What to do in Detroit right now: Black Restaurant ...

What to do in Detroit right now: Black Restaurant Week, SlutWalk, Aaliyah tribute and more

How to stay busy in Detroit, Aug. 25 - Sept. 1

East Eats owners

EastEats founders Lloyd Talley, Nygel Fyvie and Kwaku Osei-Bonsu. Credit: Jimmy Goldfingers

This week, we are psyched because part deux of the 2021 Detroit Black Restaurant Week is happening now through Aug. 29. There are over 50 restaurants participating this time, so there’s a lot of ground to cover! Here’s the backstory: Kwaku Osei-Bonsu of EastEats founded Detroit Black Restaurant Week with Lauren Bates back in 2017 with the goal of highlighting amazing Black-owned restaurants in Detroit. Foodie establishments like EastEats, Baobab Fare, Delphine’s Jamaican, Vicki’s Bar-B-Q and The Block are all part of the star-studded line-up of eateries. Check out the full list of restaurants participating in Detroit Black Restaurant Week here and make sure to book your reservation or place a carry-out order!


🍅 Nighttime Farmers Market: The West End Hazel Park business coalition (WEHP) is hosting a farmers market under the stars to benefit The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative and the Marigold Project. Learn more about these great initiatives and shop for fresh produce. Aug. 25, free/donation optional, info.

🇺🇸 Smart Politics: Constitution Convention: Join in on a lively conversation led by Stephen Henderson and the Detroit Today team about the U.S. Constitution at Otus Supply in Ferndale. They’ll explore how the Constitution is working in 2021, what should be changed and will be answering your questions! Aug. 25, free/donation optional, info.

WDET 101.9 FM Smart Politics with Stephen Henderson

🧘🏾‍♀️ Viva Vinyasa at Detroit Abloom: Find your edge in this all-levels yoga class outside in Detroit Abloom’s community garden with Angie of Euphoria Yoga. Aug. 25, $15, info. 


🎶 Aaliyah tribute concert: Just after the 20th anniversary of her death — and the long-awaited streaming release of her iconic album “One in a Million” — local artists who have been inspired by Aaliyah will pay tribute and sing her hits. The concert at Aretha’s Jazz Cafe at the Music Hall will feature performances from Myna, Shea’ Renee, Carmen Mi’ Chelle, Nylon Keies, Kiki Waters and more. Aug. 26, $10, info.

🎤 WDET Comedy Showcase — What’s So Funny About Detroit? The WDET comedy showcase is a pure laugh-out-loud event featuring six stand-up comedians at the Old Miami bar and backyard in Midtown. WDET’s Ryan Patrick Hooper will be your host for the evening! Aug. 26, $28, info. 

🌍 Michigan Culture and Diversity Festival: HYPE Athletics is hosting a community-wide event with live music and food from around the world, rides and plenty of family friendly entertainment. Aug. 26-29, $10+, info.

🥬 Winter Harvest — Extending Your Growing Season: Want to learn how to harvest radishes, lettuce and spinach in December? Learn how to do it right with Keep Growing Detroit. Aug. 26, virtual, free, info.

This weekend!

🎙️The Melanated Mixer: Stop by for an unforgettable evening celebrating tangible liberation hosted by SheezyTaughtMe and Detroit Shipping Co. There will be a poetry workshop, open mic, Black vendors, libations and a great set from Detroit’s own DJ Nefyu. Aug. 27, $15 online/$20 at the door, info. 

👟 2021 Detroit SlutWalk: The annual Detroit march to celebrate sexual assault survivors is happening soon in Palmer Park. This year features burlesque dancers, a drag show, poetry, music, yoga, healing circles and more. Aug. 28, free, info.

💇🏾 Natural Hair Expo: Head to TCF Center to celebrate natural hair and check out what’s on offer from vendors, with live demonstrations, panels, workshops and entertainment at one of the largest natural hair events in the Midwest. Aug. 28, $5-$35, info.

🎶 Vibes with the Tribes Festival: Check out Michigan’s first Native American music festival in Southwest Detroit at the Vibes with the Tribes Festival. Aug. 28, $20 online/$25 at the door, info. (via Planet Detroit)

🏛️ Detroit Cultural Center Walking Tour: Join Preservation Detroit for a tour of Detroit cultural institutions like the DIA, Detroit Public Library and the Scarab Club. Aug. 28, $15, info.

👃 YallaSmell! Join Arab American National Museum artist-in-residence Dana El Masri to explore Dearborn through a smell walk that will showcase the city’s food, people and spaces. Participants will collect data, based on the “three categories of smells” in the public smell intro kit originally created by Kate McLean, and their findings will be sent for her Sensory Maps project, adding to a global city database. Aug. 29, $12, info.

Next week

☕ The Art of Poetry Open Mic: Coffee and poetry go hand-in-hand during this fun, outdoor experience at Drifter Coffee. This monthly event hosted by the Detroit Writing Room features talented spoken-word artists from Detroit, including the Detroit Writing Room’s very own house poet, Krystalle (aka the sound yogi). Aug. 30, $10, info.

🌿 Volunteer at Keep Growing Detroit: Spend the evening getting your hands a little dirty and making a positive impact at Keep Growing Detroit Farm. Aug. 31, free, info.

💼 Free Walk-in Vaccination Clinic and Detroit Career Expo: Hired In Michigan will be providing info on full-time and part-time positions available now. Job-seekers receiving a vaccine (Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson will be available) get a voucher for two tickets to an upcoming resume-writing/job search workshop. Aug. 31, free, info.

Allison Jacobs is the digital producer and lifestyle reporter for Detour Detroit. She was the former digital editor at The Detroit Jewish News, where she helped oversee their digital strategy and produced a four-part video series called “Bubbie’s Kitchen.” Over the years, she has contributed articles for The Detroit Jewish News and SEEN Magazine. She’s a stickler for honest reporting and creating content that educates, entertains and inspires. Follow her on Twitter: @ajacobs114