January Events: New Year, New Fun

By: Carolyn Hall | December 28, 2023
harry potter themed dinner for frame's january events

Photo courtesy of Joe Vaughn / Frame

As the new year unfolds, Metro Detroit transforms into a vibrant playground of winter festivities and events. In this season of fresh beginnings, the area is abuzz with activities that celebrate the spirit of winter, culture, and community. From culinary adventures and laughter-filled nights to music reveries and historical explorations, Metro Detroit offers an eclectic mix of events that promise to kickstart the new year with excitement and joy. Let’s dive into the treasure trove of experiences waiting to be discovered this month…


23839 John R Road, Hazel Park

Imagine stepping into a world where magic is real, and the dinner table is set for a feast straight out of Hogwarts. This January, experience the Magical Feast at Frame for yourself. “We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted to dine for dinner in Frame’s Great Hall. A welcome reception of spellbinding potions and tantalizing plates await in our hallowed halls where enchanting music and the very mention of Butterbeer make our mouths water thanks to a triwizard tournament of drinks spilling over from Frame’s Leaky Cauldron,” says Chef Michael Barrera, Frame’s Culinary Director. “Frame’s mission is to celebrate, nurture, and honor chefs, farmers, authors, artisans, growers, winemakers, and mixologists, bringing a curated continual rotation of food and drink experiences with culinary talent from around the country.” 

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frame's january event harry potter themed dinner
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40620 Utica Road, Sterling Heights

Every Monday night throughout January, you can attend a themed Glow Stick Night at the Dodge Park Ice Rink. From 7 to 9 p.m., you can skate to hit songs from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and 2000s, depending on which Monday night you visit. While supplies last, each person will receive a free glow stick to light up the rink. These events are free for Sterling Heights residents, but only $5 per non-resident, with skate rentals available for an additional cost. These events are a great way to enjoy the winter’s charm in a luminous new light with a decade’s worth of your favorite songs.


318 West 4th Street, Royal Oak

For those looking for a good laugh to shake off the winter blues, David Spade’s show at the Royal Oak Music Theatre is the perfect remedy. Known for his sharp wit and hilarious anecdotes, Spade promises an evening full of laughter on January 13th. Spade’s unique brand of humor makes this event a must-see for comedy lovers while on his ‘Catch Me Inside’ tour. This Michigan native will be here for one night only, so you won’t want to miss this show!


431 East Congress Street

Calling all Swifties! Saint Andrew’s Hall is hosting a Taylor Swift Dance Party, celebrating the music of one of pop’s biggest icons on January 13th! Fans can dance the night away to their favorite Swift hits, from her country roots to her latest chart-toppers. It’s more than just a party; it’s a gathering of a community united by their love for Taylor’s music. Dress up in your favorite Era’s inspired outfit and come dance the night away at this 18+ event. 


17985 Armada Center Road, Armada

On January 20th, Blake’s North South West Party will deliver three worlds, all in one evening. This 21+ event will have three tents, each representing a different destination. You can brave the North with chili and hot cocoa, party in the tropics with hula-hooping, limbo, and more games, or head out West with line dancing and a mechanical bull. Oil drum fires will heat the area and stunning ice sculptures will be located for your viewing. Tickets can be purchased online for admission to all three tents, with a designated driver option. Enjoy the best of all three worlds with live music, food trucks, and an evening of fun!


1 Riverbank Drive, Detroit

For those who love a mix of adventure and history, The Detroit History Club has organized a scavenger hunt through the famous yacht club on January 20th. Participants will explore hidden gems and unravel mysteries, learning about Detroit’s rich history along the way. It’s an exciting way to discover the city’s past and present in a small group. You must be a Detroit History Club member to join in on the fun, but you can easily sign up for an additional $5 when purchasing your tickets! Executive Director of The Detroit History Club, Bailey Sisoy-Moore shares with us, “We take pride in meticulously curating events at discrete venues, including private residences and hidden locales, all immersed in an air of mystery, education, and fun. We extend a cordial invitation to all who share our passion for Detroit’s rich history to join our esteemed club…We don’t engage in secret oaths, cryptic hand signals, or elusive passwords. We don’t reward our members with uniforms or ranks, although we’ve been known to celebrate with historical buttons and beers. We are a club united by our unwavering passion for the extraordinary, a fondness for the lesser-known, and a deep appreciation for Detroit’s captivating stories of yesteryears.” The top three teams that correctly solve the most riddles, clues, and mysteries during the scavenger hunt can expect Detroit-made prizes, Detroit Yacht Club swag, and bragging rights, of course. 

View at an angle of Detroit Yacht Club; flags are suspended from covered veranda. Boats docked in front of clubhouse on river; "DYC" sign over entrance.
Photo courtesy of Detroit History Club