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Cue the glitter and confetti, the Donut Fest is taking over The Eastern on Saturday, May 18th, at 9 a.m. It’s time to get your mouth ready for some sugary, deep-fried treats. The Donut Fest is making its way to Detroit to crown the city’s best donut. Who can it be?
Donut Fest is a fun festival that was simply designed for people who love donuts, hosted by Bobalky & Gnocchi, LLC. The food & drink consulting company is based in Chicago and is known for hosting a few other events such as the Poutine Fest and Coast-to-Coast Fest. Donut Fest made its first appearance in Chicago back in 2014 and it was a huge success. Now the Donut Fest is making their debut in Detroit! Who can really say no to a donut? I know it is a struggle for me.
Twelve local bakeries and doughnut shops have submitted their best version of glazed, cruller, Boston crème, or whatever sugary concoction into the competition.
Here is a list of the participating bakeries:
Rolais’ Caribbean Baking Co.
Blake’s Orchard Cider Mill
The New Donut Factory
Westernview Orchards & Winery
Leaman’s Green Applebarn
Donut Bar + Coffee
Have you spotted your favorite already? Let us know in the comment section where you get your sweet treats from.
Each bakery battles it out with a taste off, competing for top honors. At the end the judges will crown the best donut and bakery a “Best Donut”. There will be delicious coffee samples from local shops such as, Village Beans, Blake’s, Honcho, and Hyperion Coffee Co. If you plan to attend make sure you get in on the voting and pick your favorite. Other local vendors will be on site, so you will be able to purchase donuts to take home. The participants of Donut Fest pride themselves on supporting local communities. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Gleaners Community Food Bank.
This is what you need to know when you attend the Donut Fest. It will be held at the Eastern from 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The tickets are available online ranging from $35-$50. So order your tickets early and bring the family. Please note there is limited space available at this venue, so strollers won’t be allowed in. Children under 6 must be accompanied by an adult who is a ticket holder. On another note, this event does not offer group sales.
Tickets will be available for three sessions. If you are looking to have the VIP experience, the cost is $50 and its ticket admission time is from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. The VIP tickets include early entry, intimate crowd, tickets to taste from each donut vendor, three beverage tickets, limited edition Donut Fest mug, and take-home goodie bag. Tickets to the second session is from
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. and the third session is from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. These tickets are $35, including entry to fest, tickets to taste each vendor’s donuts, three beverage tickets and a take home goodie bag!
Tickets for the Donut Fest are currently available online. The event will take place at The Eastern located on 3434 Russell Street, Detroit MI 48207. For updates make sure you follow the Detroit Fest on Facebook or @DonutFest on Instagram.
The Detroit Tigers’ Opening Day is officially right around the corner! If you are unfamiliar with Opening Day, it is when professional baseball players have their first game of the season. There are some people who really look forward to it and even purchase tickets to every baseball game.
Here is everything you need to know about the Tigers’ Opening Day in Detroit.
The Tigers play the Kansas City Royals starting at 1:10 p.m. on April 4 at Comerica Park, 2100 Woodward. Make sure you get there in a timely fashion because parking can be a little difficult. Lots will charge about $20 to $40 for parking. There will be many bars and restaurants with events specifically for Opening Day. If interested, check out this list of Opening Day parties.
If you are interested in hanging out for a bit before or after the game, this just may be the party for you. With just one ticket, you can enter into four venues: Annex, Cabana, Brass Rail Sports Bar and the Opening Day block party tent. The tickets run from $20-$60. The party starts at 8:00 a.m. at the Annex Night Club on 24 W. Adams and ends at 10:00 p.m. There will be food, games and the Tigers game playing on every screen in the bar.
The festival will start at 9:00 a.m. at 440 Madison (at the corner of Madison and Brush, next to the Music Hall). You can expect a giant heated tent, outdoor party, DJs, bands, beer tents, a full bar, food, music and games. General admission is $15; VIP admission is $25; the grand slam club tent, with a 4-hour hosted bar included, is $79, and the VIP cabana package is $2,750.
This celebration will be from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. at 2233 Park. DJ Zig Zag will be the entertainment for the night. You can also expect a heated tent, full bar and great barbecue. Tickets are $15. For more information, please visit eventbrite.com.
This particular party has a lot in store! This event will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at 474 Peterboro. DJ Ric Flair and DJ Peter Croce will be performing; tickets are $10-$15. Miller Lite will be having drink specials and autographed Tigers swag will be given away. To ensure that you have parking, you can purchase a parking pass on eventbrite. If you decide to purchase a pass to the game, then you will get a free beer.
Plan to attend Opening Day or any of the events taking place in the city? Let’s chat!
Quicken Loans Detroit Demo Day is poised to award $1.2 million in funding to local entrepreneurs this summer.
Applications for the pitching competition opened up last week, allowing local small businesses and startups to apply to participate in the event. Those selected will pitch their company at the June 14 event in front of a live audience and a panel of judges. Winners will receive funding to help grow their businesses.
There are three categories for funding: Start, Grow and Scale. Each corresponds with how established the company is, what its goals for expansion are and the amount of revenue it generated in 2018.
Start and Grow will each have three winners, and Scale will have one. There will also be a People’s Choice Award, where the audience votes for their favorite company in each category.
For those in the Start category, $100,000 will be awarded to the first place winner, $75,000 to second place and $50,000 to third, and the awards are to be used to aid in introducing their products or services to the market. Those in the Grow category will have the opportunity to win $250,000 for first place, $200,000 for second place and $150,000 for third. The awards are meant to help these more established businesses expand locally. The Scale winner will receive $300,000 to help in their goal of expanding nationally. In addition, each People’s Choice grant winner will receive $25,000.
Six businesses each will pitch in the Start and Grow categories, while three will pitch for Scale.
At the event, which will take place at the Fillmore in downtown Detroit, each company will present a 90-second business pitch. Finalists will be able to develop and practice their pitch with the Demo Day team ahead of the competition.
Participating businesses must be Detroit-based or willing to relocate. For more information on the eligibility requirements or to submit your application, head to the Detroit Demo Day website.
Applications are open until April 22 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Detroit will soon be the new home of Jeep as Fiat Chrysler announces its plan to spend $4.5 billion on Detroit’s first new assembly plant in nearly 30 years.
FCA plans to renovate the dilapidated Mack Avenue Engine Factory, along with another building on the same lot, and convert it into an assembly plant. This will be the new home of the Jeep Grand Cherokee as well as a large SUV in the company’s future.
The Mack Avenue Engine Factory, which has sat empty in the city’s southeast side since 2012, will now be the source of over 6,500 new jobs and provide a boost to the city’s growing economy.
In addition to renovating the old factory, FCA also plans to invest $900 million to upgrade its Jefferson North Assembly Plant. The money will help to retool and revolutionize the assembly plant as it produces the Dodge Durango. It will also expand its load by manufacturing the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee. This move will introduce 1,100 jobs to the assembly plant.
Jefferson North Assembly Plant was the last plant to be constructed in Detroit. Completing construction in 1991 and producing its first Grand Cherokee in 1992, the plant is the most recent one built within Detroit city limits.
FCA also has plans to bring its Warren Truck Assembly Plant up to date. The Motor City giant will spend $1.5 billion on the new Jeep Wagoneer in addition to the continued production of the Ram 1500 Classic. This upgrade to the Warren plant will introduce 1,400 new jobs.
FCA’s plan to open the city’s first new plant in 28 years comes just as General Motors announced they will cease all operation in the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant by January 2020. With this closure, there will be more than 600 layoffs impacting the Detroit-Hamtramck plant.
Though plans for the renovation of the Mack Avenue Engine Factory are still in the works, construction is slated to begin later this year. The production of the first new vehicle could come as quickly as 2020. In addition to their standard Jeep models, all FCA Detroit plants will also manufacture plug-in hybrid versions of the Jeep models they produce.
FCA speculates the average wage for the new jobs to be about $58,000.
It’s officially the luckiest (and greenest!) time of the year. St. Patrick’s Day is this Sunday, March 17, and Detroiters are ready to go all out for the holiday.
Prepare to don all the green gear you can find and shamrock your way downtown. Here are the hottest spots in Detroit to spend St. Paddy’s Day weekend.
Pubs and Bar Crawls
Bars all around Detroit are going to be celebrating this weekend and with so many options, it can be tricky to know where to go. Here are some highlights you may want to check out.
St. Patrick’s Weekend at McShane’s
March 15, 16 and 17 – McShane’s Irish Pub & Whiskey Bar, 1460 Michigan Ave.
If you’re looking for a classic St. Patrick’s Day pub experience with Irish tunes and green beer, spend your weekend at McShane’s. Live Irish music and DJ’s will entertain on Friday, Saturday and Sunday – the Bold O’Donohughs play Friday, Banjolectric is Saturday and DJ Chris performs Sunday.
The pub will have $3 green beer pints and a special Irish menu featuring corned beef and cabbage.
The celebrations will go from 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. each day. McShane’s will also be hosting a special Irish brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
March 16 at 12 p.m. and March 17 at 7 a.m. – Old Shillelagh, 349 Monroe St.
The iconic Irish pub will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day all weekend long. They’re calling their Saturday celebration “St. Practice Day,” which will include live entertainment from their house DJ, TJ Monte. On Sunday the celebration starts early and will go until 2 a.m., with live performances from Stone Clover from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Ghost City Searchlight from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Cover is $10 on Saturday and $20 on Sunday.
Additionally, the bar will have live entertainment and a special Irish lunch available along with their regular menu starting at noon on Friday, March 15.
March 16 at 2 p.m. – kickoff party starts at The Greek, 535 Monroe Ave.
Why hit one bar when you can hit them all? This bar crawl, hosted by Bar Crawl Live, will stop at some of the city’s best bars and includes a kickoff party, halftime party and after party. Stops include Level Two Rooftop, Exodos Rooftop, Pappy’s Bar, Club Bleu, Deluxe and Ready Player One. Tickets for this event get you into the venues with no cover charge, up to 40% off drinks and up to 25% off food.
Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online. Tickets are limited, so be sure to get yours ahead of time – tickets with access to the halftime party are already sold out.
Not interested in the bar scene? No worries. There are still plenty of options for you to get your Irish jig on.
St. Patrick’s Day Family Fun Day and Party
March 16 at 1 p.m. – Beacon Park, 1903 Grand River Ave.
If you’re looking to have some fun with your kiddos, this event is a great option that isn’t restricted to those who are of drinking age. Head over to Beacon Park for live music, dancing, lawn games and more. Family Fun Day lasts until 5 p.m., at which point the adult party starts and goes on until 10 p.m.
The daytime event will include Irish dancing, make-and-take activities, inflatables and games. Then, in the evening, the park’s heated tent will be transformed into a pub for the adults.
Admission to this event is free, with food and drink available for purchase. The bar will feature beer and cocktails provided by Lumen. Food trucks, including Little Brother Burgers, D Motown Deli and EJ’s Gourmet Street Eats will be there to provide Irish-inspired dishes.
March 17 at 9 a.m. – Greektown Festival Grounds, 700 Randolph St.
This event will include both outdoor party areas and heated tents with DJs and live entertainment, a beer tent, a full bar, games and more. It’s set to run from 9 a.m. – 11 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day.
General admission tickets are $10 and include basic event entry, while VIP tickets are $20 and include re-entry credentials and access to additional restrooms.
On-site parking is available, but will likely fill up fast. There are several parking garages within parking distance. The event’s website recommends arriving early and carpooling if possible, as parking downtown will be hard to come by due to the holiday.
From World War I through the early 1950s, Detroit’s Black Bottom neighborhood existed as a thriving cultural hub just east of what’s now downtown Detroit. Through the years, it was home to Italian, Syrian, German and Jewish immigrants and African Americans mostly from the South. Because of segregation at the time, it operated much like a city within a city and was one of the few places black people could live. Jazz musicians like Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and others made it a point to perform there.
Then, in the 1950s, the neighborhood – said to be named for its rich, black soil – was destroyed in the name of urban renewal and replaced by the Chrysler Freeway and Lafayette Park, which was then a community of upscale housing occupied mostly by white Detroiters. But the neighborhood is not entirely lost. “Black Bottom Street View,” an exhibit of hundreds of rarely seen photos of the area’s homes and businesses, is on display through March 15 in Strohm Hall at the main branch of the Detroit Public Library on Woodward.
This exhibition, created by Emily Kutil, tells the community’s story through images that were archived in the library’s Burton Historical Collection. Each picture overlaps another, creating a panoramic effect.
Michael Hodges of the Detroit News wrote on Jan. 9 that “just before demolition, the city sent photographers out — a bit like Google Street View — to shoot every structure in what was officially dismissed as a ‘slum.’ ”
Kutil, whom he described as an architect who teaches at the University of Detroit Mercy, explained that the Federal Housing Act of 1949 was behind city officials’ plans to eliminate the neighborhood. “That act funded destruction of African-American neighborhoods all over the country,” she said.
Bill McGraw, in a 2017 article for the Detroit Free Press, wrote that “the neighborhood’s demise came as part of a sweeping blueprint for the city’s postwar future called the Detroit Plan, which included freeways, hospitals, housing, the Cultural Center, the expansion of Wayne State University and a renovated riverfront.”
The goal for the exhibit, Kutil told him, is to allow people today to be able to immerse themselves in what life was like in the Black Bottom community back then.
“There is so much family history, and neighborhood history and community history that has been erased in Detroit,” she said. “I want to give people some sort of infrastructure to share those histories.”
The “Black Bottom Street View” exhibit, which is free and open to the public, runs through March 15 at the library, 520 Woodward. Hours are Tuesday and Wednesday from noon-8:00 p.m., Thursday-Saturday from noon-6:00 p.m., and Sunday from 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Everyone’s favorite holiday is here! Have any guess on what holiday that may be? If you guessed Valentine’s Day, then you’re right! This holiday’s always special and all about spreading love, whether you’re spending it with a significant other or with a group of friends.
There are always great places to visit in Detroit around this time of year, and there just might be some great deals happening this Valentine’s Day.
If you’re in the city for Valentine’s Day and currently have no plans, I have you covered! Check out this list of dinner and entertainment ideas below:
At this restaurant, you can expect to enjoy an exceptional meal with a variety of items on the menu to choose from – all while listening to live music! You truly get the best of both worlds. On Valentine’s Day, trumpet player, vocalist, composer and arranger, Dave Vessalla, will be playing live at Cliff Bell’s from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The cost of entry is $20 per person, and you do have to make reservations! If you’re interested in attending Cliff Bell’s for Valentine’s Day, then check out their website for more information.
A Detroit favorite! London Chop House is an elegant restaurant that provides a wide variety of dinner options. There are 10 options you can choose from for dinner and nine appetizing sides to go along with your dinner! On Valentine’s Day, the Paul Keller Trio will be performing at
6:00 p.m. at the London Chop House. Pianist and vocalist, Diana Krall, and guitarist, Russell Malone, will also be joining. This is just another awesome place to enjoy a great meal while listening to some relaxing jazz.
The Caucus Club is the sister restaurant to the London Chop House and is located right across the street from it! The Caucus Club will be offering a special Valentine’s Day menu on February 14. The main entrées will include salmon, prime rib, lobster tails, scallops, halibut and osso buco. Your taste buds will surely be satisfied with all of these yummy options. If you think you’re interested in dining at the Caucus Club this Valentine’s Day, be sure to make a reservation. On Valentine’s Day the Caucus Club will be serving dinner from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Enjoy your Valentine’s Day listening to some soothing and relaxing music from jazz vocalist Brianna Thomas. She’ll be performing at the Max M. Fisher Music Center from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. General admission is $25 and the VIP experience is $60. Whether you listen to her music on a regular basis or are new to her music, this’ll be a great way to spend your Valentine’s Day.
If you’re a fan of old school jams, then you’re in for a treat! On Valentine’s Day, Ginuwine, Guy, Bell Biv DeVoe and 702 will be performing at the Masonic Temple! Tickets are selling pretty quickly, so make sure to grab them fast. Enjoy a night out with your favorite old school artist at 7:00 p.m. on February 14!
Valentines Date Night/Paint Night
Enjoy your Valentine’s Day painting! Yes, painting! Believe it or not, it’s super relaxing and calming. After you grab a bite to eat, head over to The Craft Café Detroit and paint a canvas with your lovely date! This event is $70 per couple and includes two 9-by-12 canvases. The event also includes food, drinks and a dessert table. You can find more details on Eventbrite!
Valentine’s Day should always be a night to remember! How will you be spending yours this year? Let’s chat in the comments below!
The North American International Auto Show is officially here, and I hope you’re just as excited as I am! Get pumped to see some amazing new 2019 vehicles this year. NAIAS is where car fanatics come together to rave about models that have just been released – or soon will be. What makes this event so special is that it offers six different shows in one: The Gallery, an ultra-luxury automotive presentation; AutoMobili-D; a look at future mobility platforms; a press preview; a charity preview; and a 9-day public show. A variety of different cars will be featured, from electric to full-size truck, so you never have to wonder whether they’ll have a vehicle you love.
If you’re interested in visiting the NAIAS public show, check out the information below!
Pricing for Tickets
Tickets are $14 for adults and $7 for seniors age 65 and older as well as children ages 7 – 12. Kids age 6 and under can attend for free with a parent or guardian.
Once you purchase your eTicket online, you’ll receive an email that’s required upon entry. You can always reach out to NAIAS-TIX@experient-inc.com if you have any issues regarding your ticket.
You can also purchase group packages for $9 per person if you have a party of 30 or more. Your group order must be in by January 19, and your ID is required when you pick up the tickets.
Dates and Times
NAIAS is officially open to the public January 19 – 26 from 9:00 a.m – 10:00 p.m (no admittance after 9:00 p.m.) and January 27 from 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (no admittance after 6:00 p.m.). Early access for handicapped visitors starts at 8:00 a.m.
Cobo is providing scooters for those with disabilities for $35 per 4 hours. You must have a license to grab one of these, and they’re first come, first served, so if you know you’re going to need one, I’d get to the show bright and early!
Additionally, Detroit Experience Factory will be running the concierge/info desk services at City Hub for this year’s event. Check out their Downtown Essentials Walking Tour here.
NAIAS is an event the entire family can enjoy. Let us know in the comment section below if you plan on attending!
Since 2005, the Quicken Loans Winter Blast has been a family favorite. It’s an experience that takes place in Campus Martius and includes outdoor activities, live entertainment and good eats. And it’s truly a treat, since admission is free.
Every year, the event attracts more people to downtown Detroit. Traditionally, the Winter Blast was held on one weekend, but it has expanded – and this year, it will last four weekends. Each weekend will be unique, with different activities.
Weekend 1 kicks off on Saturday, January 19, and ends on Monday, January 21. There will be food trucks, marshmallow roasting, ice sculptures, a showcase of local music, a showcase of DJs from the Movement Festival and free ice skating. Skate rental is $5, and marshmallow roasting is $3.
Here are the hours:
Saturday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Monday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Weekend 2, which runs Friday, January 25, through Sunday, January 27, includes City Slopes presented by Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands, food trucks, buskers, ice sculptures, marshmallow roasting and a showcase of local music.
Weekend 3 begins on Friday, February 8, and ends on Sunday, February 10. There will be a winter slide, food trucks, ice sculptures, showcase of local music and the Polar Plunge. For the Polar Plunge, you jump into a cold pool outdoors to support a great cause. To learn more or register, please click here.
The finale, Weekend 4, will be Friday, February 15, through Sunday, February 17, and will include zip lining, a family fun tent, food trucks, free ice skating, Buskers and marshmallow roasts. The hours for weekends 2, 3 and 4 are:
Friday, 4 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Remember that admission is free, but fees still do apply for some activities such as zip lining ($10) and marshmallow roasting ($3).
Let parking be the last of your worries. The People Mover and QLine are available, as are nearby garages and parking lots ranging from $10 to $25. For a full list of options, please click here.
Stop by any Chemical Bank in metro Detroit to pick up a coupon for free hot chocolate and marshmallows. Coupons are first come, first served, so get yours before they’re gone!
What are you doing this winter? I know it’s easy to find yourself stuck in a rut, searching for something fun to do that’ll get you out of the house. Well, I have the place for you: It’s a place for everyone – Rainbow City!
Rainbow City Roller Rink is a colorful inflatable wonderland turned rollerskating rink, designed by critically acclaimed artistic duo FriendsWithYou. The pop-up rink made its debut on November 30 and has become a huge hit. If you’re looking for a wonderfully whimsical winter experience, Rainbow City is where you need to be; you can find it at 1001 Woodward Avenue, right across from Campus Martius.
When you first enter the rink, you’re greeted by a sea of bright colors, and next thing you know, you’re skating around a 30-foot-tall rotating head. The rink also features a collection of vibrant weightless sculptures that are suspended from the ceiling. And I can’t leave out the dizzying green-and-white-striped floor you skate on. The artists explain that this landscape is intended to evoke a childlike mood and put people in an energetic state of mind. It’s surrealism at its best.
FriendsWithYou is an art collaborative of Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III, who have been working together to create joyous pop-art experiences since 2002. This is the fifth installation of Rainbow City, which has previously appeared in Toronto, Miami’s Art Basel and New York’s High Line. To bring the residents of Detroit a local rink, FriendsWithYou joined up with Library Street Collective, a Detroit-based gallery that presents contemporary art and collaborates with commercial real estate partners. Skating at the rink is free, courtesy of Bedrock and the Quicken Loans Community Fund. How cool is that? So what are you waiting for? Hightail your way to Downtown Detroit and see this winter wonder for yourself.
Rainbow City Roller Rink is open to the public Wednesday – Sunday from 2:00 – 9:00 pm until January 27. Admission to the 5,880-square-foot rink is free for all visitors, and skates and lockers are available for use. In order to skate, you must schedule a time (which lasts for 45 minutes) and sign waivers in advance. Grab the family and friends and roll out before it’s gone!