Top Events Happening In Detroit In 2020

Top Events Happening In Detroit In 2020

There are so many exciting events happening in Detroit all year long – mark your calendars and start making plans.



  • Monday, January 20: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
    • Detroit’s museums open its doors to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King.


  • February 7-9: Winter Blast Weekend
    • Zipline down Woodward, ride a giant slide and strap on some skis (os skates) in Campus Martius for the annual free summer festival.
  • Tuesday, February 25: Fat Tuesday (aka Paczki Day) 
    • Take a trip to Hamtramck and pick up a ‘giant donut’ at a traditional Polish bakery.


  • Sunday, March 15: Detroit St. Patrick’s Parade
    • Don some green and get ready to party in Corktown, Detroit’s oldest neighborhood.
  • Sunday, March 22: Marche du Nain Rouge
    • Think of the Marche as Detroit’s little Mardi Gras. The neighborhood parade features human-powered floats, live music and symbols of Detroit’s unique communities.
  • Monday, March 30: Detroit Tigers Opening Day
    • Get tickets to see the Tigers take on Kansas City for the 2020 season home opener (don’t forget to wear layers).


  • May 17: Flower Day
    • Flower Day takes place every year on the Sunday after Mother’s Day and growers offer a wide variety of flowers at a great value.
  • May 23-25: MOVEMENT
    • Electronic music is for everyone and the three-day festival is open to all ages.
  • May 25-31: Rocket Mortgage Classic
    • Watch the world’s best golfers take the green at the Detroit Golf Club.
  • May 29-31: Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix
    • Watch fast cars take the pavement on Belle Isle at the annual racing event.


  • June 6 & 7: Motor City Pride
    • Join Michigan’s largest pride celebration for a festival and Pride Parade.
  • June 13-20: North American International Auto Show
    • The Auto Show is now a summer event and the Motor City will be a buzz with new activities and activation.
  • Monday, June 22: Ford Fireworks
    • Find a seat on the riverfront and watch the beautiful Ford Fireworks.


  • July 8-14: Concert of Colors
    • The Concert of Colors is a free celebration of the many ethnicities and cultures represented by the people of southeast Michigan and the indigenous music of Detroit.
  • Sunday, July 12: Detroit Kite Festival
    • Let’s go fly a kite (and make one) on Belle Isle.
  • July 25 & 26: Mo Pop
    • Detroit’s Coachella featuring emerging and established indie-rock, pop, and hip-hop artists.
  • July 31 – August 2: Charivari Detroit
    • A FREE 3-day music festival showcasing the best Detroit DJs.


  • August 1 & 2: Belle Isle Art Fair
    • Find art, meet artists and make art at the Belle Isle Art Fair.
  • August 21-23: Detroit Hydrofest
    • Watch the world’s fastest automotive powered hydroplanes race on the Detroit River.


  • September 4-7: Detroit Jazz Festival
    • Every Labor Day weekend, jazz legends in their prime and up-and-coming artists perform at location around downtown for FREE concerts.
  • September 19-20: Parktoberfest
    • Head to Beacon Park for a Big Biergarten Tent, fall food favorites, live music, kids activities, traditional games, dance, and competitions.
  • September 25 & 26: DLECTRICITY
    • The free festival will electrify Midtown Detroit’s Woodward Corridor + Beacon Park as artists light up buildings and and activate unexpected spaces using projected images, video, light, performance, sound and other artistic practices that engage technology.


  • October 16-18: Detroit Free Press Marathon
    • Run a mile, marathon or the Kid’s Fun Run.
  • October 24: Harvest Fest
    • Harvest Fest is a FREE festival on the Detroit Riverfront with hayrides, pumpkin patches, trick or treating, inflatables, live music and more.


  • Friday, November 20: Tree Lighting Ceremony
    • Carols will be sung, the tree will be lit and the ice rink will open at Campus Martius as hundreds gather together to celebrate the holiday season.
  • Thursday, November 26: America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
    •  Bundle up before turkey and watch the floats march down Woodward Avenue.


  • Saturday, December 5: Noel Night
    • Hundreds of venues in Midtown will open their doors for special events, performances, and hands-on activities.
  • Thursday, December 10: Menorah In The D
    • Celebrate the Festival of Lights with the annual menorah lighting at Campus Martius.


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