Auto show Chevy exhibit

Things To Do in Detroit in September

Story By: Amelia Ritter

Arts, Beats and Eats festival in Royal Oak

September in Detroit is busy and full of fun! Mark your calendar with a few of these events as you plan your next visit.

Soaring Eagle Arts, Beats & Eats presented by Flagstar Bank in Downtown Detroit – September 2-5

Soaring Eagle Arts, Beats & Eats presented by Flagstar Bank is Oakland County’s celebration of art, music, food, and community that take place in Downtown Royal Oak on Labor Day Weekend. Scheduled for September 2-5, 2022, the festival attracts hundreds of thousands for an end-of-summer celebration not to be missed!

Photo by Jason Vaughn

Detroit Jazz Festival at Hart Plaza – September 2-5

For over 40 years, the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation has celebrated Detroit’s rich history of jazz music by providing year-round concerts and educational programming, and of course, organizing the world’s largest free jazz festival, featuring world-class talent, over Labor Day weekend.

Photo by Jason Vaughn

Detroit Concours – September 17-18

Enjoy a weekend-long tribute to the people who designed, built, and drove American car culture, and to the vehicles at its heart. Experience an unforgettable weekend in downtown Detroit, just blocks from where so much of car culture was forged.

North American International Auto Show – September 17-25

Come see the city that put the world on wheels putting the future on display. 2022 is the first-ever, indoor/outdoor Detroit Auto Show. Explore nine days of new vehicle displays and exhibits at Huntington Place, Hart Plaza, and throughout downtown Detroit, ride-and-drives both indoors and outdoors, air mobility demonstrations, family-fun experiences, musical entertainment, auto enthusiast car clubs, street food, and much more.

Celebrate Detroit Month of Design all September long!

The 12th iteration of Design Core’s Month of Design will feature over 80 events spanning from exhibitions and installations to workshops, talks, and tours. Events will take place across the city of Detroit and into the surrounding metro area at indoor, outdoor and virtual venues. This year, Detroit Month of Design’s programming centers on design strategies with the capacity to strengthen community resources and mutual aid. Focused on the theme of unity, this iteration will seek to cross-pollinate disciplines so a more collaborative and accessible world can emerge. Check out all of the exciting events happening here.

You can also check out the Funky Ferndale Art Fair, Progressive Metro Boat Show, Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo, FrakenFest, Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular, Novi Bridal Expo, and more! For a list of events happening this weekend, click here.

Campus Martius food truck options

Foodies rejoice! September in Detroit is the best time to satisfy all of your cravings, whether it’s enjoying the last few summer treats or starting early on fall flavors. Don’t miss these food festivals and celebrations!

Romeo Peach Festival – September 2-5

Art & Apples Festival – September 9-11

Donut, Cider, and Ice Cream Fest – September 10-11

Michigan Mega Food Truck Rally – September 17-18

Detroit Vegan – September 18

Detroit Foodie Fair – September 25


Detroit Lions Watch Party at Beacon Park

Kick off the new season with the Lions at Ford Field, catch a concert at The Fillmore, and enjoy endless entertainment options on your visit to Detroit.

September is a great time to catch a concert, with tons of live music and comedy in Detroit and the metro area! Catch names like Wiz Khalifa, Lil Nas X, The Black Keys, John Mulaney, Eric Clapton, Jon Pardi, Pauly Shore, Stevie Nicks, Chris Rock, Panic! at the Disco, and Mary J. Blige, 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.

Take advantage of the warm weather and get outside! Go on a hike, rent a kayak, book a bicycle tour, or head out for Two Mile Tuesday with WeRun313!

Catch some rays and get outside at the Huron Clinton Metroparks. There are 13 parks throughout metro Detroit with 25,000 acres of woods, water, and recreational facilities. Each park offers a variety of hiking trails, biking trails, playgrounds, and more, but some of the parks feature more unique activities like beaches, golfing, waterparks, boating, and a farm.

With all of the non-stop fun, you’ll surely work up an appetite. Enjoy Detroit staples like pizza and coney dogs, or hop on over to the Detroit Brew Trail. If you need a reprieve from the heat, try a trip to the Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan Science Center, or the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

Lafayette Coney Island, @thedetroitdiet