SEASONAL HIGHLIGHTS

ART X DETROIT | SPRING

Art X Detroit: Kresge Arts Experience (AXD) is a 10-day festival of dance, literary, musical & theatrical performances, film screenings, visual arts installations, workshops, panel discussions & interactive experiences. AXD presents works created by the Kresge Eminent Artists and Artist Fellows. AXD will be hosted at multiple venues throughout Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center over a three-week period in April & is FREE to the public.

AXD is presented by The Kresge Foundation and produced by Midtown Detroit, Inc. AXD partners include: Kresge Arts in Detroit, College for Creative Studies, Creative Many, and MOCAD.

CONCERT OF COLORS | SUMMER

The Concert of Colors has the whole world in its bands. It’s a free 5 day celebration of the many ethnicities and cultures represented by the people of southeast Michigan and the indigenous music of Detroit.

World music, including the indigenous music of the Motor City, is the major focus of the Concert of Colors, but not the only focus. The festival also offers ethnic food and merchandise vendors and in 2014, restored the annual Forum on Community, Culture and Race.

DETROIT DESIGN FESTIVAL | FALL

The Detroit Design Festival is North America’s festival of independent design. With over 500 designers, 25,000 attendees and 30 Design Happenings, the DDF is our time to celebrate Detroit’s role as a global center of design and creativity. Concentrated in Detroit’s Creative Corridor and various neighborhoods throughout the city, events and installations will showcase Detroit’s cutting-edge design with the rest of the world.

DLECTRICITY | FALL

DLECTRICITY, presented by DTE Energy, is Detroit’s nighttime festival of art and light that features world-renowned and emerging artists whose cutting-edge works of art will illuminate Midtown Detroit, from the Detroit Institute of Arts down to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

For two electrifying evenings, Midtown Detroit will be enveloped in a sea of light as a number of artists converge on Detroit to “light up” buildings and city spaces in Midtown using various mediums that meld sci-fi technology with Victorian spectacle on a grand scale.

MARCHE DU NAIN ROUGE | SPRING

Supposedly, for 300 years, on the Sunday after the Vernal Equinox, Detroiters have celebrated liberation from the Nain Rouge, the fiendish embodiment of all that holds us back. Revelers dressed in costume converge at or near Cass Park and hope for better things for Detroit’s future, celebrating whatever is good and working in the city: happiness, success and freedom from the antagonism of the Nain in the new year. Join thousands of revelers as they celebrate the one-year anniversary of the departure of the Nain Rouge, the fiendish imp intent on ruining Detroit.

To prepare for the Marche, local businesses host events during the Preparer le Nain Semaine Week (Prepare for the Nain). Preparer le Nain events may be only for a day for the entire week.

NOEL NIGHT | WINTER

Over 70 institutions, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Michigan Science Center, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Detroit Historical Museum, and the Detroit Public Library, will open their doors to the public free of charge during this Cultural Center-wide holiday open house. Activities include horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday shopping, family craft activities and performances by over 200 area music, theatre, and dance groups.

The evening’s festivities culminate with a community sing-along on Woodward Avenue led by the Salvation Army Band—a long-standing Noel Night tradition. Noel Night activities take place in Midtown Detroit, and free shuttle service is offered between participating venues. Convenient parking is available in area lots.