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Where Culture Thrives

From chart-topping musicians to distinctive museums, Detroit’s cultural scene is at its prime. Take in a Broadway production at the historic Fox Theatre or Fisher Theatre, see your favorite band play at the Detroit Masonic Temple, or watch a classical performance at the opulent Detroit Opera House. Fine-art seekers will be impressed by the Detroit Institute of Arts, whose 66,000-object collection is in the top six in the USA. See the world’s largest African-American historical collection at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History or the only museum dedicated to the Arab-American experience at the Arab American National Museum. Detroit’s downtown teems with unique architecture and monuments. Take a self-guided or group tour for a history lesson and great photo ops.

 

Legacies that Matter

At the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, a diverse group of artifacts and exhibits – including the Rosa Parks bus and John F. Kennedy’s presidential limousine – showcase U.S. grit, innovation and invention. Don’t miss the Ford Rouge Factory Tour, a working vehicle assembly line for the F-150 pickup truck. To further appreciate the legacy of Michigan native Henry Ford, you can walk the well-worn floors of the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant. It retains many of its original features since it functioned as the assembly plant for the Ford Model T. Detroit has a rich musical history as well. Visit the Motown Museum, also called Hitsville U.S.A., to see the instruments and recording equipment used by iconic names such as Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin and The Supremes. And as the birthplace of Techno, Detroit hosts Movement, an annual electronic dance music festival.

 

How Locals Eat, Drink and Have Fun

Professional hockey, football, basketball and baseball are an integral part of the Detroit character. With the new Little Casers Arena in District Detroit, a 50-block sports-and-entertainment district under development, all four sports teams’ home venues are within walking distance of each other. Explore the eclectic promenade of entertainment and outdoor recreation along the RiverWalk fronting the Detroit River. In the summer, downtown’s Campus Martius Park transforms into an urban beach and serves as an events epicenter the rest of the year. The aquarium, conservatory, museum and beach at Belle Isle Park in the Detroit River are great for nature and outdoor activities. Ride the QLine streetcar or rent a bike through MoGo, Detroit’s bike share program, to see it all. Feeling hungry yet? National Geographic named Detroit one of its “6 Unexpected Cities for Food Lovers.” Sample fine dining, food cart fare and international cuisine; wash it down with an ever-expanding selection of local craft beer.

Fun Fact

Hitsville U.S.A. and the Motown Museum
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Detroit is the birthplace of both the Motown and Techno music genres.

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The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy
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Detroit is the only city in the lower 48 U.S. states where you can look south instead of north to see Canada.

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Built in 1925, the Fillmore Detroit was previously known as the Palms Theatre and the State Theatre
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With 13,000 seats in a two-block radius, Detroit is the second-largest theater district in the USA.

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Panoramic view of the Heroes of the Sky exhibit inside The Henry Ford Museum in Detroit, Michigan
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Visiting food, music and arts exhibitors at Arts, Beats & Eats
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ABE Photography

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Arts, Beats & Eats

September

Music under the stars at the Detroit Jazz Festival
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Bill Bowen

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Detroit Jazz Festival

September

Halloween dress-up fun at the Detroit Zoo Boo event
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Grant Diefenbach

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Detroit Zoo Boo

October

A festive day watching America’s Thanksgiving Parade in downtown Detroit
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The Parade Company
Lights illuminating buildings for the Big Bright Light Show in Rochester
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Camera Jesus

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Big Bright Light Show

December

Browsing displays at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit
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North American International Auto Show
Maceo Plex and Ben Klock performing at Movement Electronic Music Festival at Hart Plaza
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Maceo Plex and Ben Klock
Ford Fireworks show along the Detroit River to kick off Independence Day festivities
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Bill Bowen

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Ford Fireworks

June

Children tinkering to create projects at The Henry Ford’s Maker Faire
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Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation
Admiring classic cars participating in the Woodward Dream Cruise
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Bill Bowen

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Woodward Dream Cruise

August

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