We all know that the winters in Michigan can easily send us to hibernation. The polar vortex has gotten the best of everyone, causing cabin fever and serious cases of west-coast weather envy. But there are so many hidden gems right here in the city that can help cure the winter blues. The fun doesn’t end just because it’s cold in the D, so grab your mittens and try some of the following adventures.
1. Friday Night Live and The Detroit Film Theater at The Detroit Institute of Arts (@DIADetroit) The DIA comes to life on the weekend. On Friday nights, the museum stays open until 10:00 p.m. and different musical acts perform, ranging in origin from the metro-Detroit area and beyond. The Detroit Film Theater is another weekend feature at the DIA where a culturally diverse collection of movies and documentaries are shown, including some of the Oscar-nominated films. And there’s wine, which is, of course, a weekend necessity. Schedules and info can be found here.
2. Network with Run This Town Detroit (@RunThisTownUSA)
You’ve probably seen the crew running on the Riverfront on Saturday mornings in the summer, but winter doesn’t stop Run This Town’s pursuit of fitness. This group meets up on at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday mornings at Youthville Detroit (7375 Woodward Ave.) to get their networking on. The first 30 minutes is the networking portion, where participants meet and greet with other Detroit professionals. After that, it’s time to sweat with a “collaboration over competition” themed workout.
This meal has been popular in Detroit for years, but now that more people live, work and play in Detroit, brunch is the new black. The competition is stiff when it comes to hollandaise sauce, mimosas and pancakes. Some of the top spots to hit for brunch are Woodbridge Pub, La Dolce Vita, New Center Eatery, Grand Trunk Pub and Honest ? Johns.
4. Pewabic Pottery
You can take classes, shop and even peruse exhibitions at this nonprofit ceramic working studio. Founded in 1903 and one of Michigan’s historic landmarks, Pewabic pottery continues to redefine its role in the community by making the art of ceramics accessible to everyone. No matter your skill level, classes are offered to everyone throughout the winter and rest of the year.
5. Garden Bowl
Before there was Punch Bowl Social, there was Garden Bowl. Founded in the 1920s, Garden Bowl is in the center of Midtown. It’s connected to the Majestic Theater, the Majestic Cafe, the Magic Stick and Sgt. Pepperoni’s on a strip of Woodward that’s full of Detroit-oriented excitement, food, bowling and cocktails. Sounds like a big win for the weekend.