From virtual city tours and digital dance lessons to drive-through light shows, a roundup of fun ways to pass the time this month in Metro Detroit
By Jola Hymeti
Featured photo via The Parade Company’s Facebook
1 – 2 p.m.
Detroit Experience Factory
Detroit is the birthplace of genres from Motown to techno, but many of the city’s key music moments happened in its studios and concert venues. Learn more about the places and people who were part of Detroit’s historic music scene on this virtual one-hour tour from the Detroit Experience Factory. Tickets are free, but donations are suggested to support the organization. Secure your spot on eventbrite.com.
Nov 7 and 21
10 – 11 a.m.
Young Artists Theatre Company
Calling all dance lovers! Led by Michigan natives and professional dancers Sarah and Katie Daniel, this virtual class allows you to experience what it’s like to dance with a Radio City Rockette. Expect to learn tips and tricks from the pair’s 16 years of experience in the performing arts world. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased at eventbrite.com.
7 – 8 p.m.
MSU Entrepreneurship Association
Josh York, founder of socially conscious Detroit streetwear company York Project, will hit the virtual stage to share his career journey and the struggles and triumphs of being an entrepreneur. Attendance is free and you can register at eventbrite.com.
5 – 6:30 p.m.
Detroit Writing Room
Are you interested in writing and publishing a cookbook but have no idea where to start? In this step-by-step virtual workshop, Dr. Hattie N. Washington, author of “Aunt Hattie’s Cookbook: Southern Comfort Food Favorites” will dish out tips for turning your favorite recipes into a published cookbook. The workshop will cover subjects like recipe testing, cookbook design, marketing and more. Tickets start at $30 on eventbrite.com.
6 – 7 p.m.
Detroit’s startup community is constantly growing, and Bamboo Detroit is inviting you to be a part of it from the comfort of your couch. Watch three founders and creators present their product, idea, or company to the crowd, and get your questions answered during the Q&A segment. Secure your spot for free at eventbrite.com.
12 – 1 p.m.
Detroit Experience Company
Join the Detroit Experience Company for a highly visual and interactive one-hour tour of downtown Detroit. Using Google Maps, photos and websites, you’ll explore everything from historical spots and renowned architecture to major developments, shops and restaurants. A Q&A portion will be held at the end of the tour. Tickets are free, but donations are suggested. Secure your spot on eventbrite.com.
Nov 13- 25
5 – 10 p.m.
DTE Energy Music Theatre
33 Bob Seger Dr, Clarkston
Brighten up your night with this 1.5-mile drive-through display of sparkling holiday lights. Tickets start at $15 per vehicle. Visit universe.com for tickets and more information.
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center
1516 South Cranbrook Rd, Birmingham
Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center is inviting you to get creative with this jewelry/metals workshop, where you’ll learn how to create stackable rings, decorative stamps and more — no experience necessary! Classes are limited to eight students and all guests are required to wear a mask. Tickets are $58 for members and $98 for guests with a $30 materials/studio fee. Sign up at apm.activecommunities.com.
Nov 14 – 15
Cranbrook Academy of Art and Cranbrook Art Museum’s Weekend of Holiday Shopping
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cranbrook Art Museum
39221 Woodward Ave, Bloomfield Hills
Enjoy two special holiday shopping experiences during this weekend event. Browse one-of-a-kind ceramic cups designed by graduate students at the Cranbrook Academy of Art Ceramics Department at the annual Cup sale, and shop unique accessories and home pieces created by graduates of Cranbrook Academy of Art at the Pop-Up Museum Shop. All visitors are required to a wear a mask and practice social distancing and shopping is limited to small groups at any given time. For more information visit, cranbrookartmuseum.org.
7 – 8:30 p.m.
The Detroit Writing Room
This virtual talk features Black fiction authors from Detroit and New York who will be sharing their writing and publishing journeys, along with tips for those who are interested in writing a fiction novel. Panelists include Maisy Card, Esperanza Cintron, Megan Giddings and Stephen Mack Jones; the panel will be moderated by New York Writing Room coach and literary agent Samantha Fabien. Book giveaways will also be awarded throughout the event. Tickets start at $15 at eventbrite.com.
2 – 3 p.m.
Detroit Experience Factory
With this virtual tour, the Detroit Experience Factory offers an eye-opening look at the past 100 years of Detroit’s history, including tough topics such as racism, segregation, police brutality and the destruction of Black and immigrant neighborhoods. Tickets are free, but donations are encouraged and will be given to a local racial justice organization each month. Register at eventbrite.com.
Nov 23 – 30
Choose your time and location
For the first time in history, the Turkey Trot is going virtual. Sign up for your preferred distance, then walk or run the race anytime between November 23-30. Upload your results to the S3 Turkey Trot website and share photos and videos on social media! Register here.
12 – 1:00 p.m.
Detroit Experience Factory
Support Small Business Saturday by joining the Detroit Experience Factory for a virtual tour of some of Detroit’s best shops. Learn the history behind some of the city’s shopping districts while also getting gift ideas for the holidays. Register for free at eventbrite.com.
The Surnow Company Parking Lot
320 Martin St, Birmingham
People of all ages are invited to kick off Small Business Saturday while welcoming Santa to Birmingham. The walk will include ringing sleigh bells, stops at various stores and giveaways; it concludes at “Santa’s House” in Shain Park. Event details and safety protocols are being updated at allinbirmingham.com.
The Parade begins at the corner of Kirby and Woodward
Detroit’s 94-year-old Thanksgiving tradition will be televised-only this year —i.e., no in-person attendees allowed — but that just means you can enjoy festive floats, balloons, marching bands and performances while sipping cocoa in your PJs. This year’s theme is We Are One Together, and the parade, which is presented by Gardner White, will be honoring frontline workers and heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic. Check out theparade.org for more information.