Fall in Michigan marks the time of year that those who hunt leave their significant others to saunter in the woods in search of a white-tailed prize. Michigan's archery deer hunting season starts in mid-October, while the general firearms season runs Nov. 15-30.
We endearingly call those left behind while those who hunt hunt our "deer widows." We know better, however, than to think these so-called widows are ready to huddle up inside and mourn their loss. Instead, they are ready to hunt down their own kind of fun, and we are ready to help them find it right here in The D with a jam-packed, two-part itinerary.
Once you shop until you drop (see Tracking Down Deals and Discounts Deer Widows Weekend itinerary), put on your best dress and dancing shoes because after dark, metro Detroit will be geared up to help you let your hair down.
Downtown Northville's Girls Night Out (GN)
Nov. 13. From 5-9 p.m. Expect holiday shopping, eating, prizes and fun. If you can't get enough of Northville's quainter side, come back the next day and see the live performance of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, premiering at the Marquis Theater Nov. 14.
Downtown Fenton Ladies Night Out (O)
Nov. 13. From 4-9 p.m. Deer widows receive a punch card that, when full, can be entered into a drawing to win prizes and gift cards to participating businesses. Some examples of shops participating include A Joyful Noise, Guenter Beholz Jeweler, Phoenix Hair Salon, Red Fox Footwear and Yesterday's Treasures.
Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle, Troy (O)
Like to laugh? Acclaimed standup John Heffron is in town Nov. 12-14, while Dave Attell is around Nov. 19-21. Both have several showtimes at Mark Ridley's.
Guided Tours (DD)
We've got tours of all types: architecture, food and bar and brewery strolls happening the second half of November. Some are guided, others are not. Some you walk, some you take a bus. Not all of them by far, but here's a few highlights. Feet on the Street's Eastern Market tour, Nov. 14. Detroit Experience Factory has a free walking tour every Saturday from 2-4 p.m.. Show Me Detroit Tours offers daily sightseeing tours at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.. Detroit Urban Adventures offers downtown walking tours: The D You Must See at 1 p.m. or Detroit's Rise, Fall and Renewal at 3:30 p.m. Motor City Brew Tours offers guided bus, bike or walking tours to Michigan breweries. More tour options can be found here.
Holiday Lights Cities all around metro Detroit start stringing up lights and putting up Christmas trees for all to see in mid-November. Wayne County Lightfest (DW) starts Nov. 19. Enter on Hines Drive and Merriman Road in Westland. Wild Lights in the Detroit Zoo (O) on weekends starting Nov. 20. Detroit's tree lighting in Campus Martius Park (DD) is Nov. 20. Lagniappe is downtown Rochester's Big Bright Light Show (O) debut on Nov. 23.
Go see Mama's Got A Plan at the Fisher Theatre (DD). It's a story of love and forgiveness plus powerful singing. Nov. 14-15. ● The Indigo Girls are playing at Sound Board in the MotorCity Casino Hotel (DD) on Nov. 15. Get a room Saturday night, spend the next afternoon at D.Tour Spa getting a MotorCity Music Massage and then prepare to get Closer to Fine. ● Toytopia is the new interactive exhibit at Michigan Science Center (DD). With kids in tow, this is like the ultimate playroom with life-size toys and vintage games. ● Tour the grounds of the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House (M), have lunch at Cotswold Cottage and shop the Gaukler Point Gift Shop. ● Tune into a little Motown magic with Stevie Wonder. He plays at The Joe (DD) on Nov. 21. ● Tap into your cultural side. The Detroit Institute of Arts (DD) is hosting 30 Americans, an exhibit celebrating African-American artists in various disciplines.
The FREE D Discount Pass saves you 20% or more on entrance to Detroit’s best-loved attractions. New to the Discount Pass this year are the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant and the Sea Life Michigan Aquarium. What are you waiting for? Sign up!
Hunting Down the Hot (Food) Spots
While those in hot pursuit of the biggest buck eat chili from a pot simmering over a campfire, deer widows can do their dining in a slightly finer style in The D. Check out some of the metro area's many delicious dining options as well as our newest restaurants in town.
During deer hunting season, a hunter, on average, spends $885 on gear and travel.
"Go downtown to the RiverWalk. Wonderful landscape, clean, safe and full of nice people. If you are in Detroit it is a Must See."
~ Holly W.
Book a dinner cruise or go for a late-night moonlight party aboard the Detroit Princess. The five-story riverboat is back in action for the season.
Fall is in full swing and that means Detroit Red Wings hockey at The Joe. No ticket? Cobo Joe's is a surefire hot spot on game days.
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