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


So many fun Detroit events happening this weekend!

Here are my top five event picks if you’re looking for things to do in Detroit and the metro area.

Have the best time! xoxo

THINGS TO DO IN DETROIT: DECEMBER 1 – 3, 2023

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Flamingo Vintage’s 5th Anniversary Party Friday, December 1st – starts at 7:30 p.m.
Dodge Park Ice RinkOpens Friday, December 1st (ongoing seasonal event)
Noel Night 2023Saturday, December 2nd – starts at 5 p.m.
It’s a Wonderful Life @ Senate TheaterSaturday, December 2nd – doors at 7 p.m.
Pewabic Pottery’s Holiday ShowcaseSeasonal ongoing event – ends Dec. 24th
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Things to Do in Detroit
Flamingo Vintage Five-Year Anniversary Party in Detroit, Michigan
Photo courtesy of Flamingo Vintage

Flamingo Vintage’s 5th Anniversary Party

Date: Friday, December 1

Time: starts at 7:30 p.m.

Place: Flamingo Vintage | 5449 W. Vernor, Detroit

Event Summary: Celebrate Flamingo Vintage’s 5th anniversary! So many fun things happening from the Detroit Party Marching Band to an art pop-up featuring Detroit artist Sheefy McFly.

Plus, clothing will be 30% off!


Photo courtesy of Sterling Hgts. Parks & Rec.

Dodge Park Ice Rink

Date: Opens Friday, Dec. 1st (See official website for more info.)

Dodge Park Ice Rink Hours: Days and times vary. See info below, and make sure to check the official website for more information.

Monday – Thursday: 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday: 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Place: Dodge Park | 40620 Utica Rd., Sterling Heights 48313

Event Link: https://www.sterlingheights.gov/1650/Dodge-Park-Ice-Rink

Event Summary: Dodge Park Ice Rink in Sterling Heights kicks off their fall/winter season on Friday, Decemeber 1st. There are also themed event days/nights, so check out the official website for more details!


Noel Night produced by Midtown Detroit
Noel Night Photo courtesy of Midtown Detroit

49th Annual Noel Night

Date: Saturday, December 2

Time: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. (Cultural Center Districts)

5 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Midtown Detroit)

Place: Midtown Detroit and Cultural Center Districts

Event Link: https://www.noelnight.org/

Event Summary: The 49th Annual Noel Night is a treasured holiday tradition in the city of Detroit. We took the kids last year, and they had so much fun.

So many small businesses and organizations participate in this event! You can enjoy live music performances, holiday shopping at local businesses, visits with Santa, diy holiday activities, and more. Shuttle bus service is also available for free.

Honestly, it’s almost impossible to visit every participating business, organization, and event on Noel Night. I always wish I can see every single holiday activity and event on Noel Night, but it’s so hard to do because there are so many fun things happening in a short time span!

For this reason, I highly recommend you pick up a program or check out the Noel Night map online to plan your visit ahead of time.

That’s what we did! We already know which events and what area we’re going to focus on for this year’s event. Hope that helps!


It's a Wonderful Life movie event at the Senate Theater in Detroit
Photo courtesy of the Senate Theater

Movie: It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) at the Senate Theater | $6

Date: Saturday, December 2

Time: 7:00 p.m. (Doors) | 7:30 p.m. (Organ Overture) | 8:00 p.m. (Film)

Place: Senate Theater | 6424 Michigan Ave., Detroit

Event Link: https://app.gopassage.com/events/21007

Event Summary: The Senate Theater will show the 1946 holiday movie classic It’s a Wonderful Life this Saturday.

Doors open at 7 p.m., and the film runs 2 hours and 10 minutes. (I can’t believe I still haven’t seen this movie classic!)

Perfect idea for a holiday date night or to take the family out for a holiday movie.


Pewabic Pottery’s Holiday Showcase

Date: This is an ongoing event that ends on Christmas Eve (Dec. 24th). Visit Pewabic’s official website here for more details.

Time: Times vary. See website for details.

Place: 10125 E Jefferson Ave, Detroit 48214

Event Link: https://www.pewabic.org/pages/events

Event Summary: Pewabic is hosting a Holiday Showcase of their Winter 2023 Collection. Independent artists’ work will also be featured at this showcase event.

Also on view is Pewabic’s current art exhibition Pewabic: Detroit’s Pottery.


ABOUT TOP FIVE EVENT PICKS

“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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Email your media request to jennifer@goodlifedetroit.com. Click here to read more about Jennifer and her lifestyle blog 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.

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