The fall culture schedule is always jam-packed in Detroit — and it’s heating up this weekend with art and music galore. But if you’re hanging onto the steamy nights for dear life, we’ve got you.
Looking for a date night idea before the sun sets on summer? Head over to the east side for a paddle around the canals and dinner at Coriander Kitchen & Farm. A hidden gem, this area is an oasis for water babies and foodies alike. Bring your own kayaks and drop in at the park, or sign up for a private canal tour with Detroit River Sports. Either way, you won’t be disappointed by Detroit’s secret slice of Venice. Afterward, paddle up and grab yourself a cocktail and a plate of the farm mezze for sustenance. *Chefs kiss*
Here are all our picks for what to do in Detroit this week:
Baptist Institutional Church Resource Center as a mobile pantry site every first and third Wednesday of the month. Sept. 15, free, info.
💃 Salsa Detroit’s Annual Latin Independence Day Bash: Celebrate the Independence Days of Mexico, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua with Bachata lessons and music until midnight at City Tavern in Royal Oak. Sept. 15, free, info.
📚 Stephen Mack Jones reading: Stephen Mack Jones, award-winning Detroit playwright and thriller writer, will hold a reading at 27th Letter Books. Get to know the author before his work becomes a household name — Keegan Michael Key is set to star in a forthcoming ABC drama based on Jones’ “August Snow” books. Sept. 15, free, info.
🧘 Stretch at Sunset: Grab a mat and come out to Beacon Park for outdoor yoga to benefit the Pope Francis Center. Sept. 16, $50, info.
🎸 Beauville show: Check out some authentic Detroit honky tonk this Friday, when local country band Beauville plays in Delray at the Carbon Athletic Club. Sept. 17, $1 cover, info.
🤼 Chicano Fest: If you’re trying to get weird and festive this Saturday, think Juggalos + wrestling tournaments + an art show by the HoodPicasso at Chicano Fest, held at the Michigan Squeeze Station in Southwest. Sept. 18, free, info.
🖼️ WomxnHouse Detroit opening: This whole-house art installation, inspired by the landmark 1972 feminist art show “Womanhouse,” features 15 artists and is curated by Asia Hamilton and Laura Earle. The exhibition takes place at Hamilton’s home as she works to transform it into a community arts space — get a first look on Saturday, or view by appointment through Oct. 23. Sept. 18, $1 donation, info.
🏞️ West Riverfront Block Party: Join in on the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy ‘s celebration at the future home of the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park. Sept. 18, $5, info.
🎨 Custer Street Open Studios: This Month of Design event at Thank You Studios offers an in-depth look into the process and practice of over a dozen creatives living and working in Detroit. Check out works for sale and works in progress in media including textiles, architecture, sculpture, woodworking, painting, light and more. Sept. 18, free, info.
🛍️ Curvy Bird pop up: Looking for new wardrobe pieces this fall? Check out local boutique Curvy Bird, popping up at one of our Keep Detroit Local partner businesses, New Center’s Ferne Boutique. Shop til you drop! Sept. 19, free, info.
🎶 ‘Steppin’ Out’ release party: Sunday Funday, anyone? Pop a bottle this Sunday on Motor City Wine’s patio for LADYMONIX’ record release party, with additional tunes from Father Dukes. Soak up the rest of patio season with good vibes and great wine. Sept. 19, free, info.
🕯️Greg Mudge memorial: Before you head over to MCW, join the Corktown community to memorialize and celebrate the life of beloved restaurateur Greg Mudge. This Sunday at 12:30 p.m. there will be a gathering at Dean Savage Park, and in true Mudge fashion, you can expect lots of great music, food and libations. Sept. 19, free, info.
🥫Learn about building a food business: In the latest installment of the local chapter of Pink Boots’s educational series about the food and beverage industry, they’ll discuss what good HR looks like in the hospitality industry. Join the discussion at Eastern Market Brewing Co. on Monday night. Sept. 20, free, info.