Add These 7 Detroit Summer Events to Your List

Detroit is diverse, determined and dazzles residents and visitors alike. Why are our festivals and events so widely attended? Because we add a special ingredient to each of them: soul.

You can attend a car event nearly anywhere around the country, but the Motor City has the largest, free one-day car cruise full of gearheads and every type of car imaginable. You can listen to a DJ mix some beats on stage, but the birthplace of Techno has a 3-day massive gathering of international artists mixing never-before-heard tracks in front of thousands of techno diehards.There is plenty to do this summer in Detroit, so browse these seven major summer attractions and plan your trip to The D today.

1. Movement
May 28-30
Hart Plaza

Approximately 120 performances across six technologically-rich outdoor stages including a 3-D show, a posh VIP setting located behind the main stage, dozens of official afterparties, an interactive technology center featuring the hottest gear in the industry and several art displays to stimulate the senses all inside Detroit’s legendary Hart Plaza on Memorial Day weekend – Detroit knows how to have a good time.
Since its inception, Movement has been globally recognized as one of the most influential festivals in the country for its unique programming as well as its long-standing tradition of promoting a wide spectrum of up-and-comers, local luminaries and pioneers of electronic music, in the birthplace of Techno.

Photo Courtesy of Joe Gall

2.Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix
June 3-5
Belle Isle, Detroit

Sit trackside and watch your adrenaline increase as the cars zip along the 2.4 mile track at speeds of 190 mph. The event features the cars of the Verizon IndyCar Series, the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the trucks of the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks presented by TRAXXAS. There’s plenty to do for families including fun carnival-like games, concerts from major performers and interactive displays.

Photo Courtesy of LAT Photography

3. Motor City Pride Festival & Parade
June 11-12
Hart Plaza

Live entertainment throughout the weekend and a selection of unique shops lead up to the highly anticipated Motor City Pride Festival & Parade. Detroit hosts the largest LGBTQ pride event of its kind in Michigan so if you are looking for an empowering weekend, look no further than Hart Plaza on June 11-12.

4. Concours d’Elegance of America
July 29-31
Inn at St. John’s

Attention elite auto owner: display your world-class cars from every era and celebrates classic, rare, collectible and prestigious automobiles alongside an art exhibit and vintage auto auction at Concours d’Elegance of America. And for the enthusiasts, this is your chance to admire and adore the cars like never before. Exhibition showcases beautifully display art on wheels. If you’re interested in the art of the automobile, this is an event you can’t miss.

Photo Courtesy of Chris Arace

4. Maker Faire
July 30-31
The Henry Ford

Thomas Edison would be proud. Maker Faire is a collection of actual and wannabe scientists who build really cool things! Hundreds of new makers typically join Maker Faire veterans Life-Size Mousetrap, Eepy Bird(the Coke and Mentos guys) and the 64-by-26-foot fire-breathing dragon Gon KiRin in building and showcasing their projects – it’s like attending an entertaining and awesome science fair but on a grand scale, at The Herny Ford. The Detroit location is one of seven national major Maker Faires, so visitors come from far and wide to see and show their “makes”.

6.Woodward Dream Cruise

August 20
Woodward Ave. between the cities ofFerndale andPontiac.

Imagine a place, or corral, where you can park your favorite muscle car and hang out with other owners who share your passion. Then imagine admiring and talking to kit car gearheads who built cars from the ground up. Imagine a 4-lane boulevard packed with shiny, rare cars cursing from sun up to past sun down.
Now stop imaging because it’s real – it’s the Woodward Dream Cruise, the largest, free, one-day car event where enthusiasts and newbies meet for one reason: to appreciate the automobile.

Photo Courtesy of Chris Arace

7. African World Festival
August; Dates TBD
The Charles Wright Museum of African American History
This free cultural extravaganza weekend includes live performances, poetry, arts, crafts and African drumming you’ll have to see to believe. Celebrate with over 150,000 attendees worldwide. Eat ethnic cuisines and dance to music, perfect for the whole family.

Which of these events are you most looking forward to? Share by commenting below!

Dan Fuoco is the Interactive Marketing Manager for the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (VisitDetroit) and is responsible for building and engaging with the community via social media. He has been interviewed by Marketing Sherpas for two social campaigns: once for a USA Today social voting campaign focused on Detroit sports whose results saw more than 4 million Twitter impressions and another for an email marketing campaign that earned 1,400+ subscribers in less than 8 days.

Dan is active in two groups that he co-founded: “Social Media in The D” and “Tour Michigan”. These groups of professionals practice social media both in metro Detroit and statewide. Follow him on TwitterInstagram and periodically on Pinterest.

Four Types of Detroit Tours You’ll Want to Experience

Today, guest blogger Dan Fuoco of Visit Detroit gives us some tips for exploring the city with these four types of Detroit tours.

Photo courtesy of Instagram user @phillyd1834 | Detroit Tours

Photo courtesy of Instagram user @phillyd1834

Detroit tours are not cookie-cutter or identical – they are custom, one-of-a-kind, jam-packed journeys that will transform your notion of Detroit and leave your thirsting for more knowledge and curious enough to explore on your own.

The right tour can be found based on these four types of Detroit tour experiences:

Historical Tours

The American Revolution. The Underground Railroad. Birthplace of the automobile. The Civil Rights movement. If you didn’t already realize it, these Detroit tours are a goldmine for history geeks.

Historians adore The Henry Ford Museum mainly because of its popular artifacts which include Abraham Lincoln’s rocking chair (from the night of his assassination) and the bus where Detroiter Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white passenger, sparking the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Photo courtesy of the Detroit Historical Society | Detroit Tours

Photo courtesy of the Detroit Historical Society

Also a must-stop location on your Detroit tour itinerary, the Detroit Historical Museum is one of the oldest and largest museums dedicated to metropolitan history in the U.S., encompassing more than three centuries of metro Detroit history. A self-guided Detroit tour is the best way to soak up just the right amount of history without a factual overload.

Musical Tours

Every Detroit tour must include a visit to Motown Museum where you will literally walk the hallways once frequented by Motown legends Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, The Temptations and The Supremes, to name a few. Enter Studio A and relive the humming, snapping, and foot-tapping that swept the nation.

FREE Tours

Detroit Riverfront and GM Renaissance Center | Detroit Tours

Detroit Riverfront and GM Renaissance Center

Did You Know? The “Mo” in Motown was derived from “Motor City” which pays homage to the ultra-obvious notion that Detroit is the car capital of the world! Detroit and its metro area are world headquarters to all three major US automakers: Ford, Chrysler, and GM. Every tour of Detroit should stop at the world headquarters and the iconic building in Detroit’s skyline, the General Motors Renaissance Center. Free tours of the GM Renaissance Center take visitors through the automaker’s showroom, highlighting vintage, new and concept vehicles. The grand finale is a glass elevator ride to the 72nd floor of the Detroit Marriott Hotel and tallest hotel in the Western Hemisphere.

Keeping on the architecture trail, Detroit Experience Factory offers a free weekly Art & Architecture Walking Tour on Fridays from 12:00-1:00 P.M.. On the tour, you’ll discover the city’s rich history, grand buildings and vibrant art in public places. Stand on Detroit’s Point of Origin in Campus Martius, pose with the Spirit of Detroit and adore the art deco in the ceiling of the majestic Guardian Building, a National Historic Landmark.

Outdoor Tours

Detroit has been called the Paris of the Midwest because of its attention to fine architecture; it is one of the only cities in the country so faithfully emblematic of this architectural style. A Detroit tour focused on architecture should include visiting works from Albert Kahn, George D. Mason and Wirt C. Rowland. Minoru Yamasaki, who later designed the World Trade Center, also got his start in Detroit, where he designed buildings including One Woodward Avenue.

Must-sees should include the historic Westin Book Cadillac Detroit hotel, built in the 1900s; the Chicago style-influenced Penobscot Building, designed by Rowland and Detroit sculptor Corrado Parducci; the art deco Guardian Building; and the Fisher and General Motors Building (Cadillac Place), both designed by Kahn and located in Detroit’s New Center area.

Have you gotten the opportunity to tour Detroit? Let us know what you saw during your visit!

Dan Fuoco_2014_portraitDan Fuoco is the Interactive Marketing Manager for the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (VisitDetroit) and is responsible for building and engaging with VisitDetroit’s social media and blog communities.  You can find him geeking out over: social media infographics, muscle cars and Detroit. Follow him on TwitterInstagram and periodically on Pinterest.

Seven Buzzworthy Spots to Grab a Bite in Detroit

Whether you’re planning a visit to the North American International Auto Show or have a day downtown on your radar later this year, Detroit is brimming with culinary hot spots to help you refuel.

Detroit Skyline at night

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So, after you’ve worked up an appetite exploring the Cobo Center or any other attraction unique to the Motor City, make a pit stop at one of these seven spots that are putting the restaurant scene in the 313 on the map.  Antietam – 1428 Gratiot Ave., Detroit, MI 48207 For a feast fit to remember, look no further than Antietam. An experience at this downtown restaurant offers you French cuisine and other mouthwatering entrées. From market greens to whitefish and leg of rabbit, you won’t go home hungry, or unsatisfied, after enjoying a meal at Antietam. Bobcat Bonnies -  1800 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216 Bobcat Bonnies, a gastropub which opened last August in Corktown, looks to “provide high-quality, inviting service within a fun and welcoming atmosphere, while serving upscale food at a friendly price”.  The fun atmosphere exists in part due to the arcade games in the back of the restaurant. From Captain Crunch french toast to bruschetta burgers, you’re sure to find something you’ll love. Dime Store – 719 Griswold St. #180, Detroit, MI 48226 Dime Store is an American Brunch Bar in downtown Detroit that earned its claim to fame specializing in breakfast, lunch and booze. From hot omelets, to savory sandwiches and salads, the Dime Store menu is a unique blend of scratch-made traditional favorites and creative combinations.

Beer Taps at HopCat Detroit

HopCat Detroit

Gold Cash Gold – 2100 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216 Gold Cash Gold considers themselves “farmstead fine food with a nod to the South, rooted in old world tradition.” – but don’t think that GCG isn’t still uniquely Detroit! Visit the restaurant for lunch or dinner, or even to enjoy a few drinks with friends. Between the southern cooking and hospitality, you may never want to leave. HopCat Detroit – 4265 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201 This Grand Rapids hot spot has made its way to Detroit. The HopCat staff prides themselves on serving great food, and even better beer. From pilsners to IPAs, HopCat is already a popular destination among Detroiters and those traveling to the city. Rated one of the “Best Beer Bars on Planet Earth” by BeerAdvocate, you’ll want to check out what’s on tap when you venture to this new bar that opened its doors in late 2014.

Bowling Lanes at Punch Bowl Social Detroit

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Punch Bowl Social –1331 Broadway St., Detroit, MI 48226 Punch Bowl Social opens its doors to those who seek an establishment with an old-school feel. Besides the delectable menu options and craft beer offerings, Punch Bowl includes karaoke rooms, darts, shuffleboard, ping pong tables, and to its namesake – bowling lanes. Punch Bowl is great for breakfast, lunch and dinner, or just a night out on the town. Selden Standard – 3921 Second Ave., Detroit, MI 48201 Selden Standard aims to bring friends together to share a meal born through local flavors. Selden Standard’s atmosphere and dining room are rustic and casual and invite you to come as you are. If you’re looking for great food, great company and a good time, don’t miss Selden Standard. Did we miss one of your newest favorites? Let us know!