The 11 Best Things to Do in Detroit This September

Earth, Wind & Fire once famously asked if “you remember the 21st night of September?” and while that’s kind of a silly question, we’ve got a pretty easy way you can make thewhole month memorable: do everything on our list of the 11 best things to do in Detroit...


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.
Arts, Beats & Eats

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.
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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.
Hamtramck Labor Day Festival

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.
Dally in the Alley

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.

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.
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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.

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.
Tour de Troit

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.

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.
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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.