Fun – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Fri, 20 Jul 2018 13:35:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Michigan Glass Project’s Live Glassblowing Festival Returns To The Russell Industrial Center This Weekend Thu, 19 Jul 2018 22:29:43 +0000

Today on the News Byte Jeremy Ross, the Artist Liaison with the Michigan Glass Project joins us to talk about Michigan Glass Project and the upcoming Live Glassblowing and Arts Festival this weekend.

The three day festival will be held at the Russell Industrial Center. The festival raises money for the nonprofit organization Art Road, which brings art classes back into schools. Last year the festival raised $100,000 for the nonprofit.

This year there will be 70 borosilicate glass artists who will be creating pieces with torches, 13 glass bead makers, and 12 hot shop glass artists. For those not familiar with hot shop glass artists, they are the ones you find at Greenfield Village. There will also be artists doing live painting throughout the weekend.  

Throughout the weekend artists will be creating pieces that will be part of the silent and live auctions.

The main event will take place on Friday, July 20 through Sunday, July 22 from 12:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. all three days. 

The Russell Industrial Center is located at 1600 Clay Street Detroit, Michigan 48211.

Tickets for the festival are $30 for a weekend pass or $15 for a day pass. You can purchase them in advance here.

For those of you who like after parties, there will be two this weekend.

The Marble Show at the Marble Bar will take place on Friday night from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.

The Whitney Garden Party/ Millefiori gathering at the Whitney Mansion will take place on Saturday from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.

There is a cover charge for the after parties: $10 at the door or $5 with a Main Event Wristband.

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The Detroit Kite Festival Returns To Belle Isle On Sunday, July 15 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 16:10:38 +0000

It’s time to pull out your kites because the Detroit Kite Festival is returning to Belle Isle for its second year. The Detroit Kite Festival will take place on Sunday, July 15 from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 pm.

The Detroit Kite Festival will have kites for sale as well as to borrow incase you don’t have the funds to buy a new kite. You can also try your hand at building your own kite in the Kite Making Tent, which is in partnership with the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Want to try your hand at building your own kite? Check out the Will It Fly? Tent, where guests can tinker, play and invent new kites.

Kids of all ages will have a chance to learn more about kites in the Book Nook.

There will be plenty of entertainment this year for the festival.

The Windjammers Kite Team will return for the second year to perform their synchronized kite show. The Michigan Philharmonic have also signed on to be a partner for the festival and they will perform.

“We are so excited to bring back the Detroit Kite Festival after a wildly successful first time. Kites are a platform to bring Detroiters together, celebrate history and culture, and to engage with others,” said Margo Dalal the Director of the Detroit Kite Festival. “We are grateful to have such a supportive community and willing partners to make this the collaborative festival that it is.”

The Detroit Kite Festival is free to those who attend, however just remember that you will need a Recreation Passport to get onto Belle Isle.

The festival will take place at the Belle Isle Cricket Field, which is right next to the Belle Isle Casino. There is a parking lot next to the field.

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Listen: Previewing Hour Detroit’s 2018 Best Of Detroit Party Thu, 14 Jun 2018 20:37:12 +0000

Sven interviews Mary Sutton the Events and Marketing Manager for Hour Detroit to find out about the upcoming Best of Detroit Party.

This year the event will be held at Shed 3 inside Eastern Market.

The party will have food from over 20 of the winning restaurants from the June edition of Hour Detroit.

There will also be signature cocktails, wine, and beer.

Tickets for the party are $95 for general admission and $140 for VIP. You can purchase them here.

The party starts at 7:00 p.m. (6:00 p.m. for VIP) and goes until 11:00 p.m.

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


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Jason Hall Quits Slow Roll, Talks About What’s Next Thu, 31 May 2018 20:23:10 +0000

Jason Hall is retiring – sort of. The co-founder of Detroit’s beloved Slow Roll is stepping down from his role as the public personality behind the city’s now-famous neighborhood bicycle ride.

Slow Roll isn’t going away – and Jason isn’t going anywhere. He’s definitely staying in Detroit. But his role will change and his commitment to the city is going to grow in terms of what he can do for bicyclists and his hometown.

For example, Jason is relaunching (RI)Detroit, Detroit’s weekend celebration of bicycles and culture. The event, which will take place the weekend of July 20-22, will be a full experience of Detroit on two wheels. In addition to group rides and events, bicycle and non-bicycle manufacturers will be selling their new bicycles and merchandise. Community leaders and bicycle advocates will host seminars and panel discussions to discuss regional and national cycling and mobility policies that affect all of Detroit and the region.

His last official Slow Roll took place Wednesday on Mackinac Island as part of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s annual Mackinac Policy Conference. The ride was good, the road was smooth and Jason’s mind was clear.

“It just felt like the time. It was a great ride,” Jason said in an interview with me (the audio is embedded at the top of this post). “It seemed like the right time.”

To say Hall is excited about the new enterprise (and a few others you’ll hear about soon) is an understatement. But, at the same time, his emotion at what his team and supporters created through Slow Roll is undeniable.

“When I started Slow Roll, it was really just about a bike ride. But through the past eight years, I’ve traveled the world and I’ve seen bicycling and bicycling advocacy and what that really means,” Jason says. “I’ve just evolved a little more. Once you’ve see what you could do, once we accomplished what we could accomplished through Slow Roll, I just wanted to go to the next level.”

After talking to Slow Roll’s board, family and friends, Jason decided it was time to make it official – he is stepping down from the organization’s leadership.

“I just decided that this would be my year to go ahead and step back and let the machine run itself. We’ve worked very hard to make that machine run,” Jason says. “I’ve got some other projects that I’m working on that are bicycling and city based. It’s still my family. But it’s time to move on.”

What changed was his mindset and evolution as a community leader. Jason says he started to see what else he could accomplish both as an individual, a bicyclist and an advocate.

“ I think it was really on my last trip to Minneapolis when I was out there. … I ran into what was called the Nice Ride Program. In Minneapolis, everybody gets a free bike. The way it works is you show up, they give you a bike, you ride it four times, you document that you rode it four times, you bring it back and you get a brand-new bike,” Jason explains. “That blew my mind that something like that existed. That became my new mission for Detroit. We’re going through all these changes with bike lanes and we’re doing all this stuff in the neighborhoods. But are we really connecting the community to these bike lanes?”

The dream he had for what Detroit could do in terms of the bicycling community began to grow. Plus, he has a flair for the dramatic and he knew there was a chance to expand his personal legacy. But, most importantly, Slow Roll could and would continue.

“It will last forever. Even if we decided as an organization, ‘Let’s stop doing Slow Roll,’ the spirit would still exist. The people would still meet every week,” Jason says. “I’m very proud of that. They’re just rocking and rolling; I’ve seen the schedule. It’s going to be a great summer for those guys.”

He also wants to thank everyone who ever took a ride with him and with Slow Roll.

“(Since I announced I’m leaving Slow Roll), I’ve received 100 emails from people from ‘Thank you for doing this’ to ‘Don’t leave.’ To all of those people: Thank you for making this what it is. It’s my baby.”

An interview with Jason Hall that appeared on the Daily Detroit News Byte is at the top of this page.

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See JR JR, Saint Motel At Free Outdoor Concerts This Summer In Downtown Detroit Mon, 21 May 2018 16:34:42 +0000 Beacon Park now anchors downtown Detroit’s west side as a place for fun and events. A companion to Campus Martius Park, it added another green space and restaurant to the downtown scene

Now they’re ratcheting up their concert game. A three-part free concert series is coming to the park this summer. Two of the acts have been announced.

JR JR, will kick off the series on Saturday, June 16 at 6:30 p.m. Originally named Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., the Royal Oak duo of Joshua Epstein and Daniel Zott is maybe best known for their Top 10 Alternative single, “Gone.”

Saint Motel comes to town on Saturday, July 21. The Los Angeles-based, indie pop group has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and played main stage at major music festivals like Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza. You’ll get to see them before they hit the road before a major fall tour.

The artist for the last concert of the three hasn’t been announced yet. But mark your calendar for Saturday, August 18.

Not only will you have the concerts to check out these nights, but Beacon Park’s open air Night Market, food trucks, lawn games and more will be around to keep you entertained.

For more information, check out

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PODCAST: Detroit Bar & Prohibition History With Mickey Lyons Fri, 18 May 2018 19:10:52 +0000

We’re getting back to our boozy roots with this Daily Detroit Happy Hour conversation with barchaeologist Mickey Lyons.

She’s the talent author behind a recent Hour Detroit piece, “Dry Times: Looking Back 100 Years After Prohibition.”

Sven Gustafson — no stranger to a bar himself as a former bartender — and Mickey have a great conversation talking about the old time history of Detroit bars and prohibition, and how drinking changed in Detroit forever.

Mickey Lyons has a book coming out this fall and you can follow her work at her site, Prohibition Detroit.

Of course, if you like the show – you shouldn’t miss another episode. You can subscribe free on Apple Podcasts or wherever shows are found. There are also more than 50 back episodes here. 

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Your City 5 Things To Do This Weekend: It’s Finally Warm Edition For May 18-20 Wed, 16 May 2018 14:14:58 +0000 Hey all. The good doctor fun is here to sub in for Shianne as she’s out the next couple of weeks, finding fun things for you to do this weekend around the city of Detroit.

Let’s dive in and enjoy Detroit this weekend.

Bike To Work Day

I get it, Detroiters. You’re either down with pedal power or you’re not. Me? I am. So I’ll be rolling in on Bike to Work Day this Friday and getting my weekend started off right.

Living in the city, I’m probably going to hitch up with the caravan in Highland Park, but I know that a lot of folks are coming in from the ‘burbs.

Per the event page, morning group rides converge Downtown at the Spirit of Detroit statue. There are also two pitstops in Midtown. All three locations are open from 7am to 10am:

• Spirit Plaza on Woodward at Jefferson. Free bike parking will be provided by Wheelhouse Detroit from 7am to 6pm. Mayor Mike Duggan will address the group between 8am and 8:30am.
• Midtown/WSU at Cass and Putnam hosted by Wayne State University
• New Center Park at Second and W. Grand Boulevard hosted by Henry Ford LiveWell

The event is put on by the Detroit Greenways Coalition, and a PDF of all the meetup locations to get your ride started is here. 

Ride locations start:

  • Woodward Avenue Royal Oak, Ferndale
  • Gratiot Avenue Starting in Sterling Heights
  • Villages/Lafayette Park
  • Hamtramck
  • Plymouth
  • Dearborn/Michigan Avenue

Dequindre Cut Freight Yard Kick Off

Ok, this one is going to be cool. The Dequindre Cut has nine shipping containers that will function as an bazaar with shopping, food and spirits to lift your spirits.

A ton of Detroitey vendors will be there, and it’s in partnership with the BUILD Institute so you’ll be supporting folks getting off the ground. Don’t just visit in Detroit, but spend in Detroit.

There’s a big party Saturday starting at 11 a.m. but it’s open all weekend. Here’s the Facebook event.

A Day of Soccer And Fun With Detroit City FC

So Saturday is going to be a pretty big day when it comes to soccer (or Futbol?). You’ve have a couple different tracks you can take on your fun ride.

The big thing is that FC St. Pauli is in town. They have raucous supporters and are an international team, so you know it’s going to be party time. I’m going to break it down quick, but the in-depth details are here. 

If you’re feeling like expanding your noggin, there’s a panel on the future of supporter-based soccer from 11am -1 pm at the Amnesia room at Motor City Hotel.

The pre-match meetup is at their official pre-match bar, The Fowling Warehouse. That runs from 2pm-5pm.

The match itself is at Keyworth Stadium from 6-8pm.

Then, if an afterparty is more your speed, it kicks off at The Majestic at 9pm. I would bring your maroon and gold drinking jacket.

Also – on our Daily podcast, we broke down the week ahead in DCFC on Monday. In case you have a minute, go listen to that. 

Historic Detroit Canal Tour

So there are canals in Detroit. We took you through them a couple years ago, but there’s nothing like kayaking them for yourself. Sunday morning at 9 p.m., that can be a thing you do. Have rented from these folks before, they’ll treat you well. Information here.

My post-bar recommendation would be the divey Marshall’s Bar. Get yourself a shot and a High Life.

Flower Day

I feel like you should already know about this, but if you don’t, reminder – it’s Flower Day this weekend on Sunday. It’s a madhouse, but seriously, it’s Detroit in bloom and so worth it. Although crowds aren’t always my thing, there’s something about an awesome Detroit event that has unmatched fun energy. Eastern Market is a gem, and don’t forget to say hi to a mounted Detroit Police horses. It’s a fun thing for the kids (or kids at heart) to feed them apples if they’re into animals. 7am – 5pm. Facebook event here.

That’s all friends. Have an event share? Hit me up. Email dailydetroit -at- gmail dot com. See you around Detroit.

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Detroit City FC Picks Up Lyft As Jersey Sponsors Thu, 12 Apr 2018 02:25:04 +0000 Detroit’s top soccer team is getting a sponsorship lift — or should I say, Lyft?

The Detroit City Football Club (known as DCFC) announced Wednesday that the ridesharing company Lyft has become their title sponsor for the 2018 season, as well as their official rideshare partner. It’s Lyft’s first sports team jersey sponsorship.

The Lyft logo will appear on the front of all jerseys worn by Detroit City FC players in 2018 and a designated Lyft drop-off and pickup zone will be established at Keyworth Stadium in Hamtramck.

The Lyft pickup spot will be located at the corner of Goodson Street and Gallagher Avenue.

“It means a lot to our club to have a title partner like Lyft,” said Detroit City FC co-owner Sean Mann in a statement. “Since our beginning, we have oriented our club to be rooted in the community and strived to connect people through soccer. Lyft shares the values of our club, and helps us address the limited parking around Keyworth Stadium, which is nestled in the middle of Michigan’s densest community.”

Additionally, Lyft will serve as the official sponsor of Detroit City FC’s Neighborhood Champion program, which is a season-long initiative designed to grow the sport of soccer in Detroit by bringing residents to DCFC matches. In partnership with Lyft, Detroit City FC will provide transportation, tickets, and co-branded giveaways to community members of select Detroit neighborhood groups for certain home matches.

DCFC and Lyft will also host a youth soccer clinic at Keyworth Stadium this summer.

Not only that, but if you take a Lyft in you’ll get additional benefits including premium entry to Keyworth Stadium at The Lyft Gate. And to top it off? $1 off drinks at Keyworth Stadium before kickoff.

Two Cents: This could be a really smart move for Lyft, as although the big four sports teams draw large crowds, DCFC draws not only a sizable crowd but a lot of millennial attendees. Personally, I’ve been to a couple of DCFC games through Lyft because parking in Hamtramck is tight — and there are tasty adult beverages to be had at Keyworth.

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Your City 5: Fun Things To Do In Detroit For The Weekend Of April 6-8 Thu, 05 Apr 2018 00:48:24 +0000 I can’t be the only one who is feeling the effects of these April snow showers. I know the snow isn’t sticking down here, but in other parts of the state they are getting buried in snow.

I’m ready for spring to really show up — and for Detroit Tigers games to stop getting postponed.

Let’s look forward to the weekend.

The Populace Unveiling inside the Siren Hotel

The Wurlitzer Building has been given a new life as the Siren Hotel. I remember walking past the formerly crumbling structure with my band of fellow downtown drinking derelicts when I was in my early 20s.

It’s been a long time coming, but the building has been renovated into a fun and stylish boutique hotel.

I’ve heard a lot of great things about the food and beverage options inside the hotel. I’m personally eager to checking them all out. Especially Albena and the Candy Bar.

This weekend is the debut of Populace Coffee Detroit which is located in the lobby of the Siren. Come check out the new digs and try a coffee.

When: Friday, April 6 through Sunday, April 8 from 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (Populace will be open daily from 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.)

Where: The Siren Hotel is located at 1509 Broadway Street
Detroit, Michigan 48226

Planter Day at Corbé

We might have had some snow showers today, but I keep reminding myself that it is spring. Which means giving your green thumb something to work on.

The Detroit-based ceramic design studio Corbé will be hosting Planter Day this Saturday.

Come check out some of the cool planters they have created for all of your pretty plants. They will also have plants that you can pick out and plant in your new pretty planter.

I’d get there early to get the best pick of planters.

When: Saturday, April 7 from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Where: Corbé 611 W. Philadelphia Street Detroit, Michigan 48202

The Billie Holiday Revue featuring Sky Covington at Cliff Bells 

Billie Holiday was a trailblazing woman in the world of music. Her birthday would have been this Saturday, April 7.

To honor this amazing songstress Sky Covington will be performing the Billie Holiday Revue at Cliff Bells this Saturday.

Come out and celebrate the life and music of Lady Day.

There is a $10 cover and you should probably call (313) 961-2543 to get a reservation.

When: Saturday, April 7 at 9:00 p.m.

Where: Cliff Bells 2030 Park Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48226

Our History in the D: The Stories of Gay Life and Gay Bars in Detroit

If you are in the LGBTQ community or are an ally to the community I suggest checking out this event at The Olympia Theater and Mengos.

Our History in the D will include an oral retelling of Detroit’s gay bar scene from the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s.

Dr. Tim Retzloff is a gay historian and he will be the moderator for the panel. The panel will feature Ms. Mary Sappington (Mary Metra), The Lady T Tempest, DJ Stacey “Hottwax” Hale (here’s Sven’s great interview with her on our Happy Hour podcast), Palmer Park Historian Doug haller, Tribe President Mike Weise, and Torchy.

These trailblazers helped pave the way for LGBTQ equality in the United States.

There will also be gay bar memorabilia on display thanks to the Detroit Gay Bar Preservation Project.

When: Saturday, April 7. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and the panel starts at 7:00 p.m. Stick around for bar stories and cocktails after the panel.

Where: The Menjos Complex – Olympia Theater 940 W. McNichols Road Detroit, Michigan 48203

Three Stooges Festival at the Redford 

I’m going to give credit to my mom for reminding me about the Three Stooges Festival at the Redford.

The Three Stooges are pretty iconic, so I don’t think I need to sell you all on why you should go to the festival.

Who doesn’t like watching three grown men hit each other on the head with a hammer?

Anyway, tickets for the festival are only $5 so it’s a great deal.

When: Friday, April 6 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, April 7 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Where: The Redford Theater 17360 Lahser Road Detroit, Michigan 48219

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PODCAST: Affordable Home Prices, Pizza News, A Marvel Mortgage Cameo, Forgotten Harvest CEO Kirk Mayes & More Tue, 03 Apr 2018 01:56:22 +0000

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte podcast for Monday, April 2. Here are our stories:

  • Wayne County is among the most affordable places in the nation to buy a home.
  • Detroit Bus Service changes are coming
  • Fuel economy standards may be changing
  • Detroiters line up for free pizza…. and the pizza bots are coming
  • A locally based company is going to be front and center in an upcoming Marvel Studios movie
  • International Dark Sky week is coming
  • And Sven caught up with the CEO of Forgotten Harvest, Kirk Mayes, for a conversation on food insecurity in Metro Detroit

Like the show? Subscribe in Apple Podcasts: or wherever fine podcasts are found by following this link.

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