Birmingham’s Uptown Film Festival honors area filmmakers reaping the benefits of the Michigan Film Incentive, which—since it was passed in 2008—has stepped to the forefront of the film industry with the creation of more than 11,000 jobs. Comedies, dramas, and documentaries from the Mitten and beyond squeeze into the projector’s cylindrical glow at the Birmingham 8 and Birmingham Palladium 12 theaters, where several films will be debuting their Michigan premieres. Festive galas and postshow parties allow cinephiles to drop spec scripts in the drinks of their favorite filmmakers, each of whom longs for an award from a discerning crew of local professionals and film critics.
The 17 acres inside the Michigan Renaissance Festival don't obey the rules of the outside world. Instead, they bring the 16th century back in vivid tapestry-color—and though the celebration only lasts a few short weeks, the festival has been a beloved local tradition for more than three decades, drawing more than 250,000 people each year.
Step through the gates, and explore recreated Renaissance-era buildings including stables and a castle. Nearby shops host more than 300 artisans, selling wares such as metal sculptures or lavish costumes. Tavern owners roast turkey legs over open flames, while entertainers continuously weave throughout the streets and perform on 17 themed stages. Comedy, music, and full-contact jousting unfolds to the delight of the crowd, which may even include Queen Elizabeth herself, assuming she remembers where she put her horse keys.
The home field of the Detroit Tigers was practically built for kids. Young fans can enjoy riding in baseball-shaped cars on the Ferris wheel, taking turns on a tiger-theme carousel, and testing their swing in batting cages. And, after Sunday games, kids line up beneath the scoreboard to run the bases.
When it comes to classic date ideas, it’s hard to top a trip to this historic movie theater, which was first built in 1928 and still features live organ music 30-minutes before each show. Dates can share popcorn (with real butter!) while watching classic films like Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Singin’ In the Rain.
When all you need is a night of sobs or laughs, Detroit's Joe Louis Arena is there with theater for you.
Make the trip to this club even more savory with a visit to their fine restaurant.
Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly activities at this club just as much as mom and dad.
Tap your foot to Joe Louis Arena's tunes — live performances are often showcased here.
Loud crowds paired with a healthy sound system keep the volume level at this club at the edge of ear-splitting.
You may be better off finding a table during the week, as weekends at the club tend to be packed.
Both street parking and lot parking are available near Joe Louis Arena.
Make use of the safe and efficient bike parking at Joe Louis Arena.
If tuna and yellowtail are part of your plans for the evening, check out Ignite Sushi Bar and Lounge in Detroit's Downtown neighborhood.
This sushi spot guests can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
Need to catch up on some work or the latest news? Get online at Ignite Sushi Bar and Lounge with their complimentary wifi.
Patrons are encouraged to step to the beat of a live DJ.
Weekends are when crowds really head to Ignite Sushi Bar and Lounge, so plan accordingly.
Ample parking is available in the area.
Ignite Sushi Bar and Lounge can be pricey, so plan accordingly.
Switch up your routine lunch or dinner option and head to Ignite Sushi Bar and Lounge for a selection of creative sushi dishes.