The 6th Annual Detroit Design Festival Returns September 21 – 25 - Opportunity Detroit

The 6th Annual Detroit Design Festival Returns September 21 – 25

The Detroit Design Festival (DDF) celebrates the creative and innovative spirit of Detroit, uniting designers and enthusiasts for a common goal of visibility and city planning.

Now in the 6th year of production, DDF returns September 21 – 25 with local designers, architects, and artists as they celebrate the history of Detroit design along with national and international guests speakers ready to share their experiences with different art forms.

New events and programming will center around a conversation of Detroit’s new designation as a United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) City of Design and the future impact it holds for the city’s revitalization.

Nearly all events are open and free to the public. Read on for an inside look into the 2016 Detroit Design Festival schedule, with event dates, times and locations.


Get ready to delve into the discussion centered on Detroit’s creative possibilities. This year, DDF offers a variety of lectures and panel discussions focused on the future of Detroit’s design. These include, Leveraging Detroit’s UNESCO Designation, Performance Architecture, and The Future of Technology and Design in Detroit. All lectures and panel discussions can be found on the Detroit Design Festival website, which lists the dates, times, and locations of each event.

Guests can also attend fun and interactive events located in Detroit’s most historic and artistic districts.

Eastern Market After Dark celebrates Detroit design by featuring interactive experiences, brand activations, designer spotlights, installations, and parties. Join enthusiasts on Thursday, September 22 from 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. at Eastern Market Shed 2 for an evening of innovation and style.

Light Up Livernois sets the stage at the historic Avenue of Fashion for a night of urban design, musical performances, and small business features. Go on a shopping spree in Detroit on Saturday, September 24 from 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Open Streets Detroit joins over 200 national and international cities in celebration of open street events like biking, walking, jogging, skating, and more. On Sunday, September 25 from noon – 5:00 p.m., take a stroll on the widened sidewalks on Michigan Ave. and Vernor Hwy., as the road is transformed into a walkable giant street park.


This is an important year for the DDF as the event celebrates Detroit’s designation as a UNESCO City of Design. On December 15, 2015, Detroit became the first and only city in America to receive this recognition. This designation is representative of Detroit’s commitment to creative arts.

The Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3), a sponsor of DDF, is dedicated to strengthening Detroit’s economy through unity and creativity. Together, these two organizations seek to bring the city together for a discussion of Detroit’s future in design.

Events like the Detroit Design Festival remind us that the Motor City is once again on the rise as a leader of innovation and industry. Design plays an important role in the revitalization of the city, providing countless opportunities for local and national artists to make their mark while adding additional revenue and interest to the city of Detroit.

For a complete festival schedule, check out the Detroit Design Festival website for more information.

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