Did you go to Eastern Market After Dark (EMAD)?

It’s one of my favorite Detroit summer events! I always say Eastern Market After Dark feels like an end of summer celebration because it usually happens a week or two before the first day of fall.

And SO MANY people from Detroit and the metro area come out to this event! According to Eastern Market’s website, over 30,000 people attended last year’s event. Wow!

I had so much fun at EMAD 2023 catching up with friends, browsing products from small business vendors, checking out the art installations (part of Design Core Detroit’s Month of Design), and dancing to music.

Here are the photos I took at Eastern Market After Dark.


This year, I decided to dress up a little. I thrifted a black faux leather skirt ($4 at Salvation Army!) and wore it with a dressy black tank top, black fishnet tights, and my hot pink Doc Marten boots.

My beautiful red earrings were gifted to me from very talented Detroit artist (and dancer!) Aurora.

Eastern Market After Dark 2023
This is the only event detail photo I took! Doh!

I didn’t realize this until the day after the event, but I completely forgot to take pictures of the event details. I did get some video footage, but honestly, I was too busy having fun and talking with friends!

Ask Jennyfer Detroit
Jennyfer (aka Ask Jennyfer) and I at EMAD 2023
Eastern Market After Dark 2023
Hanging out with Colin, Jennyfer, and her hubby Damond

My friend Colin was at Eastern Market After Dark selling his brand’s cool Detroit-themed tees and his books.

Check out his work on Instagram, too. He makes fun, interesting videos about cool places in Detroit!

Stopped by my friend Blight‘s vendor booth.
Ho! Ho! Ho! It’s always a fun time when I see Blight. We’re always laughing!
Check out Blight’s art and fashion on his Instagram!
So good seeing my dear friend Zach!
Great seeing Detroit photographer Elonte Davis! I went to his photography exhibition this past summer, and his work is phenomenal!
Good to see Monique (Raggedy Bags), Shionne Designs Jewelry, Nikki (Flamingo Vintage), and Kim (Canfield Consortium).


All photos were taken by Jennifer Hamra for Good Life Detroit.

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Jennifer Hamra

Freelance creative Jennifer Hamra created her blog Good Life Detroit in 2015 after relocating from Tennessee to Southeast Michigan.

Inspired by her love for personal blogging and photography, Jennifer likes to share her favorite Detroit things, from cool places to visit (the hidden gems are her favorite!) to the amazing people she has connected with over the years.

When she's not busy juggling family life and her creative projects, you can find her at an art gallery, community event, farmers market, or spending quiet time at home with a good book and cup of tea.

Jennifer lives in the metro Detroit area with her husband Travis and their six children.

Connect with Jennifer on social media @goodlifedetroit on all social media platforms. Email at [email protected].