Things To Do in Detroit in October

Story By: Amelia Ritter

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October is the perfect time to visit Detroit! Between fall festivals, concerts, sporting events, and spooky fun, you’ll be sure to find something that makes your trip one to remember! Mark your calendar with a few of these events as you plan your next visit.

American Speed Festival 2022 at M1 Concourse – September 29 – October 3

The 2022 American Speed Festival will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Shelby American’s impact on sports cars. Determine which Shelby is your favorite when they roar down the M1 Concourse Champion Motor Speedway at 100 mph or more. A multitude of other cars representing supercars, endurance cars, stock cars, Indy cars, and more will also join the Shelbys. When cars aren’t speeding around the track, they’re displayed in the paddock, where owners and drivers swap stories with race fans.

Fall Into Pride – October 7-9

Macomb County Pride has a mission to create a supportive environment for the LGBTQ+ community and to be a resource in Macomb County. Enjoy a weekend-long festival celebrating the LGBTQ+ community with a pub crawl, live music, a street fair, and more!

Motor City Comic Con at Suburban Collection Showplace – October 14-16

It’s coming! The reintroduction of the fall edition of Motor City Comic Con! It’s been over a decade since the last two show year and they are excited to bring it back! Get your best costume and get ready to get your geek on!

TEDxDetroit 2022 at Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts – October 26

TEDxDetroit, an annual gathering of the area’s leading thinkers, designers, entrepreneurs, educators, scientists, artists, and geeks, will return with a live event at the beautiful and history Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Detroit. This marks the 14th year of the popular day-long conference which shines a light on cool new technologies, companies, and people that make Detroit an amazing place to live, work, and play

You can also check out the Detroit International Festival of Darkness, the Novi Home Show, Spooky Spirits at the Detroit Zoo, the Kimchi Festival, and more! For a list of events happening this weekend, click here.

Fall is here at last! Check out cider mills, fall colors, farmers markets, and more to make the most of spooky season!

It’s also the season to cheer on your favorite Detroit sports team! Celebrate the first games of the season for the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Pistons, as well as spending Sundays at Ford Field with the Detroit Lions.

Looking for the most festive fun of all? Check out Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village for a frighteningly good time! Enjoy food, crafts, and ghost stories galore!

Blake’s Orchard and Cider Mill, @ms_nurse_nic

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

October is a great time to catch a concert, with tons of live music and comedy in Detroit and the metro area! Catch names like Post Malone, Lizzo, Jack Harlow, The Who, The Killers, Ne-Yo, Trey Songz, and Sofi Tukker, just to name a few!

For more fun head to metro Detroit area shopping malls and downtowns for fun finds, free live music, and more! You can find nearly a dozen malls with a variety of stores in the area, each featuring its own exciting calendar of events. Fall festivals like The Skeletons Are Alive in Downtown Northville and Scarecrows in the Park are the perfect way to get festive in metro Detroit!

Skeletons Are Alive in Downtown Northville, @detroitexploits

Enjoy the great outdoors with a walk along the Dequindre Cut, a hike in a Metropark, booking a bicycle tour, or heading out for Two Mile Tuesday with WeRun313!

Worked up an appetite yet? Enjoy Detroit staples like pizza and corned beef sandwiches, hop on over to the Detroit Brew Trail. 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.

Buddy’s Pizza, Sarah Bence