Saturday, September 28
Founders Detroit Taproom
At this point, Founders is second only to Bells in achieving national infamy for Michigan’s explosive craft beer scene. The Grand Rapids-based brewer opened their Detroit tap room a couple years ago, so they figured they’d try throwing a giant BBQ in their parking lot. There will also be live music and, of course, specialty beers on tap.
Thursday, October 3
Royal Oak Music Theatre
Stereolab is back after a nine-year hiatus, and they’re going on a giant tour to celebrate the re-release of a bunch of their back catalogue. The seminal ‘90s post-rock/avant-pop outfit existed simultaneously with the Blur/Oasis-fueled Britpop movement, yet their music was of a different enough breed to give them a more hipster-credible sense of fame.
Cost: $29.50 advance or $35 day of show
Saturday, October 5
Even though Mad Max: Fury Road is emblazoned in all of our brains with its sheer awesomeness, the first Mad Max movie came out exactly 40 years ago. To celebrate, head to one of the largest and most theatrical Mad Max cosplay events around. A night of “lights, fights, and primal rage” is promised. And yes, there will be those sweet war wagons.
Friday, October 11 - Saturday, October 12 & Friday, October 18 - Saturday, October 19
Theatre Bizarre has been called “the world’s most spectacular masquerade party” for incredibly good reason. The highly immersive experience, which delights in the “decadent and depraved,” spreads across eight floors, six stages, 19 other performance spaces, and a grand ballroom. It truly has to be seen to be believed. Friday nights are the more intimate gala, whereas Saturday is the full-on experience.
Cost: $105 for Theatre Bizarre; $260 for the gala
Friday, October 11 - Sunday, October 27
Did you know we have an excellent zoo? There’s freaking red pandas! And a wolverine! If you’ve never been, Zoo Boo is an excellent time to go. For weekend afternoons and evenings in October, the zoo will be decked out with Halloween decorations, aerialists, mimes, and more to delight adults and children alike. Plus, there’s a corn maze.
Friday, October 25 - Saturday, October 26
Many would argue that Michigan is the best state for craft beer in the country. As such, we’ve got a lot to celebrate. The Detroit Fall Beer Festival is one of the largest all-Michigan beer festivals around, showcasing more than 800 beers from around 180 breweries. There will also be the other classic trappings of an outdoor festival, such as live music.
Cost: $45-$55 per day
Wednesday, October 30
The Pike Room (Pontiac)
Last year, JPEGMAFIA was a guest at Danny Brown’s fifth annual Bruiser Thanksgiving, and Detroiters experienced for the first time exactly how jaw-dropping his performances can be. A year later, JPEGMAFIA is returning to promote his new album, All My Heroes Are Cornballs, whose promotional campaign consisted of prominent musicians saying how disappointed they are in the album.