From film, DIY, and Flannel festivals to vintage cars and haunted Halloween runs, get out there and celebrate the first weekend of fall with any of these fun things to do in Metro Detroit this weekend.
By Amy Gill
Fire & Flannel Festival – Thursday, September 23 – Sunday, September 26
Don your best flannel shirt and head to historic downtown Wyandotte for their Fire & Flannel festival, celebrating the beginning of fall. The festival will feature a carnival, music, archery, axe throwing, and live chainsaw carvings by Jack Pine Lumberjack shows from Mackinac City. Vendor booths will be set up with harvest goods and crafts along with Smore’s stations, ciders, hard ciders and fall beers. Click the link below for the full lineup of entertainment.
Thursday, 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Friday, 5:00pm – 11:00pm
Saturday, 11:00am- 11:00pm
Sunday, 12:00pm – 7:00pm
Downtown Wyandotte near Maple and 2nd street
Blake’s Monster Dash All Ages 5k Run/Walk – Friday, September 24
Celebrate the first official weekend of fall by throwing on a costume for a haunted Halloween fun run at Blake’s Big Apple farm location. You’ll run through the haunted hayride and zombie paintball scene with live actors. Registration is $40 and participants receive a donut, hard or sweet cider, t-shirt, small pumpkin pie and admission to the Spookyland area after the race (includes a corn maze, 3D barn, live actors, Halloween themed movies and animated attractions)!
71485 North Ave, Armada
Dlectricity: Friday, September 24 & Saturday, September 25
DLECTRICITY, an outdoor nighttime festival that celebrates art and light installations, is returning to Detroit for the first time since 2017. Spaces along the Woodward Corridor as well as Beacon Park will be illuminated with works from more than 40 artists from around the world. Time to get lit! Check out the full schedule and map on the event website.
7:00 pm – Midnight
Freep Film Festival: Thursday, September 23 – Sunday, September 26
The Detroit Free Press is back for it’s 8th annual FREEP Film Festival from Wednesday, September 23 through Sunday, September 26. This documentary-focused festival will highlight incredible films that are in some way connected to the people, places and issues of Detroit and Michigan. There will in-person screenings at various locations around town like the Birmingham Palladium, Campus Martius, the DIA, Detroit Historical Museum, The Redford Theater, The Film Lab and more. Festival goers can also stream the films from home. Tickets are $39.50 for passes to 5 film screenings, $80 to stream all films from home, and $175 to attend all film screenings in person. Click on the schedule or the film overview links below for more information and to buy tickets.
Ferndale DIY Street Art Fair: Friday, September 24 – Sunday, September 26
One of the coolest street fairs around in downtown Ferndale is back. This fair is unique in that all of the participating artists, crafters, bands, brewers, food trucks etc., “live and work with a Do-It-Yourself ethic and spirit”. Check out the event website for more details and a full lineup of entertainment.
Friday 6:00 pm – Midnight
Saturday, 11:00 am – Midnight
Sunday, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Event is located in Ferndale, on the east side of Woodward between 9 mile and East Troy St.
Ford Piquette Plant Model T Birthday Celebration & Car Show: Sunday, September 26
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Celebrate the famous Model T at the Ford Piquette Plant with free tours, a vintage car show, Model T rides, children’s activities and crafts and more! Admission is free, but you must register for tickets. Donations are encouraged.
Ford Piquette Avenue Plant
461 Piquette Avenue, Detroit