Things To Do – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Thu, 23 Nov 2017 22:10:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Faygo Will Have A Float For The First Time In Detroit’s Thanksgiving Parade Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:19:53 +0000 It’s one of Detroit’s most beloved brands, and now they’re going to be part of one Detroit’s most beloved and visible events.

November 2017 is the 110th birthday month for the company, and they’re celebrating with a new parade float as part of the nationally-televised America’s Thanksgiving Parade that will roll down Woodward Thanksgiving morning.

Founded on the east side of Detroit in 1907 by two brothers, the company originally known as the “Feigenson Brothers Bottling Works” is still headquartered on Gratiot Avenue in the city of Detroit.

“While lots of folks who’ve lived in the Detroit area have enjoyed their share of Faygo floats, usually in a tall glass with some ice cream, we are deeply proud to celebrate our 110th birthday with a float in another time-honored Detroit classic, America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade” said Al Chittaro, president of Faygo Beverages.  “We want to thank the generations of wonderful people, in Michigan and beyond, that have made Faygo a name known around the world for more than a century of good times with great pop.”

We were hoping for a full look, but final preparations are underway so we weren’t able to get ahold of a picture of the whole thing ahead of tomorrow morning.

The theme of the 91st edition America’s Thanksgiving Parade is “Woodward!! Avenue of Dreams!”

The theme celebrates the beauty of Detroit’s Woodward Avenue as well as the completion of the QLINE streetcar.


The parade will be broadcast locally on WDIV-TV Local 4 and in more than 190 cities across the country on Thanksgiving Day.

On the radio, WJR/760 AM’s Paul W. Smith will host a live pre-parade show from 6 a.m.- 9:30 a.m. Also, CBS Radio will provide live parade coverage hosted by 104.3 WOMC’s Bobby Mitchell and Stacey DuFord (Mornings WOMC) from 10 a.m. – noon.

]]> 0 Your Networking 5 For The Week Of November 21-28 Tue, 21 Nov 2017 22:59:02 +0000 Hello all you movers and shakers. This week is a bit light on the networking events due to Thanksgiving, so we have looked ahead to the beginning of next week.

We hope that you have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

The Panel: Downtown Boxing Gym On Community Impact

Khali Sweeney and the staff of the Downtown Boxing Gym will be speaking about their work and how it impacts the community. Sweeney is currently in the running for CNN’s Hero of the Year. You can vote for Sweeney up to 30 times a day.

The panel will consist of four 15 minute discussions.

When: Friday, November 24 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Where: Lulumon Detroit 1459 Woodward Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48226

2017 SWOT City Open Office Hours: Mack Avenue

Are you an entrepreneur with an idea for a business or already have a brick and mortar business in Detroit? If you are need of some advice from an expert on an idea then you should sign up for SWOT City Open Office Hours to get your questions answered.

SWOT City is a support program for independent brick and mortar small businesses in Detroit neighborhoods.

You must make an appointment on the SWOT City website for the Monday, 27 open office hours.

When: Monday, November 27 from 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Where: Eastside Community Network 4401 Conner Street Detroit, Michigan 48215


Small Business Detroit Loan Orientation

CEED Lending which is an initiative of the Great Lakes Women’s Business Council will be holding an orientation for small business loans.

The loans range from $5,000 to $50,000 and may be used fro equipment, inventory acquisition, job creation, supplies, operating costs and working capital.

Interested parties must attend the weekly loan orientation in order to receive an application for a loan. You must register in advance for the orientation.

When: Tuesday, November 28 from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Where: 19120 Grand River Avenue Detroit, MI 48223.

Start Up Boost Detroit Global Pre-Accelerator Demo Day

Bamboo Detroit will be hosting the Start Up Boost Detroit Global Pre-Accelerator Demo Day on Tuesday, November 28.

Come check out the eight tech start ups that have been polishing their pitches for the past six weeks.

There will be food, drinks and a chance to network with special guest speakers.

Space is limited so make sure to RSVP in advance.

When: Tuesday, November 28 from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Where: Loft at 1420: 1420 Washington Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48226

Put this event in your calendar.

Be Heard: Public Speaking Workshop

Sometimes we come across a really cool event that is a few weeks out that we really want to tell you about. This is one of those events.

Eric Thomas who’s one of the more brilliant and authentic storytellers around town will be hosting a public speaking workshop on December 9.

The workshop will give people the tips and tricks to become a stronger public speaker.

The three hour workshop will walk you through structuring your story, vocal presentation, identity, and how to design your visual presentation.

Tickets for the workshop range from $100 to $150.

When: Saturday, December 9 from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Where: Bamboo Detroit 1420 Washington Blvd #301 Detroit, Michigan 48226

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Detroit Regional Chamber’s Networking Reception 

Are you a member of the Detroit Regional Chamber? If you are then you probably already know about the Networking Reception that will be happening on Monday, November 27 at Little Caesar’s Arena.

This event gives Chamber members an opportunity to network with other members.

You will need to register in advance to attend the Networking Reception. The cost is $15 for members or $850 for future members.

When: Monday, November 27 at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Little Caesar’s Arena 2645 Woodward Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48201

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A 23 Photo Tour Through The Beautiful New Downtown Detroit Holiday Markets Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:04:02 +0000 The folks at Bedrock have been busy little elves getting this season’s Downtown Detroit Markets in time for the 14th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony.

This year there will be four markets set up throughout downtown. 1001 Woodward, Cadillac Square, Capital Park and finally Spirit Plaza.

In total the market will feature 37 different small businesses that sell everything from clothing for the whole family, jewelry, home goods, and beauty products. You will also have plenty of places to find food and drinks.

Out of the 37 vendors featured in the market, 22 of them are based in the city of Detroit.

The Downtown Detroit Market will be open November 17 through January 7, 2018.

There will be three valet drop off stations if the thought of finding a parking space is daunting. There will be one at Michigan and Woodward, Congress and Woodward, and Clifford and Woodward.

You can find additional information like maps, schedules, and a vendor list at the Winter in Detroit website.

Enough with the details, let’s get this tour started.

Our first stop is 1001 Woodward. It is the only market that is indoors.

The Farmer’s Hand have set up a lovely pop up market. You will be able to find all sorts of Detroit and Michigan made foods, like Beau Bien Fine Foods.

We are huge fans of the work that Rebel Nell does. Not only do they create beautiful pieces of jewelry, but they are also helping women get back on their feet.

Every woman (and let’s face it some guys too) need a statement lipstick for the winter. Go treat yourself to these amazing lip products from The Lip Bar.

You will also find DCreated Boutique which is an adorable boutique that makes clothes for babies and toddlers. We did a write up about the store a few weeks ago.

These are just a handful of the vendors set up in 1001 Woodward.

Let’s move on to the next spot Cadillac Square.

The square is lined with glass huts that feature the vendors.

ASHE Supply Co. will offer small batch coffee and accessories.

Detroit GT features Detroit-based clothing for all ages.

You will also be able to find venders like Detroit Hustles Harder, Detroit Vintage Collective, Somerset Children’s Collection, Somerset Home Collection, and Detroit City Nut Company.

In the center of the Cadillac Market is the Cadillac Bier Garten with an outdoor bar. This means you have have a beer or glass of wine while you’re doing your holiday shopping.

If you continue past the Cadillac Bier Garten you will find the Cadillac Lounge, which is probably my favorite place out of everything we saw today.

The lodge is heated and is just a really cozy place to hang out for a bit.

If I didn’t know any better I would think we were transported to a sky lodge in the Rockies.

There are a few places inside the Lodge that would be perfect to capture a family picture.

I don’t know about you, but shopping makes me hungry. You will be able to get bar snacks, desserts and cocktails from Central Kitchen + Bar and Cortina Local inside the Cadillac Lodge.

We have now completed our tour of the Cadillac Market. We’re continuing our walk through the esplanade down the middle of Woodward.

There will be a new lighting display that connects Campus Martius to Spirit Plaza.

On the way you will also find some penguin topiary.

The next stop is Spirit Plaza. While it wasn’t finished when we went to see it. It should be complete by tomorrow.

There are a total of six igloos. There will be three vendors; Good Cakes & Bakes, Detroit Marshmallow Co., and New Order Coffee Roaster.

You will be able to warm up in the other three igloos.

Spirit Plaza will also have an ice maze and a place to roast marshmallows.

We’re almost finished with this tour. As Nature Cat would say “onward and yonward!”

The final spot is the market in Capital Park.

If you feel like hanging out with some friends around the fire, then you should head to Capital Park.

Capital Park also has a handful of glass huts with vendors.

You will be able to find The Detroit Shoppe, Flamingo Vintage, and Black Vinyl.

Also check out the newest spot in Capital Park, Eatori. They will be serving up hot soups, grilled cheese, and beverages.

There is one more special thing about the Capital Park Market, Christmas trees.

If you live in downtown Detroit you can now pick up your fresh Christmas tree in Capital Park.

So there you have it. This year’s Bedrock’s holiday shopping extravaganza.

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Your City 5: Things To Do In Detroit For The Weekend Of November 17-19 Thu, 16 Nov 2017 20:50:54 +0000 Are you ready to get into the holiday spirit yet? Because I’m not. Personally I see this weekend as my final weekend before I jump head first into the pool of all things Thanksgiving and Christmas.

There are plenty of great things to do this weekend, depending on what you feel up to.

I know where I’ll be on Saturday afternoon, Chuck E. Cheese. We will be celebrating my little dude’s 3rd birthday. I know that you’re all jealous that I get to spend an afternoon with a giant mouse, but you can’t all be me.

Have a great weekend!

14th Annual Detroit Tree Lighting Ceremony and Light Up Beacon Park

This Friday night is the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in Campus Martius. But this year you are also getting a second party in Beacon Park that coincides with the tree lighting.

We wrote about both events on our mega holiday event list, so you can find more information over there.

Hours: 5 p.m.-12 a.m. The Tree Lighting will happen at 8 p.m.

Where: Campus Martius Park and Beacon Park

Bill Nye: Science Guy Documentary 

Growing up in the 90s means that I spent a lot of time watching Bill Nye the Science Guy. One of my high school science teachers would throw Bill Nye on in the afternoon when he was too stoned to actually teach his lesson.

There is a new documentary out called Bill Nye: Science Guy and Cinema Detroit will be screening it Friday, November 17 to Wednesday, November 22.

This documentary takes a look at Nye’s mission to help stop the spread of anti-scientific thinking. Let’s face it, we’ve got a lot of people out here that believe that Climate Change is a hoax. It isn’t, but those people tend to have big mouths.

You’ll get to see other big names in the documentary as well like Neil deGrasse Tyson and Ann Druyan.

Go fill your head with knowledge.

Tickets are $9 per person. You can pick up tickets on the Cinema Detroit website.

There are multiple showings so pick the time that works best for you.

Cinema Detroit is located at 4126 Third Street Detroit, Michigan 48201


Friendsgiving Pot Luck Fundraiser To Support Homeless Youth

This Saturday night the Bethel Community Transformation Center will be hosting a Friendsgiving potluck to benefit the Detroit Phoenix Center.

November is National Runaway Prevention Month, and the Detroit Phoenix Center helps youths in crisis.

Come out and have a traditional Thanksgiving menu and help those who need it. 
Tickets are $20 per person and all proceeds go to Detroit Phoenix Center.
For more information, please contact Nataki Biddles at (313) 288-0294 or via email.
Bethel Community Transformation Center is located at 8801 Woodward Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48202

Grand Opening of Detroit Sip

The Bagley neighborhood has a new coffee shop on McNichols and the grand opening for Detroit Sip is this Saturday.

Come stop in for a cup of Joe and get to know members of the community.

The Grand Opening will take place on Saturday, November 18 from 11 p.m. until 3 p.m.

Detroit Sip is located at 7420 W McNichols Road Detroit, Michigan 48221

2nd Annual Detroit Optimist Society Best of Bars Competition

This past week was the inaugural Detroit Cocktail Classic Week and this Sunday caps off the week long event with a friendly competition.

The contest is being sponsored by Beam Suntory.

The top five finalists have been chosen from the over 20 submission to compete for $1,000 and a trip to the Jim Beam distillery in Kentucky. The winner of the competition will get to do an exclusive barrel selection.

The event is open to the public but you need to have a ticket in order to participate in the fan favorite voting.

There will be raffle tickets for Jim Beam Signature Limited Edition Bourbon, 5 sample tickets, and light bites available throughout the evening.

Tickets are $17.95 per person, you can purchase them here.

Doors open at 5 p.m., competition starts at 6 p.m.

The competition will take place at Wright & Co. 1500 Woodward Avenue Floor 2 Detroit, Michigan 48226

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These 24 Holiday Events In Metro Detroit Will Put You In The Spirit Wed, 15 Nov 2017 20:06:34 +0000  ‘Tis the season! If you’re looking for holiday events around Detroit, this is your ticket.

While putting together this list, we already saw that events were starting to sell out this early in the season, so make sure to get on it!

We’ll see you out there.

1. 14th Annual Detroit Tree Lighting Ceremony

 Get into the holiday spirit in Campus Martius on Friday, November 17. Come watch the 60+ foot Norwegian Spruce from Cadillac be lit. There will be carriage rides, live performances from Jessica Hernandez and The Deltas and Thronetta Davis with special guest KEM. U.S. Olympic Medalist Jeremy Abbott will also be skating. The tree lighting will happen at 8:00 p.m.

You can find more information here.

Admission: Free

When: Friday, November 17 from 5:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m.

Where: Campus Martius Park, 800 Woodward Avenue Detroit

2. Light Up Beacon Park

The Detroit Tree Lighting has expanded to Beacon Park this year. There will be a live video feed of the tree lighting, fire pits, Santa, Thronetta Davis performances, and interactive light installations by Quartier des spectacles, Montréal. There will also be free shuttles between Beacon Park and Campus Martius all evening.

You can find more information here.

Admission: Free

When: Friday, November 17 from 5:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.

Where: Beacon Park 1903 Grand River Avenue, Detroit

3. Wayne County Lightfest at Hines Park

Get in the car and take a drive through Hines Park and enjoy the 47 plus holiday light displays. This is considered the midwest’s largest and longest light show.

You can find more information here.

Admission: $5 per vehicle

When: November 16 through December 31, 2017

Where: Entrance to the Wayne County Lightfest is 7651 Merriman Road Westland, Michigan

4. Bedrock Downtown Detroit Markets

Get your shopping done while you’re downtown at this years Downtown Detroit Markets. This year there will be 30 small businesses taking part in the markets this year.

Admission: Free

When: Friday, November 17, 2017 – Sunday, January 7, 2018 Hours: Monday-Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and Sunday 12:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.

Where: 1001 Woodward, Cadillac Square and Capital Park

5. Northwest Detroit Farmer’s Market Thanksgiving Market

A selection of local vendors like Baer Poultry Farm, Good Medicine Farm, Five Star Cakes, Sweet Potato Delights, Mo’ Jams and Jellies, GreenHouse Soups & Chili’s, Scott-Tish Bee and Honey, Simply Irresistible Popcorn and Mama Subee’s Kitchen will be offering their goods for an afternoon. There will be seasonal veggies and holiday décor as well.

You can find more information here.

Admission: Free

When: Sunday, November 19 from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Where: 19556 Grand River, Detroit

6. Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo

What is there to say about Wild Lights at The Detroit Zoo? The zoo has been turned into a winter wonderland filled with over 5 million LED lights.

Admission: Price range from $10 to $16 depending on the entrance time and day chosen. You can purchase tickets here. Word of advice, get your tickets now. They sell out quickly.

When: November 18-19, 24-26; December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 20-23, 26-31 5:30 to 9 p.m. select weeknights and Sundays • 5:30 pm. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays

Where: The Detroit Zoo 8450 W.10 Mile Road, Royal Oak, Michigan 48067

7. Holiday Markets In Eastern Market

Michigan-made holiday shopping galore will happen at Eastern Market on six different days this year. Also, Santa will be by December 9 & 10!

You can find more information here.

Price: Admission is free.

When: Here are the dates: Tuesday, November 21; Sunday, November 26; Sunday, December 3; Sunday, December 10; Sunday, December 17; and Tuesday, December 19.

Where: Eastern Market, 2934 Russell Detroit, Michigan

8. America’s Thanksgiving Parade

Strategic Staffing Solutions Float

What: The parade on Thanksgiving Day down Woodward is an annual tradition in downtown Detroit. It returns with floats and bands and fun for all ages. There are free spots to grab up the route and you can get tickets for the grandstands.

Price: Free to $70 if you want to be fancy with your tickets.

When: Thursday, November 23

Where: Downtown Detroit

9. BYOB Light Tour

If you’re looking to get on a luxury bus, drink all the things and see a bunch of lights, there’s a tour from Allstar Services that starts at the Rochester Tap Room, goes to the Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo, to a few other light displays, and then to Campus Martius and back. Remember to BYOB.

Admission: $48.75-$65. Tickets here.

When: Multiple days from November 24 to December 30.

Where: Rochester Tap Room. 6870 N Rochester Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48306

10. Meadow Brook Hall Holiday Walk

Take a stroll through Meadow Brook while it is decorated for the holidays. The tour will end with a candy cane lane to Santa and Sweets.

Admission: $20 for adults, $7.50 for children 17 and under, children under 2 are free. There are additional discounts for Oakland University faculty, staff, students, and alumni, and military with ID. You can purchase tickets here.

When: November 24 through December 23

Where: Meadow Brook Hall 350 Estate Drive Rochester, Michigan 48309

11. Made In The Mitten Holiday Market

Looking for some cool Michigan made products to give as gifts? Check out this holiday market at the Royal Oak Farmers Market. More information found here.

Admission: $2 for adults, children under 10 are free

When: Saturday, November 25 from 5:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.

Where: Royal Oak Farmers Market 316 E 11 Mile Royal Oak, Michigan 48067

12. Santa’s Magic Forest

Taylor’s Heritage Park will be turned into Santa’s Magic Forest this holiday season. Come out and see Santa and check out the displays. Some of them are actually from the original Hudson Department Store downtown. The proceeds raised will go towards the Fish & Loaves Community Pantry.

Find out more information here.

Admission: $3, children under 3 are free. Pictures with Santa $8. Cash only

When: Saturday, November 25 through Saturday, December 23. Hours vary based on the day.

Where: Heritage Park 12111 Pardee Taylor, Michigan 48180

13. Good Karma Christmas Holiday Market and Party

This holiday market not only has an opportunity to pick up gifts but also allows you to give back to others as it is on “Giving Tuesday.” There will be local organizations and causes at the event. Bring an unwrapped gift to donate to the foster care program at the Judson Center.

You can find out more information about the organizations here.

Admission: Free

When: Tuesday, November 28 from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Where: The Loving Touch 22634 Woodward Avenue Ferndale, Michigan 48220

14. Canadian Pacific Holiday Train Viewing 

Got a train lover in your home? Come check out the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train as it passes through Romulus. There will be concessions for sale. Bundle up, bring those lawn chairs, and some non-perishable foods to donate to area food banks.

Find more information here.

Admission: Free

When: Thursday, November 30 from 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Where: Downtown Romulus, North of the Romulus Historical Park, on Goddard Road.

15. Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village

Holiday nights. Via The Henry Ford

Go back in time this season at Greenfield Village. The Main Street will be filled with holiday goods, food and warm beverages. The evening will finish off with a fireworks display.

 Admission: $26 for adults, $23.50 for seniors and $19.50 for children 3-11. You can also have dinner with Santa or Holiday dinner at the Eagle Tavern. You can purchase tickets here.

When: December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 19-23, 26-7 and 29-30 from 6:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Where: Greenfield Village 20900 Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn, Michigan 48124

16. Detroit Urban Craft Fair

Looking for some fun and quirky gifts this holiday season? If so, head over to the Masonic Temple for this three-day craft fair. You’ll never know what you’ll find with over 100 different vendors.

You can find out more information here.

Admission: $10 on Friday for opening night and $1 on Saturday and Sunday. Children 12 and under are free.

When: Friday, December 1 through Sunday, December 3. Hours- Friday: 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Where: The Masonic Temple is located at 500 Temple Street Detroit, Michigan

17. Kris Kringle Market in Rochester

Downtown Rochester will be hosting the Kris Kringle Market. This open-air market will have shopping, specialty foods, fresh greens and wreaths, and handmade gifts.

You can find more information here.

Admission: Free

When: December 1-2, Hours: Friday 4:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. and Saturday 12:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Where: W. Fourth Street between Walnut & Main in Downtown Rochester

18. Cranbrook House Holiday Splendor

Take a tour of the Cranbrook House as it is decorated with classic and contemporary trees, trains, and other holiday settings. Santa will also be at Cranbrook, so make your reservations now for the Santa Sighting.

Cranbrook will be a collection site for Mittens for Detroit, so bring a pair of gloves or mittens to donate.

Admission: $20 for general public, $15 for Cranbrook House & Gardens Auxiliary Members, $10 for children ages 5-10, children under the age of 4 are free. Purchase your tickets here.

 When: Friday December 1 through Sunday, December 3. Hours Friday: 10:00 a.m.-4, Saturday and Sunday: 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Where: Cranbrook House 380 Lone Pine Road Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303

19. Noel Night

This is the 45th year that Noel Night has taken place in Midtown and the Cultural Center. There are more than 100 institutions taking part in Noel Night. There will be carriage rides, holiday shopping, crafts, and live performances.

You can find all of the information for Noel Night here.

Admission: Free

When: Saturday, December 2, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Where: Multiple locations through Midtown and Cultural Center

20. Merry & Bright Nights at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House

Check out the Grosse Pointe estate of Edsel and Eleanor Ford decked out for the holidays. There is a strolling holiday tour of the house. Get toasty by the fire with cocoa and s’mores outside for purchase. Kids can visit with Santa and participate in a scavenger hunt.

Admission: $20 for adults, $12 for children 2-12, children under 2 are free. You can purchase tickets here.

When: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, December 7-23

Where: The Edsel & Eleanor Ford House 1100 Lake Shore Road Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan 48236

21. Belle Isle Holiday Stroll

Enjoy the holidays on Detroit’s island jewel, Belle Isle. It’s free family friendly fun with an evening stroll through the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, Belle Isle Aquarium, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, the Belle Isle Nature Center, and the Detroit Boat Club. Cider, donuts, and good times!

Admission: Free

When: Friday, December 8 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Where: Belle Isle State Park

22. Menorah In The D

Celebrate the Festival of Lights this year by coming down to Cadillac Square when the 26-foot Menorah will be lit. There will be food, drinks, and family activities throughout the night.

You can find more information here.

Admission: Free

When: Tuesday, December 12 at 6:00 p.m.

Where: Cadillac Square 600 Woodward Avenue Detroit, Michigan

23. 43rd Annual Boston-Edison Holiday Home Tour

Take a stroll through historic Boston-Edison during the 43rd annual holiday home tour. This year five homes will be open to visitors of the tour.

Admission: $15 per person. You can purchase tickets online.

When: Sunday, December 15 from 9:40 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Where: Check in for the tour at the Sacred Heart Seminary on the corner of Linwood Avenue and Chicago Boulevard.

24. Santa Pub Crawl Wyandotte

Get into the holiday spirit by going on this holiday inspired pub-crawl. Dress up like Santa, Mrs. Claus, reindeer, elves, or Grinch. Have a really ugly Christmas sweater? You can wear that too. There will be holiday cocktails at each bar, cookies, and a stocking.

Admission: Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

When: Saturday, December 15. Hours 9:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.

Where: Pub Crawl starts at Whiskey’s on the Water 2903 Biddle Avenue Wyandotte, Michigan 48192

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Bells Will Be Jingling At Detroit’s Santa Speedo Run Fri, 10 Nov 2017 21:29:07 +0000 If running a mile through downtown Detroit in a Santa suit – or Santa-inspired skimpy wear – in the middle of December strikes your fancy, read on.

On December 10, Briggs Detroit is throwing the Detroit Santa Speedo Run to benefit the Greening of Detroit and the Ruth Ellis Center. The free event only asks for donations of what you want for the two groups.

The Greening of Detroit supports making Detroit’s environment better, and the Ruth Ellis Center provides short-term and long-term residential safe spaces and support services for runaway, homeless, and at-risk lesbian, gay, bi-attractional, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.

So what is the event? It’s a mile run starting at 2 p.m. that Sunday that is open to men and women of all shapes and sizes.  Of course, libations start earlier (with drink specials) than when the start pistol fires, at noon.

The run will go from Briggs, at Jefferson and Beaubien, to Woodward to Campus Martius, then loops back to Greektown and then to Briggs. It’s a quickie, if you will.

Here’s the Facebook event if you’re interested.

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Your City 5: Things To Do In Detroit For The Weekend Of November 10-12 Thu, 09 Nov 2017 17:29:14 +0000 The weekend is almost here! And it looks like the forecast is for a tasty and fun weekend. Get out there and enjoy the Motor City!

Detroit Dough Popup

There has been a lot of press about Detroit Dough which is the new cookie dough shop that will be opening in the NW Goldberg neighborhood of Detroit.

The shop might not be open yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your fill of cookie dough this weekend at the Detroit Dough Popup.

Cookie dough lovers will be able to choose between Detroit Dough’s five safe to eat flavors.

The popup will take place Thursday, November 9 through Saturday, November 11 at The Detroit Clothing Circle.

Hours: 12:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

The Detroit Clothing Circle is located at 3980 2nd Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48201

Merry Mitten Holiday at Pages Bookshop

One of my favorite gifts to give children are books, because reading is fundamental.

If you have children in your life, be it your own or nieces and nephews I suggest going to Pages Bookshop this Saturday, November 11 to pick up some children’s books.

While you’re there there will be four local children’s book authors in the store to sign their books.

Hours: 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Pages Bookshop is located at 19560 Grand River Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48223

P.S. While you’re there might I suggest picking up Karen Dybis’s newest book The Witch of Delray: Rose Veres & Detroit’s Infamous 1930’s Murder Mystery”. If you have yet to listen to our Daily Detroit Happy Hour podcast with Karen you’re missing out.

25 Hour Improv-A-Thon Fundraiser

Planet Ant has been working really hard to raise $35,000 to help finish the renovations on The Ant Hall, which they purchased last year.

If they raise the $35,000 by midnight of Monday, November 13 the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) will match their donations.

In ordrer to help raise these funds they are holding a 25 hour Improv-A-Thon fundraiser.

Between 8:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. there will be a line up of stand up comedians and improv troupes performing.

The Improv-A-Thon will begin at midnight and will end at 1:00 a.m. on November 13.

Improvisors have collected pledges for consecutive 15 minute blocks of improv performed.

There is no admission fee, however there is a suggested donation of $5 per person. Dig deep people this is a fundraiser after all, and The Planet Ant needs your help.

If you can’t make it to the Improv-A-Thon but would like to donate to their Patroncity campaign you can do so here.

The Ant Hall is located at 2320 Caniff Avenue Hamtramck, Michigan 48212

Labyrinth With Shadow Cast

There is only one person I know that does not like Labyrinth and that is my best friend Giulia.

So unless you are a weirdo like her, you need to get your tickets to Labyrinth at the Redford Theater this Saturday, November 11.

This is a special viewing of Labyrinth because there will also be a shadow cast performing in costumes while the movie plays behind them.

Guests are also encouraged to get dressed up for a masquerade.

Children are welcome to attend as well.

Tickets are $10 per person. I suggest you purchase them soon. Show starts at 8:00 p.m.

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

Great Lakes Mariners Memorial Service

The Mariners Church will be holding their annual Great Lakes Mariners Memorial Service on Sunday, November 12.

The ceremony will honor those sailors that have lost their lives in the Great Lakes as well as those who have lost their lives while serving in the military.

Everyone is welcome to attend the memorial service.

The service will begin at 11:00 a.m.

The Mariner’s Church is located at 170 E Jefferson Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48226

Free parking is available in the Ford Auditorium underground parking garage.


Jennifer Hammond’s All-Star Charity Event 

If you’re planning on going out for drinks on Friday, November 10 why not head out to Dino’s Lounge in Ferndale.

Jennifer Hammond is hosting a fundraiser to benefit the Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program.

Come out to the bar and rub elbows with the likes of Cary Hyder, Eddie Mio, Bob “Wojo” Wojnowski, Mary Joe Sanders, Monica Gayle and Huey Perkins.

There will be a free Coney Bar and a 50/50 raffle plus other  surprises.

The event is free to attend.

Hours: 6:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Dino’s Lounge is located at 22740 Woodward Avenue Ferndale, Michigan 48220



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Check Out 5 Powerful Political Posters Out Of 80 On Exhibition This Saturday Night Fri, 03 Nov 2017 19:29:26 +0000 Posters are often used as a means to convey ideas during political campaigns or as propaganda.

This Saturday there will be a one day only exhibition called “Posters on Politics” at the Baltimore Gallery in the Milwaukee Junction neighborhood.

Donna Jackson is the artist behind the exhibition. She put out a call for submissions and received more than 400 posters from around the world.

Jackson narrowed down the exhibition to include 80 political posters from around the world. The posters showcase the themes that matter to those artists like justice, equality, morality, and peace.

The exhibition will have posters from artists based in Detroit and the United States but also highlights works from artists in Poland, Greece, South Korea, United Kingdom, Spain, and Iran.

Here are a select five to give you a taste.

1. Humanity

By Monika Ziobro from Poland

“A poster about humanity. We need to learn to talk and live together in a world full of artificial intelligence that kills in us human reflexes and empathy. We skillfully kill ourselves.”

2. Democracy Lost/Spain-Catalan Vote

By Olga Severina, United States

3. Coup

By: Dawid Czajkowski (Poland)

“On July 16th in Turkey began military action and the representatives of the army announced that they took over power in the country.”

4. Where Do YOU Come From?

By: Marijana Ivanova

“(This is a) poster on the subject migration. Most of the people in the world are aware and informed about the politics of the president of the USA is leading toward immigrants. My idea was to make a poster inspired by J. M. Flagg’s “I Want You for U.S. Army” for the 100th anniversary of the creation of the poster, regarding the problems of the immigrants and who is the real immigrant.”

5. Water is Life is War

By: Shangning Wang

“There are still a lot people living in places with a lack of water. Every year there are many conflict around water happening in the world. For them, water is not only life but also war. Save the water, save the world!”

If you want to see more, you can catch the exhibition at the Baltimore Gallery this Saturday, November 4 from 6:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

The Baltimore Gallery is located at 314 E. Baltimore Detroit, Michigan 48202

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Your City 5: Things To Do In Detroit For The Weekend Of November 3-5 Wed, 01 Nov 2017 20:36:06 +0000 Well, October was good while it lasted. Welcome to the month of November readers!

Don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour this weekend.


Looking for a bit of live theater? If so, head over to the Black Box Theater at the Planet Ant for their newest show Camptastic!

The show is about two best friends that go back in time to camp. They take a look at the roots of their friendship and everything that goes along with finding out who you are as a person.

Tickets for the show will run you $11 per person.

You can catch the show on Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4 at 8:00 p.m. If you can’t make it this weekend, there will be one more weekend to catch it.

Planet Ant is located at 2357 Caniff Hamtramck, Michigan 48212

Color Me Happy at the Scarab Club

I’m one of those adults that finds coloring relaxing. When I actually set time aside to actually do it that is.

This Saturday, November 4 there will be a little coloring session with Create U. at the Scarab Club.

Each person will get a custom coloring card, a box of colored pencils, food, and cocktails.

Leave the little kids at home, this event is for 18 and over.

Tickets for Color Me Happy are $16.82 per person.

Hours: 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

The Scarab Club is located at 217 Farnsworth Street Detroit, Michigan 48202

Streisand Double Feature at the Senate Theater

I see you eye rolling me, but I don’t care because it’s Babs.

I have loved Barbara Streisand since I was little so this makes me really happy.

If you also enjoy Streisand then the Senate Theater will be doing a double feature of The Way We Were and What’s Up Doc? 

I swear I was born in the wrong decade…because hello Robert Redford.

Anyway, tickets are $10 per person which is a steal since you’re seeing two great movies.

Show time is at 8:00 p.m.

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

(P.S. Hey Senate Theater, do you think you could do a double feature with Funny Girl and Funny Lady next?)

Detroit’s 3rd Annual Circus of Whiskers 

Are you a man with a fantastic beard or mustache? Ladies do you love men with amazing facial hair?

If you do then you need to get yourself to the 3rd Annual Circus of Whiskers this Saturday night at The Hastings Street Ballroom/Tangent Gallery.

The evening of facial hair is being organized by the Murder City Facial Hair Crew.

Men and women will have multiple opportunities to try for King and Queen of Circus of Whiskers. You can find the entire list of categories for best facial hair on the COW website.

There will be performances by The Big Icky, Magenta DeMure, Miss Holly Hock, and Sophia Von Stardust.

Admission to this hairy party are $20 at the door. Proceeds will go to  Detroit Animal Welfare Group (DAWG).

Hours: 7:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.

The Hastings Street Ballroom/Tangent Gallery is located at 715 East Milwaukee Street Detroit, Michigan 48202

All Things Detroit

Like it or not the holiday season is now upon us, which means it is shopping season.

Are you one of those people who likes to find interesting gifts for the people you love? If you are, then you need to go to All Things Detroit this Sunday.

All Thing Detroit has blossomed over the past three years. When it first started there were 60 vendors and one food truck. Now it has 250 local vendors.

Be sure to check out some of our favorite vendors like Motor City Creations, Something Silk, Little High Flyers, and Lincoln’s Leathers.

I almost forgot to talk about the food truck rally. I don’t know about you, but shopping makes me hungry.

You will have your fair share of food options during ATD with Cortina Local, Crepe Day-Twah, Rollin Stone Wood Fired Pizza and so much more.

General admission tickets for All Things Detroit are $5 per person and children under the age of 12 are free.

Beat the crowd tickets are $15 per person. These tickets include early admission (9:30 a.m.), food truck voucher, Faygo voucher, and an All Things Detroit tote bag.

Hours: 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

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

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Your City 5: Things To Do In Detroit For The Weekend Of October 27-29 Wed, 25 Oct 2017 20:43:34 +0000 Hey all you lovely readers! This weekend is a special one because I will be heading up north for a girls weekend to celebrate my birthday.

Part of me is sad that I’m going up north because there are so many cool things happening this weekend.

Halloween Movie Mayhem

This weekend is chocked full of classic horror movies being screened throughout Detroit.

I couldn’t pick just one movie to include in this week’s City 5, so I made a special post with 9 movies being screened. You can find all of the details over there.

Dog Halloween Costume Party

My dog is not a fan of being dressed up, but if yours are then you should check out this fun doggy costume party on Saturday afternoon.

LC’s Mobile Pet Spa will be offering spa services for your pups.

Cass Corridog will be providing the prizes for best dress, most creative, scariest, and funniest Halloween costumes.

The party will be held at the Grand Circus Dog Park.

When: Saturday, October 28 from 2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Where: Grand Circus Park

Machine Show Exhibition Opening Reception

There is a new exhibition opening in the Library Street Collective and the opening reception will be this Saturday, October 28.

The Machine Show will show the self-made artists tools of Paul Kremer, Mark Flood, Jason REVOK, and MOMO.

Hours: 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Where: Library Street Collective is located at 1260 Library Street Detroit, Michigan 48226

The Offical & Final PJ’s Lager House 10 Year Anniversary Party

Looking for a cool party on Saturday night? Head over to the Corktown staple PJ’s Lager House for their 10 Year Anniversary Party.

They’ve got a full line up of great bands playing throughout the night.

The $10 admission will get you into the show and some grub. They will be serving up Jambalaya, Gumbo and Red Beans & Rice.

When: Saturday, October 28 from 6:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m

Where: PJ’s Lager House is located at 1254 Michigan Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48226

Family Friendly Lions Tailgate

This Sunday is a home game for the Detroit Lions, which mean it’s time to get your tailgate plans together.

If you have children the idea of bringing them over to the Eastern Market tailgate might not be too ideal. But there is now a family friendly tailgate at Beacon Park downtown.

Come bring the kids out to listen to music, games, and other families who like the Lions.

When: Sunday, October 29 from 5:50 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Where: Beacon Park is located at 1903 Grand River Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48226


Motor City Soul Club Soul Stomp

It’s that time again, it’s time to get down on the dance floor at the Marble Bar for the monthly Motor City Soul Club Soul Stomp.

As with every monthly Soul Stomp Dan Austin, Brad Hales and Erica Aytes will be slinging the vinyl. They will be joined by special guests Nick Speed and Adam Stanfel this month.

There’s no cover for this party.

When: Saturday, October 28 from 10:00 p.m.-2:30 a.m.

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

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