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The Insider’s Guide to Movement Detroit

May 16, 2019

From where to stay or park, the closest dining spots, The Travel Critic shares a few insider tips for Movement Detroit festivalgoers.

By Klaudia Jakubiak

Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner, which means Movement Detroit will be shaking things up in the city.

The city’s electronic music festival will take place May 25-27 at Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit. Featuring artists such as Claude VonStroke, Disclosure and Carl Craig, the performances will start at 2 p.m. and last until midnight. After-parties will continue the festivities into the early morning at places such as TV Lounge, Marble Bar and many more.

Whether it’s your first time experiencing the festival (or you’re a seasoned attendee), check out our insider tips to make the most of your experience.

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Purchasing Tickets

The easiest way to purchase tickets is on Movement’s website. There are three ticket tiers:

General Admission Pass: Weekend and individual day passes are available.

VIP Pass: Weekend or individual day passes are available.

VIP benefits include:

  • Access to the main VIP area (space above and behind the Movement Main Stage) that includes a dedicated entrance that helps expedite your entry and a furnished lounging area for relaxation
  • Exclusive VIP bars featuring discounted drinks and premium drink choices
  • Private, air-conditioned bathrooms
  • Complimentary chair massages
  • Discounted cellphone charging stations and locker rentals
  • Art installations
  • VIP-only viewing platforms for multiple stages
  • Room reservation access to the Official Movement VIP hotel (while supplies last)

Club 313 Pass 

CLUB 313 is for the full weekend and includes all the amenities that VIP attendees receive, plus:

  • Exclusive, private viewing areas of the Movement Main Stage and the Pyramid Stage
  • Private top-shelf bar with dedicated servers and several premium selections

Additionally, limited general admission passes are available at the following locations:

Detroit Threads in Hamtramck

Detroit Hustles Harder in Detroit

Well Done Goods in Detroit

Urban Bean Coffee in Detroit

Flat, Black & Circular in East Lansing

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Movement Detroit 2018

Where to Stay

The following hotels are in walking distance to the festival and will most likely be sold out during the event, I recommend booking in advance!

Detroit Foundation Hotel at 250 W. Larned St.

Westin Book Cadillac at 1114 Washington Blvd.

Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center at 400 Renaissance Drive

Crowne Plaza Detroit at 2 Washington Blvd.

Delmay and Partners is the official hotel provider. You check out the rates here.

Where to Park

Since the city will be pretty congested with festivalgoers, it will be hard to find parking. My recommendation would be to Uber or Lyft so you can avoid the hassle of finding parking. However, you can either arrive early to find parking at one of the nearest parking garages, or reserve a parking spot via ParkWhiz before the festival. The nearest garages are:

150 W. Jefferson Garage at 2 Griswold St.

Center Garage at 414 Renaissance Dr. W.

Kennedy Square Garage at 720 Griswold St.

Port Atwater Garage at 200 Beaubien St.

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Movement Detroit 2018

Food and Hydration

Although there will be water stations throughout the grounds, it’s a good idea to bring an empty CamelBak so you can refill it with water during the festival.

There will be food trucks nearby, but you can also leave the festival to grab a quick bite. Restaurants and bars that are a short walk from the festival include:

Granite City Food & Brewery at 100 Renaissance Center

Panera Bread at 300 Renaissance Center

Briggs Detroit at 519 E. Jefferson Ave.

The Apparatus Room at 250 W. Larned St.

Besa at 600 Woodward Ave.

Grand Trunk Pub at 612 Woodward Ave.

Fort Street Galley at 160 W. Fort St.

Brunch Options: 

IHOP at 333 E. Jefferson Ave.

Dime Store at 719 Griswold St.

Townhouse at 500 Woodward Ave.

Other Insider Tips

  • Wear sunscreen! Depending on where you secure a spot, there may be little shade.
  • If you’re attending with a group, make sure to establish a meeting point in case anyone gets lost.
  • Bring a backup phone charger.
  • You can enter and exit the festival at any time during the festival hours; however, you will be required to properly scan your wristband each time you enter and exit.

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You’ll find Klaudia Jakubiak, aka The Travel Critic, someplace between Detroit and the rest of the world, eating authentic tacos and chatting up a storm with the locals. Her parents immigrated from Poland to the U.S. at the ripe age of 19 and 22 (she blames them for her incurable wanderlust). When she’s in Detroit, you can find her sipping on lavender lattes at Great Lakes Coffee or stuffing her face at Selden Standard. Klaudia is probably paying more attention to your puppy than your child, so please forgive this #dogmom. Klaudia is passionate about people with a story to tell because she believes the world needs a listening ear and sense of community.

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