Festivals in Detroit

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Challenge Nation pioneered the urban-adventure race with a race season that includes visits to more than 35 cities across the country. Each scavenger hunt is personalized to the hosting city, exploring its many diverse neighborhoods with a series of clues that would test even the most skilled children's-book detective. The teams?composed of at least two people?vie for a $300 first-place prize. The Amazing Race?style competition rewards quick wits and wise planning over physical fitness, so the best way to prepare is by doing logic puzzles while eating Funyuns and lounging in a La-Z-Boy. The top 25 teams qualify, the top five receiving free entry, to compete in the national championship, which rewards winning teams with a $5,000 cash prize.

45 Monroe Street
Detroit,
MI
US

At the third annual Stage Fright Halloween party, costumed partygoers wander among visual displays and line up at a cash bar to the beats of three local DJs. Screens light up with scenes from popular horror films as patrons explore corridors laden with ghastly props. Monsters and goons storm the stage for a heart-stopping show, and at midnight all the venue's denizens come together to dance to Michael Jackson's "Thriller." DJ Cue, DJ Matt Aubrey, and DJ Tommy Holiday keep ventricles pumping at full speed with sets that continue until 2 a.m., the time at which the goblins' mothers order them home to bed.

2115 Woodward Avenue
Detroit,
MI
US

On March 31, Detroit Home Opener Festival takes over the Madison Avenue Festival Grounds with the Detroit Home Opener Festival, a block party celebrating the opening day of the baseball season. Starting at 9 a.m. and going into the night, fans can converge in heated tents where bartenders pour beer and mix cocktails. After grabbing their drinks, they can head outdoors for a food-truck rally and other entertainment. Block partiers can play festival games or pitch balls at a dunk tank, wherein Home Opener girls sit precariously above cold water. Meanwhile, a hot-dog-eating contest keeps eaters satiated, and live bands and local DJs entertain crowds with games of vinyl frisbee.

431 Macomb Street
Detroit,
MI
US

At All Things Detroit events, small business owners, artists, instructors, and all sorts of other creative artisans unite for two primary reasons: to network with consumers and support the local business scene. Organized by Jennyfer Crawford of Ask Jennyfer fame, the event will showcase locally made products from more than 60 vendors and businesses. Attendees can examine Detroit-themed artwork, jam to local bands, and even participate in interactive demonstrations. Plus, even if they don't find anything they want to buy, those in attendance may not go home empty-handed since raffles and giveaways allow everyone to join in on the festivities.

2934 Russell St.
Detroit,
MI
US

When baseball season starts for the Detroit Tigers, it's time to celebrate. And at The Opening Day Festival, fans do just that?for 13 hours. The festival starts at 9 a.m. and runs until 10 p.m. But don't worry, it never gets dull. An epic roster of DJs spins back-to-back sets, and fans can always refuel in a heated beer tent with a full bar and snacks. There's baseball too, of course, playing on an array of HDTV screens. Meanwhile, party buses ferry revelers to and from six different pubs throughout the city, resolving transit concerns more effectively than a single, perseverant dragon.

1850 Michigan Ave
Detroit,
MI
US

Downtown Detroit will turn into a beer-lover's paradise on Saturday, October 25 for the I Am Detroit Beer Festival, sponsored by I Am Detroit t-shirt company. Ticket-holders use their free rides on the People Mover to cruise to four different beer bars on a tour of the best suds in the city. After emptying their steins in a timely fashion, festival-goers convene at an outdoor after-party to sample craft brews from more than 50 different brands. Each ticket also includes a free I Am Detroit t-shirt.

450 West Fort Street
Detroit,
MI
US