Escape the Winter Blues with these Hot Detroit Events

Modified: July 11, 2022 | Story by Kayla Leffler | Photos by U.S. Figure Skating, Bill Bowen

The mid-January slump: Everyone is hiding inside from the cold and there’s nothing to do. WRONG! Detroit packs January with events and things to do to get you out of the house and fighting cabin fever.

Winter Events in Detroit

2019 Geico U.S. Figure Skating Championships

Figure skating fans from around the world will descend upon Detroit Jan. 18-27 to witness the brilliance, power and breathtaking beauty of a live figure skating competition at Little Caesars Arena for the 2019 Geico U.S. Figure Skating Championships. The top American figure skaters in the country will compete for the crown of U.S. champion in the ladies, men’s, pairs and ice dance disciplines. Tickets are on sale now, so get yours today.

North American International Auto Show

Find your dream car at the 2019 North American International Auto Show. Head over to Huntington Place from Jan. 19-27 to check out all the rides from the industry’s top brands. Snap a few selfies to get a real sense of how you look in a new set of wheels. For more information on NAIAS, check out our best tips and tricks.


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Quicken Loans Winter Blast Weekends

On the weekends of Jan. 19-21, Jan. 25-27, Feb. 8-10 and Feb 15-17 experience Detroit as a winter wonderland. Quicken Loans Winter Blast is a free event includes ice sculptures, marshmallow roasting, food truck rallies, ice skating, music and more. It pretty much has something for the whole family and is sure to kick you out of your wintertime rut. Don’t miss the winter slide or zip line.

Why not make a day of it? Head to downtown Detroit to experience the Auto Show, U.S. Figure Skating Championships and Winter Blast back to back to back.

Things to Do in Detroit During the Winter

The ground floor of one of Detroit’s most notable skyscrapers – 1001 Woodward – is now a whimsical roller rink that’s totally free. The Rainbow City Roller Rink is open through Jan. 27, complete with a striped floor and inflatable sculptures throughout.


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Nothing breaks the cycle of the winter blues like some good comfort food. Take your pick from The Definitive Guide to Detroit’s Newest Restaurants. Or, hit up an old staple like Lafayette Coney Island or Anchor Bar for some good eats. Need more inspiration? Check out Eats in The D.

Do you still have your holiday bonus pocketed? Spend it wisely at Detroit’s unique retailers like, Detroit is The New Black and Bird Bee.Or, shop with a purpose at Pingree, if you can find them. They pop up shop around town from time to town.

No matter what you choose, you’ll be beating the winter blues with a daycation in The D.

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Mentioned Attractions And Venues

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    Little Caesars Arena
    2645 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
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    Huntington Place
    One Washington Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226
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    Lafayette Coney Island
    118 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226
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    Anchor Bar Detroit
    450 W. Fort St., Detroit, MI 48226
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    Detroit is the New Black
    1430 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226
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    Bird Bee
    1228 Griswold St., Detroit, MI 48226