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13 Things to Do in March 2023

Revelers marching down third street for the Marche du Nain Rouge. Photo courtesy of The Marche Du Nain Rouge

By: Jason Clinton

Happy March, dear readers! Yes, Detroit is just beginning to shake off the snow of winter only to have at least three more snowstorms before May. But don’t let that keep you inside. March is when we have two major parades and a whole slew of events. It’s around that time of year when we start to get a little excited and let our hair down before summer comes and we have to put it back up again. If you’re at a loss for what to do for the third month, maybe these events can help you start planning.


Every Wednesday

BarProv! An Improv Open Mic

Do you just want to see a funny show? Maybe you want to give improv a shot with your friends? Come on down to Planet Ant for their Wednesday open mic nights where you can participate in improv sketches with other comedy enthusiasts.

The Ghost Light: 7 pm – FREE

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Ongoing through March 11th

Ephemeral: The Art of Unloving 

Curated by Nkenge Bower and featuring art by Arrielle Mock, Erika Irie, and Alana Hall, this exhibition features artwork that explores breakups, divorce, and broken engagement. Ephemeral is an immersive experience that is meant to illustrate the emotional, monetary, and mental effect heartbreak has on a person.

Swords into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery: Friday and Saturdays 1pm-6pm  – FREE

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Rashaun Rucker’s exhibit explores African American identity through church

Ongoing through March 26th

Rashaun Rucker: Relief from the Heat

The Museum of Contemporary Art is displaying Rashaun Rucker’s exhibit on intergenerational identity and kinship through the Black church.

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit: All Day – FREE

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March 3rd

Detroit Whiskey Festival 

This annual tasting event is back for the 6th time. You’ll be able to sample whiskeys, bourbons, and ryes from all over the world. Tickets include 10 spirit/cocktail samples.

Eastern Market, Shed 3: 6pm – 10pm -$30

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Party down Michigan Ave. this year in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Photo courtesy of Metroparent

March 12th

Corktown St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The United Irish Society is bringing back the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Watch as several Irish organizations in Detroit revel and make their way down Michigan Avenue

Michigan Avenue in Corktown: 1 pm – FREE

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March 16th

Third Thursdays at The Wright

Pregame for the weekend at The Museum of African American History. The Wright will be open late and you can come to enjoy music, poetry, and tours.

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History: 5pm – 9pm

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March 18th

HERstory Detroit: Bold Women Who Dared

Women have been the backbone of Detroit politics, art, literature, education, and many more fields. Unfortunately, their contributions often go unnoticed and unsung. City Tour Detroit is inviting you to learn about the women who dared to change the course of history.

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City Tour Detroit will take you to see the real stops on the Underground Railroad. Photo courtesy of City Tour Detroit

March 25th

Incredible Journey to Midnight: Detroit Underground Railroad Tour

Come with us as we unearth Detroit’s history with the Underground Railroad. You’ll visit various stops where freedom seekers hid from slave catchers and meet the conductors guided people along their journey to liberty.

Second Baptist Church 10am – 1pm

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March 26th

Marche Du Nain Rouge

The Nain Rouge is the demon who has cursed Detroit since the 1700s. Every year, Detroiters dance in the street to banish the red dwarf from our fair city. Get your craziest costume on and march through Midtown!

Canfield and Second: 12 pm – FREE

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March 31st 

Who is Jill Scott?

This RnB legend is celebrating her belated 20th anniversary of her grammy winning album, “Who is Jill Scott”. Come and see her rock down the Fox stage!
The Fox Theatre: 8 pm – $179+

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About the Author

Jason is a Detroit artist and an administrative assistant for City Tour Detroit. He grew up on the northwest side of the city and became interested in Detroit when attending Renaissance High School and learning about the contributions Detroit has made to America’s history. He received his BA in theatre from Wayne State University and upon graduation, found a way to combine his love of history with his love of public speaking; being a tour guide! Jason continues to lead tours and does research and administrative work for City Tour Detroit in addition to running its blog.

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