Going to Mo Pop? Here’s where to eat, drink, stay, and have fun!
Story By: Max White | Photos By: Bill Bowen
The Mo Pop Festival is making a triumphant return to Downtown Detroit after being canceled for the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
That means thousands of people will head downtown to listen to a variety of music.
This year’s event features headliners Glass Animals and Detroit’s own Big Sean, with a variety of other musicians and bands performing July 30 and July 31 at Hart Plaza. Big Sean will close out the festival on Sunday night with Jhené Aiko, Khruangbin and more.
If you’re coming to Detroit for one or both days of Mo Pop, we have a few suggestions of places to check out to enjoy the city, have some great food, and then recharge at your hotel.
What to do at the festival
While there is plenty of music to listen to in Detroit, there are also a ton of opportunities to have a ton of fun and shopping at the festival.
Mo Pop teamed up with Detroit’s Offworld Arcade to bring a throwback arcade to the festival. It will take place inside an air-conditioned tent. There will also be contests, prizes, drinks, DJs, and more.
You can shop at the Craft Bazaar, which will feature dozens of metro Detroit craft people and handmade goods.
Fleatwood Junk City is a pop-up flea market showcasing Detroit’s finest junk pickers, collectors, vintage clothing, and more.
The SHIPYARD will feature Mo Pop-Up Restaurants, and there will also be a variety of food trucks that haven’t been announced yet. Finally, Haute to Death & Friends will return and it’s described as “Detroit’s most stylish and expressive dance party.”
You’ll be able to try a ton of Michigan beers at Grand Trunk Pub, which just underwent a historic renovation. It’s just a few blocks down Woodward from Hart Plaza.
The Reuben Egg Rolls feature corned beef from Eastern Market, kraut with a Michigan-based beer, and bread from a Detroit bakery. The fried pickle chips are crispy and delicious, and the crispy chicken sandwich is a must-have.
You can also get brunch on the weekends before 3 p.m. Try out the breakfast enchilada, or if you’re feeling fancy, the lobster omelet.
Located in the western part of Downtown Detroit, Anchor Bar also just underwent a transformation and offers great food and drinks.
They have deals during the day, and while you’re there, make sure to try the Totchos – they’re like nachos but with tater tots, and see if you can stop eating them before the plate is full (you probably can’t.)
They also have great burgers, a cheesesteak, salad, and truffle fries.
If you’ve ever want to stay in a firehouse, this is your chance. The Detroit Foundation Hotel is in an old Detroit Fire Department firehouse. It’s also down the street from Hart Plaza and gives you easy access to Mo Pop by bike, walking, scooter or even an Uber. The restaurant on site, The Apparatus Room, offers great food and drinks.