There are so many exciting family events happening in Detroit all year long – mark your calendars and start making plans.


  • January 14th – 16th: Fire & Ice Fest 
    • The Fire and Ice Fest is the weekend of January 14th and features some of your favorites from a renaissance fair – roaming characters, a LARP meet up, blacksmith demos and medieval music, mixed with some winter fun like an ice carving competition, a 7-foot ice tower that will incase a giant bonfire, and warm up with a techno dance party on Saturday night.
  • Monday, January 17: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
    • Detroit’s museums open its doors to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King. It’s also a great opportunity to plan an act of service for your family.


  • February 18-20: Winter Blast Weekend
    • New location, same fun – Winter Blast makes a return but this year it’s in downtown Royal Oak!
  • Tuesday, February 25: Fat Tuesday (aka Paczki Day) 
    • Take a trip to Hamtramck and pick up a ‘giant donut’ at a traditional Polish bakery.


  • Tuesday, March 1: Fat Tuesday (aka Paczki Day)
    • Take a trip to Hamtramck and pick up a ‘giant donut’ at a traditional Polish bakery.
  • Sunday, March 13: Detroit St. Patrick’s Parade
    • Don some green and get ready to party in Corktown, Detroit’s oldest neighborhood.
  • Sunday, March 20: Marche du Nain Rouge
    • Think of the Marche as Detroit’s little Mardi Gras. The neighborhood parade features human-powered floats, live music and symbols of Detroit’s unique communities.


  • Friday, April 8: Detroit Tigers Opening Day
    • Get tickets to see the Tigers take on Kansas City for the 2020 season home opener (don’t forget to wear layers).


  • May 15: Flower Day
    • Flower Day takes place every year on the Sunday after Mother’s Day and growers offer a wide variety of flowers at a great value.
  • May 28-30: MOVEMENT
    • Electronic music is for everyone and the three-day festival is open to all ages.


  • June 3-5: Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix
    • Watch fast cars take the pavement on Belle Isle at the annual racing event.
  • Monday, June 27: Ford Fireworks
    • Find a seat on the riverfront and watch the beautiful Ford Fireworks.
  • Sunday, TBD: Log Cabin Day
    • Get a rare look inside the historic 1800s Log Cabin at Palmer Park and enjoy an afternoon of free family fun.


  • July 25-31: Rocket Mortgage Classic
    • Watch the world’s best golfers take the green at the Detroit Golf Club.
  • July 30 + 31: Mo Pop
    • Detroit’s Coachella (that’s family friendly) featuring emerging and established indie-rock, pop, and hip-hop artists.
  • TBD: Sidewalk Festival
    • Detroit’s Coachella (that’s family friendly) featuring emerging and established indie-rock, pop, and hip-hop artists.


  • August 6 & 7: Belle Isle Art Fair
    • Find art, meet artists and make art at the Belle Isle Art Fair.
  • TBD: Detroit Hydrofest
    • Watch the world’s fastest automotive powered hydroplanes race on the Detroit River.


  • September 2-5: Detroit Jazz Festival
    • Every Labor Day weekend, jazz legends in their prime and up-and-coming artists perform at location around downtown for FREE concerts.
  • September 23-26: North American International Auto Show – NOW Motor Bella
    • The Auto Show is now a fall event and it’ll be outside in Pontiac.
    • The free festival will electrify Midtown Detroit’s Woodward Corridor + Beacon Park as artists light up buildings and and activate unexpected spaces using projected images, video, light, performance, sound and other artistic practices that engage technology.


  • October: Cider In The City
    • Head to Beacon Park for a Big Biergarten Tent, fall food favorites, kids activities and games, and live entertainment
  • October 15: Detroit Free Press Marathon
    • Run a mile, marathon or the Kid’s Fun Run.
  • TBD: Harvest Fest
    • Harvest Fest is a FREE festival on the Detroit Riverfront with hayrides, pumpkin patches, trick or treating, inflatables, live music and more.


  • TBD: Tree Lighting Ceremony
    • Carols will be sung, the tree will be lit and the ice rink will open at Campus Martius as hundreds gather together to celebrate the holiday season.
  • Thursday, November 24: America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
    •  Bundle up before turkey and watch the floats march down Woodward Avenue.


  • TBD: Noel Night
    • Hundreds of venues in Midtown will open their doors for special events, performances, and hands-on activities.
  • TBD: Menorah In The D
    • Celebrate the Festival of Lights with the annual menorah lighting at Campus Martius.