Sneak Peek at the 2013 North American International Auto Show

The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is happening in Detroit next week! The show will officially be open to the public January 19 – 27, but we were able to snap some photos during media preview days to share. Check them out in the gallery below and learn more about the show at michigan.org.

Will you be attending NAIAS this year? If you’re looking for things to do in Detroit while in town, see suggestions here.

Last Call to Cast Your ArtPrize 2012 Votes!

ArtPrize, the radically open art competition happening now in Grand Rapids, brings new ideas and fresh inspiration to Michigan. ArtPrize has become the world’s largest art competition by combining $560,000 in total prizes with an open call for artists, venues, and critics. This year is the fourth annual exhibition, bringing 1,517 confirmed entries from 56 countries and 45 states. The event is open to any Artist in the world who can find space, and anybody in Grand Rapids who wants to create a venue. One unique aspect of the competition is that the public’s vote decides who takes home the top prize.

We’ve rounded up photos of a number of submissions from this year’s ArtPrize event and want to know which is your favorite. Let us know in the comments section below!

Did you check out the displays at this year’s ArtPrize in Grand Rapids? Don’t forget that voting officially ends tonight at 11:59 p.m. ET.

If you haven’t checked out ArtPrize yet this year, there’s still time! The event runs through this Sunday, October 7th.

Detroit Commemorates the Bicentennial of the War of 1812

If you’re in the Detroit area this week, you might have noticed that a number of war ships have made their way along the Detroit Riverfront. The ships are here as part of a special Navy Week celebration.

In conjunction with Navy Week, the U.S. Navy, Marines and Coast Guards are joining with civilian groups to commemorate the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and “The Star-Spangled Banner,” bringing a key moment in American history is coming to life in Detroit.

Navy war ships and an exact replica of the Brig Niagara are currently set along the Detroit riverfront and available for civilians to tour. All are welcome to view these ships to celebrate and learn more about American history and the role Detroit played in this significant battle. Plans include concerts, parades, Blue Angel air shows and other activities that celebrate the naval role in keeping the sea free for over 200 years.

Navy Week celebrations in Detroit are happening now through Sunday, September 9th. Learn more in the video below and let us know if you’re taking part in the events!