Things To Do in Detroit in January

Story By: Amelia Ritter

Photos By: Pallister Park, @metro.detroiter


After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, there is still plenty to do in Detroit to enjoy winter! Plan your next visit to the area in January and enjoy ice, snow, and cozy winter adventures! Check out some of these events and activities to add to our itinerary.

Van Gogh in America – through January 22

In celebration of its status as the first public museum in the United States to purchase a painting by Vincent van Gogh—Self-Portrait, 1887, which was acquired in 1922—the Detroit Institute of Arts is organizing the first exhibition dedicated to the introduction and early reception of the iconic artist’s work in America.

Around the World in Blue and White

The technology and taste for blue and white porcelain originated in China in the fourteenth century, and quickly set off a worldwide craze that lasted five hundred years. Installed across four different galleries at UMMA, this exhibition explores that history and tracks the influence of blue and white ceramics across the globe.

Exhibitions at Cranbrook Art Museum

through March, Cranbrook Art Museum will feature three new exhibitions that each have a unique connection to the city of Detroit. Featuring established artists, new talent, and artists with connections to Cranbrook Academy of Art, the trio of exhibitions reinforces the Art Museum’s ongoing commitment to Detroit.

For a list of events happening this weekend, click here.

Photos by: @fredjproductions, Bill Bowen

Little Caesars Arena Red Wings fans

There is still a ton to enjoy during winter in Detroit! Whether you’re a spectator or a participant, enjoy Detroit’s bustling sports culture this month.

Head to Ford Field for the last home game of the Lions season on January 1, and enjoy games from the Red Wings and Pistons at Little Caesars Arena throughout the rest of the month.

If you want to get active yourself, head to the ice rink at Campus Martius or one of 13 Metroparks and have fun letting your inner athlete shine!

Photos by: Rob Kohn, @shotsbyarmon, and @meganbuchananphoto

The marquee at the Fox Theatre

Take a tour with the City Institute, catch a concert at The Fillmore, enjoy a show at The Fox, enjoy at date at the Monroe Street Midway, and enjoy endless entertainment options on your visit to Detroit.

Make your visit dinner and a show! Warm up and enjoy Detroit staples like pizza, coneys, and corned beef sandwiches.

You can also enjoy the day shopping on the Livernois Avenue of Fashion or at metro Detroit area malls!

Photos by: @thedetroitdiet, Nick Hagen

Looking for indoor fun? Try a trip to the Henry Ford Museum, Michigan Science Center, or the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History to stay warm and enjoy some of the unique cultural experiences that Detroit has to offer.

Whatever you do in January, make sure you take advantage of serious savings from Visit Detroit with the Explore Detroit and Detroit Brew Trail passes. Both allow you to save on your next visit to some of your favorite Detroit and metro area attractions, and when you hop on the Brew Trail you can also win some great prizes!