm, Redford Theatre; This weekend at the historic Redford Theatre, the film Metropolis will be playing. Metropolis is a film about an advanced utopian society and one man’s mission to uncover its secrets. More info about the film and ticket pricing details can be found above.
October 2nd, 5:30-8p, Heidelberg Project; What could be more uniquely Detroit than the Heidelberg Project? And what could be more unique than an art exhibit at the Heidelberg Project? This weekend, artist Bruno Vanzieleghem will be debuting his photography exhibit, titled “Singular Impressions.” Our friends from Drifter Coffee will be present!
October 3rd, 3p, DIA; Who doesn’t love a dance show? The Wayne State Dance Workshop is hosting professional dancer Stephanie Batten Bland, who will be performing the GERME show. Entrance is free with the purchase of a ticket to the DIA (which is free if you live in the tri-county area!)
Enjoy the 70 degree sunshine while attending an array of artsy outdoor events going on around town!
(…is the place to be this weekend.)
Murals in the Market:
All weekend long you can catch dozens of artists spread throughout Eastern Market. Over 40 new murals will be finished within the coming week, creating an even lively vibe for the Market! Artists are both local and internationally known. You can find a map here.
*Head over to Interstate Gallery to see smaller pieces from the artists along with program information.
While in Eastern Market, head over to the Red Bull House of Art to see the 72 hour creative competition. Teams will face off by creating something out of nothing, with a “secret topic” in mind. Final creations will be shown Saturday 5-8pm. Red Bull House of Art Cycle 11 artists will also be around to show off new works!
To end the week of design networking and creating, Saturday artists from DDF will have numerous installations spread throughout the Dequindre Cut! There will be other DDF events this weekend, such as the Wasserman Projects exhibition in Eastern Market. See the full DDF schedule here.
After exploring Eastern Market and heading down the Dequindre Cut you’ll end up on the river walk, where Nick Cave will present another one of his performances! Dancers will be dressed as 30 bright, exciting life-size horses marching along the riverwalk. The performance will start at Milliken State Park, (1801 Atwater St., Detroit; across from the Outdoor Adventure Center).
Don’t forget this is your last chance to take advantage of Restaurant Week! 30+ restaurants are participating in $25 and/or $35 three course meals. See the list and special menus here!
How are classes going? Good? Great? Well, no matter how your week has been, this weekend can definitely be a time to relax, unwind, and explore the city of Detroit! Here are a few events, some of which are actually on campus.
September 18th, 9a-5p, Anthony Wayne Drive; I know the title may suggest that parking is free, but that is not the case here (unfortunately). Park(ing) Day is a national event where people make use of public spaces — notably, public parking spaces — and turn them into tiny, temporary parks. Our very own Office of Economic Development has this down to a science! Visit them this Friday on parking spaces along Anthony Wayne Drive.
September 18th, 7-8p, Old Main; Did you know that we had a planetarium on campus? Well now that you know, there’s no excuse not to go see a show! It’s completely free. You’ll hear a short lecture, and then experience the night sky in our very own Wayne State Planetarium. And in a city where you can’t always see the stars at night, going to see a planetarium show is all the more special!
September 17th-25th, Eastern Market; As if Eastern Market couldn’t get any cooler! This next week, there will be live painting, tailgating, live music, tours, and artist lectures — all focused around the idea of murals at Eastern Market. This Friday, there’s a dance party, and Saturday, there’s a guided walking tour. Check out the website for more details — there’s something for everyone!
September 19th, 5:30pm, Midtown; You’ve seen Detroit baseball. You’ve seen football. You’ve seen hockey. You’ve seen basketball. But how about… Detroit soccer? Or, more accurately, futbol? The Detroit City Futbol Club (DCFC) has a showcase game this Saturday night against the Ann Arbor FC. It’s located at Cass Tech, just about a fifteen minute bike ride from campus.
September 18th, 8-11p, Midtown; Now that school’s back in session, the Dean of Student’s Office is back to putting on weekly events! On Friday, you can take a free shuttle to Bucharest Grill, one of Detroit’s top food spots. While you’re in the area, you could even veer off to get some tacos from Hot Taco, or listen to the Tigers pull a huge victory over the Royals (or so we hope).
That’s all for this week. Make sure you’re subscribed to our weekly updates — we’ll have plenty more things to do in weeks to come!
Enjoy your weekend!
It’s that time of the year again!
Dally in the Alley is here! Midtown’s favorite street fest is back and bigger than ever. Regardless of what your weekend plans are, make sure Dally is at the top of your list! From 11am-11pm on Saturday, the alleys will be filled with local artists, foods, and beats – fun for all ages. Post 11pm, there will plenty of other activities for those 21+, such as music and food at Cass Cafe and the Old Miami!
Eastern Market, 9-5pm
The last flea market at Eastern Market is this weekend, so don’t miss it! Check out the live music, food trucks/vendors, and most importantly the tons of local artisans!
WSU Football Opener!
Fall means football! Come by the Wayne State football field Saturday morning to support the Warriors for the first game of the season! The first 500 students will get a free shirt and thundersticks!
Indian Village Yard Sale
Saturday & Sunday, 9-5pm
Stroll through the beautiful Indian Village this weekend to find over 75 residents selling many unique items! The sale will be located between the “boundaries of the streets of Seminole, Iroquois & Burns north and south and East Jefferson to Mack Avenue.”
This is my personal favorite time of the year — everyone’s back on campus! If you’re taking Fall classes, welcome back. I hope you’ve enjoyed your summer, and hopefully you’re able to find a good parking spot in the next few days! There’s a lot going on in the next few weekends, so make sure you’re subscribed to weekly emails from us. We’ll be giving you all the info on what’s going down in Midtown, and beyond.
September 5th, 1-4p, Downtown; Detroit is known for its plethora of amazing historical churches. It’s also known for its plethora of bikers. Have you ever wanted to mix the two? Well, now you can! Wheelhouse Detroit will be going on a 12 mile bike ride around the city to highlight many of the churches around the city. It’s only $25 — definitely worth it for the adventure!
September 5th, 12-8p, Downtown; Detroit is also known for its wine connoisseurs…maybe? Well, if it isn’t already, it soon could be, and you could be a part of that! This weekend, there’s a “block party” with music, food, and (of course) wine tasting. It’s only $5! 21+ only.
September 4th-7th, Royal Oak; Normally, I wouldn’t post about events outside of the city of Detroit. But this year, Wayne State is offering shuttles to the festival! Arts, Beats, and Eats is a weekend-long event in Royal Oak where artists from across the Midwest come to sell their art, restaurants sell their food, and there’s always great music playing. You can even catch Young the Giant on Sunday night! Bring money for a small entrance fee, and you’ll probably become enchanted by the smells of the many food tents, so bring money for that, too.
September 4th-7th, Downtown; The summer’s not yet done. This Labor Day weekend, you can enjoy not one, but two festivals. The second, a much more local option, is the Detroit Jazz Festival: a really fun, FREE event. Need I say more? There are also shuttles to this event, but it’s definitely within biking distance if you have a bike!
So, there’s definitely a lot going on this weekend. Before you get too deep into classes and homework and tests and studying all night long, enjoy the last leg of summer. And you will most definitely see me on that shuttle to Arts, Beats, and Eats this weekend. Free transportation? Can’t pass that up.
Until next time,
This weekend is full of events that celebrate the infinite amount of local arts and music that we have access to in the city!
August 28th & 29th, Corktown
Corktown’s finest restaurants and retail stores will be filled with installments from over 30 artists. Attendees are encouraged to walk down Michigan Ave (Corktown’s main strip), and pop in and out of the establishments hosting these art installments. The arts range in various forms; “glass and metal sculpturing, fashion, drawing, painting, watercolors, wood, poster art, mixed media, pottery and video installations.”
August 29, Belle Isle
Belle Isle will be buzzing with people taking advantage of the many free activities going on all day Saturday! From live music to island hikes to bike tours, there will be a little something for everyone. This is a great day to explore the island, even if you have or have not done so already!
August 29, Grand Circus Park & Capitol Park
As a series of festivals at the various downtown parks, this Saturday Grand Circus Park will be booked from noon to dark with live musical performances, food trucks, and interactive arts for adults and kids! Music will be provided by the Denby marching band, Mosiac Youth Theatre, and many more locals!
In addition to Grand Circus, Capitol Park will also be hosting the SummerFest Finale with a dance party! The two DJs will provide the tunes, while local restaurants will be serving up delicious snacks and drinks! Tickets can be purchased ahead of time or at the door.
August 29 8-11pm, New Center Park
Get your groove on at this Saturday night dance party! As a finale for the New Center Park summer events, DJ Cambeaux will be spinning an interesting mix of House music for the masses.. for free!
August 30 10-4pm, Eastern Market
Eastern Market hosts another fun filled Sunday with fun for everyone! Enjoy perusing over 40 vendors that sell and create thousands of handmade goods. Enjoy a snack, a unique craft, and a refreshing Sunday afternoon at Eastern Market!
August 30 12-6pm, Tangent Gallery
After the Eastern Market Build Bazaar, head over to the Tangent Gallery for another Bazaar! 30+ artists will be premiering their pieces for sale. Artists keep 100% of their sales!
If you haven’t heard, Wayne State has just gone smoke free! We are among the last few of the public universities to go smoke free in Michigan. So it’s a huge accomplishment! To celebrate this victory, check out this weekend’s events — and hopefully you will notice the increase in air quality!
August 22nd, 8-11pm, Downtown; Summer is winding down, and we all know that classes are soon approaching. So enjoy the last few weeks of summer! This weekend, the Detroit Institute of Music Education is hosting a free concert in Capitol Park. Performing bands include Nigel & the Dropout, Goth Pit, and Ancient Language. While you’re in town, don’t forget to drink some great coffee.
all weekend, Downtown; How long have you been living in Detroit? And you haven’t done an Escape show?! Well, now is the perfect time. I know you loved the adrenaline you felt while watching World War Z. Wouldn’t you like to be a part of the action? Trapped in a Room with a Zombie is an event that goes on all year long. You can purchase group tickets or single tickets — but everyone knows that being trapped in a room with a zombie is best with friends. Check out pricing on the website, as well as showtimes — you’ll have to purchase a ticket ahead of time. Good luck, and remember: they can smell your fear…
August 20th-23rd, Detroit River; If you missed the Grand Prix earlier this summer, but you love races: do not fret. There is another race this summer, and it is cooler and wetter than before. The HydroFest is a huge boat race on the Detroit River! And the best part: it’s free! You can see the races from Erma Henderson Park, Memorial Annex Park, or Owen Park.
August 22nd, 12-3pm, near the DPL; Orikri is a Detroit based artist who works with ceramics and mixed media art pieces. He has work in exhibits at the U of M Detroit Center, as well as other cities in Michigan and some pieces in North Carolina. The artist will be doing a live painting this Saturday from 12-3 outside of the Detroit Public Library.
Well everyone, enjoy the last few weeks of summer! Lots has changed in the past few months: we’ve seen a brand new student center, soon we will be enjoying an updated fountain court, and we’ve gone smoke free! It’s been a great summer, and I’m so excited I got to share it with you. Don’t worry, though; Sonali and I will still be here for the fall!
Until next time,
Happy weekend! I hope you’re taking advantage of the last few weeks of summer, because the end of near. Soak up the sun this weekend with a few neat events.. And remember to check the “Reoccurring Events” pages for more to-dos!
August 14-16 @ Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
The 3-day long celebration will include thousands of people enjoying African culture by listening and dancing to traditional African music, shopping thru hundreds of retail vendors, and eating authentic African foods. Check out the performance schedule and more here!
Eastern Market is one of the many gems in the city, and the Detroit Experience Factory wants to recognize some of Eastern Market’s best bars! The bar tour will start at Detroit City Distillery and then continue on to a few others. For all those 21+, see here for tickets!
Aug 15, 8pm @ Detroit Institute of Music Education
As apart of live concerts that Summer in the Park has been hosting all season, the DIME partnered up to provide Saturday’s nights free concert at Capitol Park! Drinks and food will be sold on site.
Well, hello there! How’s your summer been so far?
If you’ve got spring/summer classes, congratulations, you’re DONE (at least until September 2nd)! Why not celebrate by enjoying just a small slice of what the city of Detroit has to offer you? Apparently it’s Citywide Festival Weekend, or it would appear so with the abundance of large-scale events that are happening. All events are well within biking distance of campus, and if you’re having bike troubles, you can take a class to learn how to fix it yourself. So here they are!
August 7-9, New Center Park; Things are happening in New Center Park! This weekend, enjoy a Caribbean Festival with the Detroit community. There will be something for the whole family to enjoy — music, games, and food; everybody’s three favorite things. On Friday, your admission is free, and on Saturday and Sunday, there is a $5 entrance fee.
August 8th, 8p, Campus Martius; In lieu of New Center Park’s weekly movie nights, you can get your flick fix elsewhere. Campus Martius does movies every Saturday. This weekend, it’s the critically acclaimed Selma. Faygo pop and Good People Popcorn will be for sale! The event is free, but you’re encouraged to spend some money on local businesses. And ICYMI, I hear that Selma is one of the best movies of the year, so this night will definitely be great
August 7-9th, Hart Plaza; Welcome to the 19th annual Ribs, R&B, and Jazz Festival! And we’re not just talking any kind of ribs. We’re not just talking about Outback Steakhouse here. These are the best of the best, Detroit originals, full of flavor and rhythm and blues. Whether you’re a hardcore carnivore or a versatile vegetarian, you’ll have a great time. Free all day Friday, and Saturday and Sunday until 2pm.
August 8-9th, near Eastern Market; I don’t know about you, but everyone can enjoy a pierogi now and again, even though not everyone can pronounce it. This event might just have the best pierogis outside of Poland itself. There will be more than just the delicious food: music, dancing, children’s games, raffles, and so much more!
Now that you’ve got all the knowledge of what’s going on in the city, go and enjoy it! I can’t wait to hear all the great things you’ve experienced.
Your favorite tour guide/street squad member/conference assistant/student/blogger/human,
Happy August! Kick the last month of freedom off with one of these events, and don’t forget to check out our “reoccurring events” page for some more weekend fun!
July 31, 6:30pm – Campus Martius
This will be the last in a series of very unique performances, so don’t miss it! For each performance artist Nick Cave works with the dancers and musicians by providing them a box of random supplies, curating a beautiful, live performance for the public to see!
August 1-2, Belle Isle
Dance until you drop at the first annual FREE electronic festival in Detroit! The two day lineup will consist of over 50 local DJs, performing from noon-10pm. Check out the event map, lineup, and more on the website!
August 1, 8pm – New Center Park
This event targets those of you 21+. Motor City Brewing Works is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the city’s favorite, Ghettoblaster, with live music and endless beer! The event is free to the public.