Detroit muralist Ijania Cortez paints the city neon | Fall Arts Guide | Detroit

Detroit muralist Ijania Cortez paints the city neon |  Fall Arts Guide |  Detroit

click to enlarge Photo Courtesy Ijania Cortez. Ijania Cortez loves her mama. You may be reading this and thinking that’s an interesting way to start a story about one of Detroit’s most talented artists and muralists, but her love for her mother is one of two things Cortez sparkles about while we interview her. “My … Read more

Forget about those digital ‘immersive’ exhibits — the DIA has the good stuff with upcoming ‘Van Gogh in America’ | Fall Arts Guide | Detroit

Forget about those digital 'immersive' exhibits — the DIA has the good stuff with upcoming 'Van Gogh in America' |  Fall Arts Guide |  Detroit

click to enlarge Though he is known as one of the most famous artists in history, the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh never saw commercial success before his death in 1890. So he would probably be pretty confused about what happened in Detroit over the past year. So were we. Last year, at least six … Read more

The Detroit Jazz Festival returns downtown | Festival Guide | Detroit

The Detroit Jazz Festival returns downtown |  Festival Guide |  Detroit

click to enlarge Photo Courtesy The Detroit Jazz Festival switched to a livestream format amid the pandemic. It’s back in-person for the first time since this year. Over the past two years, music festivals everywhere were canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some managed to keep going. The Detroit Jazz Festival was one that absolutely … Read more

Motor City Comic Con is back to hosting two conventions this year | Festival Guide | Detroit

Motor City Comic Con is back to hosting two conventions this year |  Festival Guide |  Detroit

click to enlarge Josh Justice It’s hammer time: A fan at Motor City Comic Con. It’s arguably never been a better time to be a geek. Comic book culture is bigger than ever, thanks to the onslaught of blockbuster superhero film adaptations from Marvel and DC Comics. Popularity is so high that it’s perhaps no … Read more

Spunky, punky Hamtramck Labor Day Festival has always been about resilience | Festival Guide | Detroit

Spunky, punky Hamtramck Labor Day Festival has always been about resilience |  Festival Guide |  Detroit

click to enlarge Konrad Maziarz The Hamtramck Yacht Club Canoe Race sees on lookers pelt wheel-driven “canoes” with water balloons. According to the event’s official website, the idea for the Hamtramck Labor Day Festival arose during a dark time in 1980 as the city faced an economic crisis. “At the time, then-Mayor Robert Kozaren, with … Read more

Detroit Auto Show rebrands as it rolls into the Motor City for warmer-weather reboot | Festival Guide | Detroit

Detroit Auto Show rebrands as it rolls into the Motor City for warmer-weather reboot |  Festival Guide |  Detroit

click to enlarge Photo Courtesy Guests test out a new car at a NAIAS event. After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) returns to downtown Detroit this September, ushering in a new season for one of Detroit’s largest events — literally. Since 1989, NAIAS has taken over … Read more

At this year’s Michigan Brewers Guild Fall Beer Festival, ‘hefty’ suds will dominate the offerings | Festival Guide | Detroit

At this year's Michigan Brewers Guild Fall Beer Festival, 'hefty' suds will dominate the offerings |  Festival Guide |  Detroit

click to enlarge Derek Dandridge A beer aficionado at Detroit’s Michigan Brewers Guild Fall Beer Festival. Fall isn’t just about pumpkin spice lattes and apple cider. Sometimes it’s about deep umber, smoky stouts, with an overload of whopping malt and just a touch of creaminess. Maybe it’s about settling into the cold weather months clutching … Read more

Royal Oak’s Arts, Beats & Eats celebrates 25 years with more national music, brand activations | Festival Guide | Detroit

Royal Oak's Arts, Beats & Eats celebrates 25 years with more national music, brand activations |  Festival Guide |  Detroit

click to enlarge Eighteen Photography A crowd at Arts, Beats & Eats in 2021. For the 25th Arts, Beats & Eats — Royal Oak’s annual Labor Day festival — organizers say they’re going big. “We’ve kind of stepped up our music,” says producer Jon Witz, noting that the festival has invested more into bringing national … Read more

The Michigan Renaissance Festival opens the gates for any fairytale character imaginable in The Realm | Festival Guide | Detroit

The Michigan Renaissance Festival opens the gates for any fairytale character imaginable in The Realm |  Festival Guide |  Detroit

click to enlarge K.macke Photography, Flickr Creative Commons Michigan Renaissance Festival attendees immerse themselves in another world. A band of fairies, wenches, Vikings, and other fantastical characters have descended on the city of Holly for the Michigan Renaissance Festival. Expect all the giant turkey legs, jousting, and Elizabethan corsets during the quirky festival, which runs … Read more

This could be Detroit’s biggest Dally in the Alley yet | Festival Guide | Detroit

This could be Detroit's biggest Dally in the Alley yet |  Festival Guide |  Detroit

click to enlarge Steve Neavling Revelers Dallying the in Alley. After being canceled the previous two years due to COVID-19, Dally in the Alley, the annual one-day festival in Detroit’s Cass Corridor, will return on Saturday, Sept. 10 with nearly 50 music acts and dozens of art, retail, and food vendors. The largest community-run festival … Read more