City 5 – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Sat, 20 Oct 2018 03:57:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Your City 5 Things To Do This Weekend In Detroit: October 19-21 Thu, 18 Oct 2018 13:27:14 +0000 Let’s look ahead to this weekend in Detroit. There are a ton of fun things happening around Detroit. I have a feeling I might be at the Senate Theater on Saturday night. So if you see me, be sure to say hello.

Scary Classic Movies

Can I tell you a secret about myself? I really don’t like very many horror movies. I don’t really like gore for the sake of gore, so movies like Nightmare on Elm Street or Halloween are out.

The movies that really scare me are the ones that deal with possession, the Devil, or the occult. Give me The Omen or The Exorcist any day.

That’s why this weekend is so awesome. The Senate and Redford Theatres are both showing some of my favorite horror movies just in time for Halloween.

The Senate Theater will be showing The Exorcist on Friday night and The Shining on Saturday night. Both shows start at 8 p.m.

The Redford Theatre will be showing Rosemary’s Baby on Friday evening. The show starts at 8 p.m.

The best part is that tickets for both movie theaters are only $5 a person. What a bargain!

The Senate Theater is located at 6424 Michigan Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48210

The Redford Theatre is located at 17360 Lahser Road Detroit, Michigan 48219

Detroit Touch A Truck on the Detroit Riverfront

Looking to get those kids outdoors for a bit this weekend but aren’t really sure where to go?

The Detroit Riverfront will be holding another Detroit Touch A Truck event in West Riverfront Park.

The event will have over 25 different large trucks that kids of all ages can climb on and explore. What kid doesn’t like trucks?

There will also be arts and crafts for the kids to do.

The event is free, but you do need to register online.

Saturday, October 20 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

West Riverfront Park is located at 1801 West Jefferson Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48216

Big Game: MSU vs. U of M Tailgate Party at Beacon Park

It’s rivalry weekend in collage football land. Michigan State is playing Michigan at the Big House on Saturday.

Even if you don’t have tickets to game this Saturday you can still go out and have a good time at Beacon Park.

The DTE Beacon Park Foundation and Downtown Detroit Partnership is putting on a family friendly tailgate party.

The game will be shown on the big screen inside a heated tent. There will be a DJ, corn hole tournament, lawn fowling, ticket giveaways, and prizes.

The event is free to attend. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Saturday, October 20 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Game kick off is at 12 p.m.

Beacon Park is located at 1901 Grand River Detroit, MI 48226

P.S. For what it’s worth, I’m much more invested in the Central vs. Western game this weekend. Go Chips!

In Dreams: Roy Orbison Hologram Tour 

If you didn’t get a chance to see Roy Orbison before he died in 1988, now is your chance…sort of.

To be honest, this whole hologram thing sounds bananas. But I’m still intrigued, mainly because I do love Roy Orbison.

Roy Orbison’s hologram will be joined by a live orchestra and will play his iconic music.

So, if you’re looking for something different to do on Saturday night I’m going to put my stamp on this.

Surprisingly tickets are pretty reasonable, even for an event at the Fox.

Saturday, October 20 at 8 p.m.

The Fox Theatre is located at 2211 Woodward Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48201

Detroit Vintage Market Bazaar 

I love a good vintage market, and this Sunday the Detroit Vintage Market Bazaar will be in Shed 5 at Eastern Market. There will be a bunch of different vendors with all of their treasures for sale.

You never really know what you’re going to find at a market like this. Maybe you’ll find that perfect piece of antique glass that will fit into your collection. Or maybe you’re looking for a beautiful piece of midcentury modern furniture.

The event is free to attend, but I’d still bring plenty of cash for the vendors.

Sunday, October 21 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Eastern Market is located at 2934 Russell Street Detroit, Michigan 48207


One More College Football Tailgating Opportunity

Second Best is throwing a little tailgating party for the MSU vs. U of M game as well.

So, if you’re looking for one more place to watch the game head over there.

In addition to the bar being open they will also have tents and extra televisions in the parking lot outside.

There will be plenty of food and drinks.

Saturday, October 20 starting at 11 a.m.

Second Best is located at 42 Watson Street Detroit, Michigan 48201 


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Your City 5 Things To Do This Weekend In Detroit: October 5-7 Thu, 04 Oct 2018 16:39:33 +0000 Hey there all you cool cats, how is it hanging?

I’m sure most of you are going to be busy hitting up the apple orchards or picking out pumpkins, just don’t forget that there are a ton of great events happening around Detroit this weekend.

Let’s get to it shall we?

City Year Detroit Fundraiser and Comedy Show

Looking for something fun to do on Friday night?

The Ant Hall will be hosting a comedy show that is also a fundraiser for City Year Detroit.

I am a giant supporter of City Year Detroit. The City Year Corps members go into underperforming schools in Detroit and provide additional support for students and teachers. The work that they do help students do better in school.

There will be live comedy sets from Tanner Oliver, Camila Bellario, Justin O’Leary, Darnell Anderson, Jim Eliot, and Diego Attanasio.

Tickets to the show are $20 per person. All proceeds raised will go towards the work that City Year Detroit does.

When: Friday, October 5 from 7:30 p.m. — 10 p.m. Cocktail hour starts at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8:30 p.m.
Where: The Ant Hall 2320 Caniff Avenue Hamtramck, Michigan 48212

Detroit Folk Festival

This Saturday is the Detroit Folk Festival outside of the Old Miami in Midtown.

I listen to all kinds of music, but I really love folk music. There is something about singer and songwriters that speak to me in an emotional level.

Some of Detroit’s best folk artists will be performing at this event.

I highly recommend seeing Libby DeCamp. I really love her music and had a chance to see her live at TEDxDetroit last week. She is great.

Tickets for the event are $7 and can be purchased in advance here, 50% of proceeds will be donated to InsideOut Literary Arts.

When: Saturday, October 6 from 12 p.m. — 11 p.m.
Where: The Old Miami 3930 Cass Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48201

Danielle’s Sunday Brunch

Now that autumn has returned the Two Way Inn will be hosting Danielle’s Sunday Brunch, starting this Sunday. Huzzah!

This weekend they will be serving up homemade biscuits and gravy, hash browns, loaded eggs, cold bar and a Bloody Mary Bar.

Just writing about brunch is making me really hungry.

Heed my warning, get there early because the food will run out. Then you’ll have to wait until November for First Sunday Brunch.

When: Sunday, August 7 from 11 a.m. — 2 p.m.
Where: The Two Way Inn 17897 Mt Elliott Street Detroit, Michigan 48212

Open Streets Detroit

This Sunday is Open Streets Detroit Southwest.

We have covered Open Streets Detroit a lot here at Daily Detroit. There’s a good reason for it. It’s really great. It gives people an opportunity to get out of their cars and explore an area that we just zoom on by everyday.

There will be plenty of things to do at Open Streets including; live music, exercise classes, ultimate frisbee, hip-hop and street dancing, tennis, food, and so much more.

Also, don’t forget to stop into all of the small businesses that are located in the area.

This year’s route will start at Third Street and Michigan Avenue in Corktown, through Roosevelt Park to Vernor Highway where it will continue into Mexicantown and Clark Park.

When: Sunday, October 7 from 12 p.m. — 5 p.m.
Where: Corktown and Mexicantown

P.S. Just a little tip, MoGo Bikes will be waving its $8 daily pass fee for people who want to ride a bike on Sunday. Here’s the small print, you can ride for up to a maximum of 30 minutes at a time before being charged. But you can dock a bike before the 30 minutes are up and check out a new bike with out being charged.

Sister Pie Cookbook event at Folk

I have been anxiously awaiting for Lisa Ludwinski’s new Sister Pie; The Recipes and Stories of a Big Hearted Bakery in Detroit cookbook to be released. Sven went over to Sister Pie to talk with Lisa about her book a few months ago.

The book officially came out on Tuesday, so she is doing a ton of book events in the next few months.

On Sunday night Devita Davidson the Director of FoodLab Detroit will be moderating a discussion with Lisa about “The importance of Sisterhood in Small Business.”

The event will take place at Folk in Corktown. We all know how much I love Folk and Sister Pie … so there was no question that this event was going to be featured here this week.

Tickets are $45 and include a signed Sister Pie cookbook, wine pours and nibbles, you can purchase them here. You can also get tickets that do not include the book for $20 by going into Folk or calling them at 313-290-5849.

When: Sunday, October 7 from 6 p.m. — 8 p.m.
Where: Folk Detroit 1701 Trumbull Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48216

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Your City 5 Things To Do This Weekend In Detroit: September 28-30 Thu, 27 Sep 2018 17:46:16 +0000 I swear, I blinked and September was over. Where has this month gone? I can’t believe that Monday is October.

The weather has taken a turn for being more chilly and the days are getting shorter. I know my toddler is having a hard time getting use to not being able to go outside for a bike ride after dinner.

There is a ton to do this weekend. So much so that I needed to add two bonus events.

Lets get this show on the road shall we?

Avenue Q at the Hilberry Theatre

I don’t know if you can tell or not, but I really love musicals. Like, a lot.

Wayne State Theatre will be performing the Tony Award Winning Broadway musical, Avenue Q at the Hilberry Theatre. Performances started on September 21 but you have plenty of time to catch a show since it runs until October 7. There are shows all weekend.

Avenue Q is one of my favorite shows. It’s funny, crass, and the songs are really fun to sing. Plus there are puppets and Gary Coleman.

There might be puppets in the show, but this show is absolutely not for children. There are adult themes in the show, so if you have kids get a baby sitter and have fun.

Tickets are $28 unless you are a WSU student, staff member, alumni or senior. You can buy them here.

When: Multiple dates and times

Where: Hilberry Theatre 4743 Cass Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48201

Harvest Fest in Palmer Park

Are you looking for a free family friendly event for the weekend? The People of Palmer Park will be hosting their annual Harvest Festival this Saturday, September 29.

This Saturday afternoon will be filled with a ton of great activities for all ages. There will be a petting zoo and Farmer John will put on his Barnyard Express Show. There will also be arts and crafts, tug-of-war, sack races and other old-fashioned games.

Since this is a harvest festival there will also be tons of food. Including five types of heirloom apples, apple cider and doughnut holes for the first 500 people. You can also pick pumpkins.

This event is free to attend.

When: Saturday, September 29 from 1 p.m. -4 p.m.

Where: Next to the Palmer Park’s Splash Park and playground, on Merrill Plaisance near Pontchartrain

Comerica Park Perks

The Tiger’s might not have had the best season this year, but that doesn’t mean that we can still support our team.

This weekend is the final series of the season, and Comerica Bank will be hosting a Park Perks season finale at Comerica Park this Saturday.

This family friendly event will give guests a chance to go behind the scenes for a tour of the park. They will also get to ride the carousel and Fly Ball Ferris wheel.

You can even try your hand at pitching or hitting in the pitch booth and batting cages.

There will also be complementary face painting and drawings during the event.

Tiger’s Alumni Dave Rozema and Craig Monroe will be having a meet and greet. You’ll also have a chance to meet PAWS, but if you’ve got a kid like mine you might want to avoid the Tiger’s mascot.

Lunch will be provided.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger. You can purchase tickets here. The proceeds will go toward Read to a Child and Downtown Boxing Gym.

When: Saturday, September 29 from 11 a.m. — 2 p.m.

Where: Comerica Park 2100 Woodward Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48201

Light Up Livernois

Head over to the historic Avenue of Fashion on Saturday night for an evening of design during Light Up Livernois.

Local Livernois businesses and Detroit based artists will be exploring various ways design can shape the future of Detroit’s Avenue of Fashion. There will be open studios, performances, fashion vignettes, live musical performances, and small business highlights.

Be sure to stop by Good Cakes and Bakes for the pie eating contest and DCreated Boutique for the Boho Soiree.

While you’re checking out the Avenue of Fashion be sure to hit There will be a shuttle every 30 minutes.

Head south on Livernois to the Live6 Night Market. There will be vendors, live music and also face painting for the kids. There will be a free shuttle ever 30 minutes.

Light Up Livernois will take place from 5 p.m. — 10 p.m.

Where: Livernois Avenue between Saint Martins & Cambridge

Dalia Festival

This Sunday is the first ever Dahlia Festival which is being put on by the nonprofit Garden Detroit at Detroit Abloom.

There will be garden tours, kid activities, and flowers for sale.

This is a pot luck, so bring your favorite vegetarian dish to share.

When: Sunday, September 30 from 2 p.m. — 6 p.m.

Where: Detroit Abloom 313 Newport Detroit, Michigan 48215 


Oktoberfest at Detroit Shipping Company

It’s time to celebrate Oktoberfest, there are events all over town right now. I just wanted to highlight one of them for this weekend.

Detroit Shipping Company will be hosting an Oktoberfest event on Saturday.

There will be live music from The Reefermen, The Whiskey Charmers and Karaoke with Robby Rob.

There is a whole long list of breweries that will be featured during the Oktoberfest, including Falling Down Brewery.

Tickets are $25 in advance for 5 sample tokens and one pint token. The price goes up to $30 at the door.

When: Saturday, September 29 from 1 p.m. — 6 p.m.

Where: Detroit Shipping Company is located at 474 Peterboro Street Detroit, Michigan 48201

TopGolf Swing Suite One Year Anniversary 

This weekend the TopGolf Swing Suite in the MGM Grand will be celebrating its one year anniversary this weekend. So, if you’re a fan of video games and virtual golf this is the event for you.

On Friday night you can get Throwback Bay Pricing and an open arcade. DJ Tom Keeling will also be spinning music from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m.

On Sunday here will be a TopGolf Tournament from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m.

The tournament is a $10 buy in and participants will get a free signature cocktail. 

Participants will get a swag bag with all kinds of fun stuff in it.

The first place prize is a $200 to Wolfgang Puck Steak, second place is a $100 TAP and the third place prize is $100 to Palette.

The tournament is for those over the age of 21. You can reserve a bay by calling (313) 465-8671.

Where: MGM Grand is located at 1777 3rd Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48226

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Your City 5 Things To Do This Weekend In Detroit: September 21-23 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 03:17:15 +0000 It seems like everyone else is already for fall to be here. People keep talking about Pumpkin Spice Lattes and sweater weather.

But I have held out on getting anything autumnal until the actual autumn equinox. I don’t know why I have been such a stickler for holding on to the last remnants of summer, but I’ve been pretty hard core this year.

But, this Saturday is the first official day of autumn. So, I guess I better stop digging in my heels and pull out those riding boots.

There are a ton of cool things happening this weekend. I know that I’m looking forward to hitting a few of these events.

Let’s get on to it.


Do you eat, sleep, and breath Hamilton? Are you patiently waiting for the show to come to the Fisher Theatre in 2019? Do you think you’re the next Daveed Diggs and can spit out all those sick Lafayette and Jefferson raps? Do you wish you could be one of the Schuyler Sisters … even Peggy?

If you said yes to any of those questions, then you should probably go to the Hamiltunes singalong on Friday night in New Center Park.

Sorry if I just Hamil-splaned you, it’s a bad habit of mine. Can you tell I really love Hamilton?

Broadway in Detroit and the Masonic Youth Theatre of Detroit are putting on the free event to celebrate Hamilton coming to Detroit in the spring of 2019.

It will be a karaoke format, so everyone can sing along.

So, grab a friend and your blanket and head over to the park for some singing.

When: Friday, September 21 from 7 p.m.-9 p.m.

New Center Park is located 2998 West Grand Boulevard
Detroit, Michigan 48202

That Big 80s Party

DJ Dave Paul is coming back to Detroit this Friday for another round of That Big 80s Party at El Club.

You know what that means right? It’s time to pull out your day glow tops, banana clips, and Stiff Stuff Hairspray.

There will be a mix of all genres of music, the only requirement is that it was produced in the 1980s.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.

When: Friday, September 21 from 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m.

El Club is located at 4114 Vernor Highway, Detroit, Michigan 48209

Dear Fall: Love, Midtown

Midtown will be hopping on Saturday during the Love, Midtown event.

Over 30 shops, restaurants, and businesses around Midtown will take part in the event. Most will have specials, sales, live music and kid-friendly activities.

My number one place to stop during the event is Sfumato Fragrances. They will be celebrating turning 5 years old.

If you have little kids then I suggest heading over to Nora for a little story time. Channel 4’s Devin Scillian will be doing a book reading there at 11:00 a.m. Did you know he wrote children’s books? He really is a Jack of all trades.

You have my full permission to enjoy all things fall on Saturday.

When: Saturday, September 22 from 12 p.m.-8 p.m.

Multiple locations

Murals in the Market

The fourth annual Murals in the Market is currently going on in Eastern Market. More than 50 local and international artists have been creating amazing murals all week.

I couldn’t be more happy that this event takes place within our fine city. It was recently named one of the “Top 5 Mural Festivals in the World” by Smithsonian.

If you can make it out to Eastern Market After Dark on Thursday, I highly suggest it. It’s always a fun time.

It looks like the guided tours are sold out, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go out on your own to look at all of the murals. You can download a map here, or pick up a printed map in Eastern Market.

Murals in the market runs through Saturday.

Eastern Market

Junior League of Detroit’s Designers Show House Tour

I had a chance to check out the Designers Show House at the Fisher Mansion in Boston Edison last week. It was pretty sweet. I wish I could pick a favorite room for you, but it is just too hard. I will say that I really liked the Garden of Eden room on the second floor.

This year 40 of the most illustrious designers and landscapers from around the country came to work on the former home of auto baron Charles T. Fisher.

The home was purchased in 2017 by actor, author, and philanthropist Hill Harper.

Tickets to the Designers Show House Tour are $40 per person. Proceeds from the ticket sales will go toward supporting various community programs.

Hours: Thursday through Saturday 10 a.m. — 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. — 5 p.m.

The Charles T. Fisher Mansion is located at 670 West Boston Boulevard Detroit, Michigan 48202


Pewabic Stein Launch

This Saturday Pewabic will be unveiling a new stein during their Oktoberfest celebration. You can see photos of the new steins here, I really like both of the colors.

Eastern Market Brewing will be at the pottery with their small batch Kiln Bier which is an ale-lager hybrid that was brewed for Pewabic.

There will be live music from Steve Jarosz as well.

This event is free to attend, but you will have to BYOS (buy your own stein). They will have Solo cups as well.

When: Saturday, September 22 from 12 p.m.-6 p.m.

Pewabic is located at 10125 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit, Michigan 48214

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Your City 5 Things To Do This Weekend In Detroit: September 7-9 Fri, 07 Sep 2018 14:24:21 +0000 Hey there everyone! I hope that your short workweek has been easy breezy.

I’m currently in denial that it is September. Sure the kids are now back in school and the sun is setting earlier. But I’m not ready to give up on this summer feeling.

Keep your Pumpkin Spice Lattes to yourself over there.

Maybe it will hit me more when I drop off my little at his first day of preschool next Monday.

In any case I’ll just be over here soaking up as much vitamin D the sun rays can give me.

I digress, let’s get onto this weekends top picks for things to do around Detroit.

EatDrinkShop at Dequindre Cut 

Can I tell you a secret?

I haven’t been down to the Dequindre Cut Freight Yard yet.

I know. I’m not sure why I haven’t gone down there yet this year, I just always seem to have something pop up on the weekends.

I’m going to try to get down there this weekend though. Because the EatDrinkShop event sounds like a lot of fun.

There will be food from Yumvillage, beer and wine from Brut Detroit, and coffee from Always Brewing Detroit.

Plus there will be live music, and plenty of vendors all weekend long.

When: Friday 4 p.m. — 10 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m. — 10 p.m., and Sunday 12 p.m. — 6 p.m.

The Dequindre Cut Freight Yard is located at 1905 Alfred Street Detroit, Michigan 48207

Rosie, A Detroit Herstory Launch Party

This Saturday is the official book launch party for Rosie, A Detroit Herstory and I want everybody to go to it.

Rosie, A Detroit Herstory by Bailey Sisoy Isgro is about the start of the second World War and about the women who went to work to help keep the county going. It is also about our region and how we became the Arsenal of Democracy.

Take it from a mom who reads a lot of kids books, this book is great.

Not to mention the illustrations are beautifully done by Nicole Lapointe.

If you missed out on getting the book in the Kickstarter campaign last year, this is your chance. They will have the book for sale and will be signing books.

There will be fun for all at the Rosie book launch party. Dress up as Rosie the Riveter and take pictures in the photo booth, send out a post card to a Rosie or veteran, and color your own pictures.

Those coneys at Red Hots Coney Island in Highland Park are pretty awesome. There will be Rosie specials during the event.

Hours: Saturday, September 8 from 2 p.m.-5 p.m.

Red Hots Coney is located at 12 Victor Street Highland Park, Michigan 48203

Dally in the Alley

When I think about annual events in Detroit, I can say that Dally in the Alley is probably one of the most loved. People are passionate about the Dally.

This Saturday is the annual Dally in the Alley, and I can assure you that it is going to be a great time.

There will be four stages for local musicians to perform, food, drinks, and local vendors. Did I forget to mention that it is family friendly? Because it is. There is a kids fair on West Forest.

Hours: Saturday, September 8 from 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Location: North Cass Corridor between Prentis Street and Hancock and 2nd and 3rd Avenues.

University District Home Tour 

I have been waiting months for the biannual University District Home Tour.

If you are a regular listener to the Daily Detroit podcast, then you know we record from the University District most days. So this neighborhood is pretty near and dear to our hearts at Daily Detroit.

There are six homes on the tour this year, and all of the homes were built between 1927 and 1967. Each home has distinct features like Pewabic tile, beautiful gardens, and my favorite leaded stained glass.

There are multiple ways to get around the neighborhood for the tour, be it by walking, biking, car or the free shuttle. If you go on the shuttle there will be guides on board to give you some history of the University District.

You can check in at the reservation table at Gesu Church.

Tickets for the tour are $20 in advance or $25 the day of. You can purchase them here.

When: Sunday, September 9 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Gesu Church is located at 17180 Oak Drive Detroit, Michigan 48221

Gabriel Hall Po’boy Pop-up at Nancy Whiskey

I’m only going to tell you this once, you need to get yourself over to Nancy Whiskey’s on Sunday night for Gabriel Hall’s Po’boy pop-up.

I love a good Po’boy sandwich and I know that Gabriel Hall doesn’t disappoint.

The pop-up menu is simple but is still delicious. You can find the menu here.

I think I’m going to have to go grab me a Po’boy and a bowl of the gumbo on Sunday night.

While you’re there don’t forget to head to the patio because DJ Skeez will be spinning on the ones and twos.

Hours: Sunday, September 9 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

Nancy Whiskey is located at 2644 Harrison Street Detroit, Michigan 48216


Motor City Soul Stomp

You knew it was coming … I tell you go to go the Motor City Soul Stomp every month. But there’s good reason for it.

It’s because it’s awesome. There’s good music, cold drinks, and no cover.

This month there will be a special guest Mr. Fine Wine from NYC’s WFMU-FM will be joining your regular record slingers at the Marble Bar.

Be sure to tell Dan we said hi.

When: Saturday, September 8 from 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m.

The Marble Bar is located at 1501 Holden Street Detroit, Michigan 48208

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Things To Do This Labor Day Weekend In Detroit: Your City 5 For Aug 31-Sept 3 Thu, 30 Aug 2018 16:47:59 +0000 Hey, hey, hey! Happy Labor Day Weekend.

It’s the unofficial end of summertime, so you better get outside to soak up all the Vitamin D you can before Autumn rolls around.

If you decided to stay close to home this weekend, you’re in for a real treat. There are all types of events happening in and around Detroit this long weekend.

I know that technically the City 5 is for events that are happening inside the city but I wanted to give a shout out to the Michigan State Fair in Novi and Arts, Beats, and Eats in Royal Oak. Both events are happening this weekend, and let’s face it they are pretty popular.

I digress. Let’s get on with this weeks City 5.

Detroit Jazz Fest

The Detroit Jazz Fest has been a Labor Day Weekend tradition for 39 years now. There is no question this free family friendly event would make it on the City 5.

There will be four days of great jazz being performed all weekend. There will also be a series of talks with performers.

This years Artist-in-Residence is jazz pianist and composer Chick Corea. He will have multiple performances over the weekend.

You can find the schedule of performances here.

The festival is free to attend, but you can buy VIP tickets if you’re feeling fancy.

Hours: Friday 6:30 p.m.- 1:30 a.m., Saturday 12 p.m. — 1:30 a.m., Sunday 12 p.m. — 1:30 a.m., and Monday 1 p.m.-8 p.m.

The Detroit Jazz Festival takes place in Campus Martius all the way down to Hart Plaza.

Hamtramck Labor Day Festival

I’m not sure why I’m so excited this year for the 39th annual Hamtown Fest. Maybe it’s because I think my toddler is finally at the right age to bring him down there for some food and fun. Or maybe it’s because I have such a soft spot for Hamtramck.

Whatever the case, this weekend is going to be awesome!

There are so many fun things happening during the festival, like the annual Hamtramck Yacht Club Race, a carnival, and great food.

Don’t forget all of the bands that will perform over the three days. The Polish Muslims will perform, because they are awesome.

This year the headliner is Martha Reeves and the Vandellas! I’m so freaking excited I could spit. They perform on Monday at 9 p.m. Don’t miss your chance to see them perform live.

You can find the whole schedule of performances here.

The Polish Day Parade will take place on Monday at 1:30 p.m. This year they will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of Poland’s regained independence. The parade starts at Holbrook and Joseph Campau and will go north on Joseph Campau to Commor.

When: September 1-3 from 12 p.m.-10 p.m.

The festival will take place on Joseph Campau

P.S. If you don’t want to stop the party, be sure to check out the many after parties that the bars around Hamtramck will be hosting. I know for a fact that the Ghost Light will have after parties on Saturday and Sunday night.

Tiny Homes Tour

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Tiny Homes that Cass Community Social Services have been building on the westside of Detroit, this is your chance.

This weekend Cass Community Social Service will be giving tours of the six newest Tiny Homes.

This project is one that is near and dear to my heart. So, if you have a chance to go one of the tours do it.

Tickets for the Tiny Home tour are $75 for an individual or $100 for two people. You can purchase tickets here.

I know that seems steep, but tickets include a progressive meal from Cass Catering chef Matt Prentice, a copy of “Tiny Homes in a Big City” by Rev. Faith Fowler, and a donation to the Tiny Homes project.

When: Friday, August 31-Sunday, September 2 multiple times.

Where: The homes are located just off Woodrow Wilson south of Glendale on Monterey, near the Highland Park/Detroit border.

The Villages Bier & Weingarten

If you’re looking for something that is a bit more chill for this weekend, then I have the perfect thing.

The Villages Bier & Weingarten is that perfect mix of getting out of the house for a few hours but also being low key.

Grab a bite to eat at the Yum Village food truck, grab a glass of beer or wine and enjoy.

It’s family friendly, chill, and relaxing.

On Friday and Saturday they have a Sangria Happy Hour from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.

When: Friday 4 p.m.-12 a.m., Saturday 4 p.m.-12 a.m., and Sunday 12 p.m.-9 p.m.

The Villages Bier & Weingarten is located at 1420 Van Dyke Detroit, Michigan 48214

The Whiskey Charmers at the Detroit Shipping Company

Here is another low-key kind of event for you.

On Saturday night the Whiskey Charmers will be performing at the Detroit Shipping Company.

They are a local band, and I really dig their music.

It also gives you a chance to check out the Detroit Shipping Company if you haven’t made it over there yet.

There is no cover.

When: Saturday, September 1 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Where: The Detroit Shipping Company is located at 474 Peterboro Detroit, Michigan 48201

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Your City 5 Things To Do This Weekend In Detroit: August 24-26 Thu, 23 Aug 2018 17:46:39 +0000 Are you ready for the final weekend of August? I know I’m not. I think I need to take a quick trip up north or something before summer is officially over.

There are a lot of fun things happening around town this weekend.

Much Ado Para Nada

This weekend is the final free show for the season for Shakespeare in Detroit.

The theatre group will be performing their version of the Shakespearean comedy Much Ado About Nothing in Campus Martius on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night.

Don’t forget to bring your blankets, lawn chairs and snacks.

All performances begin at 6:30 p.m.

Campus Martius is located at 800 Woodward Avenue, Detroit 48224

North Cass Neighborhood Sidewalk Sale 

On Saturday over 40 small businesses along Cass Avenue in Midtown will be having a sidewalk sale.

This annual event is always a lot of fun. There will be discounts, specials, live music, and activities for kids.

You can find the list of all of the participating small businesses and the sales they are offering on the Facebook event.

Don’t forget to check out the Detroit Clothing Circle for their deep deals, as referenced by the advertisement.

When: Saturday, August 25 from 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Multiple locations along Cass Avenue

Dream of Detroit Street Fair

Looking for a family friendly event this weekend? The Dream of Detroit Street Fair is your answer.

The street fair will be held along two blocks of Woodrow Wilson Street on the westside of Detroit.

There will be live music and theatrical performances from the Detroit Repertory Theatre. Plus a men’s 3 on 3 basketball tournament, African dancing classes for women, and a kids zone with a bounce house and free face painting.

The HUDA Clinic will have volunteer physicians at the fair to offer free basic health assessments throughout the day.

The street fair will also have a marketplace with vendors selling food, drinks, clothing, and other items.

The fair is being hosted thanks to a partnership between the Muslim Center, HUDA Free Community Health Clinic, the HUDA Urban garden, the Detroit Repertory Theatre and the community organization Dream of Detroit.

Hours: Saturday, August 2511:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.

The Muslim Center is located at 1605 West Davison in Detroit.

The Weird Homes Tour

I have always been a fan of architecture, so when I heard about the Weird Homes Tour a few months back I knew I had to include it in the City 5.

The tour consists of seven quirky homes that you can go inside of and talk to the owners. The VIP package includes an additional stop at the Wheelin’ on Woodward home.

It’s a self guided, self driven tour so you can go at your own pace and take your time. I really dig it.

A portion of the proceeds from each ticket will be donated to the non-profit United Community Housing Coalition.

Tickets are $30 per person or $45 for the VIP treatment (not only do you get an additional stop but you can get a t-shirt or hat.) You can buy them here. You can buy tickets the day of, but the price goes up to $37 per person.

When: Saturday, August 25 from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Multiple locations

3rd Annual Luau and Pig Roast

Pull out those Hawaiian shirts, because it’s time to celebrate the final weekend in August with some roasted pig, awesome drinks and some Hawaiian flavor.

On Sunday the Sugar House will be hosting its 3rd Annual Luau and Pig Roast. If you’re a vegetarian they have you covered, there will be some meatless options as well.

There will be a special cocktail menu for the day to celebrate.

When: Sunday, August 26 from 3:00 p.m.-12:00 p.m.

The Sugar House is located at 2130 Michigan Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48216

Double Bonus

This Sunday is National Dog Day, and there are two events that we highlighted this week on the Daily Detroit podcast. I just want to remind everyone that both of these events are happening on Sunday.

Meet Your Best Friend at the Museum

The Detroit Institute of Art will be hosting its first ever animal adoption event this Sunday.

You can find out all of the information on the dedicated post about the event.

When: Sunday, August 26 from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

The Detroit Institute of Art is located at 5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit Michigan 48202

Bulldogs, Brews, and Beards

The Detroit Barbers Barbershop in Corktown will be hosting Bulldogs, Brews, and Beards this Sunday.

You can find all of the information here.

When: Sunday, August 26 from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Detroit Barbers Barbershop 2000 Michigan Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48216

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Your City 5 Things To Do This Weekend In Detroit: August 10-12 Thu, 09 Aug 2018 19:25:38 +0000 Hey everyone! I hope that this week is going well for you.

This week has been busy for me. I’ve been busy working and also getting everything in order for the trip I’m taking to New England next week.

There are a long of great events happening this weekend. Let’s get to it.

Pierogi at Lost River

We love pierogies at Daily Detroit, and I’m pretty sure you all love pierogies as well. So I figured I’d let you know about this fun little pierogi pop up at Lost River on Friday night.

Pietrzyk Pierogi will be setting up shop at the newest Tiki Bar on the eastside.

Come hungry because these pierogi sound delicious. You can find the menu here, and you’ll probably find my editor there, too.

When: Friday, August 10 from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

Lost River is located at 15421 Mack Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48224

Detroit: You’re So Unusual Bus Tour

If you’re like me and like going on tours that take you off the beaten path, then the Detroit: You’re So Unusual Bus Tour from the City Tour Detroit is for you.

This bus tour will take you to places all over the city of Detroit like Jimmy Hoffa’s office, Detroit’s little Venice, and and eerie vault that is filled with cremains of well-known Detroiters.

The tour will take roughly 5 hours, and is filled with plenty of opportunities to get off of the bus to look around. There will also be a lunch break in the middle of the tour.

Tickets for the tour are $55 per person and you can make your reservation here.

When: Saturday, August 11 the bus departs promptly at 12:00 p.m.

The tour starts in front of the Eastern Market Offices

Sweetest Heart of Mary Pierogi Festival

I love pierogi so much that I have TWO events dedicated to the polish dumpling. I am really sad that I have to miss out on the Pierogi Festival this year.

This weekend is the 37th annual Pierogi Festival at Mother of Divine Mercy near Eastern Market.

There will be plenty of food, music, dancing, and bingo games to be had this weekend. I also recommend going to one of the masses during the weekend.

The pre party is on Friday, August 10 from 6:00 until 10:00. The pre party is 21 and over.

Saturday: 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Sunday: 12:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Sweetest Heart of Mary is located at 4440 Russell St, Detroit, Michigan 48207

Pewabic Summer Sale

This weekend is the Pewabic Summer Sale. I’m pretty sure I add this annual event to my City 5 every year, but there’s good reason for that.

I love Pewabic, in fact I’m always looking for the next piece to add to my collection. I know my husband loves my slight addiction to Pewabic.

Also, if you have been kicking around the idea of redoing the tile in your house with Pewabic, I suggest you come to this sale.

You never know what you might find at this sale. There will be architectural field tile and handcrafted ceramic giftware.

The sale starts on Saturday for members only and will continue on Sunday for the public.

When: Saturday, August 11 from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 12 from 11:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Pewabic is located at 10125 E Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48214

4th Annual Car Show and Detroit Firemen’s Fund Field Day at Historic Fort Wayne

There will be two events at Historic Fort Wayne this Sunday, so I’m giving you more bang for your buck.

If you like cars then you should head over to the fort to check out the 4th Annual Car Show.

There will be cars of all makes, models, and years out on display, and it will be a lot of fun.

The car show will take place from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

It is $5 a person to get into the car show.

The second event is the 96th Annual Detroit Firemen’s Field Day.

This is a summer tradition, and it is a lot of fun.

There will be tons of family activities to participate in like face painting, dunk tanks, and a train. Not to mention the most important part, fire trucks. There will also be food available for purchase.

The Fireman’s Fund Field Day opens at 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

When: Sunday, August 12

Fort Wayne is located at 6325 West Jefferson, Detroit, Michigan 48209


Open Streets Detroit Rouge Park

Just a short reminder that Open Streets Detroit Rouge Park was rescheduled for this Saturday.

If you have never been to Rouge Park, then you are in for a treat. It is the largest park in the city of Detroit and spans 1,184 acres. It has two Olympic-sized swimming pools, an event center, and even a campground. Yes, I said a campground.

The event will close down three miles of the roads inside Rouge Park which is located on the west side of Detroit.  

There are plenty of fun family friendly things planned for the event this Saturday. Open Streets is free to attend.

You can find more information about the event here.

When: Saturday, August 11 from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Rouge Park

DOUBLE BONUS: Motor City Soul Stomp

It’s time again for the monthly Motor City Soul Stomp, which means it’s time to brush off your dancing shoes and head over to the Marble Bar on Saturday night.

Even if you don’t plan on dancing it is still fun to go listen to the Motor City Soul club spin rare Soul and Funk vinyl from the 60’s and 70’s. I just like to listen to the music, watch the people dance, and have a cocktail.

The best part is that it’s free to get in.

When: Saturday, August 11 from 10:00 p.m. until 2:30 a.m.

The Marble Bar is located at 1501 Holden Street Detroit, Michigan 48208

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Your City 5 Things To Do This Weekend In Detroit: August 3-5 Fri, 03 Aug 2018 02:12:52 +0000 Hello all you lovely readers. I’m sure that some of you might have been wondering where in the world the City 5 has been lately.

I had an unexpected loss in my family that has really thrown me for a loop. The City 5 is one of my favorite things to write every week, and I take pride in curating my top 5 things to do every weekend.

Let’s just say, it’s good to be back and feeling like going out again.

Chevrolet Rockin on the Riverfront – Starship Featuring Mickey Thomas

Nothing is going to stop me from suggesting this concert.

Ok, I’ll stop.

But seriously, how could I not pick the Starship concert? This is gold entertainment. Plus, I have the same birthday as Grace Slick, so it’s a given.

All I can say, is I hope they play “Sara,” because that was my JAM when I was younger. Funny story, I use to sing that song to my neighbor’s dog who was named Sarah.

This is an all ages, free show.

Like all Rockin on the Riverfront Concerts, it is free to attend. So it’s a steal of a deal if you’re trying to save some cash.

When: Friday, August 3 from 7:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

Where: GM Plaza along the Riverfront

Belle Isle Art Fair

It’s one of my favorite times of year, art fair season!

I love walking around art fairs and checking out different forms of art. The Belle Isle Art Fair is one of my favorites, because I love that island and I love art. But I digress.

This year there will be 100 juried artists including a performance art tent set up next to the Scott Fountain. 

There will also be live music and theatrical performances throughout the two days. I’m psyched to see the Detroit Actors Theatre Company is one of the participating theatre companies.

Festival goers will have a chance to make their own art with the help from the The Detroit Institute of Arts and Arts and Scraps. You can even paint your own picture of the Scott Fountain.

Because this is a festival, there will be plenty of food truck options if you get hungry. Though I’m sure no one will look at your twice if you decide to bring a picnic along.

It’ll be a good time.

The event is free to attend, but just remember to have your State Park Passport.

When: Saturday, August 4 from 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 5 from 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Where: Belle Isle, Next to the Scott Fountain

Floating Halfpipe and Art Show

We covered this event over on the Daily Detroit News Byte podcast. So I’m going to take this time to remind you to listen to the Daily Detroit News Byte podcast. It’s free, and a great daily podcast. Ok I’m off my soapbox now.

So what makes this event so cool?

The Detroit Princess Riverboat will have a halfpipe on the deck. Professional skateboarders  will be doing all kinds of crazy tricks on it while cruising down the Detroit River. Um, that’s pretty freaking sweet if you ask me.

Anyway, there will be two cruises on Saturday. One will be family friendly and the other will be adults only.

Tickets are $25 for the afternoon cruise and $35 for the sunset cruise. You can purchase them here.

When: Saturday, August 4 the afternoon cruise is 11:30-2:30 p.m., evening cruise is from 5:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Where: Detroit Princess Riverboat 20 Civic Center Drive Detroit, Michigan 48226

Backyard Nature: Beekeeping Basics

This event might not be for everybody, but if you have ever wanted to get into beekeeping you should totally take this workshop at the DNR Outdoor Adventure Center.

Brian Peterson from Bees in the D will be the one teaching the workshop, and he knows his stuff about beekeeping. We got a chance to meet the fella’s from Bees in the D when they put the new hives on the former Detroit News Building, and it was super cool.

During the workshop you’ll learn about the basics of beekeeping and  what tools you need to do it. You’ll also have the chance to visit active hives and collect and taste the honey.

You should wear comfortable clothes, close toed shoes or boots and bring a water bottle. They will provide protective gear for you to wear. Just a heads up, you’ll have to sign a waiver to attend.

The workshop will run you $80 bucks, you can register for it here.

When: Sunday, August 5 from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Where: DNR Outdoor Adventure Center 1801 Atwater St Detroit, Mi 48207 Detroit, Michigan 48207

Michigan Renaissance Festival at Eastern Market

It’s almost August, so that means it is time to pull out those codpieces and corsets for the kick off event for the Michigan Renaissance Festival at Eastern Market.

There will be stage acts, food trucks, wine tasting, artisans, and tickets to the Ren Fest availible for purchase. I hear they will have BOGO tickets.

This event is free to attend and is family friendly.

When: Sunday, August 5 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Where: Eastern Market Shed 5 2934 Russell Street Detroit, Michigan 48207

P.S. Don’t forget that the Sunday Market is taking place at Eastern Market. Be sure to go say hi to our friends at Motor City Creations.



I know, I know technically this show is at the Magic Bag in Ferndale. But I have a soft spot for the Risk!  podcast and live show.

As a matter of fact, Sven interviewed Kevin Allison the host of Risk! for the Happy Hour. If you haven’t listened to it yet, I suggest you do.

Tickets for Risk! Are $20 and you can buy them here. Just a head’s up, this is an 18 and over show.

When: Friday, August 3 doors open at 8:00 p.m.

Where: The Magic Bag 22920 Woodward avenue Ferndale 48220

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Your City 5: Things To Do In Detroit For The Weekend Of May 11-13 Fri, 11 May 2018 04:21:31 +0000 Hello, hello, hello!

Let me be the first one to wish all of our moms out there a very Happy Mother’s Day.

You are all doing a great job. Sometimes this forest can really suck, but each day you wake up and make a difference in the lives of your children.

I see you out there getting stuff done. Keep up the good work you guys. May you all get the self care you need and deserve this Mother’s Day.

Alright, let’s get to the City 5.

Mother’s Day Pop Up Shops at the Detroit Foundation Hotel

Are you one of those last minute shoppers? What are you waiting for? Since you like waiting for the last minute to get those important people in your life something special I have the solution for you.

You’re welcome.

The Foundation Hotel will be hosting special a Mother’s Day Pop-Up shop.

Maison Farola will have floral arrangements. Love & Buttercream all have yummy treats, and The Purpose Planner will have stationary.

Oh, just a heads up. The patio at the Apparatus Room will be opening on Monday, May 14. So get ready to drink Frosè al fresco.

When: Friday, May 11 from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., Saturday, May 12 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Where: The Foundation Hotel 250 W. Larned Detroit, Michigan 48237

Grand Opening of the Grand Marketplace 

There is a new pop-up maker’s space over on Grand River and Greenfield. It’s called The Grand Marketplace, and it sounds pretty great.

The space is a 14,000 square foot market that features individual units for small businesses to set up shop.

My friend Brianna over at DCreated Boutique will be there. I’m sure she has some super cute spring and summer baby clothes. Just in time for warm weather.

There will be over 12 independently owned vendors and makers at the grand opening party this Saturday. There will be lingerie from Breakfast at Six, jewelry from The Queens Treasured Jewels, and the Yogurt Box.

Stretch Sumn will be doing beginning yoga at 11:00 a.m. it is $10 to participate in the session.

There will be entertainment, food, and shopping during the grand opening party.

When: Saturday, May 12 from 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Where: The Grand Marketplace 15400 Grand River Avenue, Second Floor, Detroit, Michigan 48227

Love, Midtown- Spring Event

On Saturday Midtown is going to be hopping during the Love, Midtown event. There will be sidewalk sales, trunk shows, live music and kid friendly activities for many of businesses in Midtown.

Here are my top picks for the entire event.

Detroit Clothing Circle x Sfumato Fragrances/Castalia will be having their official patio opening party.

Celebrate Spring at Will Leather Good by dancing around the Maypole.

Check out Source Booksellers and their “Mother’s Read Out Loud” event.

Avalon International Breads will have cookie decorating outside on the patio for kids and a gift box for mom.

Head over to 3rd Street to get a peek at the newly reopened Willis Show Bar. They will have live music and cocktails.

When: Saturday, May 12 from 12:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Where: Multiple locations around Midtown

Mommy Dearest 

If you have ever picked up a wire hanger and held it up over your head and screamed “NO WIRE HANGERS… EVER!” this event is for you.

Our/Detroit will be showing the 1981 classic Mommy Dearest on  Saturday. Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford is everything.

Dress in your best Hollywood flair and have a little pre-Mother’s Day celebration. What better way to really appreciate the moms in your life like by watching the epitomy of a toxic and abusive parent.

Come for the movie, but stay for these specialty cocktails:

“Box Office Poison”
“Aces Beats Kings”
“Smart-Alek Back Talk”

There will also be snacks.

When: Saturday, May 12 from 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Where: Our/Detroit 2545 Bagley Street Detroit, Michigan 48216

Brunch It Up for Mother’s Day

You know your mom doesn’t want to have to cook y’all breakfast. Because if she cooks breakfast, she’ll probably have to do the dishes after. And if she does the dishes, she’ll have to put them away.

It’s kind of like the mom version of If You Give A Mouse A Cookie. 

So, why not take your favorite mom out for brunch.

Now, just remember that most restaurants will be crazy busy. Mother’s Day one of the busiest days of the year in the restaurant industry.

So what are some of my top picks?

Batch Brewing will be having Mother’s Day Bruch with Anthology Coffee, beer slushies, Caprese Benedict, Smoked Salmon Frittatas, Bubble Waffles and Pineapple Upside Down Bread Pudding.

The best part? There is no reservations needed.

Brunch at Batch Brewing will be from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and the regular menu will be available after 4:00 p.m.

Batch Brewing is located at 1400 Porter Street Detroit, Michigan 48216

The House of Pur Vin will be hosting an afternoon brunch for Mother’s Day.

Chef Cedric Andrews will be preparing Chicken and Waffles, Shrimp and Grits, and more.

There will also be wine selections from Master Sommelier Claudia Tyagi and Sommelier Michael Calvert.

Brunch will be served between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

The House of Pur Vin is located at 1433 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48226



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