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Things to do in Metro Detroit this May

May 2, 2022

From a Dog Bowl and Comic Con to Wildflower Walks and incredible concerts, mark your calendars, buy your tickets and enjoy all that Metro Detroit has to offer this May.


May 6

Cat & Nat Reunion Tour, Sound Board

Things to do in Metro Detroit this May

They started as high school friends, reconnected after they became moms, and built a social media empire. Catherine Belknap and Natalie Telfer, known as Cat & Nat, are hitting the road for their fourth tour and bringing their “unfiltered, pee-your-pants” comedy show to Detroit. It’s the girls’ night out you’ve been waiting for. ticketmaster.com 


May 7

Rebell Nell x Delicious Gold Launch Celebration, Twelve Oaks in Novi

Things to do in Metro Detroit this May

12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Do you still need an incredible gift for the women in your life? Or do you just love incredible artists? Either way, you won’t want to miss this VIP event to meet artist Quinn Faylor, known professionally as Delicious Gold, as they celebrate the launch of the Rebel Nell x Delicious Gold Collection. Each piece is one-of-a-kind and Quinn is available to help you make it personal by signing the canvas. RSVP here.

Stars on Ice, Little Caesars Arena

Things to do in Metro Detroit this May

Featuring all the U.S. figure skating Olympic medal winners, plus many more members of Team USA, Stars on Ice puts fans front and center to experience the best of the U.S. Figure Skating team. Don’t miss stellar performances f rom 2022 Olympic Gold and Silver Medalist, three-time World Champion, and six-time and reigning U.S. Champion Nathan Chen; 2022 Olympic Silver and Bronze Medalists, three-time World Medalists, and three-time U.S. Champions Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue; 2022 Olympic Silver Medalists, two-time World Medalists, and three-time and reigning U.S. Champions Madison Chock and Evan Bates; and many more creative and cherished champions. ticketmaster.com


Walk for Wishes, Detroit Zoo 

Things to do in Metro Detroit this May

The Walk For Wishes is a nationwide Make-A-Wish fundraiser that supports the organizations efforts of granting wishes for children with critical illnesses. By joining the event, you can help make wishes come true for more than 800 Michigan children.The walk is held at the Detroit Zoo May 7.  Register for the event here


May 7 – 8

Art Birmingham, Shain Park

Saturday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm 

Art Birmingham, originally known as the Birmingham Fine Art Festival, will take over the streets surrounding Shain Park in downtown Birmingham.  The festival features juried artists as well as musical entertainment, food trucks and tents, and a craft tent for kids. For more information and participating artists visit the website here.


May 7 – 15

Tulip Time Festival, Holland 

Things to do in Metro Detroit this MayPhoto by Mike Lozon courtesy of Tulip Time Festival

While not technically in Metro Detroit, The Tulip Times Festival in Holland is a bucket list item for all Michiganders! Celebrate the hundreds of thousands of tulips that bloom in Holland at this festival which is ranked in the top 20 events in the world by the International Festival and Events Organization. Visitors can check out pageantry, costumes, parades and Dutch Dancers. More information here


May 8

Wildflower Walk with Mom, Indian Springs Metro Park 

Things to do in Metro Detroit this May

10:00 am – 11:00 am 

It’s finally Spring and time to celebrate Mom on this wildflower and warbler walk at Indian Springs Metro Park. Enjoy the sweet sound of warblers and other songbirds before they head farther north, while viewing the blooming wildflowers along the trail.  Bring binoculars if you have them. Pre-registration is required and tickets are $3 per child and $5 per adult (children under 2 are free).


Mother’s Day Dueling Pianos Brunch, 526 Main in Royal Oak

Things to do in Metro Detroit this May

12:00 pm seating and 2:30 pm seating 

This annual event will feature live singers on dueling pianos playing your requests along with a delicious 2 hour brunch show. Enjoy all your favorite brunch essentials – waffles, eggs, fruit and of course, special Mother’s Day craft cocktails. All ages show. Tickets are $33.95 over 12, and $13.95 12 and under.


An American in Paris, Fox Theatre

Things to do in Metro Detroit this May

Based on the 1951 Academy Award-winning film featuring Gene Kelly, An American in Paris will transport you to post-war Paris where World War II veteran Jerry Mulligan hopes to start afresh and make his mark as a painter. His life becomes complicated when he meets a mysterious Parisian ballet dancer with a haunting secret. This exquisite production features gravity-defying dance as well as music f rom legendary composers George and Ira Gershwin. ticketmaster.com


May 11

Two James Cocktail Dinner at Pops for Italian

6:30 pm seating

Pop’s for Italian and Two James Spirits are partnering on for this special five-course cocktail dinner, featuring five unique courses paired with five drink creations featuring spirits from Two James. Guest chef Sean Marshall, aka GastroGoon will prepare the dishes and Mixologist Mike Day, aka SovereignDetroit will pair each course with unique cocktails. Tickets are $100 per person.


May 13 – 15

Motor City Comic Con,  Suburban Collection Showplace 

Things to do in Metro Detroit this May

Michigan’s largest and longest-running comic book and pop culture convention returns to Novi for the “biggest and baddest” weekend of drama, inspiration, and thrill. The 2022 event features William Shatner, best known for his work as Capt. James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise in the Star Trek franchise, as well as many more actors, writers, and artists. Adult ticket prices range f rom $30-$40 depending on the day, children 6-12 are $10 Friday-Saturday and f ree on Sunday, children 5 and under are free all weekend. motorcitycomiccon.com


May 14, 19, and 22


Things to do in Metro Detroit this May

See the life of Malcolm X unfold in the opera by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Anthony Davis and directed by Tony nominee Robert O’Hara. Artist-in-Residence Davóne Tines embodies the role of Malcolm X and according to the New York Times, you won’t want to miss this incredible revival. michiganopera.org


May 20

Alton Brown Live: Beyond The Eats, Fox Theatre 

Things to do in Metro Detroit this May

The television personality, author and Food Network Star is coming to Detroit May 20. Brown is known for his new form of entertainment called “live culinary variety show.” Alton Brown Live: Beyond the Eats promises “more more cooking, more comedy, more music and more potentially dangerous science stuff.” The show also features interactive components. More information and tickets here

20 – 21

World Expo of Beer, Frankenmuth

Things to do in Metro Detroit this May

Hop in your car and head north on I 75 to check out 350 different beers from around the world at the World Expo of Beer in Frankenmuth. Admission includes a free collector beer sampling mug and 6 beer sampling tickets. The event is held at the Harvey Kern Pavilion in Heritage Park. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased here


May 21

Artist Talk & Book Signing with Rodney E. Denne (RED)

Meet Detroit artist Rodney E. Denne at his artist talk and book signing reception at Art Leaders Gallery. Browse original paintings by the artist and get your book signed. Food and drinks will be served. Tickets are $50. 


May 27

AJR: OK ORCHESTRA Tour, Pink Knob 

Things to do in Metro Detroit this May

7:30 pm 

AJR recently released their fourth album “OK ORCHESTRA” which debuted #1 on Billboard’s Alternative and Rock albums charts. It also claimed the #10 spot on the Billboard 200. The band is touring with special guest BoyWithUke. ticketmaster.com


May 28-29

Dog Bowl, Frankenmuth 

Things to do in Metro Detroit this May

Enjoy another day trip to Frankenmuth for another bucket-list event for dog lovers. Frankenmuth’s Dog Bowl is a free event known as the “world’s largest Olympic-style festival for dogs,” and features everything from agility courses and sheep-herding demonstrations to a pet-costume parade and wiener dog races. Don’t miss the nightly balloon glows in the grassy field near River Place Shops where more than 25 hot air balloons take flight over the event. dogbowlfun.com


May 28-30

Movement Electronic Music Festival, Detroit

Things to do in Metro Detroit this May

One of the longest-running dance music festivals in the world, Movement Electronic Music Festival will once again bring together thousands of people from around the world to celebrate the heritage of Detroit and its musical influence over generations. This year’s lineup features 2 Chainz, 2ManyD js, Skrillex, ADMN, Adam Beyer, Andrea Ghita, and many more. Tickets and lineup information here.


May 29

Halsey: Love and Power Tour, Pine Knob 

Things to do in Metro Detroit this May

Halsey, an American singer who gained an early following the self-release of her music on streaming and social media platforms, is known for smash-hit songs like “Without Me” and “Bad at Love.” Love and Power, Halsey’s fourth headlining tour, follows the release of her fourth studio album, If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power, which Halsey describes as “a concept album about the joys and horrors of pregnancy and childbirth.” ticketmaster.com


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