Here we go, folks – the best things to do in Detroit and nearby. Enjoy!
Hamtramck Disneyland Charity Event – Hatch Art
We covered the work Hatch Art has done to save this unique art instillation located in Hamtramck. Hamtramck Disneyland was the work of Dmytro Szylak a Ukrainian immigrant. The work took Szylak nearly 30 years to complete. After Szylak’s death his masterpiece was in danger of being torn down. Hatch Art stepped in and purchased the property, but there is a lot of work that needs to be done to repair and upgrade the art instillation.
Hatch Art is trying to raise $50,000 by August 20. They currently have a Patronicity page to raise funds, but they are also hosting a charity event this Friday.
The event will be held at the Hatch Art Gallery on Friday July 29, 2016. The event starts at 6:00 PM and will continue until 10:00 PM. There will be a strolling dinner, an open bar, a charity auction, a presentation about the history and future of Hamtramck Disneyland and live music.
Tickets are $50 per person, and can be purchased here. All proceeds will go towards the Patronicity fundraiser.
Map the Martket with Prankster Press – Eastern Market
This is the perfect thing to do with your family before or after your shopping trip to Eastern Market on Saturday July 30. Prankster Press is located in the Riopelle Artist Collective. Lyz Luidens is the owner and she is currently working on an atlas of Detroit.
So why should you visit her studio? Simple, she is teaching people about print making, and you get to make prints of your own personal map. You get to take them home, and she will also keep a few copies to put in the hand bound book. This is a free event, but donations are also welcome. The donations will go towards a fundraising campaign by Luidens to raise money for a year’s worth of mapmaking/printmaking workshops.
The Riopelle Artist Collective is located at 1492 Gratiot Avenue, Detroit
Prankster Press will be open 9:30 AM until 4:00 PM.
Fair Lane Folk Festival – Henry Ford Estate Fair Lane
Come out to the Henry Ford Estate and listen to some great folk music. The one-day event happens on July 30. The doors open at 2:00 PM and the musical performances start at 3:00 PM. The festival goes until 10:30 PM.
The festival will feature musical performances by Justin Townes Earle, Wild Child, Birds of Chicago, Sweet Water Warblers, Luke Winslow-King, Doop and the Inside Outlaws, and Olivia Millerschin. Besides music there will be food trucks, and vendors selling fun items.
Tickets to the festival are $30 per person if you purchase before Saturday, they go up to $40 on the day of. Kids under the age of five are free, so this is a great event to bring the family to. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. This is a rain or shine event, so make sure to check the forecast and dress for it.
Cocktail Confidential – Royal Oak Farmers Market
If you are looking for an event where you can try a lot of different cocktails then Cocktail Confidential is the event for you. Metro Detroit’s best mixologists and bartenders will be at the Royal Oak Farmers market on Saturday July 30.
There has been a resurgence of the craft cocktails in the past few years and bartenders have had fun coming up with new recipes. There will be food available for purchase, and live music by SpaceCat.
Tickets are $30 for general admission and $45 for VIP access. Doors open for at 6:30 PM for those with VIP tickets and 7:30 PM for those with general admission. A part of the proceeds will go toward the Royal Oak Historical Society.
The Royal Oak Farmers Market is located at 316 E. 11 Mile Road, Royal Oak, Michigan
Come See About Me: The Sights and Sounds of Motown – Detroit Bus Company
Have you ever wondered about the history of Motown? Have you always wanted to go to the Motown Museum but never seem to find the time? We have the tour for you.
The Detroit Bus Company is offering a great bus tour that will take you throughout Detroit to see the homes, schools, and performance venues of Motown Artists. You will also have an opportunity to go to the Motown Museum on Sunday July 31.
The tour starts at 11:00 AM and will be a three-hour tour. The tour will start at Foran’s Grand Trunk Pub (We suggest you get there early to grab a bite to eat.)
Tickets are $46.99 per person and $44.99 for seniors, and can be purchased on the Detroit Bus Company’s website.
Foran’s Grand Trunk Pub is located at 612 Woodward, Detroit, Michigan
Speaking of Motown, Diana Ross will be performing at Chene Park on July 30. If you are able to get your hands on some tickets I am sure the show will be supreme. (Sorry I couldn’t help myself.)
Tickets start at $38 for general admission.
The show starts at 8:00 PM
Chene Park Amphitheater is located at 2600 Atwater Street, Detroit