Mid-January for a week
Detroit Auto Show: An annual event since 1907. Held at the COBO Convention Center:
1 Washington Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48226
Motown Winter Blast
Snow Maze, ice skating, music stages, food, warming tents, and more. (313) 833-7900.
Held at the COBO Convention Center: A premier auto show.
1 Washington Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48226
Annual Movement Festival
Held at Hart Plaza
The annual Detroit Electronic Music Festival has changed names and stewardship with techno pioneer Derrick May. In the past, the fest has drawn an impressive 1.5 million fans who adore the blips and bass of electronic music. The biggest attractions perform in Hart Plaza, and the stage is brought down off the top of the amphitheatre to bring the DJs and bands closer to the people.
Budweiser Detroit Downtown Hoedown
Annual country music fest includes established & new artists and is considered by many to be the largest Country Music show of its kind in the world.
Detroit Festival of the Arts
Set in a 20-block area of Midtown Detroit's
University Cultural District, The Detroit Festival of the Arts continues to
present outstanding visual and performing artists from around the world, while
showcasing the city's premier arts and cultural institutions Since it began in
1987, the Detroit Festival of the Arts has delighted more than 4 million
visitors from all over Southeastern Michigan.
Annual car cruise starting in southeast metro Detroit attracts hundreds of thousands of ardent auto fans.
Windsor-Detroit International Freedom Festival
The weeklong event celebrates Canada Day (July 1) and American Independence Day, ending with fireworks over the Ambassador Bridge.
Coamerica Taste Fest
An annual celebration that combines some of the area's most popular restaurants with local and national musicians, artists and other entertainers, this event truly speaks to what a summer festival ought to be. More than 40 restaurateurs will participate in this year's festival, offering samplings of their specialties to the throngs of visitors. Meanwhile bands of every flavor perform on four stages positioned throughout the New Center area. 313-872-0188
Annual Gold Cup Race
Unlimited hydroplane racing on the Detroit River.
African World Festival
features music, art, food, and cultural programs.
Michigan State Fair
Held in Detroit since 1905
at Michigan State Fairgrounds & Exposition Center
1120 W. State Fair Avenue
Detroit, MI 48203
Mid-August- Late September
Michigan Renaissance Festival
In nearby Holly, Michigan
The Holly fairgrounds are redesigned as a late 16th century English village. Elizabethan costumes, Shakespearean drama and heart-pounding jousts on horseback. Each weekend has a theme, so get ready to experience "High Seas Adventure," "Highland Fling" and "Wonders of the World," to name a few. Guides are Shakespeare-quoting thespians who work year-round in Metro Detroit theaters. 800-601-4848
Ford Detroit International Jazz Festival
Held on the Riverfront. North America's largest free jazz event
America's Thanksgiving Parade
America's Thanksgiving Parade has been sailing down Woodward for nearly 80 years, and is a popular event.
Motor City Bowl
The annual Motor City Bowl has featured some spirited contests in recent memory. The Fox Town area has undergone a dramatic rebirth in recent years, with nightclubs, upscale eateries and pubs springing up in the shadow of Ford Field and Comerica Park. Detroit's newest cultural and sports entertainment district, also home to the Fox Theatre, State Theatre and the Second City, will be booming as college football fans converge on the favorite pre- and post-game haunts of Lions, Tigers and Red Wings fans.
Arts and Entertainment
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
3663 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI, USA
Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hall hosts the Chamber Music Society of Detroit and the Detroit Symphony. A $60 million expansion of Orchestra Hall has created the Max M. Fisher Music Center with new meeting facilities and educational space.
Detroit Repertory Theater
13103 Woodrow Wilson Ave., Detroit, MI, USA
The Detroit Repertory Theater is one of the city's oldest resident theater companies.
3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI, USA
Touring Broadway shows and nationally known entertainers appear at the Fisher Theater
333 Madison Ave., Detroit, MI, USA
Across the street is the relocated Gem Theatre, which used to stand across from the Fox but was moved to a new site near the Opera House to make way for the new Detroit Tigers ball park.