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Mar 11 / Dalton Brinkley

Warrior Weekend – Spring Break Begins!

Spring break is nearly here, and what a weekend to have some time away from your studies!  St. Patrick’s Day is soon approaching, and there are so many things going on!  Get out and enjoy the great Michigan weather in the D!

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Join in the fun at Detroit’s 58th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 13th. Sponsored by the United Irish Societies, the parade runs along Michigan Ave in Detroit’s historic Corktown neighborhood. The Corktown neighborhood, Detroit’s oldest surviving, received its name as the Irish were the largest ethnic group of newcomers to Detroit, most of them from County Cork.

Everyone is welcomed to march in the parade.  The event is free and for all ages! More info here.


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Calling all runners!  The weather has been great and hopefully it holds up for the weekend!  The Corktown 5km, which kicks off the morning of Sunday, March 13th before Detroit’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, has become one of the largest 5km races in Michigan with more than 8000 participants. In addition to attracting more people to the parade, the race is a vehicle for raising funds for the Saint Patrick’s Senior Center and the KPMG Family for Literacy.  There are also other distance races offered!

You must register to participate and there is a registration fee.  Information can be found here!


Remember, you can always spend the day at Belle Isle State Park or grab a bite to eat at one of the many new restaurants downtown–there’s always something to do!  Enjoy your Spring Break and spend some time in Detroit!



Feb 12 / Dalton Brinkley

Warrior Weekend – Valentine’s Day!

The week is over and the weekend is here!  Bundle up and enjoy whatever this Michigan weather has to throw at us!

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Right in Campus Martius Park, this year’s annual Winter Blast is here all weekend and will feature indoor and outdoor activities!  There will be many things to do such as zip-lining and taking a ride down a giant snowslide!  There will also be music, food, and exhibitions.  Check out the website for concert lineups and event schedules!  On Saturday, there will be FREE shuttles from WSU to this event – see here for more information.


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It’s Black History Month, so get out and enjoy one of the many cultural events happening in Detroit.  Sangana African Dance Company is holding an African Bazaar that features the dance and drum concert Stories of our Ancestors.  There will be art work, african clothes, jewelry, a raffle, a presentation by African 2400 DNC class, and African food!  This event is FREE and is taking place on campus!


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Raising money to cure a nasty genetic disorder not enough for you? OK, how about a one mile-ish run in your underwear in the middle of February.  This Saturday, for those of you 21+, feel free to leave your house (or apartment) for an exceptionally chilly run through downtown Detroit!  There is a registration fee to attend (benefitting a great cause) and more information can be found here!

It’s both Black History Month and Valentine’s Day weekend – get out in Detroit and enjoy it!


Feb 5 / Sonali Patel

Warrior Weekend – Happy February!

One month down, 11 to go!

Other than preparing for Super Bowl Sunday and Fat Tuesday, enjoy a few of this weekend’s fun events!


Open Mic Night

Fridays, 7:30pm – Bottom Line Coffee House (*Walking distance from campus!)

Spend your Friday night listening to local talent! Open Mic Night at Bottom Line ranges from poetry, rap, comedy and any other verbal talent that you can imagine. Can’t make it this week? No worries, it’s every Friday night!


Shiver on the River

Saturday, 10am – Belle Isle

Shiver on the River is Belle Isle’s biggest winter event! Enjoy the day at the aquarium, conservatory, nature zoo, museum – or all four and then some! Most activities are aimed towards younger children, but it’s a great to explore some of Belle Isle’s gems for free!


Paczki Run

Saturday, 10am – Hamtramck

No, this event is not in Detroit… But Paczki day is here! So before you stuff your face in a regrettable amount of Paczkis on Tuesday, burn off some calories at the Paczki 5k Run in Hamtramck. Need motivation? There will be fresh Paczkis at the end of the route! (*Those unaware – Paczkis are a Polish delicacy, similar to a jelly stuffed donut)


African American History Day

Saturday, 11am – Detroit Historical Museum (*Walking Distance from Campus)

Kick off Black History Month at the Historical Museum, with this fun filled day celebrating African American history! The day will include live performances and interactive activities. Find the schedule here!

Here are some other recurring events you can check out this weekend! Don’t forget to check out our “Recurring Events” page as well.

Jan 29 / Dalton Brinkley

Warrior Weekend

Hello everyone!

The holidays are over, winter semester is well underway, and first exams are soon approaching!  Take a study break and enjoy some of the awesome things happening here in the D this weekend!

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Want to stay warm this weekend? No Problem! The Oscars are held at the end of February every year, and the Detroit Film Theater (inside the DIA) offers an awesome chance to catch some of the nominated films! Every weekend in February, the DIA gives you the chance to see both the animated and live action Oscar nominated short films. Short films pack a whole story into a shortened amount of time, so they tend to be quite interesting and varied. This event is the most popular annual event held at the DFT and it’s walking distance from campus, so I DEFINITELY recommend checking it out!  Tickets to the films are under $10, and if you remember your student ID, they do offer a student discount!

More Information about the films here!


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Even colder than you thought and can’t walk all the way to the DIA? How about something even closer! The World’s Got Talent, a concert to showcase the richness of diversity meanwhile fundraising for good causes, is being held ON CAMPUS this weekend. The show, presented by Wayne State University Student Organizations and The International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit Global Education Department, was planned to support local and international children and youth organizations with a focus on feeding children in war zones.  Come check it out this Saturday at the Community Arts Auditorium!

For information on the event, click here.

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By now, I’m sure you’ve all heard about the water crisis in Flint.  Wayne State University is doing its part by hosting a water drive through Sunday the 31st!  Bring all water donations to the Hilberry Theater from noon to 6 PM.

More Water Drive Information Here

Keep checking Warrior Weekends in the D for weekly events happening in the city!

Jan 22 / Sonali Patel

Warrior Weekend – Welcome back!

Welcome back, Warriors! Another semester over, another semester to look forward to. (Holla to all the seniors like me who are excited/nervous about their last semester!)

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Friday – Sunday, $13

I’m sure you have already heard about the Auto Show, whether it was your friend posting a sweet picture of a cool car or if it was the news broadcasting President Obama’s visit! The auto show is a cool time for all. Even if you’re not a car craze, no worries – spend the day pursuing futuristic designs and sitting inside of cars that cost two times your college tuition. *This is the last weekend for the Auto Show, so don’t delay!

  • If you’re not interested in the newest trends, or if you’ve already been to the Auto Show, consider popping over to the Ford Piquette Plant, where the auto industry originated, for a tour and to check out some original Model Ts!



Eisenhower Dance Presents…

We’ve got a special offer for you! Our friends at the Detroit Opera House have been gracious enough to provide a great discount for Wayne State students.. For this Saturday only, you can purchase $25 tickets to see the Eisenhower Dance company present Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring!” Many of the performers will be Wayne State students. This is a cool way to support local and support Wayne! Tickets can be purchased on the website by using the promo code ED25.

Dec 18 / Sonali Patel

Warrior Weekend – Campus Martius!

Hi guys! This week I am gonna showcase one of the most accessible, fun activities around town – visiting Campus Martius! This weekend is the last weekend of the Showcase D’ Holidays series, but there are still festive activities at the park all season!

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This winter series is wrapping up this weekend at Campus Martius with some of the most festive activities in the city! Enjoy the usual ice skating on the beautifully lit rink along with live performances from local musicians, such as jazz singer Thornetta Davis! There will also be special vendors serving up a range of beverages and pop-ups dishing up tastings from local restaurants such as Gold Cash Gold and Jolly Pumpkin! $10 will gain you entry and a few samplings, but more tasting tickets can be purchased additionally. (Oh, and there will be Santa sightings – so bring your list(s)!)





Along with the Showcase D’ Holidays this weekend, Campus Martius will also host many of their winter recurring activities, such as:

Ice skating – $3 admission, $8 skate rental

Street performers (look out for the fire blowing!)

Tasty treats – Enjoy a hot cocoa and popcorn while watching the skaters!

Horse Drawn Carriage Rides – $10

So if you don’t make it out this weekend, no problem! Campus Martius will be running these season activities all winter! We’ll be sure to keep you updated on other special festivals too, such as the Winter Blast!

Dec 10 / Tevin Monroe

Warrior Weekend — Holiday Markets; Holiday Strolls!

Hey everyone!

Finals are soon approaching, and you know what that means… the holidays! This weekend, there is an abundance of holiday markets occurring. It’ll get your mind off studying and onto the joys of the season. And whether you plan on buying gifts for your family, your friends, or yourself, you’re going to find much more than you thought you needed. So take a study break — you deserve it! — and explore the city of Detroit.

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December 13th, 10a-4p, Eastern Market; Nothing tells your family “you guys rock, and I’m having an awesome time at Wayne State” more than locally-made Detroit-themed gifts! Many of your favorite local artists will be selling their work at Eastern Market this weekend in the last of a series of three Holiday Markets. While you’re in the area, the Detroit Mercantile Co has its own set of vendors, complete with food and drinks!


Southwest Holiday Fest Build Bazaar

December 12th, 3p-9p, Southwest Detroit; What? Two holiday markets in one weekend?! And on two separate days??? Each market will have its own unique vendors, and will have its own unique charm. If you’ve never been to a Build Institute event, this will be one not to miss — and with the holiday season soon approaching, it’s perfect holiday shopping time! Happening around the same time, Ponyride has its own holiday market as well.

Belle Isle Holiday Stroll

December 11th, 5-8p, Belle Isle; Belle Isle, Michigan’s newest and largest state park, is a beautiful island halfway between Detroit and Canada in the Detroit River. It boasts the Conservatory, the Great Lakes Museum, and the Aquarium; three institutions that scream the beauty and the history of Detroit. Two of the above usually have a cost associated with them, but this Friday evening, they are free! Not only that, but there will be hot cider and Dutch Girl Donuts — the last glimpse of fall we’ll get until the signs of winter begin to emerge.

Nov 27 / Tevin Monroe

Warrior Weekend — Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday

Nov 28th, everywhere; In the midst of the Black Friday craziness, there can be the tendency to spend a lot of money and time at corporations and large chain stores. Annually, the day after Black Friday is known as Small Business Saturday. In Detroit, this is a big day! You can pick up a Small Business Passport at many small businesses around Detroit, and get lots of deals and discounts at stores around the city!

DXF Downtown Walking Tour

Nov 28th, 2-4p, Downtown Detroit; We’ve been advertising these tours for a while now, but have you had the chance to participate? While we enjoy this heat spell (of forty degrees) it would be worth it! Beat the snow and explore your city!

Mahogany at the Museum

Nov 27th, 7pm, Midtown; Have you been to 30 Americans yet? To add to that experience, the Detroit Museum of African-American History is putting on a show this weekend! There will be slam poetry, hip hop music, an open mic, and more. There’s a small charge for entrance, and you can get more information online.



Nov 20 / Sonali Patel

Warrior Weekend – Tree Lighting!

Hi there! Get the holiday seasons rolling with some fun events this weekend…

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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.


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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!


Regional Transit Conference

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!

Nov 13 / Tevin Monroe

Warrior Weekend – November 14th

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.

Murals in the Market Tour

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.



Wasserman Projects Exhibit

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!

Detroit SOUP

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?

House Coffee: Temple Takeover

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!