Things to do in Detroit

Detroit Events

Detroit is an incredible city – it’s inspired and continues to inspire poets, artists, photographers, novelists, dreamers and everyone else. Part of the magic our city holds is in its sense of community. We like to come together and have fun through our creative city events. There are simply too many to list them all, so we’ve chosen the best and most unique upcoming events to pass along to you, our past, current and future guests.

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Free QLINE Rides

Now – 9/4/17

The QLINE opened for service in May, and Detroit quickly realized that people here were curious about the streetcar. After an initial free weekend, the M-1 rail extended the free ride period for another week, then another six weeks. Now, thanks to a grant from the Kresge Foundation, it will be free to ride until Labor Day.



Detroit Jazz Festival

9/1/17 – 9/4/17

Jazz is a Detroit tradition and the best of the best is right here. This year’s lineup features flavor like Hometown Jam Session celebrating Detroit legacy artist George “Sax” Benson featuring legacy guest artist Rick Margitza House Band – Dreamers: The George “Sax” Benson Songbook Glenn Tucker, Vincent York, Wendell Harrison, Vincent Bowens, Steve Wood, Marion Hayden, and Renell Gonsalves, plus so much more.



Detroit Tigers Play in Comerica Park

Now – 10/1017

Our beloved Tigers are just across the street. Home games are usually scheduled for more than half of each month now through the first of October. We even have a TIGER OF A DEAL for you because we’re fans too. 



Michigan State Fair

8/31/17 – 9/4/17

There is no more cherished childhood tradition than the State Fair. Ride the rides, see the sights, and take in the atmosphere whether you’re young or old or somewhere in-between.



Detroit Zoo Brew


Zoo Brew features unique beers from select Michigan craft breweries, live music, exclusive access to the Zoo’s award-winning habitats until twilight and zookeeper talks. The event includes admission and 12 beer samples (additional tasting tickets and food are available for purchase).



The 2017 – 2018 Theater Season

Now – 12/31/18

Detroit’s theater offerings are unparalleled outside of NYC. Among the most famous are the Fox Theatre and Detroit Opera House (Michigan Opera Theatre). Click below to find links to them all.



Detroit Design Festival 2017

9/26/14 – 9/30/17

The seventh-annual Detroit Design Festival (DDF) is a citywide celebration of design and creativity. In honor of Detroit’s designation of the first and only City of Design in the United States, DDF programming and events will explore the various ways design is shaping the way we live and work. 



Dally in the Alley


Dally in the Alley in Detroit, Michigan, is a community celebration of the local music scene, restaurant industry and art world. Boasting the title of Detroit’s biggest community event, the festival showcases numerous craft vendors, live entertainment performances, poetry workshops and a large variety of delicious dining options.



Detroit Free Press Food and Wine Experience


The Detroit Free Press Food & Wine Experience presents rich and colorful moments for guests to taste, savor and explore the Detroit culinary scene, from trends to regional traditions. Enjoy the Grand Tasting, a gourmet showcase by local chefs, emerging talent and nationally renowned culinary leaders who mix with patrons in a convivial setting. Lively cooking demonstrations, chef meet & greets and seminars and panels deliver unforgettable experiences for fans, connoisseurs, partners, purveyors and industry personalities like Martha Stewart.



GrowX Modern Growing Conference

9/30/17 – 10/1/17

GrowX Modern Growing Conference + Expo is a unique conference that takes place at Cobo Center with a focus on all things plants.