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Cadillac Lodge in downtown Detroit.
Here's more than 70 recommendations for spending your November out on the town in Detroit, from art events to the big parade.
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#ad from our content partner, the Net Impact Conference The largest global convening of young social impact leaders is coming to Detroit in just three weeks! Hear from world-class leaders discussing the climate crisis, gun violence, sustainable fashion, corporate social responsibility and much more. Explore new career opportunities and get inspired to take the next step in your social change journey right at TCF (Cobo) Center.  At the 2019 Net Impact Conference, students, professionals and social entrepreneurs have a unique opportunity to network with leading names in corporate social impact and activism, like Jessica Norwood, CEO of the Runway Project; Shannon Watts,
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Bikers riding over the Ambassador Bridge between Detroit and Canada for the Tour de Troit annual Biike the Bridge event in 2015.
From spooky science to autumnal craft fairs and beer fests, here are all the Detroit events you shouldn't miss this October.
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Detroit Month of Design is upon us... and there are enough events exploring the city's design legacy and future to fill your entire month. But there's so much else out there! Read on to plan out a jam-packed September... we've selected some of the design happenings we're most excited about, plus dozens of other ideas to get active, inspired, cultured, entertained and -- of course -- well fed. SEPTEMBER 3-8 ♨️ As the weather gets chilly, steam up at a Schvitz night -- the bathhouse is reopen following renovations. Recommended by Detour member Kim Long. (Hours five days a week
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Join us in Cadillac Square on September 14 for the Detroit Free Press Wine & Food Experience! We'll be chatting up the newest stars of Detroit's restaurant scene and indulging in the city's rich culinary traditions! This year's tasting will include big names like Cameron Rolka (soon of Mink), Mike Ransom (Ima), Thomas Lents (Detroit Foundation Hotel), April Anderson (Good Cakes and Bakes), Maxcel Hardy (River Bistro) and John Vermiglio and Joe Giacomino (Grey Ghost). Meet your favorite local chefs at the Grand Tasting and sample off-menu specialties from your favorite restaurants. Lively cooking demonstrations, chef meet & greets, and
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como la flor karaoke at pizzaplex
The end of August is jam-packed for PizzaPlex, which serves up Neapolitan pizzas alongside community events from Vernor Avenue in Southwest Detroit. Check out what's on the schedule -- and start practicing your Selena impression now.
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Fash Bash 2019, on Aug 15, is a fundraiser for the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Welcome to Detour Detroit's curated events guide for August 2019. Whether you're looking for culture, boozing or both combined, we've got you covered. Bookmark this list; we'll update it throughout the month. But start planning out your days now -- we've got ways to help your community, workshops to expand your skills, ideas to get active outdoors, tours through city history and plenty of pop-up eats. Go forth and get busy this August in Detroit! AUGUST 2-4 Friday 📰 Attend “Soft Shards: A Night of Nonfiction” with readings from Lia Greenwell and Jennifer Quartado, plus music by Shells. Recommended by
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Motor Signal jolts the typical literary reading out of its conventional form.
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Come hang out with Detour Detroit and Outlier Media for a hands-on, group act of accountability journalism.
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Feed your entrepreneurial spirit at a talk featuring social entrepreneur Lauren Bush Lauren at The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation.
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During changing times, how can you become more civically-engaged, offline and IRL?
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detroit designer campo collective holiday window
It’s hard to imagine something in Detroit that provokes as much nostalgia as the former Hudson’s downtown -- double it for the holiday season, when the department store went overboard with the decorations, Santa shop, window displays, it goes on. People came from far and wide to check out the seven-story tree of lights and do their shopping. Davey LaFave grew up in the Upper Peninsula and remembers driving down with his family each year for their traditional holiday trip to Hudson's, capped off with their own spin on a classic Detroit Christmas -- hamburgers at Telway. Hudson’s closed, then
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