According to AAA, 1.3 million Michiganders will hit the road to travel this Memorial Day weekend. You don’t have to be one of them – there’s plenty to do in Detroit! From the special events going on throughout the city to the unofficial opening of our outdoor eating & drinking venues, The D is where you want to be this holiday weekend.
The largest and most visible event taking place (May 27-29) is the Movement Electronic Music Festival. Movement has been held in Detroit since 2000. Located in Hart Plaza, the techno celebration has several stages along the Riverfront that will host over 100 performances throughout the weekend. Sunday’s headliner is the world famous artist and producer, deadmau5, performing as Testpilot. Single day tickets or full festival tickets are available.
Though Tigers fans consider every home game a special event, Friday’s game has some added pop. After the game (May 25) Comerica Park will set off a fireworks display. Tickets for Detroit Tigers Comerica Park Fireworks Nights can be purchased here for the game.
If dance music and fireworks are not your speed (or volume), look to Brix in Detroit’s West Village for something a bit more relaxing. Brix will host Bourbon + Ash on Saturday, May 26. The bourbon and cigar experience includes three bourbons, grilled skewers of chicken, shrimp or beef and cigars from Cigarden. Tickets are $40.
Right down the street on Van Dyke Avenue, The Villages’ Biergarten also in West Village, opens for the summer on Memorial Day weekend. A converted shipping container holds the bar serving beer and wine, a local food truck usually stops by, and the bocce court is popular with kids and adults. The Biergarten is dog friendly and a favorite spot of locals and tourists alike.
Another seasonal event kicks off at the Trumbull & Porter Hotel. Artists’ Market in the Courtyard sponsored by Red Dunn Kitchen is a showcase of five different Detroit makers and artists. The market is open every Sunday starting May 27 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
If Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, one way Detroiters celebrate is doing as much as we can outside. From parks and public spaces to many options for patio dining or drinking, the only thing that needs to cooperate this weekend is the weather.
Campus Martius Park is open with “the beach,” a sand-filled area, for catching some rays, relaxing in one of the many chairs or letting the kids play all day.
Beacon Park, will be a favorite spot for Frisbee, walking the dog and the occasional picnic. Their new restaurant, Lumen, should not be missed.
The rooftop deck at Atwater Brewery on Joseph Campau serves up Atwater’s own beers made right here in Detroit. On the East Riverfront, it has views of the Detroit River and Chene Park. Atwater offers limited bar food on the roof and a full food menu downstairs as well.
Batch Brewery in Corktown is popular year-round, but with a large patio, Batch serves up creative beers and unique food items like chicharonnes (my personal favorite).
Founders’ Taproom in the Cass Corridor on Charlotte, opened earlier this year, and includes an outdoor patio likely to be a popular spot all summer. Founders Brewery is a Michigan company serving a wide variety of their beer and a full menu as well.
Just up the street from Founders, there are two more local spots that host outdoor seating – Jolly Pumpkin and Motor City Brew Works. The Jolly Pumpkin is known for sour ales and pizza with seating right on the sidewalk in front of their Canfield location. Motor City Brew Works is across the street in their unique indoor/outdoor space serving beer and a full menu. Parking is available for Motor City in the lot in front of the restaurant.
The unofficial kickoff to summer also means enjoying the weather and, if possible, the water. Belle Isle and the Detroit Riverfront offer a variety of options this Memorial Day weekend. Visit HoneyBee Market in Southwest Detroit for some chips and guacamole that can easily be carried to Clark Park, Gabriel Richard Park or Belle Isle’s Sunset Point. If a full cookout is in order, Detroit’s Harbortown Market on East Jefferson is just a few blocks from the entrance to Belle Isle.
This coming weekend, ditch the travel plans, save the gas budget and enjoy all the great things here in Detroit. If summer is about being outside with friends & family sharing a great meal or cool drink, Detroit has you covered. Happy Memorial Day (and enjoy that extra day off, you deserve it). Tag the friends and families you’ll be spending Memorial Day with or comment below and tell us what your plans in Detroit include…