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Top Family Events to Look Forward To In 2020

There are so many exciting family events happening in Detroit all year long – mark your calendars and start making plans.




  • February 7-9: Winter Blast Weekend
    • Zipline down Woodward, ride a giant slide and strap on some skis (os skates) in Campus Martius for the annual free summer festival.
  • Tuesday, February 25: Fat Tuesday (aka Paczki Day) 
    • Take a trip to Hamtramck and pick up a ‘giant donut’ at a traditional Polish bakery.


  • Sunday, March 15: Detroit St. Patrick’s Parade
    • Don some green and get ready to party in Corktown, Detroit’s oldest neighborhood.
  • Sunday, March 22: Marche du Nain Rouge
    • Think of the Marche as Detroit’s little Mardi Gras. The neighborhood parade features human-powered floats, live music and symbols of Detroit’s unique communities.
  • Monday, March 30: Detroit Tigers Opening Day
    • Get tickets to see the Tigers take on Kansas City for the 2020 season home opener (don’t forget to wear layers).


  • May 17: Flower Day
    • Flower Day takes place every year on the Sunday after Mother’s Day and growers offer a wide variety of flowers at a great value.
  • May 23-25: MOVEMENT
    • Electronic music is for everyone and the three-day festival is open to all ages.
  • May 25-31: Rocket Mortgage Classic
    • Watch the world’s best golfers take the green at the Detroit Golf Club.
  • May 29-31: Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix
    • Watch fast cars take the pavement on Belle Isle at the annual racing event.


  • June 13-20: North American International Auto Show
    • The Auto Show is now a summer event and the Motor City will be a buzz with new activities and activation.
  • Monday, June 22: Ford Fireworks
    • Find a seat on the riverfront and watch the beautiful Ford Fireworks.


  • July 8-14: Concert of Colors
    • The Concert of Colors is a free celebration of the many ethnicities and cultures represented by the people of southeast Michigan and the indigenous music of Detroit.
  • Sunday, July 12: Detroit Kite Festival
    • Let’s go fly a kite (and make one) on Belle Isle.
  • July 25 & 26: Mo Pop
    • Detroit’s Coachella (that’s family friendly) featuring emerging and established indie-rock, pop, and hip-hop artists.
  • Sunday, TBD: Log Cabin Day
    • Get a rare look inside the historic 1800s Log Cabin at Palmer Park and enjoy an afternoon of free family fun.


  • August 1 & 2: Belle Isle Art Fair
    • Find art, meet artists and make art at the Belle Isle Art Fair.
  • August 21-23: Detroit Hydrofest
    • Watch the world’s fastest automotive powered hydroplanes race on the Detroit River.


  • September 4-7: Detroit Jazz Festival
    • Every Labor Day weekend, jazz legends in their prime and up-and-coming artists perform at location around downtown for FREE concerts.
  • September 19-20: Parktoberfest
    • Head to Beacon Park for a Big Biergarten Tent, fall food favorites, live music, kids activities, traditional games, dance, and competitions.
  • September 25 & 26: DLECTRICITY
    • The free festival will electrify Midtown Detroit’s Woodward Corridor + Beacon Park as artists light up buildings and and activate unexpected spaces using projected images, video, light, performance, sound and other artistic practices that engage technology.


  • October 16-18: Detroit Free Press Marathon
    • Run a mile, marathon or the Kid’s Fun Run.
  • October 24: Harvest Fest
    • Harvest Fest is a FREE festival on the Detroit Riverfront with hayrides, pumpkin patches, trick or treating, inflatables, live music and more.


  • Friday, November 20: Tree Lighting Ceremony
    • Carols will be sung, the tree will be lit and the ice rink will open at Campus Martius as hundreds gather together to celebrate the holiday season.
  • Thursday, November 26: America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
    •  Bundle up before turkey and watch the floats march down Woodward Avenue.


  • Saturday, December 5: Noel Night
    • Hundreds of venues in Midtown will open their doors for special events, performances, and hands-on activities.
  • Thursday, December 10: Menorah In The D
    • Celebrate the Festival of Lights with the annual menorah lighting at Campus Martius.




About Carrie Budzinski

Carrie Budzinski is the Vice President of LittleGuide Detroit. She grew up in Livonia and Detroit and continues to live life in both cities. Carrie loves exploring the city and finding hidden gems in the suburbs..

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