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The 11 Best Things to Do in Detroit This September

Published On 09/01/2015 Published On 09/01/2015
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Sep 3 Thu

Watch an outdoor movie on Belle Isle We at Thrillist love outdoor movies, so Belle Isle’s/The Detroit Film Theatre’s screening of 2008 documentary Soul Power is a welcome addition. Food trucks will be on hand for concessions.

Grounds near the Belle Isle lighthouse

Watch an outdoor movie on Belle Isle Grounds near the Belle Isle lighthouse We at Thrillist love outdoor movies, so Belle Isle’s/The Detroit Film Theatre’s screening of 2008 documentary Soul Power is a welcome addition. Food trucks will be on hand for concessions.

Arts, Beats & Eats

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Sep 4-7

Don’t choose between Arts, Beats, and Eats For the arts: a slew of painters, sculptors, and jewelry makers. For the beats: Beatlemania Live, Cheap Trick, and a ton of local groups like Citizen Zero and The Twistin’ Tarantulas. And for the eats: Lockhart’s BBQ, Treat Dreams, and KouZina (Greek street food) just to name a few.

Royal Oak

Don’t choose between Arts, Beats, and Eats Royal Oak For the arts: a slew of painters, sculptors, and jewelry makers. For the beats: Beatlemania Live, Cheap Trick, and a ton of local groups like Citizen Zero and The Twistin’ Tarantulas. And for the eats: Lockhart’s BBQ, Treat Dreams, and KouZina (Greek street food) just to name a few.

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Sep 4-7

Hit the Detroit Jazz Festival As per usual, local jazz artists, student groups, and genre legends will be on hand to soothe the city with their ultra-smooth guitar, sax, keys, and all the other instruments that you wish you could play.

Downtown Detroit

Hit the Detroit Jazz Festival Downtown Detroit As per usual, local jazz artists, student groups, and genre legends will be on hand to soothe the city with their ultra-smooth guitar, sax, keys, and all the other instruments that you wish you could play.

Hamtramck Labor Day Festival

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Sep 5-7

Do the opposite of labor at the Hamtramck Labor Day Festival Here’s what’s happening: the “yacht” race, fowling, carnival rides, music, and food… Plus the Polish Day Parade. ‘Nuff said.

Downtown Hamtramck

Do the opposite of labor at the Hamtramck Labor Day Festival Downtown Hamtramck Here’s what’s happening: the “yacht” race, fowling, carnival rides, music, and food… Plus the Polish Day Parade. ‘Nuff said.

Dally in the Alley

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Sep 12 Sat

Be sure to Dally in the Alley Good friends, good tunes, good food; this is Detroit’s biggest little party that you need to be a part of. Keep it classy, but not too classy, because, you know, it’s Dally.

Midtown

Be sure to Dally in the Alley Midtown Good friends, good tunes, good food; this is Detroit’s biggest little party that you need to be a part of. Keep it classy, but not too classy, because, you know, it’s Dally.

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Sep 13 Sun

Go running and drinking… at the same time. Whether you run the 10-miler or the 5K at Growler Gallop Detroit, your reward is beer. You can also just drink without running, but earned beer tastes better than unearned beer.

Atwater Brewery

Go running and drinking… at the same time. Atwater Brewery Whether you run the 10-miler or the 5K at Growler Gallop Detroit, your reward is beer. You can also just drink without running, but earned beer tastes better than unearned beer.

Warner Bros.

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Sep 13 Sun

Crash the Detroit Gatsby Lawn Party It’s a good old-fashioned Jazz-Age lawn party, complete with era-appropriate entertainment, cocktails, and food. No word on whether there will be an elusive gentleman reaching for a green light.

Palmer Park

Crash the Detroit Gatsby Lawn Party Palmer Park It’s a good old-fashioned Jazz-Age lawn party, complete with era-appropriate entertainment, cocktails, and food. No word on whether there will be an elusive gentleman reaching for a green light.

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Sep 17 Thu

Ain’t no party like a bacon party... … so hit Bacon Bash, from 7:30-11pm, where $55 gets you unlimited food, 10 drink tickets, and a chance to vote on best bacon dish, best bacon dessert, and more.

Royal Oak Farmers Market

Ain’t no party like a bacon party... Royal Oak Farmers Market … so hit Bacon Bash, from 7:30-11pm, where $55 gets you unlimited food, 10 drink tickets, and a chance to vote on best bacon dish, best bacon dessert, and more.

Tour de Troit

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Sep 19 Sat

Take a Tour de Troit You know what's great? Biking. So join 7,000 other Detroit-area residents who feel similarly and ride bikes with them to promote… bikes.

Roosevelt Park

Take a Tour de Troit Roosevelt Park You know what's great? Biking. So join 7,000 other Detroit-area residents who feel similarly and ride bikes with them to promote… bikes.

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Sep 24 Thu

Be among Hour Detroit’s Best Dressed Mingle with Detroit’s fashion-forward during a Champagne reception at the Whitney, a fashion show at the Fillmore, and an after-party back at the Whitney. Wear something nice.

The Fillmore

Be among Hour Detroit’s Best Dressed The Fillmore Mingle with Detroit’s fashion-forward during a Champagne reception at the Whitney, a fashion show at the Fillmore, and an after-party back at the Whitney. Wear something nice.

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Sep 25 Fri

Drink wine. Lots and lots of wine. More than 250 wines will be on hand for you to taste at Detroit Uncorked, along with some Michigan beer and spirits. The strolling dinner will be the work of the Rattlesnake Club.

Gleaners Community Food Bank

Drink wine. Lots and lots of wine. Gleaners Community Food Bank More than 250 wines will be on hand for you to taste at Detroit Uncorked, along with some Michigan beer and spirits. The strolling dinner will be the work of the Rattlesnake Club.