10 Things To Do in Detroit This Weekend

Modified: June 27, 2022 | Story by Amelia Ritter

It’s time to plan your perfect weekend in the motor city! Check out these 10 can’t-miss events and things to do happening in Detroit and the metro area this weekend, July 1-3!

Celebrate the Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is here again! The metro Detroit area has loads of creative ways to spend the long holiday weekend. Whether you’re looking for fireworks, outdoor adventure, or classic American food, you can find it in Detroit!

Salute to America

Take in the unique atmosphere of Greenfield Village at night. Enjoy your favorite summer treat as you stroll and listen to performance groups across the village, each showcasing a diverse assembly of music from American history, including choral singing, ragtime, jazz, and more. Grab a blanket, get comfortable and take a seat on the Village Green for a three-part grand finale, including a full Detroit Symphony Orchestra performance for the first time since 2019.

Salute to America

Salute to America at Greenfield Village

Michigan Rib Fest

In celebration of Independence Day, Rib Fest will showcase an unparalleled selection of unique BBQ cuisines offering up a mouthwatering fare that’s sure to please, along with a wide selection of adult beverages. Live entertainment all weekend long, Michigan Rib Fest presents a carefully crafted entertainment lineup that’s fit for all ages. The event will feature some of the state and region’s most impressive local talent with a range of musical genres and styles. Michigan Rib Fest is a family-friendly event and the perfect way to celebrate the 4th of July Weekend, featuring loads of fun for all ages with face painting, live music, monster truck rides, and so much more

Friday Night Films at New Center Park

New Center Park’s Friday Night Films are back! This year’s summer series kicks off on June 3, Gates open at 8 p.m. and the movies will start at dusk. Visitors can grab a chair or bring a blanket, enjoy some free popcorn and settle in for a film in the open-air theater for 13 weeks of movies every Friday night from June 3 to Aug. 26. This week, enjoy Shaun the Sheep with the family!

New Center Park

New Center Entertainment Series in New Center Park

Detroit Music Weekend

Detroit Music Weekend commissions produces, presents, and markets a full spectrum of performances; music, dance, and theater. Showcase stages offer opportunities to up-and-coming artists, invigorating the pipeline of next-gen talent. Cultural organizations, restaurants, and retailers are invited to add to the fun by offering performances and activities whether on-site or in their own location.

Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals

Head to Comerica Park and see the American League Central Detroit Tigers host the American League East Toronto Blue Jays for a three-game series at Comerica Park. Remember- Fridays at home mean a fireworks show after the game!

Fans at Comerica Park

Comerica Park, Bill Bowen

Sing Karaoke

Detroit is known for its music. There’s Motown, hip hop, R&B, jazz, and even country music, and that rings true when it comes to its residents. Whether you’re good or can’t hold a tune in a bucket, many people enjoy karaoke, and there are great bars throughout the area that offer fun and unique versions of karaoke.

Get Out on the Water

Michigan is known as the Great Lakes State, with four of the five Great Lakes surrounding the state. Plus, we have more than 11,000 inland lakes, many major rivers, and Lake St. Clair. You’re never too far from the water when you’re in metro Detroit, and with that, there are many ways for people to enjoy the water. Even if you don’t own a boat, there are plenty of places to rent kayaks, canoes, boats, jet skis, and more.

Monroe Street Midway

Lace-up your skates and grab a putter because the Monroe Street Midway is back! This year’s installation includes a roller skating rink, a mini-golf course, a basketball court, retail pop-ups, and more! Plus, enjoy specialty programming like live music and DJs at this perfect pop-up summer get-together spot. 

Dinosauria at the Detroit Zoo

This summer blockbuster attraction is back and better than ever! This immersive walk-through experience will take you back in time to a world of prehistoric wonder as you journey through a lush and winding trail with incredible sights at every turn. Dinosauria features 29 life-like animatronic dinosaurs, including a towering, 65-foot-long Brachiosaurus! Be sure to purchase your tickets ahead of time! 

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Mentioned Attractions And Venues

  1. 1
    Detroit Zoo
    8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48067
  2. 2
    The Henry Ford
    20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124
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    Comerica Park
    2100 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
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    New Center Park
    2998 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48202