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.
It’s that time of year again — no, not the heat of summer, where everything’s sweaty and gross and A/C struggles to keep up, though that also applies here. It’s Detroit’s 314th birthday! This Friday, there will be a ton of events going on around Midtown and beyond to celebrate. Whether you’re the kind of person who could run a marathon and not break a sweat, or who would rather sit on the couch and surround yourself with as many fans as possible to beat the heat, there’s got to be something for you.
July 23rd, 6-10p, Midtown; This might be the best birthday party you ever go to. If you’re unaware, the Detroit Historical Museum is located on Kirby St., right across Cass from the Reuther Library. This Thursday, they’ve got a community gathering, complete with food trucks, $2 Atwater Brewery beers (21+!), and entertainment all night long. You can’t beat how close to campus it is, and who doesn’t love Detroit’s food trucks?! I even heard a rumor that Treat Dreams will be present….
July 24th, Midtown; Who says museums can’t be fun? The Historical Museum, after their food truck / beer / music event on Thursday night, will be hosting some speakers and storytellers who all have one topic in mind: the settling of Fort Pontchartain du Détroit, and how that history has shaped our city today. There’s no better day of the year to learn more about Detroit’s history!
July 24th, 11:30a-6p, Downtown; DXF is best known for its tours of the city, both walking and by bus. Not only do they want you to learn about the city, they want you to enjoy it! At the DXF headquarters, there will be free food, drinks, games, prizes, and more.
That’s all for this week. Lots of ways to celebrate Detroit’s birthday — through history, through information, and through free food (and everyone knows free food is the best). I hope you have a great weekend, and I’ll see you next time!
Your birthday-loving, Detroit-enjoying friend,
Happy Weekend! #TGIF
Finally, we’ll be able to get a taste of a real Michigan summer with temps getting up to 90 degrees on Saturday! Woot, woot. Celebrate this summer weekend with a few of these events going on around town, and maybe a dip in the water at Belle Isle? Be sure to peek at our “Reoccurring Events” tab for some more weekend fun!
July 16-19th, 8pm – New Center Park
Shakespeare in Detroit is an awesome group of talented local actors and actresses that perform various Shakespeare plays in Detroit throughout the year. During the summer is my favorite season for the group because outdoor plays are so much fun! Macbeth is being performed at New Center Park, so feel free to bring a chair and/or blanket, as the park seats will be taken quickly! Did I mention the performances are free?!
Saturday, July 18th – 2pm @ Roosevelt (Right in front of the old train station!)
Crash Detroit comes back again to celebrate Detroit’s best street bands! Friday night there will be several bands performing at various business around the city. Saturday will be the actual festival, where you can listen, dance, eat and drink all day long! Oh, and free admission!
Milwaukee Junction Block Party
Saturday, July 18th – 5pm @ Tangent Gallery (715 E Milwaukee)
This block party celebrates the years of African American culture and entertainment that was created in the neighborhood, formerly known as Paradise Valley. There will be live music, food and drinks! This one’s free too!
July 20th – 24th @ 1801 Atwater St
Notice the giant building that’s been under construction just north of Chene Park? Well it’s finally opening! The DNR Outdoor Adventure Center gives urban residents the chance to experience the wild with out traveling outside of the city! The grand opening is this Monday, with festivities continuing on throughout the week. Here’s a spinet from the center’s website that describes the various activities:
“The center features a 40-foot-tall, manmade, interactive tree; off-road vehicle, bicycle, kayak, canoe and fishing-boat simulators; a life-size beaver lodge and eagle’s nest; an indoor archery range; a 3,000-gallon, freshwater aquarium; a man-made waterfall with a 36-foot drop; and plenty more to see and experience.”
Admission is $5.
Concert of Colors!
Running all week and weekend long, the Concert of Colors is a free music festival that premiers a diverse array of talented artists at various venues across the city! From jazz to reggae to Latin, enjoy some amazing live sounds! Schedule and venues here!
Paradise Valley Music Festival!
The Paradise Valley Music Festival commemorates Detroit’s African American talent. Paradise Valley, also known as Black Bottom, was the name of the entertainment area in the 60’s and 70’s that contributed to much of America’s blues genre. This music festival promotes various African American musicians that continue to mold Detroit and America’s Jazz/Blues scene. The festival runs Friday to Sunday at Hart Plaza, check the line-up here!
Detroit Public Library Tour!
To celebrate the library’s 150th anniversary, there will be a special architecture tour on Saturday at 11am at the main branch (located on Woodward across from the DIA)! I highly encourage you to check out this beauty of a building if you haven’t already! The tour is free, but donations are recommended. See more details here!
I know I’m constantly raving about Eastern Market, but now until the end of September there will be additional aspect to the market on every second Saturday of the month from 9-5pm. This means more crafts, arts, and entertainment! Who doesn’t love great finds for low costs? Check out the flea market this Saturday, while you get your fresh LOCAL produce!
Tacos & Tequila!
Do you like tequila (for those of you 21 and older)? I already know you like tacos. If you answered yes, then this is the event for you! If you answered no, then this is still the event for you! A $10 ticket will get you 5 taco samples and admission (drinks cost separate) to the Tacos & Tequila event at Capitol park on Saturday from 7-11pm. There will be live entertainment and great vibes! Check it out here!
All Things Detroit!
After the Flea Market on Saturday, Eastern Market will be the Venue for another All Things Detroit on Sunday from 12-6pm! A $5 entry will get you access to check out over 75 local vendors. From arts, to music, to clothes, there will be a great mix of items and entertainment for all ages! The first 300 people will receive a gift, so get there on time or early! See more here!
In celebration of Independence Day, we’ve got some fireworks, some touring, and some more outdoor music venues. In case you plan on traveling or going home for the weekend, here is a list of fireworks that are happening throughout the Metro Detroit area (thanks Marcella!). I’m currently up north for the weekend, so I’ll be enjoying Petoskey’s fireworks – but here’s some fun stuff for you all to enjoy back in our great city of Detroit!
July 4th, 2-4p, Downtown; We all love Detroit. We all live in (or near) Detroit. But do we really know Detroit? The Detroit Experience Factory is offering a walking tour of Downtown this Saturday. They do bus tours and walking tours mostly every weekend (a schedule of events can be found here) but there’s gotta be something great about touring the city while Independence Day festivities are happening. Bring your walking shoes, and wear something patriotic!
July 4th, New Center Park; The Concert of Colors is back, and bigger than ever! If you’ve never experienced it, it’s like a huge multicultural festival which celebrates people of all different backgrounds, while spanning many different locations around Midtown. Feeling overwhelmed yet? The first event is a “tune-up”, or kind of a soft kick-off, for next weekend’s events. It’s being held at New Center Park, which you might now realize as the place where all the cool stuff happens. So you can get a little taste of how next weekend will go.
July 5th, 9p, HopCat Midtown; The Retort is a weekly open-mic night hosted in the new HopCat Detroit bar and restaurant. Maybe you’re really liking the idea of singing the National Anthem in front of strangers but nobody ever asked you to do so at a Tigers game? Well, you can do it at HopCat, and that will be almost as impressive. The restaurant is 21+, and free with the purchase of some kind of food or drink.
Alright, friends. I hope you all enjoy your Independence Day with your friends and family. Be safe, and don’t forget, especially on a holiday weekend, you never have an excuse to say “I’m bored” in Midtown.
Your patriotic, myopic, right-handed, chronically under-caffeinated blogging friend,
Hey everyone, Tevin here!
The fourth of July is soon approaching, and you know what that means – fireworks, s’mores, and hot dogs (or whatever vegetarian/vegan replacement there is for hot dogs). It’s finally warming up, and there’s plenty to do. Whether you live on campus, somewhere around Midtown, or are willing to drive in to Detroit just to hang out, you can find something fun. On your way to wherever you’re going, be sure to pick up some ice cream or maybe a coffee – both businesses are within walking distance of campus. So here are our weekend events!
June 28, 2-4p, Cass Corridor; If you’re a biker, you’ve probably dealt with some kind of a frustration. Whether you use your dad’s old bike from the 80’s or a shiny new thing from Shinola, you’re going to run into mechanical problems along the way – and wouldn’t you like to learn to fix it yourself? Back Alley Bikes offers classes every Sunday afternoon where you can learn from a mechanic on the ins and outs of your own bike and how to repair it. Best of all, the classes are FREE! This week’s focus is on brakes, and there’s a different topic every week.
June 27th, 9-11p, New Center; Do you love to dance? Get your salsa on? There’s no better way to burn calories than to do it with friends. The Metro Times suggests, “here’s an event that you should totally drive your parents to, and then stay out of their way for the following 24 hours so you can miss any displays of affection that might result.” Whether you could basically take home the gold on So You Think You Can Dance, or you have three left feet, you should make it out for an hour or two – most likely without your parents. New Center Park always offers their Friday movie nights as well, which you can learn more about at the link above.
June 27th, 1-6p, Heidelberg Project; You’ve seen the exteriors of the Heidelberg Project houses. You’ve driven down the street, taken plenty of pictures to supply your Instagram profile for the next month, and told all your friends and family about it. But have you ever been an integral piece of the experience? As part of his show Inside-Out, artist Daniel Cicchelli will be live-painting “visitors’ energy” and adding YOU into the mix. Hang out for a while, become immortalized in paint and ink, and have the opportunity to add more to your portfolio as a quasi-professional iPhoneographer. Best of all, it’s all free!
Alongside all these happenings, there’s the standing exhibit that was just recently installed along the Detroit Riverwalk. It’s a series of photographs all promoting the idea of #PureMichigan. It’s a great display of all of the natural beauty that our state has to offer. You might even find your hometown represented there! If you find yourself at the Riverwalk between this weekend and the next, be sure to share some photos in the comments below, and I’ll share them in next week’s blog. I can’t wait to spend the weekend with you all! And remember, there’s no excuse for being bored in Midtown.
The biker/blogger/coffee addict/tour guide/all around nice guy you’ve come to know and love,