7 Unique Events You Don’t Want to Miss This Weekend

by | Sep 17, 2021 | Creative Destinations

After a long week filled with work, the kids being back in school, and other daily tasks, it’s time to take a break and celebrate the arrival of the weekend. If you are looking for some unique events to visit over the course of the next two days, the list below is a great place to start!

The 49th annual Motor City Pride Festival is returning to Detroit’s Hart Plaza  September 18-19. The event will feature on-site vendors, food, and plenty of entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. There will also be live performances from a mix of musicians including Alise King and our 2018 Music Choice of the Month Acoustic Ash. Check out the details below for more information about this amazing celebration of diversity, equality, and love.

Saturday Festival: 1:00pm-8:00pm (gates close at 7:00 pm)
Sunday Parade: 12:00 pm
Sunday Festival: 12:30 pm – 7:00 pm (gates close at 6:00 pm)

Admission Cost: $5.00 / ages 12+
Charles H. Wright Museum Jubilee Day Celebration

(Photo courtesy: Mercedes Mehling/Unsplash)

2. Equinox Party

If you previously missed the first performance of Midnight Mercedes, our current Music Choice of the Month, you can catch them in action at the Equinox Party in Ypsilanti. Pack up your favorite blanket, lawn chair, and beverage, and get ready for an amazing night filled with live music! To see the complete lineup of performers click here.

Admission Cost: $15.00

(Photo courtesy: Midnight Mercedes)


If you are a fan of contemporary feminist art, you’ll want to check out the first-ever Womxnhouse Detroit exhibition opening this Saturday from 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm with co-curators Asia Hamilton and Laura Earle. The exhibition mirrors the original groundbreaking project, Womanhouse, created by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro in 1972, and is set to feature 15 Detroit artists who will activate rooms throughout the house. Artists will include Melinda “MeMe” Anderson of Studio M Detroit, Donna Jackson of DMJ Studio, Sabrina Nelson, and Jessica DeMuro Graves.

Womxnhouse Detroit – The Art of Being Female in America Today runs through October 23, 2021. More information about the event can be found by clicking here.

Admission Cost: Donation


(Graphic courtesy: WOMXNHOUSE Detroit )

4. Detroit Month of Design

Design Core’s 10th annual Detroit Month of Design Festival is halfway through its 2021 season, but there is still time to enjoy plenty of exhibitions, workshops, and more! Head over to Custer St. Open Studios to see works in progress by Detroit creatives, check out the Sashiko Denim Workshop hosted by Detroit Denim, or immerse yourself in Invisible Embrace, a sound installation/performance created via the joint efforts of  IS/LAND and Kresge Arts Fellowship recipient and sound innovator Joo Won Park. Want to see more events taking place tomorrow? Click here to view the full schedule.

Admission Costs (Per Event):
Custer St. Open Studios: Free
Sashiko Denim Workshop: $60.00
Invisible Embrace: Donation


(Photo courtesy: Design Core Detroit )

5. Detroit Foodie Fair

This Sunday, grab a friend, a fork, and make your way down to Shed 5 in Eastern Market to enjoy one-of-a-kind flavors from some of Michigan’s best artisans. Once you find your new favorite snack, be sure to cast your vote for ‘Best Foodie Find’! More information about the event can be found on the website here

Admission Cost: Free


(Photo courtesy: Detroit Foodie Fair )

6. Frankenfest

Don’t wait until Halloween to get your fill of fright, visit the Frankenfest festival for spooky thrills, chills, and delights! This new festival is set to showcase enchanting artworks and exhibits from local vendors along with literary guests and paranormal experts. This unique event runs Saturday from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm at Historic Fort Wayne, so conjure your broomstick and prepare for a day that’s sure to be wonderfully weird!

Admission Cost: Free


(Photo courtesy: Frankenfest)

7. End of Summer Showcase

If laughter is the best medicine, the Motor City Comedy Festival End of Summer Showcase is serving up a triple dose! This Sunday, join comedians T-Barb, Louis D. Michael, and Pat Sievert as they take to the stage at Detroit Shipping Company. Two shows will take place with T-Barb going live at 6:00 pm, followed by Louis D. Michael and Pat Sievert at 8:00 pm. To purchase tickets and learn more information about the comedians, click here.

Admission Cost: $20.00-$30.00


(Photo courtesy: Motor City Comedy Festival)

What other unique events or festivals will you attend this weekend? Share your plans in the comments or connect with me on Instagram to continue the conversation!

Post updated 9/17/2021 at 10:23pm

By Jess McKenzie

By Jess McKenzie

Jess McKenzie is a graphic designer from Detroit, MI with a passion for branding. She is a self-proclaimed nerd that loves 80s movies and longs for Saturday morning cartoons to return. When she is not tied to her computer, she can be found taking random road trips and practicing landscape photography.


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