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12 Things to do This May

By Jason Clinton

Happy May, readers. Hopefully by the time you are reading this, the temperature has risen more than it did in April. May seems to be the month when the colors of the flowers really pop. It’s the time that the grass feels soft and fresh to the touch. As you are going about your way, take time to enjoy the beautiful flora and fauna that are present this time of year. If you’re lucky, you might even see a Common Loon as spring is the only time of year they are in Detroit. But even if you don’t, take time to enjoy the new life around you and take time to enjoy your life. And if you need any inspiration to do that, here’s some things to check out. 


All May

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month at the DIA

For the entire month of May, the Detroit Institute of Arts is hosting artist workshops, performances, and films that center around Asian and Pacific Islander arts and culture.

The Detroit Institute of Arts: Various Times – Free with General Admission

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May 5th

Lucha Detroit

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a stunning Lucha wrestling show. This exciting and acrobatic spectacle will feature Mil Muertes and plenty of tequila.

The Garden Theatre: 6:30 pm $35-$75

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May 6th

Sturgeon Day

See a live lake sturgeon in person at Milliken State Park. The Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge and The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy are partnering to educate you about these incredible, giant freshwater fish.

Milliken State Park: 10am-2pm FREE

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May 6th

8th Annual Detroit International Festival of Animation

Are you an animation enthusiast? DIFA presents a range of art made by local and international animators. This program is 90 minutes worth of animated shorts with varying styles and genres

Senate Theatre: 8pm $10

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May 6th, 11th, and 14th

Trivia Night at The Congregation

Whether your looking to show off your smarts or if you’re just looking for something to do with your friends for the evening, trivia night is a fun night for all. Plus, there is plenty of booze to console you if you don’t get any answers right.

The Congregation: 6pm-8pm 

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May 7th

City Tour Detroit Shop’s Opening!!

Hey, we had to do a little self advertising, eh? On May 7th we will be opening our world headquarters in the Guardian Building. Come check out our shop and stay for a free tour of the Aztec deco building that City Tour Detroit will reside in.

Guardian Building

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May 12-14th

Clayton “CT” Thomas

Come see this Detroit native rock the room! Clayton Thomas has worked with Martin Lawrence, he has acted in Modern Family, Uncle Buck, and was on HBO’s All Def Comedy. His tour show, “Story Time” will focus on stories, on a scale of intimate to embarrassing, that have shaped his experience.

Punchline Comedy House: Various Times $25-$100

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May 21st

Flower Day

This spectacular Eastern Market tradition is back for another year. Flower Day will feature vendors from the Metro Detroit Flower Growers Association as well as spring activities and food throughout the day.

Eastern Market: 7am – 5pm FREE

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May 20th

Speedy at the Redford Theatre

If you love silent films, The Redford has a special treat for you. Celebrate the 95th anniversary of the release of Speedy, a Harold Lloyd classic. The event will feature the full movie, two Harold Lloyd shorts, live organ music, and an appearance from Harold Lloyd’s granddaughter.

The Redford Theatre: 8pm $15

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May 21st

Pack Walk with Canine to Five

Bring your dogs down and enjoy a morning with other pet owners as you all stroll down the Detroit River. Just remember your leash, poop bags, and water!

Valade Park: 10:30am-12pm FREE

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May 26th

Monster Energy Outbreak Tour Presents: Rico Nasty

Rico Nasty has been making waves as a rapper with punk, hyperpop and industrial influences. El Club better be ready, cause nasty is coming back to Detroit this May  

El Club: 7pm $42.91

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May 27th – 29th 


The techno fest is back and they’re here with over 115 electronic music performers. This year’s lineup includes techno and hip hop legends like Cybotron, Skrillex, and Kash Doll

Hart Plaza: All Day $139+

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About the Author

Jason is a Detroit artist and the 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 showing off; being a tour guide!

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