Looking for things to do in Detroit this weekend? Check out my top five Detroit events for the weekend of December 8 – 10, 2023! This weekly blog series features five Detroit events happening in the Detroit and metro area on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Hi, friends! Looking for fun things to do in Detroit this weekend?

Fun holiday events for the kids, antique shopping for holiday gifts, and sophisticated fun at the theater happening this weekend!

Here are my top five event picks I’ve rounded up for you. Have the best time! xoxo


Top five Detroit events happening this weekend December 8 – 10, 2023. In the table below, tap the event you’re interested in learning more about to jump ahead to the event details.

One Sleepy Night – Detroit @ The Garden TheaterDecember 8 – 9
Kids’ Holiday Stocking Workshop @ CatfeSaturday, December 9
Holiday Open House @ Clawson Antiques Etc.Saturday, December 9 – 10
The Snowman @ the DSOSaturday, December 9
The All-City Poetry Showcase @ the Detroit Public TheatreSunday, December 10
Jump ahead! Tap the event title you’d like more information about!
Things to Do in Detroit This Weekend
Things to Do in Detroit This Weekend: One Sleepy Night Detroit
Photo courtesy of Hart Entertainment.

One Sleep Night – Detroit | $40 – $50 Adults, $10 Kids

Date: Friday – Saturday (December 8 – 9)

Time: Friday – Saturday @ 7:00 p.m. | Matinee performance on Dec. 9th @ 1 p.m.

Place: The Garden Theater | 3929 Woodward Ave., Detroit 48201

Event Link: https://onesleepynight.com/tickets/

Event Summary: The opening night of the faith-based musical performance One Sleepy Night – Detroit kicks off on Friday, December 8th (with preview shows December 6 – 7).

Tickets run for $50 for adults and $10 for children ages 3 – 12. Check out the FAQ’s page here for more details.

Detroit Events: Catfe Lounge Holdiay Stocking Workshop in Ferndale, Michigan
Photo courtesy of Catfe Lounge.

Kids’ Holiday Stocking Workshop | $15

Date: Saturday, December 9

Time: starts at 11:00 a.m.

Place: Catfe Lounge | 686 Livernois St. Ferndale 48220

Event Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kids-holiday-stocking-workshop-tickets-760589823637

Event Summary: Take the kids to Catfe Lounge in Ferndale to a fun holiday workshop that’s for a good cause!

At this workshop, kids can customize a holiday stocking for their furry friend and fill the stocking with toys. There will be hot cocoa available, too.

The cost of the event is $15 per child, and all proceeds go to the rescued cats and kittens at Ferndale Cat Shelter.

Things to Do in Detroit This Weekend: The Snowman at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Photo courtesy of the DSO

The Snowman | Young People’s Family Concerts | Prices vary.

Date: Saturday, December 9

Time: starts at 11 a.m.

Place: Detroit Symphony Orchestra |

Event Link: https://www.dso.org/events-and-tickets/events/23-24-fall/the-snowman

Event Summary: Here’s a heartwarming holiday event you may love: watching the Academy Award-nominated short film The Snowman projected on a big screen while the DSO performs the score live.

Things to Do in Detroit This Weekend: Clawson Antqiue Etc. Holiday Open House in Clawson, Michigan.
Photo courtesy of Clawson Antiques Etc.

Holiday Open House at Clawson Antiques Etc.

Date: December 9 – 10 (Saturday & Sunday)

Time: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. (Satruday) | 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. (Sunday)

Place: Clawson Antiques Etc. | 118 S. Main St., Clawson, MI

Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/ClawsonAntiquesMichigan

Event Summary: I love antique and vintage shopping, and Clawson Antique Etc.’s holiday event sounds like a wonderful idea for finding unique holiday decor and gifts!

The vintage shop sells festive antique and vintage items (I checked their Facebook page and loved seeing the photos).

Free raffle prizes and refreshments will also be available.

Things to Do in Detroit This Weekend: All-City Poetry
Photo courtesy of Joel Fluent Greene Presents

The All-City Poetry Showcase | $15 – $ 25

Date: Sunday, December 10

Time: Doors at 5:30 p.m. | 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Place: Detroit Public Theatre | 3960 Third Ave., Midtown Detroit

Event Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-all-city-poetry-showcase-tickets-698612999287

Event Summary: Joel Fluent Greene Presents the All-City Poetry Showcase at the Detroit Public Theatre.

Enjoy an evening of “sophisticated fun” with cocktails and a writing workshop at 5:30 p.m., and the main event starting at 7 p.m.

Phenomenal creatives will be performing, such as Joel Fluent Greene (host), Galaxy, Mack Thursday, Mic Phelp, Dezha, and more!


“Top Five Event Picks” is a weekly blog series where Jennifer shares her top five Detroit events happening Friday, Saturday, and Sunday that she thinks you’d love to check out!

Jennifer’s favorite types of things to do in Detroit and the metro area are to attend art exhibitions, the farmers market, local cafes, community happenings, music concerts, and local festivals.

She also loves to explore Detroit’s hidden gems because she believes community events and local treasures show the heart and soul of the city.

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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.

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