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Things to do in Metro Detroit this Weekend: 11/18 to 11/21

November 16, 2021

Metro Detroit is getting lit up this weekend! From tree lightings and the opening of Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo, to performances by Dave Attell and Billy Strings.

By SEEN Contributors

Wayne County Lightfest Kick Off – Thursday, Nov. 18

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm 

Get in the holiday spirit with an incredible four-mile drive through more than 50 animated displays with 100,000 lights at Hines Park. The Wayne County Lightfest officially opens for the season this Thursday, November 18 at 6:00 pm. It will be open on Wednesday – Sunday each week thereafter from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM until Friday, December 31. NOTE: the entry fee is cash only as follows: Cars $5, Commercial Van/limo $20, Mini-bus $25, big bus $50.
Hines Park
7651 N. Merriman Road, Westland

18th Annual Detroit Tree Lighting – Friday, Nov. 19

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5:00 pm – 11:59 pm

Bundle up and head downtown for the truly spectacular experience that is the downtown Detroit tree lighting. Presented by the Downtown Detroit Partnership and DTE Foundation, this year’s 65-foot Michigan-grown Norway spruce stands as the tallest in the Detroit Tree Lighting’s 18-year history! Families and friends will enjoy a full lineup of free entertainment and kids activities including olympic figure skaters and live music by Thornetta Davis, Ryan Neal and season 20 Voice winner, Cam Anthony. There will also be shopping, food trucks, carriage rides and more. Get there early so you don’t miss the tree lighting by Santa at just after 7 pm.

Campus Martius Park
600 Woodward Ave., Detroit
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Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo – Saturday, Nov. 20 through January 9, 2022

It’s that time of year! The Detroit Zoo is alow with millions of LED lights illuminating trees, buildings and  280 themed sculptures throughout the front half of the Zoo. This is a magical experience for all ages and a great way to ring in the winter holiday season. Head to the Wild Lights website for details about tickets, pricing and hours.

Detroit Zoo
8450 W 10 Mile Rd, Royal Oak
(248) 541-5717


Brighton’s Holiday Glow – Saturday, Nov. 20

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4:00 pm – 7:00 pm 

Downtown Brighton is getting into the spirit and kicking off the holiday season with their annual Holiday Glow event. Enjoy carriage rides, holiday music, visits from reindeer and at 6 pm the mayor alongside Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on stage at the Mill Pond to magically light up downtown and fill the streets with warm holiday cheer!


Downtown Brighton
Event Facebook Page

Dave Attell at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle – Friday & Saturday, Nov. 19 and 20

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The funny man behind “Insomniac with Dave Attell” on Comedy Central is coming back to Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle this weekend. Several of the shows are already sold out, but tickets are still available for the 7 pm performances on Friday and Saturday. Get your tickets here.

Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle
310 S Troy St, Royal Oak
(248) 542-9900


Planet D Nonet (Swing Band) live at Cadieux Cafe – Sunday, Nov. 21

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4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Swing music lovers can swing down to the Cadieux Cafe to hear the award-winning swing band Planet D Nonet play.  Tickets are $8 and it is recommended you purchase ahead of time to get a seat. Make a day of it and rent a feather bowling lane followed by a delicious Belgium meal. We recommend the Belgium beer stew or the Belgium sausage made special for the Cadieux Cafe!

Cadieux Cafe
4300 Cadieux Road, Detroit
(313) 882-8560


Michigan music phenom Billy Strings at the Fillmore – Sunday, Nov. 21

6:30 pm – 10:30 pm

A little bit bluegrass, a little bit rock-n-roll.  Billy Strings and his band are known for their thrilling in-person performances, so get your tickets ASAP to a concert you won’t want to miss.

Fillmore Detroit
2115 Woodward Ave, Detroit

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