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Things to See and Do in Detroit this Weekend (November 17-20, 2022)

Come down to Campus Martius for the 19th annual lighting of the Christmas Tree

Friday, November 18

19th  Annual Tree Lighting & Light Up Beacon Park

Kick off the holiday season with the lighting of the 65’ Norway spruce. Festive night includes light installations aglow with more than a million lights, entertainment, ice skating, carriage rides, shopping.

Campus Martius and Beacon Park. 5 pm – Midnight. Free

More details: DDP Detroit Tree Lighting 2022 – Downtown Detroit Partnership


Thursday-Sunday, November 17 – 20

SKULL 2022 Detroit Gothfest

Celebrate goth culture with this large art and music fair. There will be 40 bands and 30 vendors at this giant festival

Russell Industrial Center: Times Vary $40-$200

More Details: Goth | Skull Detroit Festival


Friday – Sunday, November 18 – 20

See The D Walking Tour

Discover downtown Detroit, the heartbeat of the Motor City, and experience stunning riverfront views, architectural masterpieces, riveting history, and all the local must-sees on this exciting walking tour. The holiday decorations and family-friendly activities make for an especially festive time.

Downtown Detroit departure / 10 am – 1 pm / $39 adults, $15 youth

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Thursday-Sunday, November 17 – 20

The Merry Wives of Windsor

The Hillberry Theatre invites you to view one of Shakespeare’s classic comedies. Join Falstaff as he bumbles into hijinx with his letters to the merry wives of Windsor.

The Hilberry Theatre: Times Vary, $15-$22

More Details: The Merry Wives of Windsor – by William Shakespeare – Department of Theatre and Dance – Wayne State University


Friday, November 18

The Grossman Family: Musical Journey Through Time

Eric Grossman, Lida Lopez Mancheva, and Cecelia Grossman come together to take you on a journey with instrumental music spanning several decades and cultures.

Detroit Film Theatre: 7:30 pm, Free with Admission to DIA

More Details:The Grossman Family: Musical Journey Through Time | Detroit Institute of Arts Museum (


Friday, November 18

The Metrotimes Whiskey in the Winter

Enjoy a classy evening of spirits and live entertainment curated by the Metrotimes. You’ll sample from dozens of drink options and enjoy a uniquely Detroit atmosphere.

Detroit Shipping Company: 7pm-10pm $50-$75

More Details: MT Whiskey in the Winter


Friday and Saturday, November 18 and 19

The Redford Theatre’s Children’s Film Festival

Looking for something family friendly this weekend? Join the folks at the Redford Theatre where they’ll be watching The Goonies, ET and many classic animated shorts!

The Redford Theatre: Times Vary $5

More Details:Events Archive – Redford Theatre

Friday-Sunday, November 18 -20


See the majesty of dinosaurs in Little Caesar’s Arena. Photo Courtesy of Jurassic World Live Tour

Jurassic World Live Tour

Experience the thrills and chills of in person dinosaurs including a T-Rex 40 feet in length. With 24 dinosaurs operated by performers and animatronics, you will not want to miss the majesty of such a spectacle.

Little Caesars Arena: Times Vary $20

More Details: Jurassic World Live Tour in Detroit, MI


Saturday and Sunday, November 19 and 20

Holiday Markets

Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean that Eastern Market will be closing it’s doors. During the holiday markets, you can treat yourself to something hot and sweet while shopping for Christmas Trees and other decor.

Eastern Market: 10 am- 4 pm Free

More Details: Eastern Market


Join City Tour Detroit for a tour of the 8 Mile filming locations

Sunday, November 20

8 Mile: The Movie Sites Tour

Visit the many Detroit filming locations where Jimmy Smith Jr. or B-Rabbit, played by Eminem, hung out as he attempted to rise above a dysfunctional family life and unfulfilling 9 to 5 and take his one shot at becoming a rap star.

Downtown Detroit departure / 1 pm – 5 pm / $65

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Ongoing through December 15

Downtown Markets and the Cadillac Lounge

Visit Cadillac Square to enjoy artisanal delights from local vendors. Then enjoy some R&R in the Cadillac Lounge where they have food, drinks, games, and most importantly: heating!

Cadillac Square: 11 am – 8 pm Free

More details: Downtown Detroit Markets and The Cadillac Lodge – Downtown Detroit Partnership


Ongoing through January 29

Monroe Street Midway Winter Wonderland

Savor the cold with the Monroe Street Midway’s first winter themed installation. This year, expect rides, games, and snacks all designed to warm you up when you’re out in the snow.

Monroe Street Midway: Thursday: 11am-8pm, Friday and Saturday: 11am-10pm, Sunday: 11am-8pm Free

More Details: Decked Out Detroit


Ongoing through December 4

UniverSoul Circus

Come see the breathtaking stunts of UniverSoul’s talented crew. Returning once again in their yellow and red big top; you can’t miss ‘em

Across from The Aretha Franklin Ampitheatre: Times Vary $27-$53

More Details:Shows & Tickets (




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