Memorial Day weekend 2018 in Detroit: What to see and do

Source: Curbed Detroit

The Riverwalk

Summer is back in Detroit, and the city is gearing up for one of its biggest weekend of the year. Temperatures should be in the 80s this weekend, with rain expected on Saturday. Sticking around? Getting the heck out of town? Here are a few ideas on where to go and what to do in and around Detroit for Memorial Day weekend.


Detroit’s electronic music festival starts at noon on Saturday and runs through Monday night. Note that Hart Plaza is gated off for the event, but the Riverwalk can still be accessed through the areas around it. Tickets and schedules for the music festival can be found here. After parties will be happening all over town. The Metro Times just published a cover story on the history of techno in Detroit, and the Neighborhoods has a playlist to get you through the weekend.

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Holiday activities

Parades to commemorate Memorial Day will be held throughout the metro Detroit area, including Dearborn, Ferndale, Novi, Royal Oak, and many more.

Greenfield Village has their annual Civil War Remembrance event all weekend. This year, they have new artifacts and presentations to tell the stories of the era.

Explore the city and beyond

Staying in the city this weekend? Create your own cultural or architectural tour. Our pocket guide includes museums, galleries, and parks to visit as the days get warmer. The Secret Detroit map—and book—includes plenty of places off the beaten path. And if you’re wondering about the many buildings downtown, we have an Architectural walking tour map for that.

Of course, there are plenty of places to take the kids in and around the Motor City, including Mt. Elliott Park, the Henry Ford, and Eastern Market.

The Tigers are back in town for the weekend. Heading to the ball park? Our Comerica Park guide has tips for food, photo ops, and the best seats.

If you’re looking to shop in the city, the Downtown Markets are open for the summer. Check out the local vendors in Capitol Park, Cadillac Place, and 1441 Woodward.

While the west end of Belle Isle is loaded with Grand Prix construction, the other end of the island is wide open for visitors to explore the beach, the lighthouse, the Conservatory, and the Great Lakes Museum.

Looking to get away from it all, but only for a few hours? Check out our guide to hiking trails around the metro area.

And if you want to get far, far away, we understand. Here are our favorite small towns to visit up north.

Is there an event you’re looking forward to this weekend? Let us know in the comments or on the tip line.

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