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More than 80 things to do around Detroit to have a...

More than 80 things to do around Detroit to have a spooky and delightful October

Bikers riding over the Ambassador Bridge between Detroit and Canada for the Tour de Troit annual Biike the Bridge event in 2015.
The annual Bike the Ambassador Bridge ride to Canada happens on Oct. 27. Photo via Tour De Troit.

Why stay home and carve a pumpkin when you could do it at a Detroit bar? Why be scared of bats when you could learn from expert fans what makes them great? Why order your costume on Amazon when you could shop at spooky fairs with local vendors?

These are the kinds of urgent, seasonal questions you can trust Detour to tackle. Answer to all three: You shouldn’t! If you want to lean into those and more fall festivities around Detroit in October, you’ll find them here in the latest curated Get Busy events guide.

And it’s not all haunted houses and cider doughnuts. Keep reading for a roundup of the best activities, entertainment, eats, discussions, workshops and experiences going on this month. We hope you’ll find a bunch of events to add to your calendar. And even better, we hope you find some chances to get busy exploring the city and your own passions with a bunch of other cool Detroiters. See you out there!

OCTOBER 1-6

๐Ÿ“ผ Films: Weird Waves: Video Art From The Punk & New Wave Era 1978-1983. Oct. 1, UFO Factory, Corktown, info. Add to Google calendar

๐ŸŽซ Community Listening Session: Traffic Court. Oct. 1, Northwest Activities Center, Northwest, free, info. Add to cal

๐ŸŽท Literary: Jazz from Detroit with author Mark Stryker. Oct. 2, Southfield Public Library, Southfield, free, info. Add to cal

๐ŸŽ‚ John Sinclair’s 78th Birthday Party, with performance by the Blues Scholars. Oct. 2, Lager House, Corktown, $15, info. Add to cal

๐Ÿ“š Reading: Disquieting Reflections on Home with Angela Abiodun, Bree Gant and Cherise Morris. Oct. 3, Room Project, New Center, free, info. Add to cal

๐ŸŽ‰ Tapestry: A Global Detroit Celebration fundraiser with music from Pathรฉ Jassi and food from Baobab Fare. Oct. 3, Jam Handy, North End, $100, tickets. Add to cal

๐Ÿน Detroit Cocktail Classic. Shed 3, Eastern Market, $40/$65, details. Add to cal

๐ŸŒธ โ€œSuperbloomโ€: Recent paintings from Lindsay Farris. Oct. 4, Hard Gallery, Southwest, free, info. Add to cal

๐ŸŽญ โ€œHot Flashbacks!โ€ A Golden Girls Musical Parody. Oct. 4, Planet Ant, Hamtramck, $7+, tickets. Add to cal.

๐Ÿฝ๏ธ Southwest Detroit Restaurant Week. Oct. 4-10, Southwest, prices vary, info. Add to cal

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿณ Vegan and Veg Tasting Competition. Oct. 5, Durfee Innovation Society, Dexter-Linwood, $5/$10, tickets. Add to cal

๐Ÿฆ‡ Great Lakes Bat Festival. Oct. 5, Belle Isle Nature Center, Belle Isle, free, info. Add to cal

๐ŸŽถ Jazz: The Vizitors. Oct. 5, Trinosophes, Eastern Market, $12, info. Add to cal

๐Ÿ˜ฑWes Cravenโ€™s โ€œA Nightmare on Elm Street.โ€ Oct. 5, Senate Theater, Southwest, $5, tickets. Add to cal

๐ŸŽธ Music: William Tyler with Lands & Buildings. Oct. 5, Third Man Records, Midtown, $12-$15, tickets. Add to cal

โœ๏ธ Poetry workshop: “The Imperfect Is Our Paradise”: Writing Toward the Failure of Language. Oct. 6-Nov. 24, Room Project, New Center, $60/$125, info. Add to cal. 

๐Ÿญ Discussion: The Meaning of Dodge Main. Oct. 6, Hamtramck Historical Museum, Hamtramck, free, info. Add to cal.

๐ŸฅŸ Dance and eat: PolkatoberFest. Oct. 6, Eastern Market, $8+, info. Add to cal

๐Ÿ‘ป Cine Mexico Now: โ€œThe Phantom of the Conventโ€ (1934). Oct. 6-7, $10, Cinema Detroit, Midtown, tickets. Add to cal

๐Ÿค ICE Breakers: A Fundraiser Benefiting Immigrant Rights, for Michigan United. Oct. 6, Marble Bar, New Center, donations, info. Add to cal

OCTOBER 7-13

๐Ÿ“ฐ Report Your Story (Or Poem, or Memoir, or Script) with journalist Anna Clark. Oct. 7, Detroit Writing Room, Downtown, $45, tickets. Add to cal

๐Ÿถ Dog training seminar with Abigail Knue from K9 Turbo Training. Oct. 7, Canine to Five, Ferndale, free, register. Add to cal

๐Ÿง˜ Yoga in the Park. Oct. 8, Eliza Howell Park, Brightmoor, free, info. Add to cal

๐Ÿ™๏ธ Tour: We Are Our Own Heroes: Slavery & The Underground Railroad in Detroit. Oct. 8, Campus Martius, Downtown, $20, tickets. Add to cal

๐Ÿฅซ Food Industry Job Fair. Oct. 9, Eastern Market Partnership, Eastern Market, free, info. Add to cal

๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿซ Engaging a Spectrum Workshop for Cultural Institutions: Welcoming People with Autism. Oct. 9, Detroit Institute of Arts, Midtown, free, info. Add to cal

๐Ÿ›ฃ๏ธ I-94 Modernization Project meeting with updates from MDOT. Oct. 10, Detroit Historical Museum, Cultural Center, free, info. Add to cal

๐Ÿ“– Talk: Until We Reckon, book on restorative justice, with author Danielle Sered. Oct. 10, Wayne State Law School, Midtown, free, info. Add to cal

๐Ÿฅ˜ Indigenous Australian Dinner Party with Rohani Foulkes of Folk. Oct. 11, Frame, Hazel Park, $60, tickets. Add to cal.  

๐Ÿฆ‰ Zoo Boo Halloween celebration. Oct. 11 and six more dates, Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak, $10-$16, tickets. Add to cal.

๐Ÿงถ Handcrafters Fall Fair Market. Oct. 11-12, Northville, $3, info. Add to cal

๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Coming Out Stories Open Mic Night. Oct. 11, Affirmations, Ferndale, free, details. Add to cal.

โณ QUEER Speed Bonding hosted by Relationship Anarchy Discussions. Oct. 11, Trumbullplex, Woodbridge, free, info. Add to cal

๐ŸŽจ Art: โ€œDetroit: Nothing To Be Afraid Ofโ€ Opening. Oct. 11, Two Way Inn, Mt. Elliott and Nevada, free, info. Add to cal

๐Ÿก 2020 Designers’ Show House โ€œSneak a Peek,โ€ with Junior League of Detroit. Oct. 11-13, Indian Village, $10, info. Add to cal

๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ Local native history from indigenous elders and leaders. Oct. 12, American Indian Health and Family Services, Southwest, free, info. Add to cal

๐ŸŽป Listen: The National Arab Orchestra Presents: Layali. Oct. 12, Music Hall, Downtown, $59+, tickets. Add to cal

๐Ÿ Orange, Gold & Green: Fall Festival. Oct. 12, Eliza Howell Park, Brightmoor, free, info. Add to cal

๐Ÿท Shakespeare in Detroit fundraiser: An Inebriated Reading: The Scarlet Letter. Oct. 12, The Detroit Club, Downtown, $45, tickets. Add to cal

โšฐ๏ธ Lecture: Detroit Black Funeral Homes: The Legacy of the African American Funeral Business. Oct. 12, Detroit Public Library Main Branch, Cultural Center, free, register. Add to cal.

๐Ÿ•บ Late-night dancing: AfterThots: October. Oct. 12, the Eagle, Palmer Park, info. Add to cal

๐Ÿ“š Detroit Art Book Fair. Oct. 12, Trinosophes, Eastern Market, free admission, info. Add to cal

๐Ÿ’จ High Times Cannabis Bazaar. Oct. 12-13, Russell Industrial Center, Russell Industrial, $40+, info. Add to cal

๐ŸŽญ Public performance: Border Blast 2: Freeways + Side streets from the Hinterlands and others. Oct. 12-13, Play House, Banglatown, free, details. Add to cal.

๐Ÿบ Fall Antiques & Collectibles Market. Oct. 13, Historic Fort Wayne, Delray, free, info. Add to cal.

SOLD OUT. ๐Ÿฆ Chemistry Club: Talking Birds & Avian Flu with Dr. Jen Owen, hosted by Shady Ladies Literary Society. Oct. 13, POST, Kercheval and Chalmers, $27, tickets. Add to cal

๐Ÿ“œ Legends of the Fall Storytelling and Biking Tour. Oct. 13, Grosse Pointe Historical Center, Grosse Pointe, free, info. Add to cal

๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ My Turn: Sensory Friendly Sunday at the Museum. Oct. 13, Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, free, details. Add to cal

OCTOBER 14-20

๐Ÿ‘ท Commercial Property Ownership Workshop with the DEGC. Oct. 15, Ford Resource and Engagement Center, Regent Park, free, register. Add to cal

๐Ÿ† Torch Awards for Ethics by Better Business Bureau. Oct. 16, Durfee Innovation Society, Dexter-Linwood, $50, info. Add to cal

โš–๏ธ Candid Conversations: 400 Years of Inequality. Oct. 16, Co. Act Detroit, New Center, free, info. Add to cal

๐ŸŽƒ Fam fun: Smashing pumpkins with zoo animals. Oct. 16 and 26, Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak, Zoo admission $11+, schedule. Add to cal

๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ World Food Day Bike Tour. Oct. 16, Wayne State Farmers Market, Midtown, free, RSVP. Add to cal

๐Ÿ‘ป Let’s Just Say: Ghost Stories. Oct. 17, GO Comedy! Improv Theater, Ferndale, $10, info. Add to cal

๐ŸŒŽ Planet Detroit Panel + Conversation: What are Detroitโ€™s essential environmental stories? Oct. 17, Room Project, New Center, free, RSVP.  Add to cal

๐Ÿฅž Pancake Fundraiser for Heidelberg Project Student Study Abroad. Oct. 18, Roseโ€™s Fine Food, East Village, $25, info. Add to cal

๐Ÿ˜Ž Documentary: โ€œMiles Davis: Birth of the Cool.โ€ Oct. 18, DIA, Cultural Center, $7.50+, tickets. Add to cal

๐Ÿฟ Cult classic: โ€œArmy of Darkness,โ€ directed by Metro Detroit native Sam Raimi. Oct. 18, Redford Theatre, Old Redford, $5, tickets. Add to cal

๐ŸŒ† Art: โ€œMoving Targets: Michigan’s Evolving Citiesโ€ opening Oct. 18,  AIA Michigan, Midtown, free, info. Add to cal.

๐ŸŽต Soul and funk: Melvin Davis / Funkwagon / Denise Davis & theMotorCitySensations. Oct. 19, Old Miami, Midtown, $10, info. Add to cal

โœ๏ธ Teen workshop and open mic: InsideOut presents Scratch the Page. Oct. 19, MOCAD, Midtown, free, sign up. Add to cal

๐Ÿ–Œ๏ธ African American arts conference: Converge Detroit 2019: Beyond Space Unbounded Theory and Practice. Oct. 19, Detroit School of Arts, Midtown, $25+, tickets. Add to cal.  

๐Ÿค– โ€œYoung Frankenstein.โ€ Oct. 19, Redford Theatre, Old Redford, $5, tickets. Add to cal

๐ŸŒณ Boxwoods and cedar planting at Sarah Garrett Park. Oct. 19, Hamtramck, free, info. Add to cal

โ˜ ๏ธ Haunted Detroit Bike Tour. Oct, 20, 26 and 27, Wheelhouse Detroit, Rivertown, $35, tickets. Add to cal

๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธThe Detroit Spook Show Halloween Sale II. Oct. 20, Sanctuary, Hamtramck, free admission, info. Add to cal

โ›ช Spiritual: Detroit Mass Mob at St. Francis D’Assisi Catholic Church, 130 years old. St. Francis D’Assisi, Chadsey Condon, free, info. Add to cal

๐Ÿ— Eat: Hot Wings and Hot Ones with Darren McCarty and Hell Fire Detroit. Oct. 20, frame, Hamtramck, $50, tickets. Add to cal

OCTOBER 21-27

๐Ÿ““ Talk: Leah Vernon, author of Unashamed: Musings of a Fat, Black Muslim. Oct. 21, Pages Bookshop, Grandmont Rosedale, free, RSVP. Add to cal. 

๐ŸŽญ Theater: โ€œTiny Beautiful Things,โ€ based on the book by Cheryl Strayed. Oct. 21 and multiple dates, Ringwald Theatre, Ferndale, $10+, tickets. Add to cal

๐Ÿ“– Discussion: How to Be an Antiracist author Ibram X. Kendi. Oct. 22, Wright Museum, Cultural Center, free, info. Add to cal

๐Ÿ‘ป Tour: Ghosts of Piquette. Oct. 22-23, Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, Milwaukee Junction, $25 adults/$0-$5 kids, tickets. Add to cal.  

๐ŸŽค Reading: An evening with David Sedaris. Oct. 23, Fisher Theatre, New Center, $51+, tickets. Add to cal

REGISTRATION CLOSED. ๐Ÿข The Architect & the Campus: Minoru Yamasakiโ€™s Lasting Legacy at Wayne State. Oct. 23, Urbanum, New Center, free, register. Add to cal.

๐Ÿš Mobility & Equity: Shaping Detroit’s Future. Oct. 23, The Beacon at One Woodward, Downtown, $5-$25, tickets. Add to cal

SOLD OUT. ๐ŸŒŒ Haunted Detroit: the Dark Side of History Tour. Oct 24 and multiple dates, Coolidge Inn Bar, River Rouge, $58-$61, tickets. Add to cal.ย 

๐ŸŽฌ Screening: “At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal.โ€ Oct. 25, DIA, Cultural Center, free, info. Add to cal

๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ Art opening: โ€œThis Land Isโ€ฆ,โ€ featuring artists addressing environmental concerns. Oct. 25, Elaine L. Jacob Gallery, Wayne State, free, info. Add to cal

๐Ÿป Drinks: Fall Beer Festival, hosted by Michigan Brewers Guild. Oct. 25-26, Eastern Market, $45+, info. Add to cal

๐Ÿ‘„ Midnight Madness: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Oct. 25-26, Main Art Theatre, Royal Oak, $7, tickets. Add to cal.

๐Ÿ˜๏ธ Detroit Housing Summit 2019. Oct. 26, Midtown, free, RSVP. Add to cal

๐ŸŽ๏ธ Car design for kids: Sketchbattle JR Pilot. Oct. 26, Lafayette Garage, Hubbard, free, register. Add to cal

๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ Curator panel: States of Flux: Regional Identities x Global Content. Oct. 26, MOCAD, Cultural Center, $5, info. Add to cal.ย 

๐Ÿญ Shutdown party: Celebrating activists fight against the incinerator. Oct. 26, James and Rose Robinson Community Center, 4190 Chene St., free, info. Add to cal.

๐Ÿงช Family fun: Halloween Science. Oct. 26-27, Cranbrook Science Museum, Bloomfield Hills, $10-$18, info. Add to cal.  

๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿฝ Performance: Ballet Folklรณrico de Detroit for Dia de Los Muertos. Oct. 26-27, Detroit Institute of Arts, Cultural Center, free with admission, info. Add to cal

REGISTRATION CLOSED. ๐ŸŒ‰ Bike the Ambassador Bridge 2019. Oct. 27, Clark Park, Southwest, $100, register. Add to cal.ย 

๐Ÿ”ฎ Rock Your World Psychic & Holistic Fair. Oct. 27, Psychedelic Healing Shack and Vegetarian Cafe, Woodward and Goldengate, $5 admission, info. Add to cal

OCTOBER 28-31

๐ŸŒก๏ธ Mag release party: Geez 54: Climate Justice. Oct. 28, Swords into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery, Downtown, $20/free for subscribers, tickets. Add to cal

๐ŸŽƒ Pumpkin carving (pumpkin provided. Oct. 29, Briggs Detroit, Downtown, free, info. Add to cal.

๐Ÿฅ Music: Season of the Witch – Devil’s Night with bbymutha, Starcrawler, Wiccans and Werewolves. Oct. 30, Third Man Records, Midtown, $25, tickets. Add to cal

๐ŸŽถ Drag performance art: Sasha Velour Presents: Smoke & Mirrors. Oct. 30, Royal Oak Music Theatre, RO, $35+, tickets. Add to cal

๐Ÿšดโ€โ™‚๏ธ Bike tour: Haunted Detroit at Dusk. Oct. 30-31, Wheelhouse Detroit, Rivertown, $30, tickets. Add to cal

๐ŸŽ‰ Kids: Day of the Dead Celebration. Oct. 31, Clark Park, Southwest, free, info. Add to cal

๐Ÿ๏ธ Island of Souls: Halloween Night at Lost River. Oct. 31, Lost River, Morningside, free, info. Add to cal.


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