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Flower Day

The Sunday following Mother’s Day is Flower Day at Eastern Market (May 15), and this is the market’s busiest weekend of the year. Upwards of 200,000 people from all over the state and region flock to Eastern Market for this annual ushering in of spring, when 15 acres of space is covered with every possible variety of flowers, trees and shrubs, including jasmine, daisies, lilac bushes, succulents and dozens of roses.

Shedding Light on Shed 5

Be sure to stop at Shed 5. It just reopened last year after a three-year, $8.5 million renovation. And marketgoers tell us they love it. For one thing, it has heated cement floors — and let’s face it, early spring mornings in Michigan can be on the chilly side. The shed’s other standout is the fully equipped community kitchen. It’s our very own food incubator/rentable test kitchen for wanna-be chefs and restaurateurs. Watch them saute, bake and broil, and then hopefully be one of the first to taste the what’s-coming-next to Detroit’s hot food scene.

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Art Is In The Market

In the last few years, Eastern Market has become a hotbed for Detroit’s thriving art scene. The Market District is now the home of internationally renowned galleries, studios and large-scale art events. Inner State Gallery has cemented itself as the premier contemporary art gallery in Detroit, having gained international fame over the years through its time-released, limited-edition-art e-commerce store 1xRUN. The store has spearheaded multiple major public mural projects in the city, and partners on street art events with other galleries in Los Angeles, Hawaii and Japan. Inner State is the home base for 1xRUN operations as well as a gallery space where respected local and international artists show in solo and group exhibitions.

An undertaking led by Inner State Gallery, Murals in the Market, invited 45 renowned local and international artists to do large-scale murals throughout the Market District.

For a map of the murals to create your own public art tour, visit muralsinthemarket.com.

The Red Bull House of Art (above) is an arts incubator project that serves as part gallery, part curator, part artist residency in which different “cycles” of artists are brought in for three-month residencies that culminate in a group exhibition. Open Saturdays 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or by appointment.

Trinosophes is equal parts excellent coffee shop serving pour-overs from Detroit’s best roasters and excellent cafe serving from-scratch fare (including vegan options and a must-try brunch). It’s also an art gallery and performance space. Most recently, it became the newest home of the popular independent record store, Peoples Records.

Held in conjunction with the Detroit Design Festival every September (22-24), Eastern Market After Dark (Sept. 22) is the best way to explore this creative hub, as all of the galleries, studios, retailers and workshops fling open their doors and invite the public in for a rare behind-the-scenes look during this market-wide evening festival.

Take A Tour

At 24 acres, the size of Eastern Market can be a little intimidating, especially if you’re unfamiliar with it. The easiest way around that is to sign up for a guided tour. Let knowledgeable locals be your guide to all the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the market, with tours that focus on the market’s history with the Underground Railroad, brewing and bootlegging; walking tours with plenty of food samples; and biking tours that explore Detroit’s growing urban agriculture industry.

Feet on the Street Tours & Events
City Tour Detroit (formerly Hometown History Tours)
Wheelhouse Detroit
Preservation Detroit

Where to Park

Parking is free throughout Eastern Market, including in the Eastern Market Parking Garage on Riopelle Street (except on tailgating Sundays). There is also the large south parking lot near Russell Street and the Fisher Freeway Service Drive.

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Detroit Lions Tailgating

Detroit Lions fans are loyal to the core, and every home game day you’ll find them tailgating in Eastern Market. Tailgating is open to all, however you will need to purchase a permit. More details are available at easternmarket.com/explore/tailgating.

For more information on Eastern Market’s rich history, a directory of vendors (with links to their websites) and downloadable maps of the district and surrounding area, visit easternmarket.com.

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