What to do in Detroit this week: Red Wings home op...

What to do in Detroit this week: Red Wings home opener, Freep Marathon and a whole lot of great music

How to stay busy in and around Detroit, from Oct. 13-19 and beyond.

Get your steps in with your canine friend and some human friends you haven’t met yet at Canine to Five’s Pack Walk on Sunday.

As a die-hard Halloween fan, I started things early last week at the 25th Anniversary of “Scream” at the Senate Theater on Michigan Avenue. It was my first time seeing the film (I know, I know) and my first time checking out the theater. The non-profit, volunteer-run community theater hosts movies, concerts and art shows and has dedicated October to spooky movies, so get your fix of scary movies and popcorn by the bucket all month long. 

In addition to Halloween festivities, I am participating in Sober October — email me at kelsey@detourdetroiter.com if you have sober-friendly activity recommendations! Here’s one: running. Eastern Market Brewery’s Run Club is a great way to warm up for the Freep Marathon this weekend (or an alternative if you’re not ready for 30+ miles). And switch to your dancing shoes because there are tons of great musical acts in town this week, and I expect to see you on a dance floor at least once. Cheers — with a mocktail — and enjoy!


🏃🏻‍♀️ Mother Nature has blessed us with more great weather, so take advantage and move your body! Every Wednesday Eastern Market Brewing Company hosts a run club for runners of all levels. The run starts at 6 p.m. and afterwards all runners enjoy 20% off beers. Cheers! Oct. 13, free, info.


🍽 Studies show that people eat with their eyes; with that sense eliminated, the theory is that the other senses—namely taste and smell—take over to elevate your meal to a whole new level. Find out this Thursday at the exclusive Dining in the Dark Experience at The Detroit Club. Oct. 14, $80, info.

💃🏼  Thowra is a community based dabke dance troupe that offers affordable classes and performances, and this Thursday they will be at Spot Lite for their event “A Real Arab Blueprint – Dance edition.” So put your dancing shoes on and get ready to dabke like it’s hot. Oct. 14, free, info.

🏒 Hockey is back! The Red Wings are kicking off the 2021-22 season at Little Caesars Arena on Thursday against Tampa Bay. Grab your jersey and your octopi (do they still do that?) and prepare for the win. Oct. 14, $21+, info.

This weekend!

🕺🏽 Keep your feet moving into the weekend, because it’s jam-packed with amazing music. The British electronic music group Jungle will be hitting the stage at Majestic Theatre this Friday. You won’t be able to stop your hips from shimmying when they play the jammer “Casio.” See you on the dance floor! Oct. 15, $29, info.

🎸 If you’re looking for something a little more hardcore, Devious Ones is headlining a strong local punk rock lineup at Outer Limits Lounge in Hamtramck. Doors are at 8 with three acts to follow. Warm up your headbang with Caveman & Bam Bam and Pancho’s Villa before Devious Ones hit the stage. Rock on! Oct. 15, $10, info.

🍻 The Midtown bar Second Best is now home to Fast & Loose, a weekly Friday dance party. Enjoy resident DJ & host Nervous Recs with a rotating cast of special guests spinning top shelf disco, house, electro, R&B, garage tracks, club cuts and party jams. First special guest is Yukiko aka DJ LegitimateGroove. Oct. 15, free, info.

Voices of Freedom event benefits Freedom House, this Friday

🌎 On Oct. 15, Freedom House‘s annual Voices of Freedom Festival will be held at the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation and is guaranteed to be a unique and delightful experience. It features cultural dishes from global inspired vendors; cocktails from Two James Spirits; global music from Mariachi Mexico 2020 and Xiao Dong Wei; live renderings by artists Josh Skeel and India Solomon; and an intimate conversation with alumni. Detour Detroit readers get $15 off their ticket using this link! Oct. 15, $145, info. (Detour is a media partner of the Voices of Freedom Festival)

👟 Runners from all over the world have traveled to Detroit to take part in the Freep marathon since 1978. Saturday we gather again for an event that welcomes runners from all walks of life and at every speed. If you’re not up for the run, you can still enjoy the race energy as a volunteer or just a fan! Oct. 16, limited in-person registration on site, info.

🌸 ​​ Let your creativity surge this Saturday at Detroit Abloom with local ceramic artist Kirsten Dyer. She will share her tools and techniques to guide the ceramic tile process at a workshop this weekend. Participants will learn to prepare clay, stroll in the garden to hand-select favorite foliage and blooms and then artistically print the clippings in clay to create eye-catching art. Oct. 16, $60, info.

🥃 There’s a chill in the air, and that means it’s bourbon season, baby! Explore the world of bourbon and the inaugural Detroit Bourbon Fest this Saturday. The event will make you feel warm and fuzzy inside, not just because of the bourbon… it’s a fundraiser for the Detroit Boat Club! Bottom’s up for charity. Oct. 16, $50, info.

🤣 If you’re hankering for a belly laugh, head over to the Detroit Shipping Co. every Sunday for 313 Comedy in the beer garden. The comedy showcase has something for everyone and is sure to alleviate the Sunday scaries. Oct. 17, free, info.

🛋 Calling all antique collectors: The Piquette Antique Fair is this Sunday and will feature several Detroit and Michigan antique vendors. Antiques on display and available for purchase will include paintings, sculpture, illustrations, metal work, ceramics, woodwork, glasswork, jewelry and more. View automotive antique pieces and other types of stylized vintage products. All funds from the silent auction will help support the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant museum. Oct. 17, donation of any size, info.

🐶 Canine to Five leads a pack walk for pups once a month on the Detroit Riverfront. This Sunday, they invite you and your four-legged buddy to get out there and get your steps in with the Pack Leader and crew. The event is free and starts at the picturesque Cullen Plaza. Woof! Oct. 17, free, info.

🕹 Pinball fanatics will be happy to hear that Midtown’s new arcade bar, Barcade, is now open! This Sunday is Family Day and people are encouraged to bring the kids out for some vintage arcade games, good food and lots of beer on draft for mom and dad. Oct. 17, free, info.

Next Week

👩🏻‍🎤 You may remember her big hit “Digital Witness,” or her collaborative album with David Byrne (how could we forget!?). Singer and songwriter St. Vincent will be gracing the stage at The Fillmore next Wednesday. She’s promoting new album “Daddy’s Home,” and NGL I can’t take it off rotation. Oct. 20, $25+, info.

🍷 Who doesn’t love wine, cheese and meeting new people? The Detroit Writing Room is hosting their first Cheese and Chats in the D next Wednesday at their downtown location. The event is hosted by Khushbu Mistry, owner of We Make You Cheese. Oct. 20, $48, info.

Coming soon…

🇮🇹 Calling all bocce enthusiasts! American Bocce Co. is bringing back the indoor league games at Brew Detroit in Corktown after a long pandemic-induced hiatus. Starting Oct. 26, and every Tuesday for six weeks, teams of four will gather on the bocce battlefield and duke it out for a chance at the Golden Keg. If you’re looking for some friendly competition and a weeknight out… it’s time to throw your pallino in the ring! Sign ups are live, league starts Oct. 26, $65, info.

🔗 Detroit Nonprofit Day is a one-day event with workshops, fireside chats, networking and skills-building exercises to strengthen Detroit’s dynamic nonprofit and social enterprise communities. This is a great opportunity for nonprofit leaders and community organizers to connect and learn. Detour Detroit reader receive $25 off admission when they use the discount code DDDND2021. Oct. 30, tickets start at $75, info. (Detour is a media partner of Detroit Nonprofit Day)