Things to Do in Detroit
Detroit Attractions and Events
Looking for some fun while in Detroit? We have a full roster of attractions, events and things to do all year long. For a full listing, visit visitdetroit.com.
Cars, Culture, Gaming, Music & Sports
You can rev up just about any day to experience why Detroit is the Motor City. For historic Detroit attractions, visit the elegant homes of the auto barons including Dodge and Ford, or explore the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, the birthplace of the Model T. The Henry Ford, America's greatest history attraction, offers a tour of the Ford Rouge Factory that showcases environmental innovation and industrial production. Tour the Automotive Hall of Fame with in-depth visual and interactive exhibits about automotive history, its leaders and innovators.
Just three miles from downtown, head to Detroit’s Cultural Center, which is chock-full of art, science and history museums. Check out the 100 galleries of The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), with a collection that is among the top six in the United States. Explore the Detroit Historical Museum across from the DIA with its popular Streets of Detroit showcase. The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is the only one of its kind in the country. Visit the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) for an edgier arts experience. Performing arts offerings include Broadway shows, headliner entertainers, opera, dance, and the symphony at the fabulous Fox Theatre, Detroit Opera House, Fisher Theatre, and Max M. Fisher Music Center.
We're open 24/7 in The D. Try your luck at thousands of slot machines and table games at our three major downtown casinos -- Greektown Casino-Hotel, MGM Grand Detroit and MotorCity Casino Hotel. Each offers live entertainment, lodging, fine and casual dining. For horseracing fans, Northville Downs features harness and thoroughbred racing, and Hazel Park Raceway serves up live harness racing during summer months, and year-round simulcast broadcasts.
Detroit is Motown. Visit the Motown Museum — Hitsville USA -- to see where the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and other stars revolutionized the world of music. Find jazz, rock, soul, classical, and more at venues in our five destination districts. Enjoy headliner shows at The Palace of Auburn Hills and DTE Energy Music Theatre, or jazz in intimate settings like Cliff Bell's. For ultra-hip concert venues, check out the Fillmore Detroit, St. Andrews or the Majestic Theatre.
Major league sporting events are on the agenda year-round in metro Detroit. Even if you can't get a ticket, a must see is Comerica Park where giant tigers guard the gates for our Detroit Tigers professional baseball team. The Detroit Lions football team roars at Ford Field next door, and across downtown proper, Joe Louis Arena is home to the Detroit Red Wings. Head out to the suburb of Auburn Hills to The Palace of Auburn Hills to watch the Detroit Pistons play championship basketball.
Major Detroit Events
The year begins with the North American International Auto Show in January, followed by two winter celebrations, Motown Winter Blast and the Plymouth International Ice Sculpture Festival. Spring brings the WYCD Downtown Hoedown and Movement: Detroit Electronic Music Festival. Summer days are filled with fun at Detroit River Days, Concours d'Elegance of America, Ford Fireworks, African World Festival, Woodward Dream Cruise, Arts, Beats & Eats, and the Detroit Jazz Festival. Fall and winter events include Detroit Free Press Talmer Bank Marathon, America’s Thanksgiving Parade and Noel Night in downtown's Cultural Center.
To get the latest on happenings in and around The D, go to visitdetroit.com.
The Marriott at the Renaissance Center is the tallest hotel in North America. When it was opened in 1977, it was the tallest hotel in the world.