What to do in Detroit this week: Charivari Fest, 1...

What to do in Detroit this week: Charivari Fest, 12-hour dance party and ‘Labyrinth’ masquerade

How to stay busy in Detroit, Aug. 11-17.

From a Detroit is Different “A Lot of Studio” event — next one this Thursday. Courtesy Khary Frazier

The best things to do around Detroit (and from your home), Aug. 11-17

We hope you’re hungry — this week we’re all about taco and rib fests, a Detroit fashion show, a 12-hour dance sesh for a good cause, and a live podcast neighborhood party we dug into here at Detour. Let’s goooo!



🎤  Arabs in Media panel: Multimedia producer and beatboxer Stevie Soul Ansara, PR pro Morin Yousef and journalist and creative writer Rasha Almulaiki are featured on this panel at Spot Lite Detroit hosted by Roula David about how they use storytelling traditions in their practice. Aug. 11, free, info.

☀️Solar Power Hour: Grow Solar Highland Park is hosting a webinar all about all the benefits of solar energy. Aug. 11, virtual, free, info. (from Planet Detroit)

👗3rd Annual “Detroit is Culture” Rooftop Fashion Show: You don’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind fashion show presented by Dream Rich, featuring special guest performances and live music. Aug. 11, $40-60, info. 

🧘🏽Free Yoga at Springdale Green park: Get moving during this fun all-levels Hatha Yoga class. Registration is required due to COVID. Aug. 11, free, info.


🎛️ Charivari Detroit Music Festival: Stop by this annual four-day, multi-faceted electronic music festival at Historic Fort Wayne, featuring some of Detroit’s best talent. Aug. 12-$15, $20+, info.

🎙️BLAC Magazine Comedy Showcase: Shops on Top, Blac Detroit Magazine and Doomsday Shelter Comedy for Mental Health are hosting an epic night of live standup comedy at Detroit’s Eastern Market featuring headliner and Pontiac native Mike Geeter. Aug. 12, $20, info.

🎧 Detroit is Different Presents — A Lot of Studio: Check out a unique live podcast hosted by influential Detroiters, live in a Detroit neighborhood. Grab some dishes from Soul on a Roll and Big Ma’s Coney Cart, take home vegetables from the Detroit is Different garden and chat with your neighbors. Aug. 12 (every Thursday until Sept. 9), free, info.

🌮 Michigan Taco Fest: The 2nd Annual Taco Fest is back on this year at Canterbury Village in Lake Orion. How about FOUR days of tacos, strolling Mariachi bands, eating contests, a cutest chihuahua contest and Lucha Libre wrestling? Yep, that’s right — and it’s family-friendly. Aug. 12-15, $7 entry fee + $5 parking, info. 

This weekend!

👨‍🎤 “Labyrinth” Celebration: The 1986 film starring David Bowie is back in theaters, in honor of its 35th anniversary (and Jim Henson’s 85th birthday). Celebrate it in costume with live music from Serious Moonlight Band, Goblin King photo ops and a singalong screening at the Redford Theatre. Aug. 13-14, $20, info.

🎤 Detroit Summer Fest: Get ready for an awesome roundup of performers like Tee Grizzley, G Herbo, Kash Doll, Peezy, Asian Doll, Snap Dogg and more at the Aretha Franklin Amphitheater. Aug. 13, $55+, info.

🍗 Ribs and R&B music fest: Does it get any better than delish BBQ and amazing beats at Hart Plaza? We think not. Snag a VIP weekend pass to get amazing access to the main stage. General admission is free Friday until 5 p.m., Sat.-Sun. From 11:30 – 2 p.m. Aug. 13-15, free or $40+ for VIP access, info. 

🕺🏿12 Hours for the Detroit Justice Center: Ready to dance for a good cause? Head over with your dancing shoes and support the DJC, a non-profit law firm that works to create economic opportunities and improve the justice system. Ticket sales benefit the DJC. Aug. 14, $5-$10, info.

🧵  Healing Memorial Making Station Workshop: Join in on the citywide public art project to create a massive healing memorial by creating a pouch at Pages Bookshop. Aug. 14, free, info.

🍻Detroit Beer History: Are you a beer aficionado, or just eager to learn something new in Detroit? Explore the Eastern Market area and check out old brewery sites, extending back to prohibition, with this history walking tour. All tour guests enjoy an included pint of beer token at Eastern Market Brewing at the end of the tour and a goodie bag. 21+. Aug. 14, $30, info.

🍿Movie in the Park: Need a feel-good movie night? “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” will be on the big screen at Rosemont/Acacia Park. BYO chairs, blanket and bug spray. Aug. 14, free, info.

🎨 “Sacred Imagination” Opening: See the new exhibition from light language artist and musician Shelby Murphy at Galerie Camille. Aug. 14, free, info.

🏺 Attic Sale: Find antiques, furniture and other treasures at Boston-Edison’s annual attic sale. Aug. 14, free, info.

🎥 “Woman on the Run” screening: Take in a free outdoor showing of this tense 1950 noir film at Senate Theater. Aug. 14, free, info

🍷Peter Croce extended set at Motor City Wine: Ready for a pseudo-vacation? After 17 months in social distance mode, SUNDAY REVIVAL is back at MotorCity Wine. Peter Croce will be playing a seven-hour extended set on the patio, Aug. 15, $5, info.

Next week

🏆Detroit to LA Comedy Challenge: Mark Ridley’s is hosting top-notch comedians as they compete to head to some of the hottest clubs in L.A. Aug. 17, $10, info. 

🙏Free Yoga at Eastern Market: Come by for a free outdoor hatha yoga class at Eastern Market to start your week off in a mindful way. Aug. 17, free, info. 

📚Great Start Collaborative Wayne Literacy Event: This is a family literacy fling you won’t want to miss! There will be resources, literacy games and crafts, snacks, giveaways and more for parents and their kiddos. August 18, 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