4 Detroit Things to do Before the Holidays

Christmas music is on the radio, the holiday markets are popping up all over town, and uh, it’s snowing? I guess it’s official: the holiday season is fast approaching! I don’t know about you guys, but I’m not quite sure I’m ready to dive into all things festive. If you’re like me, you may want to hold onto what little time you have left before gift shopping, Christmas-movie binging, cookie over-eating, etc. Maybe you want to go to a show and dance, do a little shopping for yourself, or check out something cool in the city that isn’t yet donned in twinkling holiday lights.

Well, Detroiters, you’re in luck! We’re here today to give you a couple suggestions for Detroit things you can do before the holidays. These events could help you get your groove on, check out some cool art, and maybe buy yourself something nice.

Who: Danny Brown with Valee, Jpegmafia, Fundamentals, Bruiser Brigade, Bearcat, Sam Austins

What: Danny Brown’s Bruiser Thanksgiving V at the Masonic Temple Roller Rink

When: Wednesday, November 21st  from 8 PM to 1 AM

Where: The Masonic Temple: 505 Temple St., Detroit 

Join Detroit rapper Danny Brown and other local musical artists for Bruiser Thanksgiving V, taking place in the at the Masonic Roller Derby. Doors open at 8 and the show starts at 9 PM. It’s an all-ages show and should be a pretty wild night. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased on Ticketfly. See the Facebook event page for more info.


Who: Genussee, Detroit Foundation Hotel

What: Genussee Pop-up Shop

When: November 21st- November 26th, 10 AM- 9 PM daily

Where: Detroit Foundation Hotel, 250 W. Larned St., Detroit 

Genussee is a Michigan eyewear brand whose products are made in Flint, Michigan from single-use plastic water bottles. During the week of November 21st, Genussee will be posted up in the elevator lobby of the beautiful Detroit Foundation Hotel, selling both eyeglasses and sunglasses. On Friday the 23rd, there will be a special cocktail hour at 6 PM, and $5 of each purchase will go to the Flint Kids Health & Development Fund. On the 24th and 25th, all customers will get a free tote bag with a purchase. See the Facebook event page for more info.


Photo via  Doug Aitken’s Mirage Detroit  on Facebook

Photo via Doug Aitken’s Mirage Detroit on Facebook

Who: Doug Aitken, XO Detroit, Library Street Collective

What: Doug Aitken’s Mirage Detroit

When: now until December 30th (see Facebook event page for specific times and dates)

Where: 151 W Fort St Detroit—former State Savings Bank

Mirage, the reflective and immersive art installation by artist Doug Aitken, is currently set up at the 100-year old State Savings Bank in downtown Detroit. The installation is made up of a labyrinth of mirrored rooms, creating a life-size kaleidoscope. It’s supposed to be an amazing experience and quite a sight to see. The cost for the event is free, but you can choose to donate at the door.

Who: BEIGE & DJ Legitimategropve, presented by UFO Factory

What: BEIGE & DJ Legitimategroove

When: Friday, November 30th, 9 PM- 2 AM

Where: UFO Factory, 2110 Trumbull St., Detroit 

As we all know, UFO finally reopened this month. On Friday, November 30th, DJ BEIGE & DJ Legitimategroove will be providing sick beats and upbeat tunes to close out the grand re-opening month. There’s no cover (woo), and the event starts at 9 PM. See the Facebook event page for more info!