Things To Do in Detroit in November

Story By: Amelia Ritter

Detroit Tree Lighting ceremony

November is an awesome time to visit Detroit! You can still enjoy the best of fall with cider mills, fall color, and the last little bit of warm weather. But winter lovers can rejoice as we begin to welcome the season and get festive downtown and in the metro area! Mark your calendar with a few of these events as you plan your next visit.

Celebrate Día de Muertos

Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) festivities usually take place from October 28 to November 2 each year in Mexico and are celebrated in Latin American countries, the US, and Canada as well. The annual celebration is a time for families to gather, honor and remember deceased loved ones. It is believed that the souls of the dead return to visit the living relatives in homes, businesses, and cemeteries. You can celebrate in Detroit with the following events:

Día de los Muertos on the Detroit Riverfront – October 29
Ofrendas: Celebrating el Día de Muertos at the Detroit Institute of Arts – through November 6
Candlelight Día De Los Muertos: Celebrating the Day of the Dead at Masonic Temple – November 3
Run of the Dead in Southwest Detroit – November 5

Columbia Street Fall Festival – through November 13

The festival features an urban pumpkin patch experience with fall décor, games and activities, and mouth-watering food and beverage specials. Columbia Street restaurants JoJo’s ShakeBAR, Union Assembly, and Frita Batidos will each offer seasonal menu specials throughout Fall Fest.

Detroit Lions Tailgates at Eastern Market – November 6 and 24

Get amped up for the Lions game with a tailgate at Eastern Market! Proceeds made from tailgating go to support Eastern Marker’s mission of operating their markets, providing greater access to good food, and growing local food businesses.

Welcome in the Holiday Season

Whether you turn on the holiday music and break out the decorations when Halloween is over, or if you savor the last bit of fall and wait until after Thanksgiving to celebrate, there are events happening all over the Detroit metro area to welcome in the holidays! Check out the best ways to celebrate:

19th Annual Detroit Tree Lighting at the Campus Martius Park – November 19
Light and Joy in the Holiday Season at the Henry Ford Museum – November 19 – January 8
America’s Thanksgiving Parade – November 24
Visits from Santa at the Henry Ford Museum – November 25-27

You can also check out the Novi Pet Expo, Magic of Lights, Wild Lights, and more! For a list of events happening this weekend, click here.

America's Thanksgiving Parade

Soak up the last little bit of fall while you can! Check out cider mills and fall colors. Enjoy quintessential Detroit activities on Thanksgiving- checking out America’s Thanksgiving Parade and watching the Detroit Lions take on the Buffalo Bills.

Get a head start on your holiday shopping! Shop locally at the Livernois Avenue of Fashion, All Things Detroit, or at Eastern Market. Plus, find deals on some of your favorite brands at metro Detroit area shopping malls!

Take a tour with the City Institute, catch a concert at The Fillmore, enjoy a game at Little Caesars Arena, and enjoy endless entertainment options on your visit to Detroit.

November is a great time to catch a concert, with tons of live music and comedy in Detroit and the metro area! Catch names like Smashing Pumpkins, Tracy Morgan, Jim Gaffigan, and Yung Gravy, just to name a few!

During the holidays, at the pop-up Cadillac Square Markets and Capitol Park Markets, glass huts with rotating vendors let you shop small and local for food, clothing, home goods, gifts, and more.

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

Buddys Pizzeria in Detroit by Marvin Shaouni

Tree and ice rink in Campus Martius

Bundle up and enjoy the great outdoors with a walk along the Dequindre Cut, a hike in a Metropark, skating at Campus Martius, or heading out for Two Mile Tuesday with WeRun313!

Sun or snow- you never know what you’ll get in Michigan! Check out how these metro Detroit influencers make the most of winter!

Looking for indoor fun? Try a trip to the Detroit Institute of Arts, 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.