Hi there! Get the holiday seasons rolling with some fun events this weekend…
Friday, November 20 5-11pm, Campus Martius
The annual tree lighting is here! Enjoy a brisk evening downtown with hundreds of others! This is a perfect way to kick off the holiday season. There will be live music, ice skating performances, food/beverage vendors, and many more activities for all ages! I recommend you make it down around 7 at the latest, as the lighting will be a little before 8pm.
Saturday/Sunday November 21/22, Jam Handy
Get a jump start on your holiday shopping by supporting many of Detroit’s talented artists. There will be various crafts and creations for sale as well as food trucks and live music!
Saturday, November 2oth 1-4pm, Wayne State University
Ever wish Detroit was like other major cities who had awesome public transit? Wish your commute to campus didn’t involve you sitting in traffic for 15+ minutes? Join the Wayne State Students for Transit Coalition at the Students in Motion Regional Transit Conference! Express your concerns and recommendations on how Metro-Detroit’s public transit can be improved as well as learn how you can help “enhance campus and community life through public transit.” Many local transit specialists and local government leaders will also be speaking on what/how their improving public transportation for us students!
Hey everyone! Can you believe that there’s a little more than a month until final exams? I know, I know… the semester has gone by so quickly! But that doesn’t mean that there’s a shortage of things happening in Detroit. And for a while longer, there’ll be temporary seating situated in the Fountain Court area, so shoutout to our WSU Placemakers for that! Without further ado, here are this weekend’s events.
November 14th, 1:30-3:00pm, Eastern Market; In addition to weekly Saturday Markets at Eastern Market, an organization called Feet on the Street Tours is offering a tour of the new murals at the Market. If you weren’t there for the event last month, this tour will be great to show you all the murals that were painted, and the stories behind each of them. The tour costs $10, and registration is required.
November 14th, 10-7pm, Eastern Market; The Wasserman Projects offer a flexible space for artists and designers to showcase their work to Detroit residents and visitors. Currently, there is a three-part art exhibit at the Wasserman Projects by three different artists. The three works of art will continue to be in Detroit for another month, and it’ll be worth seeing before it’s gone!
November 15th, 6pm; Few things compare to hot soup when it’s chilly outside. And I know that the idea of business entrepreneurship is attractive at all times, all seasons. What if you could mix the two? Well, you can! Detroit SOUP is an organization that throws monthly soup dinners. For $5, you get soup, salad, and a vote: you vote which small business will get the micro grant created by all the admission fees pooled together. Cool, right?
November 14th, 10pm, Temple Bar; Like house music? Like coffee? Like Detroit things? House Coffee is for you! It’s a bi-weekly house music gathering that’s usually held in the Urban Bean coffee shop. This weekend, however, it’ll be at Temple Bar — much closer to campus for those of us who are bikers or pedestrians!
Happy November/Movember/NoshaveNovember! I won’t bore you with talking about the AMAZING weather, like you do with neighbors in the elevator or the teller at the bank,* but I will encourage you to enjoy this relaxing November weekend with some of following activities!
Friday, Nov 6 5-9pm – Detroit Artists Market, 4719 Woodward
Get a jump start on your holiday shopping and stop by the Detroit Artists Market for some neat gifts created by local artists! Ditch the black Friday generics and peruse heartfelt, one of a kind pieces!
Saturday, Nov 7 – 10am, Belle Isle
Enjoy Saturday morning exploring Belle Isle! Once the weather gets chilly, visitors are welcome to help transfer the huge (and I mean huge!) Koi fish in the aquarium pond to their indoors tank. Afterwards feel free to check out the aquarium and the conservancy next door!
Sunday, Nov 8 – 8pm, Park Bar $5
Every Sunday evening the Park Bar (connected to Bucharest) hosts a comedy show full of local stand ups! This is a great way to end your weekend/start your week on a lighter note.
This weekend is a chill one, so don’t forget to check out our “Reoccurring Events” page to find other great activities in the area!
It’s that time of year! Temperatures are dropping, everything is pumpkin spice flavored, and we can once again experience the immense satisfaction of stepping on extra crunchy leaves. There’s a lot to do with Halloween, fall, or just awesome Detroit things. Get that costume at the ready and start planning out your weekend!
November 1st, noon-6pm, Eastern Market; This is something we’ve been waiting for for a while! Imagine all of your favorite small businesses and artists, the ones whose products you see at shops around Midtown, being in one place at one time — so you can meet all the artists and match a brand with the person behind it. Your favorite candlemaker, woodworker, t-shirt printer, and jewelry maker will all be within close proximity of each other. Sound great? Then we’ll see you this Sunday! There’s a $5 entrance fee, but it’s definitely worth it.
October 29-31, all around Detroit; Historically, Halloween comes as a destructive time for the city of Detroit — you may have heard of Devil’s Night, a night in which arson and vandalism run amok, usually the night before Halloween. The city of Detroit sets up a volunteer group to patrol the streets of Detroit. If you like volunteering and want to protect Detroit’s public spaces, public art, and abandoned properties, this would be something great to participate in!
October 31st, 12pm, Tom Adams Field; Football season isn’t over! This Saturday, we’re playing Findlay, and we play to WIN! There will be a Bobbing for Apples contest — prizes include some really sweet Apple products (the technology brand, not the fruit). If you come in costume, you’ll get tons of free candy. But no matter what you’re wearing, you’ll have a great time!
TGIF! Check out these neat events and enjoy the mildly warm weather before it’s too late! It’s also never too early to get in the spooky mood and start celebrating Halloween!
Friday, Oct 23 5-9pm, Eastern Market – $45
For those of you 21+, the annual Fall Beer Fest is back! Enjoy the brisk fall air with some local tunes while perusing over “675 craft beers from over 80 Michigan breweries.” I highly recommend getting there on time to get a head start on samplings before lines create! (Saturday tickets are sold out, but act fast for Friday evening’s!)
Saturday, Oct 24 5pm, Masonic Temple – $18
The Derby Girls home opener for their 11th season is here! There will be two games, the first starting at 6 but doors open at 5pm. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
Saturday, Oct 24 7:30pm, Campus Martius – Free!
Campus Martius will be hosting a Halloween favorite! Bring a blanket and some snacks and come out for one of the last warm nights of the year and enjoy this classic.
Other Halloween fun…
–> Take one of the Notorious 313 haunted Walking and/or Bus Tours. Both will give you an insight on the city’s spooky side by visiting some of the haunted buildings in town and guiding tourists thru candle light.
–> Play “Clue” in real life with friends! Trapped in a Room with a Zombie gives guests the opportunity to be a real Sherlock Holmes by solving the puzzle to find the key to escape the room before the Zombie gets you!
So this weekend, the featured event is definitely our home football game! If you haven’t been to a game before, this weekend’s game is definitely going to be worth going to. The first 1500 students that show up to the game get a free pair of WSU wide receiver gloves that make the “W” when you put both hands up together — a wonderful display of school pride and support for our school’s athletics!
October 17th, 12pm, on campus; Get out the face paint, the green and gold, and the school spirit. This game is going to be awesome!
October 17th, 7:30pm, Campus Martius; It’s almost everybody’s favorite Halloween movie, brought to the big (outdoor) screen! At Campus Martius park, Edward Scissorhands will be playing this Saturday. Be sure to bundle up — it’ll be chilly! There will be an opportunity to purchase warm drinks and popcorn! Other than concessions, this event is free and open to the public.
October 18th-January 18th, Detroit Institute of Arts; This weekend is the grand opening of the 30 Americans exhibit! Following the spotlight on Frida Kahlo, this next exhibit at the DIA features the work of 30 African-American artists and their portrayal of identity through race, gender, politics, society, and inequality. And to supplement this exhibit, Wayne State Insiders is forming their next Knowledge on Tap around the idea of the identity of Black Americans and how their experiences are expressed through art.
October 16th, 7-11pm, Eastern Market; Have you been to the Red Bull House of Art yet? I found myself there on accident once, and was thoroughly confused and amazed. There’s no way to describe the feel of that place without actually making you go there! So why not try it out? This weekend, all new art will be featured, all of which are the works of Detroit artists. This event is free, and totally worth the adventure!
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.”