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12 Things to Do in Detroit This May

Published On 04/30/2015 Published On 04/30/2015
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May 1-10

Detroit Restaurant Week There’s probably plenty of new places that you’ve been meaning to try, and there’s no better time than DRW (not Detroit Red Wings). Participating restaurants are still TBD, but those that are game will be offering up three-course dinners for $30/person. Bon appetit!

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Detroit Restaurant Week Multiple locations There’s probably plenty of new places that you’ve been meaning to try, and there’s no better time than DRW (not Detroit Red Wings). Participating restaurants are still TBD, but those that are game will be offering up three-course dinners for $30/person. Bon appetit!

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May 5 Tue

Cinco de Mayo We would be remiss if we didn’t include Cinco de Mayo on this calendar, and while there may not be a whole lot of specific events to attend, you should at least get some Mexican food from El Barzon, Taqueria El Rey, Alley Taco, or any of the other fine establishments on this list.

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Cinco de Mayo Multiple locations We would be remiss if we didn’t include Cinco de Mayo on this calendar, and while there may not be a whole lot of specific events to attend, you should at least get some Mexican food from El Barzon, Taqueria El Rey, Alley Taco, or any of the other fine establishments on this list.

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May 15 Fri

Bob Dylan at the Fox Theatre Long ago, Dylan made a "bargain" of sorts, part of that bargain being that he would continue doing shows in perpetuity. Who knows if that's true; though, just to be sure, you might as well catch him while you can.

Fox Theatre

Bob Dylan at the Fox Theatre Fox Theatre Long ago, Dylan made a "bargain" of sorts, part of that bargain being that he would continue doing shows in perpetuity. Who knows if that's true; though, just to be sure, you might as well catch him while you can.

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May 15 Fri

Motor City Comic Con There’s a whole slew of events and movie screenings worth checking out this year, plus noteworthy appearances from several cast members of The Walking Dead; Katey Sagal and Ryan Hurst from Sons of Anarchy; and the original Karate Kid, Ralph Macchio.

Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi

Motor City Comic Con Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi There’s a whole slew of events and movie screenings worth checking out this year, plus noteworthy appearances from several cast members of The Walking Dead; Katey Sagal and Ryan Hurst from Sons of Anarchy; and the original Karate Kid, Ralph Macchio.

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May 16 Sat

Kevin Hart at The Palace There probably isn't a comedian hotter than Kevin Hart right now. If you can’t make his first show of the night, don’t worry, there’s a second. He just has to take a short break in between to crank out another movie real quick.  

The Palace

Kevin Hart at The Palace The Palace There probably isn't a comedian hotter than Kevin Hart right now. If you can’t make his first show of the night, don’t worry, there’s a second. He just has to take a short break in between to crank out another movie real quick.  

Olympia Entertainment

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May 16 Sat

Jerry Seinfeld at the Fox Theatre The master of observational comedy’s still got it, and his show is top-notch as always. Now you just need to decide whether you're seeing him or Kevin Hart. Or figure out a way to be in two places at once.

Fox Theatre

Jerry Seinfeld at the Fox Theatre Fox Theatre The master of observational comedy’s still got it, and his show is top-notch as always. Now you just need to decide whether you're seeing him or Kevin Hart. Or figure out a way to be in two places at once.

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May 16 Sat

Tequila Mundo In a Midwest city full of craft beer and distilleries specializing in bourbon and vodka, tequila often (sadly) gets overlooked. But not on this day. Not when over 60 tequilas are assembled for your enjoyment, and you have a couple of tacos, and you say, "I should have way more tequila in my life."

Royal Oak Farmers Market

Tequila Mundo Royal Oak Farmers Market In a Midwest city full of craft beer and distilleries specializing in bourbon and vodka, tequila often (sadly) gets overlooked. But not on this day. Not when over 60 tequilas are assembled for your enjoyment, and you have a couple of tacos, and you say, "I should have way more tequila in my life."

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May 17 Sun

Belle Isle Bike Tour You’ve already been riding your bike for, like, a month, right? Great, so you’re all set to join Wheelhouse Detroit for a Belle Isle cruise, during which you can learn about Belle Isle gems like the aquarium; the conservatory; and Alpheus Starkey Williams and his beloved horse, Plug Ugly.

Belle Isle

Belle Isle Bike Tour Belle Isle You’ve already been riding your bike for, like, a month, right? Great, so you’re all set to join Wheelhouse Detroit for a Belle Isle cruise, during which you can learn about Belle Isle gems like the aquarium; the conservatory; and Alpheus Starkey Williams and his beloved horse, Plug Ugly.

Detroit Zoo

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May 22 Fri

Dinosauria To tide us over until Chris Pratt and the Jurassic World crew submit their final report on the viability of a full-on dinosaur theme park, we have Dinosauria -- the Detroit Zoo’s animatronic dinosaur exhibit. Depending on the Jurassic World report, maybe they’ll be real next year. 

Detroit Zoo

Dinosauria Detroit Zoo To tide us over until Chris Pratt and the Jurassic World crew submit their final report on the viability of a full-on dinosaur theme park, we have Dinosauria -- the Detroit Zoo’s animatronic dinosaur exhibit. Depending on the Jurassic World report, maybe they’ll be real next year. 

Movement/Paul Kelley

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May 23-25

Movement Electronic Music Festival It’s time once again to don your neon and Lycra and remind the world where electronic music came from. Stay tuned for official (and non-official) after-parties, and remember that it’s a three-day thing, so, you know... pace yourself. 

Hart Plaza

Movement Electronic Music Festival Hart Plaza It’s time once again to don your neon and Lycra and remind the world where electronic music came from. Stay tuned for official (and non-official) after-parties, and remember that it’s a three-day thing, so, you know... pace yourself. 

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May 29 Fri

Belle Isle Grand Prix You don’t have to know an IndyCar from a TUDOR Championship Prototype to enjoy the Grand Prix. All you need to know is that there are ridiculously expensive cars going ridiculously fast. And if that’s not really your thing, 3 Doors Down will be playing after the races on Saturday, and Smash Mouth will be playing on Sunday.

Belle Isle

Belle Isle Grand Prix Belle Isle You don’t have to know an IndyCar from a TUDOR Championship Prototype to enjoy the Grand Prix. All you need to know is that there are ridiculously expensive cars going ridiculously fast. And if that’s not really your thing, 3 Doors Down will be playing after the races on Saturday, and Smash Mouth will be playing on Sunday.

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May 30 Sat

Taylor Swift at Ford Field It’s not easy when you first realize you love Taylor Swift, but eventually you come to terms with the fact that you and a 12-year-old girl share a small slice of musical taste. But, just because you’re at the same concert doesn’t mean all maturity, responsibility, and sophistication immediately go out the window. Right... ?

Ford Field

Taylor Swift at Ford Field Ford Field It’s not easy when you first realize you love Taylor Swift, but eventually you come to terms with the fact that you and a 12-year-old girl share a small slice of musical taste. But, just because you’re at the same concert doesn’t mean all maturity, responsibility, and sophistication immediately go out the window. Right... ?

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