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Things to do in Metro Detroit Thanksgiving Weekend

November 24, 2021

From festive holiday experiences and award-winning musicals to deals and shopping galore, check out these fun things to do in Metro Detroit this Thanksgiving weekend.

By Amy Gill

Hadestown at the Fisher Theater – Nov. 23 – Dec. 5

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This incredible broadway show should not be missed – Hadestown won eight 2019 Tony Awards® including Best Musical and the 2020 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Theater Album for a reason. Acclaimed singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and director Rachel Chavkin brings together a two intertwining mythic tales of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice and King Hades and his wife Persephone for a hell-raising journey to the underworld and back. The show claims to be a haunting and hopeful experience and is only in Detroit for a very limited time.

Tickets are still available for some shows – check the full line-up and availability at Broadway in Detroit  (If you happen to nab them for Friday night, I’ll see you there;)

Fisher Theatre
3011 E Grand Blvd, Detroit
(313) 872-1000


America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – Thursday, Nov. 25

Named by USA Today as ‘America’s best Thanksgiving Day parade’ two years in a row!  If you haven’t ever been, or just haven’t been in years, check out this year’s parade in downtown Detroit to find out why. Whether watching live or tuning in from home, this is a wonderful tradition we are lucky to call our own. The parade starts at 8:45 am at Woodward and Kirby street in Midtown, and ends at Woodward and Congress. Click here for more information about where to park, the lineup, parade route and more!

The Parade Company


Magic of Lights Holiday Drive  – Daily through Jan. 1

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Hop in the car and drive through a dazzling and magical holiday light display! This popular show from around the country has come to Clarkston and tickets range between $20 and $30 per car, depending on date.

DTE Energy Music Theatre
33 Bob Seger Drive Clarkston

Shop Small Saturday – Nov. 27

Detroit Winter MarketsImage courtesy of Bedrock

There are so many wonderful independently-owned retailers and restaurants to choose from in Metro Detroit. They may not be able to offer huge blow-out deals like so many big-box retailers, but they sure do make our downtowns and cities so much better and more interesting! Get out there and support local businesses this weekend – here is a guide we put together with just a few of the great places you can shop, along with some of the deals or promotions various cities are offering.

INSIDER TIP: Did you know if you text “DETROIT” to 313-000  they will send you great discounts and giveaways at retailers and restaurants all around Detroit!


Crafts – N – Beer Indie Arts & Crafts Fest – Saturday, Nov. 27

Things to do in Metro Detroit Thanksgiving Weekend

Do you love beer? Do you love arts & crafts?  The Crafts-n-Beer 2nd annual Indie Arts & Crafts Fest is happening on Shop Small Saturday, featuring 20+ local artists and craft beer by Motor City Brewing Works! Get your holiday shopping done, support local businesses and enjoy great craft beer and food all at once! This event is FREE to attend, but you do need to register in advance.

Motor City Brewing Works Warehouse
441 W. Canfield St., Unit #10, Detroit


Menorah in the D  – Sunday, Nov. 28

5:00 pm 

It’s time for the 11th annual lighting of the Menorah at Campus Martius Park in Detroit! Get in the spirit and RSVP to attend the free event in person where there will be Menorah candles, Chanukah treats, crafts and games, Chanukah Gelt, special MITD yoyo’s, hot soup and cider! Again, you MUST RSVP to attend but if you can’t make it, reserve your Lamplighter Kit to use at home while you livestream the event. Reserve your Lamplighter Kit here, which can be picked up at The Shul in West Bloomfield through Friday, 11/26.

Campus Martius Park
Menorah in the D Hotline:  313-757-2028
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theshulmi

Genesis at Little Caesar’s Arena – Monday, Nov. 29

Things to do in Metro Detroit this November

“Sussudio, a great, great song. A personal favorite” – Patrick Bateman. Genesis’ “The Last Domino?” tour — the band’s first outing since 2007 and also its farewell trek — is coming to town. Fans can expect career-spanning hits and rarities from Phil Collins, who will be joined by Genesis co-founders Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks, as well as Collins’ son, Nic, on drums.


Did you attend any of these events? Comment below or tag us on social media and tell us about it!

Do you know of interesting and unique things to do in Metro Detroit? Email us at info@seenthemagazine.com with the subject line “Things to do in Metro Detroit”.

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