Looking for things to do in and around Metro Detroit this September? Check out this list of places to go, see and be seen.
Compiled by Arianna Smith
Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Purrlates (Pilates with cats!)
821 Livernois Ave., Ferndale
Tone your core and embrace your animal instinct during Purrlates at Catfe Lounge at 821 Livernois Ave. in Ferndale. While students practice and learn Pilates exercises, cats are encouraged to frolic and mingle beside them. The class is more intense than intermediate yoga, but instructor Miranda Mayville says people with all levels of Pilates experience are welcome. Yoga mats are not provided, but refreshments are available. Classes are held at 9 a.m. on Saturdays. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Eventbrite.
Sunset Sundays Rooftop Day Party
The Majestic Theatre
4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit
Sunset Sundays presents an end-of-summer day party on the rooftop of The Majestic Theatre in Midtown 4-10 p.m. The party is 21 and up only and features drink specials, games, music, food and more. The dress code is casual. Tickets are $10 and available at Eventbrite. Tickets are also refundable up to one day prior to the event.
Art in the Village
Franklin Road Between 13 and 14 Mile
Art in the Village, Franklin’s premier fine art fair, will celebrate its 38th year on Labor Day, Sept. 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Franklin Road. Over 80 artists skilled in glass, pottery, fiber, furniture, jewelry, photography, painting, watercolor, wood, sculpture and metal will be featured at the event hosted by the Franklin Community Association. There will be musical performances throughout the day. Admission is free.
Sept. 6, 20, 27
Bon Bon Bon Chocolate Workshop
Bon Bon Bon
11360 Joseph Campau Ave., Hamtramck
Chocolate shop Bon Bon Bon is opening its kitchen to teach dessert lovers how to make their own gourmet candy. The workshop is held 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Bon Bon Bon factory at 11360 Joseph Campau Ave. in Hamtramck. After learning about the history of Bon Bon Bon and the art of making chocolate, students will develop their own Bon concept, create the filling and the flavors, package it and take it home. Children are welcome! Tickets are $90 and available on Eventbrite.
Art in the Elements
Cranbrook House and Gardens
380 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Hills
For a weekend filled with beautiful floral exhibits by members of the American Institute of Floral Designers, check out the second annual “Art in the Elements” exhibit at Cranbrook House and Gardens in Bloomfield Hills. The event will begin with an opening reception 5-8 p.m. on Sept. 7 where guests can view the displays at sunset, socialize with some of the artists, enjoy hor d’oeuvres, desserts and a cash bar, and listen to live piano music. During the next two days, visitors can peruse the exhibits 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and participate in eight floral design demonstrations, like a hands-on floral jewelry workshop. Tickets for the opening reception cost $50. The deadline to register is Sept. 4 at noon and includes a $25 tax deductible donation. Tickets for Saturday and Sunday cost $15 if purchased before Sept. 7 and $20 at the door.
Expecto Bar Crawl
Witches and wizards from around Metro Detroit will come together for a magical bar crawl in Royal Oak on Saturday, Sept. 15. Expecto is a themed crawl organized by Detroit Crawls for Harry Potter fans age 21 and up. The event starts at 1 p.m. and lasts until 6 p.m. Tickets cost $25 and include venue cover charges, drink specials, souvenir cups and other novelty gifts. Purchase at Eventbrite.
Motor City Comedy Festival 2018
Get ready to laugh out loud. The second annual Motor City Comedy Festival will take place September 20-23. Mainstage headliners and 40 comedians from all over will congregate in Detroit venues for themed showcases. General admission tickets are available at the door for $5 and online ticket packages start at $15. Tickets can be bought at Eventbrite. Check motorcitycomedyfest.com for the schedule.
Murals in the Market
Eastern Market, Detroit
1xRUN will hold its fourth annual Murals in the Market in Eastern Market Sept. 13-22. The event features over 50 new murals painted by artists from Detroit and worldwide. Check muralsinthemarket.com for a mural map.
Tour de Fork
Eastern Market, Shed 13
The fifth annual Tour de Fork, sponsored by SEEN, will take place 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 in Eastern Market’s Shed 3. Sample food from over 30 restaurants in Metro Detroit. Tickets cost $55 and can be purchased at thechildrenscenter.com/tourdefork. Proceeds benefit The Children’s Center.
18600 Haggerty Road, Livonia
Several of Metro Detroit’s finest restaurants will offer their crowd-pleasing dishes at Schoolcraft College Foundation’s Culinary Extravaganza 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16. Guests will sample food from Slows Bar BQ, The Peterboro, Wright and Company, 5ive Steakhouse and more. The event, held in Livonia, provides scholarships and educational opportunities for Schoolcraft College students. Tickets are $60 and available at scf.schoolcraft.edu/culinary-extravaganza.
SEEN Social Hour
213 S. Main St., Royal Oak
Join SEEN magazine at the new speakeasy, Johnny’s in Royal Oak 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20. Meet the SEEN staff while enjoying drinks and appetizers. Sign up here get the secret code to enter! (The entrance is behind Mr. B’s Gastropub.)
Covet by Christos Trunk Show
The Foundation Hotel
250 W Larned St., Detroit
Style expert Christos Garkinos is partnering with SEEN Magazine for his Covet by Christos trunk show at The Foundation Hotel in Detroit Sept. 28-29. Come shop for vintage pieces and accessories with Christos Garkinos and SEEN Fashion Director Rachel Schostak! The event is free to attend. Sign up here.
— Eden Lichterman contributed.