There are endless reasons visitors and locals alike are flocking downtown: world-class cultural attractions, an energetic nightlife, an ever-changing art scene and delicious dining. In fact, Orbitz named Detroit “One of the 19 Best Places to Travel in 2019,” making now a fantastic time to visit.
With billions of dollars in new development projects planned, downtown continues to transform. The Mid will add 100,000 square feet of retail space including a grocer, a boutique hotel, multi-family residences, co-living housing units and luxury condos. It will also offer inclusive public spaces for local community engagement. The new Cambria Hotel will add 154 hotel rooms in addition to retail and office space and join the current trend of utilizing its upper spaces with a rooftop bar and restaurant. Now open and flourishing is Parker’s Alley in Midtown. Here, visitors will find unique retail businesses like the Detroit-based Lip Bar luxury cosmetics company and The Velvet Tower vintage clothing boutique. For the thirsty, MadCap Coffee Co. serves exceptional flavors from around the globe, Brakeman beer hall features rotating drafts and the Evening Bar inside Shinola Hotel offers a classic hotel bar with delicious small plates.
Detroit’s annual Mo Pop Festival, held July 27-28 at West Riverfront Park, features an engaging lineup of both emerging and established artists. Detroit Jazz Festival — the world’s largest free jazz festival — takes place on Labor Day Weekend. Move to the smooth sounds of up-and-coming artists and great jazz legends. If a different style of performances appeals, Theatre Bizarre, held in October, is a two-weekend hedonistic spectacular featuring a masquerade gala, performers from around the world, bands, world-class burlesque, unfathomable circus sideshow acts and much more.
Detroit’s love with alleys continues with Dalley in the Alley September 7. It’s the city’s largest community festival filled with live music, visual arts, performances, food and beverages. Tap into your artistic side at Eastern Market’s Murals in the Market, the densest collection of street art in the city. Named by Smithsonian as one of “The Top 5 Mural Festivals in the World,” experience live painting, artist talks, panel discussions, cultural events and more family-friendly fun.