Events and things to do in Detroit this week

Events and things to do in Detroit this week

How to stay busy in Detroit, June 16-22.

The best things to do around Detroit (and from your home), June 16-

This Saturday is Juneteenth, and we have a handful of events for you to honor this special holiday marking the end of slavery in the United States. In Detroit, we’re celebrating Juneteenth all week long through art, music and storytelling, so take a look and see how you can get involved.


Place Paintings by Ellen Rutt. Via Art Mile

🖼️ Art Mile: The month-long festival kicks off this week with dozens of exhibitions and a virtual conversation between Art Mile’s Inaugural Curatorial Fellow, Juana Williams and multidisciplinary artist Ellen Rutt on the symbiotic relationship of humans and their natural environments, healing properties of collaborative creation and immersing oneself in nature. Virtual talk June 16, festival through July 11, free, info

🍜 2DJs at Ima Corktown: Stop by on Wednesdays for delicious ramen and live music featuring Vincent Patricola and a weekly guest DJ on Ima Corktown’s covered patio. June 16, free, info. 

👔 Accelerating the Sustainable Business Revolution: Learn how we can mobilize businesses and organizations of all sizes to make Southeast Michigan a global leader in sustainability with the newly-formed Sustainable Business Network of Detroit. June 16, virtual, free, info. 

📜 A Question of Power — The Black Power Movement and its Legacy Today: Learn about the history of the Black Power Movement in an engaging  lecture by historian and educator Jamon Jordan of Black Scroll Network History & Tours. June 16, virtual, $30, info.


✍️ Write Something!: Join a community of writers with the Detroit Public Library for a creative writing workshop. June 17, virtual, free, info.

This weekend!

🎉 Juneteenth Jubilee Freedom Weekend: The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History hosts a weekend-long celebration, with a free screening of “Concrete Cowboy” starring Idris Elba and Caleb McLaughlin in Campus Martius Friday night, a self-guided treasure hunt exploring local Black history and a Livernois Avenue of Fashion Saturday stroll with artists, music, food and store discounts. June 18-20, in-person, free, info

🎤 Detroit Puppet Slam: Enjoy an evening of thought-provoking puppet and performing object pieces by Carrie Morris Art Productions (CMAP). June 18, in-person and virtual options, $15, info. 

🐕 Pet Adoption Event: Detroit Animal Care & Control is waiving all adoption fees in honor of Father’s Day. June 18-20, info. 

🔈 “My Art is My Voice” Exhibition Opening Reception: Head to Collected Detroit for a one-of-a-kind art reception introducing a brand new exhibit featuring artists Judy Bowman, Laura Gibson, Henry Heading and more. June 19, in-person, free, info. 

🎨 Juneteenth Celebration: LoveClub is hosting a great selection of Detroit’s best local talent at Tangent Gallery/Hastings St. Ballroom to celebrate Black history, art and culture. June 19, in-person, $10-$20, info.

🍳 Juneteenth & Pride 2021 Brunch Boxes: Experience Relish and Monday Coffee are partnering with Folk Detroit to offer ready-to-eat vegan brunch boxes in honor of Juneteenth and Pride Month. Pre-order and pick up from Folk. June 19, $60, info. (via Planet Detroit)

🎶 Haute to Death at Marble Bar: After 15 months, this spot is OPEN, and Haute to Death will be playing once again. June 19, $5, info.

🍲 Riverside Taste Fest: Celebrate Father’s Day and Juneteenth at the Riverside Taste Fest, where you can experience good food, culture and music with neighbors and friends. June 19-20, free, info.

🎨 “With Eyes Opened: Cranbrook Academy of Art Since 1932” Opening: Cranbrook Art Museum launches its first book and largest exhibition to expansively chronicle the school’s nearly 90-year history as a radical experiment in the education of artists, featuring work from more than 220 artists taking over the entire museum. June 20-September 19, general admission $10, info

Next week

🧘‍♂️ Yoga in the Park: Start off your week with a free, all-levels Hatha yoga class outside at Eliza Howell Park (in partnership with Sidewalk Detroit). Parking is also free! June 21, info. 

⚽  Fiesta Y Fútbol: Get ready for an exclusive futbol showdown featuring the best local food, vendors, live music, prizes and more between “Inter Detroit” and Mexico’s tub club, “Chivas,” at Keyworth Stadium. June 23, $30, 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