13 Things to Do in March 2023
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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+
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.