If you’re not in the holiday spirit yet, I have just the events to get you in the mood to rock those tacky holiday sweaters.
My four year old was crying this morning because today wasn’t Christmas. All I could tell him was that I’m glad it’s not Christmas yet, because I have nothing ready yet. One year I’ll have my stuff together, but this year it is not it.
Let’s look at what is happening this weekend shall we? There are so many things happening this weekend that I’ve thrown in two bonus events this week.
Krampus Night 8 A Holiday-ish Charity Extravaganza!
Let’s hope you have all been good boys and girls this year because Krampus is coming back to the Tangent Gallery on Friday night.
The highlight of the evening will be the CHRISTMAHANAKAWANZA Varity Show Spectacular. You’ll see performances by Satori Circus, Lushes Lamoan, Magenta DeMure, Bootsie La Fontaine, Scott Dambacher, and Konrad Lee, Lounge singer Extrodinaire.
There will also be the Wreck the Halls Exhibition, The Naughty List Bazaar, Bad Gingerbread House Competition, Fugly Holiday Sweater Contest, and the Not So Silent Fine Art Auction.
I should also mention that you will be able to get pictures with Krampus himself.
While there is no dress code, I suggest finding one of those crazy ugly sweaters so you can participate in the contest.
While Krampus Night is filled with all sorts of debauchery it is in fact a charity event. They will be collecting toys and canned food for those who are in need.
Bring some new unwrapped toys for Toys For Tots or canned food for Burners Without Borders Detroit.
This is an 18 and over event, so leave the kids at home.
Admission is $15 with an unwrapped toy and/or 3 cans of food. Come empty handed and the cover goes up to $20. (Those who bring a donation will also get a $5 coupon for the Naughty List Bazaar.)
Hours: 7:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.
Tangent Gallery is located at 715 E. Milwaukee Street Detroit, Michigan 48202
3rd Annual Corktown Aglow
Corktown Aglow will be returning for its third year this Saturday. This year the event is being hosted by the Corktown Business Association and Ford Motor Company.
Like in previous years there will be plenty of things to do for people of all ages and the best part is that it’s free to attend.
There will be plenty of shopping, restaurants to check out, carriage rides, and I hear that Rudolph and the Grinch will be hanging out by the live petting zoo. Of course the big guy in red will be there to meet all of the good boys and girls.
The tree lighting ceremony will take place on the corner of Bagley and Trumbull at 6:15 p.m.
While you’re down there be sure to stop by the Holiday Party at Detroit Pal. There is a free outdoor soccer clinic, fowling, make and take crafts and a Children’s only shoppe. The Pistons Street Team and Hooper will also be there.
The Detroit Police Department’s 3rd Precinct will be collecting items for its Adopt-A-Family program. Help “Stuff a Cop Car” with unwrapped toys, new socks, blankets, gloves, hats, scarves and newer gently used coats and sweaters for those who need help this winter.
While you are there stop by the Ponyride Holiday Makers Market, because there will be 50 Detroit small businesses popping up over there. Be sure to check out Printer and Press, her drawings are amazing and I love her work.
New this year is an all ages Block Party in a heated tent. It will be located on Bagley and Trumbull and will have beer, cocktails and food for purchase.
There will be shuttles to take you throughout Corktown as well as downtown and Southwest Detroit to the 6th Annual Southwest Holiday Fest which is also happening on Saturday.
You can find out more information about Corktown Aglow here.
Saturday, December 8 from 12:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
Multiple locations through Corktown
6th Annual Southwest Holiday Fest
Let’s hop neighborhoods and head to Southwest Detroit for the 6th Annual Southwest Holiday Fest.
This year there will be five “Cultural Activity Centers” throughout Southwest Detroit; W. Vernor at 21st, W. Vernor at 25th, Bagley at 24th, W. Vernor at Central, and Michigan Avenue at Wesson
The festival will feature a Spanish speaking Santa, free screening of Coco with Mexican hot chocolate, Las Posadas (a reenactment of the journey of Mary and Joseph), a Mole sauce and Tamale contest, and youth performances from the Center of Music & Performing Arts-Southwest,Western International High School’s Jazz ensemble, and UnTheatre Company.
The West Vernor and Springwells Business Improvement District is sponsoring a shuttle that will take festival-goers from location to location throughout Southwest Detroit.
You can find all of the details for the event here.
Saturday, December 8 from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Multiple locations throughout Southwest Detroit
Home for the Holidays Silent Disco
Pull out your favorite ugly Christmas sweater and head down to Beacon Park this Saturday night for another round of the silent disco.
If you’ve never been to the silent disco at Beacon Park this is how it works. Everyone has a pair of wireless headphones and three iHeartRadio DJ’s spin music on three channels. So, you’ll be able to choose what music you listen to throughout the night.
The party will take place in the heated Winter Lodge tent. There will be food and drinks available for purchase.
Saturday, December 8 from 7:00 p.m. until 12:00 p.m.
Beacon Park is located at 1903 Grand River Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48226
Palmer Park WinterFest Log Cabin Holiday Celebration
The People for Palmer Park will be holding its annual Palmer Park WinterFest at the Palmer Log Cabin on Sunday.
This free family friendly event will have things for children of all ages. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be spending time at the Log Cabin, there will be horse and carriage rides, and there will be crafts for kids to do. Warm up with some hot chocolate and cookies.
There will also be displays about Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and Christmas on display.
The Log Cabin will be decorated by numerous groups as part of a friendly competition.
The People for Palmer Park will also be collecting new mittens, gloves and scarves for Mittens for Detroit.
Sunday, December 9 from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Palmer Park is located at 910 Merrill Plaisance Detroit, MI 48203
Motor City Soul Club
It’s that time of the month again…it’s time to get your dancing shoes on and hit the Marble Bar for the Motor City Soul Stomp.
You know the deal Brad Hales, Erica Aytes, and Dan Austin will be spinning the best rare soul and funk music from the 60’s and 70’s.
Since this is the season of giving they will be giving away 100 copies of the “Motor City Soul Club’s Greatest Hits”. It will have 22 favorites from Brad, Erica and Dan Austin.
This event is free to attend.
Saturday, December 8 from 10:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.
The Marble Bar is located at 1501 Holden Street Detroit Michigan 48208
Golden Jigger Awards
Finally my last pick for this weeks City 5 is the Golden Jigger Awards.
If you love a good cocktail and enjoy hitting the bars around the area this event is for you.
The Golden Jigger Award is a live award ceremony that will be hosted by our friend Nick Britsky. The award show recognizes the great work done by Metro Detroit’s bartenders, bars, events and Brands over 2018.
Tickets include sponsored cocktails from Copper & Kinds American Brand Company, plus there will be snacks. There will also be a cash bar if you want something different.
Be sure to dress to impress, this is an awards ceremony after all.
Tickets are $25 per person. You can pick them up here.
Sunday, December 9 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
The Willis Show Bar is located at 4156 3rd Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48201