Whether you want to be more artsy or more fartsy, there's something for everyone to do in Detroit!
Detroit City Football Club
Founded in 2012, Detroit's first (and only) minor league soccer team Detroit City Football Club plays in the National Premier Soccer League's Midwest Great Lakes Conference. Their season runs May through July with post-season playoffs into August. In 2013, they went undefeated in their regular season. Season tickets are available before the season starts; individual game tickets are available for $5 at the gate. All home games are played at Cass Technical High School.
Detroit City Futbol League
Not to be confused with the minor league Football Club, the Detroit City Futbol League is a recreational co-ed soccer league. Each of the 32 teams represents one of Detroit's historic neighborhoods with the goal of bringing together neighbors while highlighting the city's unique communities and also giving back to them (teams also earn "community service points"). The season starts at the end of May and runs through August, culminating in the playful championship COPA Detroit. All games are played on either Belle Isle or Fort Wayne on Tuesday evenings., followed by a happy hour at rotating neighborhood bars. Games are free to attend. Sign-up for interested players opens in the fall.
Detroit Derby Girls
Founded in 2005, the Detroit Derby Girls is Michigan's original women's flat-track roller derby league. DDG is made up of five home teams and two travel teams. Their season runs from November until June, and all home games are played at the Masonic Temple. Advance tickets are $12 for single bouts and $15 for double headers; week-of tickets are $15/$18. Tryouts to join the Derby Girls are held once a year in June.
One of Detroiters' favorite pastimes is spending a day at a ball game. Comerica Park is the open-air ballpark located right in the heart of downtown Detroit where the Detroit Tigers play. With a recently ramped-up food selection and a whole beer section dedicated to Michigan craft beers, the offerings at the park are the best they've ever been. Plus, Friday night home games always end with a fireworks display.
Joe Louis Arena
The Joe Louis Arena is the home of the 11-time Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings. As Detroit's largest indoor venue, the Arena also hosts national headlining concerts, circuses, and other events when the Wings aren't playing.
Home of the Detroit Lions and located in close proximity to Comerica Park and Eastern Market, Ford Field is a massive venue that also hosts larger-than-life concerts from the likes of Eminem and Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z, Taylor Swift, and Madonna.
The Fox Theatre
This fully-restored grand old movie palace was built in 1928 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Ornate, opulent details make this one of the most impressive and dramatic places to see a performance in the city.
The Detroit Opera House
The stunning Detroit Opera House is the home of the Michigan Opera Theatre, which stages four opulent opera productions every year and also brings in several dance productions from local and touring troupes. No venue in Detroit is more grand. Don't miss their biggest annual fundraiser, BravoBravo!
The Hillberry Theatre, located near the Wayne State University campus in Midtown, is the nation's first and only graduate repertory theatre company. Their season runs from October through May, and consists of six classic and modern plays.
The Bonstelle Theatre is Wayne State University's 1,200-seat historic theatre where the undergraduate company performs four shows – ranging from Shakespeare to musicals – every year.
The Elizabeth Theatre, located upstairs from the Park Bar in Foxtown, is a fulfillment of owner Jerry Belanger's long-time dream of opening his own theatre. A theatre major himself, he opened the bar first to bring in the cash flow, and worked on the theatre slowly but surely for several years until it was ready for its full debut. The space is also home to live music shows and other performance acts, as well as plays produced by the Elizabeth Theatre including the annual Detroit Shakespeare Festival.
This intimate 430-seat theatre is located inside the Hockeytown Café. They tend to offer an eclectic variety of small shows, from concerts and plays to musicals and comedy shows.
Mosaic Youth Theatre Detroit
The Mosaic Youth Theatre is an internationally-acclaimed youth development program that seeks to bridge the gap in arts education in metro Detroit schools and help young artists excel on stage and in life. They produce three major shows each year at the Detroit Film Theatre inside the Detroit Institute of Arts, with several smaller shows held in different venues.
Matrix Theatre Company
The Matrix Theatre Company in Southwest Detroit uses the transformative power of theatre to change lives, build community, and foster social justice. They offer classes, workshops, trainings and residencies for both youth and adults, as well as a season of professional theatre shows.
Planet Ant Theatre
The Planet Ant Theatre is a professional theatre located in Hamtramck and is home to metro Detroit's longest-running improv comedy show. They produce a variety of shows throughout their season, which include main stage productions and a late-night series as well as their popular Improv Mondays. Interested in being a part of the Ant Farm? Check out their improv classes.
Hastings Street Ballroom/Tangent Gallery
Both an art gallery and a performance space, Hastings Street Ballroom and the Tangent Gallery will take you to the somewhat darker side of Detroit's artistic community, hosting events from burlesque and belly dancing to circus wrestling and fire dancers.
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
One of the most celebrated symphonies in the country, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra plays inside the Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center. Under the leadership of world-renowned Music Director Leonard Slatkin, the DSO's diverse programing ranges from their crowd-pleasing "Pops" series, holiday music, and children's events to jazz and classical concerts featuring some of the top musicians in the world.
The Fillmore Detroit
The Fillmore Detroit is one of the city's premiere concert venues, bringing in international rock, hip hop, and electronic touring acts to play the historic 1925 venue with soaring 80-foot ceilings.
Baker's Keyboard Lounge
Billed as the world's oldest jazz club, Baker's Keyboard Lounge is a Detroit cultural icon.
St. Andrew's Hall/The Shelter
Formerly the meeting place for the St. Andrew's Society of Detroit, St. Andrew's Hall (and the small club in its basement, the Shelter) brings in a much different audience with rock shows, techno parties and rap battles.
The Majestic Theatre/Magic Stick
The entertainment megaplex known as the Majestic Complex is home to the historic Majestic Theatre as well as the Magic Stick upstairs. While the Majestic Theatre brings in larger events and also doubles as a private event space, the Magic Stick is known as one of the top concert venues in Detroit showcasing local and national talent. (Unofficially, it is also know as a hipster haven.)
Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts/Jazz Café
The historic Music Hall Center was built as a movie theatre in 1928 and is now home to a 1,700-seat theatre, the 100-seat Jazz Café downstairs, and the 3Fifty Terrace rooftop bar and lounge. The programming at Music Hall spans a wide range of culturally- and ethnically-diverse performances from international touring ballet companies to acclaimed productions like Broadway's Fela!
The intimate Jazz Café is also one of the best ways to spend an evening out in Detroit.
Chene Park is a beautiful outdoor ampitheatre located right on the Detroit Riverfront that has been rated one of the top 100 concert venues in the world. Their summer concert series offers a wide range of jazz, blues, soul, R&B, and hip-hop.
Trinosophes is a combination gallery space, performance space and bistro café located adjacent to Eastern Market. Under the direction of local musician Joel Peterson, who has a long-held reputation for bringing some of the most interesting and eclectic cross-genre talents from all over the country to Detroit, and Rebecca Mazzei, Deputy Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Detorit (MOCAD), this recently-opened multi-purpose venue is sure to become one of Detroit's most well-respected arts hubs.
Detroit's premiere riverfront space is Hart Plaza, featuring several pieces of public art as well as home to some of Detroit's largest signature events including Movement (the electronic music festival held every Memorial Day weekend), Motor City Pride, and the Ribs RnB Music Festival.
Other live music venues:
Cliff Bell's, 1515 Broadway Café, Small's Bar, the Painted Lady Lounge, Bert's Warehouse Theatre, the Raven's Club, SkyBar Lounge, Corktown Tavern, PJ's Lager House, MotorCity Wine, Bookie's, the Old Miami
For a list of upcomming events try these:
Metrotimes Events Calendar
After 5 Detroit
Visit Detroit Events Calendar