Get Busy: The best events and things to do in Detroit

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JULY 1-7 events in Detroit

🤩 Catch otherworldly actress / musician / model Grace Jones live at the Masonic Theatre. (July 1, Cass Corridor, $39-$250, tickets)

🆘 Look grief in the face while surrounded by supportive peers at the “Where Do Black Women Go To Grieve?” healing group. (July 1 and biweekly, Northwest Detroit, free, info)

🍕 Get in shape for Kite Fest later this month at a pie & fly — bring or borrow a kite to fly outside Pie-Sci and get a 10% discount on your pizza. Finish off with ice cream — proceeds go to foreclosure prevention for low-income Detroiters. (July 1, Woodbridge, free, info)

⛪ Support Ded Rranxburgaj and his family at a benefit dinner and silent auction. The Albanian immigrant and longtime Metro Detroit resident has been living in sanctuary at the Central United Methodist Church after facing deportation. (July 2, Downtown, $25, tickets)

🎶 Go through the motions at a music and rhythm class for tots up to age 6. (July 2, Cody Rouge, free, register)

🎈Dance with the Takoi palloi, get your portrait drawn, browse the Hello Records vinyl pop-up and eat some snacks off the grill. Shigetoand friends DJ. (July 3, Corktown, free, info)

🍻 Bring your smartest friends to a trivia night, where the prize is free beer. (July 3 and weekly, Eastern Market, free, info)

🇺🇸 Celebrate with a winning combo of all-day Red, White & Booze — plus fireworks and local bands. Deadbeat BeatPrude BoysAM People, etc. (July 4, New Center, $10, info)

📰 Learn about Detroit’s indigenous history, its founders’ uneasy legacies and who paid the price of freedom at a tour that gets real for the Fourth. (July 4, Downtown, free, info)

🚬 Get in a classic summer state of mind at Snoop Dogg’s “Puff Puff Pass” tour. (July 5, Rivertown, $75 and up, tickets)

🍿 Chill in the park and watch “Mirai,” an Oscar-nominated animated feature from director Mamoru Hosoda about family, with a good dose of time travel. (July 5, New Center, free, info)

🔊 Bring on the noise at a heavy metal dj night. (July 5, Hamtramck/Detroit border, free, info)

🌴 Experience the tropical futurism sounds of Combo Chimbita. WithDivino Niño and Hannah Bennett. (July 6, Corktown, $10, tickets)

🎼 Do up your Saturday afternoon in style with a songwriters brunch in the Whitney’s garden, featuring Amy PettyRochelle Clark and a mimosa bar. (July 6, Midtown, no cover, info)

⚾ See rare historical footage in “There Was Always Sun Shining Someplace,” a documentary about baseball players in the Negro Leagues. (July 6, Cultural Center, free, info)

🥗 Eat well at Tonic & Juice’s New Armenian takeover at La Feria, with veg-forward fare. (July 7, Midtown, $10, info)

🍾 Sip knowledgeably after a Classy Wino 101 class focused on sparkling wines. (July 7, Downtown, $40, tickets)


JULY 8-14 events in Detroit


🌿 Mosey on over to an Herbal Walk & Talk at the riverfront wetlands and identify edible and medicinal plants with the help of Mama Ravin. (July 8, Riverfront, donations welcome, RSVP)

👩‍🎤 Enjoy the show or try your hand at performing in the inclusive Gender Punk Drag Night. (July 9, Corktown, $5, info)

🌆 Chat candidly about building cities that work for everybody, with an economic development and inclusion official from Minneapolis and a youth development leader from New Orleans on hand for cross-city comparisons and learnings. (July 10, New Center, free, info)

🎺 Fortify your cultural resilience and find some fire for your activism at the Earthwork Detroit Music Festival, part of the “Black Bottom Lives!” series, with folk, hip-hop, funk, soul and more. (July 10, Dequindre Cut, free, info)

🎹 🎨 Paint with all the colors of the dang wind at the 27th annual Concert of Colors, taking over Midtown for nine straight days. The diversity music fest has plenty of can’t-miss artists — but also a mobile electric guitar procession, African masquerade, a yoga sound bath under the Diego Rivera murals and everything else under the sun. (July 10-18, Midtown, free, info)

🎬 See the works of Ahya SimoneJenn Nkiru, and Danni Little at a day of Afrofuture films, put on by and to support the Afrofuture Youth group. (July 11, Fitzgerald, donations welcome, info)

🧨 Head downriver to continue the Independence Day festivities at the Uncle Sam Jam, featuring Monster Truck rides, fireworks, a petting zoo and Sugar Ray. Recommended by Detour member Suneil Singh. (July 11-14, Woodhaven, free, info)

🍸 Learn three new gin-based recipes, and maybe make a pairing of your own, at this intimate dinner party and cocktail class led by Marrow’s Cameron Rolka. (July 12, Hazel Park, $65, tickets)

🔥 Join AWOL Theater Co. for a hot pop-up comedy show with improv and stand up, followed by a backyard bonfire. Recommended by Detour member Amber Hunt.  (July 12, Woodbridge, $10, info)

🌳 Listen to the ecological lullaby at sunset in Rouge Park, with a microscopic home movie and nature sound collection. (July 13, Rouge Park, free, info)

🚀 Hoverboard on over to Book Suey to hear from the writers behindDetroit Stories, a new quarterly journal dedicated to science fiction, fantasy, horror and experimental narratives. (July 13, Hamtramck, free,info)

📜 Enter a private room in the Fisher Building to talk about family heirlooms and preserving artifacts for the public, with Michigan History Center’s Tobi Voight, as well as shadowbox makers and an art restoration specialist. (July 14, New Center, $15, tickets)

🎐 “I often sit and wish that I / Could be a kite up in the sky.” Dream big at the annual Detroit Kite Festival on Belle Isle. Recommended by Detour reader Mia Zavalij. (July 14, Belle Isle, free, info)


JULY 15-21 events in Detroit


🎤 See boundary-pushing, R&B artist Meshell Ndegeocello in MOCAD’s yard. (July 15, Midtown, $25, tickets)

💡 Boost your chances of winning a Comerica Hatch Detroit small biz grant at a session where you can get direct feedback on your application. (July 15, Dexter-Linwood, free, register)

🐶 Take a break from work to pet a very good boy for Puppies in the Plaza. (July 16, Downtown, free, info)

🍗 Stick it to Colonel Sanders and fill up on KFC-inspired vegan fare from Street Beet. Cashew mac & cheese, plz. (July 17, North Corktown, no cover, info)

🖼️ Get your culture fix at any or all of the 36 exhibit openings, 16 studio visits and 28 programs on offer during Detroit Art Week. (July 17-21, various Detroit locations, $0 and up, schedule)

📖 Read Things I Should Have Told My Daughter by Pearl Cleage for the launch of the Well-Read Black Girl book club with host Dawn Sarai Robinson. (July 18, North Rosedale Park, free, info)

🗽 Explore the interplay of immigration and “American values” with national experts and local artists, whose works are gathered in the six-city show “Looking for America.” (July 18, Cultural Center, free,registration recommended)

🏠 Burnt out on rehabbing your house? Bring a dish to the Fixer-Upper Supper Club to tour a 1900s home currently being restored and get motivated with other owners in the midst of construction. (July 18, North End, $5-$10, tickets)

🎷 Follow the tunes and sounds of people having a good time to experience the roving Crash Detroit festival of street bands bringing raucous and joyful music into public spaces. (July 19-21, various Detroit locations, free, info)

🕺 Dance through your nostalgia with DJ Marco breaking down and reconstructing ‘90s classics — from Naughty by Nature to the Red Hot Chili Peppers. (July 19, Southwest, $10-$15, tickets

🍎 Celebrate community leaders and learn about supporting children’s first teachers — parents and caregivers — during Impact Detroit Day. (July 20, Southwest, free, register)

👛 Scoop up some special prints at a fabric remnant sale from African Fashions. (July 20, Oak Park, no cover, info)

🏕️ Experience a night camping out under the stars on the Dequindre Cut, s’mores included. (July 20, Eastern Market, $25, tickets here)

🥒 Eat fresh all winter when you send a kid to a youth cooking class focused on pickling. (July 20, Eastern Market, $20, tickets)

📚Submerge yourself in the lit scene and meet local authors at the Detroit Festival of Books. Recommended by Detour member Julién Godman. (July 21, Eastern Market, free, info)


JULY 22-28 events in Detroit

🚴‍♀️ Keep it easy and breezy at the massive Slow Roll bike ride, rolling through different areas of town each week. (July 22 and weekly, Detroit locations, $0-$60 annually, info)

🏳️‍🌈 Turn up the heat for Hotter than July, Detroit’s LGBTQ celebration. Picnic with your pals, drink with new folks, get serious at the summit and spend five days building the community. (July 23-28, Detroit locations, some events ticketed, schedule)

👩‍⚕️ Find your passion at a job fair hosted by the NAACP conference, featuring companies like Verizon, Beaumont and The Nature Conservancy. (July 23, Downtown, free, info)

🏛️ Celebrate the city’s rich architectural history with a happy hour and a local artist exhibition hosted by The Parducci Society and Detroit Shipping Co. (July 24, Downtown, free, info)

🧘 Get your stretch on with some backyard yoga, taught by Brittany Stoeckel, on the lawn of Hostel Detroit. Afterparty courtesy of The Pink Flamingo. (Thursdays through August 29, North Corktown, donations appreciated, info here)

🎧 Witness the thrilling sounds of electronic producer Jennifer Lee, aka TOKiMONSTA, in the flesh. (July 26, Midtown, $20, tickets)

🚨 Get informed on the nature of police enforcement and immigration and learn how you can be an ally in this training session taught by Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib. (July 27, Midtown, free, registerhere).

🎆 MoPop, Detroit’s biggest indie music festival, heads back to the riverfront, featuring songs of the summer by the likes of Lizzo,Vampire Weekend and Ella Mai. (June 27-28, West Riverfront Park, weekend passes from $129 with four-pack discounts available, tickets here)

💃 Learning The Hustle isn’t just a skill for surviving your next family wedding — it’s a great way to stay in shape! Get schooled on the latest variations in this free class (July 27, Midtown, free, register here)

🥟 Get a tasty culture infusion at the area’s largest festival for Asian cuisine. Bring cash for the food vendors! (July 27, Madison Heights, no cover, info)

🕺🏽 Rock out with your junk out at this marvelous pairing of punk rock and oddball secondhand treasures. (July 27, New Center, $10, info)

🔋 Embrace your inner creator at the Maker Faire, the city’s celebration of all things geek. (July 27-28, Dearborn, from $14, tickets)

🍻 Celebrate the Mitten State’s magnificent beer scene at the tasting event of the summer. (July 27-28, Ypsilanti, $45+, tickets)

🥘 Enjoy a Mexi-Arab feast created by two chefs from La Cocina, San Francisco’s Mission District incubator: Chef Dabhour Lamees of Palestinian origin, born and raised in Kuwait; and Chef Dayana Salazar from the Distrito Federal of Mexico City. (July 28, Hazel Park, $55, tickets here)

⛵ Witness “Bone Black,” Scott Hocking’s monumental artistic exhibition of abandoned boats on the shores of Atwater Beach. (Beginning July 28, East Riverfront, free, details here)


JULY 29-31 events in Detroit


🍔 Fill in your “burger passport” at six restaurants for Detroit Burger Week — subsidized by the meat lobby maybe, but still damn tasty. (July 29-August 4, various locations, $6 burgers, info)

🐕 Become the next dog whisperer at a class on understanding pupper body language. (July 29, Dearborn Heights, free, info)

👯‍♂️ Cultivate a deeper appreciation of contemporary dance and watch a performance unfold as Eisenhower Dance Detroit Artistic DirectorStephanie Pizzo creates choreography with the troupe’s dancers. Even better — the backdrop is evening panoramic views of Detroit. (July 30, Downtown, free, info)

🌌 Test your knowledge of that galaxy far, far away, with a trivia night specially conceived for the Han Solo in you. (July 31, Ferndale, free,register)

🌆 Start your evening serenely with rooftop yoga at the RenCen. (July 31 and weekly, Downtown, free, register)