Memorial Day – Got Plans?

By: Ken Cross | March 23, 2012

Though Michigan weather is famous for changing its mind at the last minute, as of now the weather forecast for Memorial Day Weekend is looking good. Lots of sunshine with only a chance of showers. What does this mean?  It is the perfect opportunity to be out and about doing fun things over the long weekend. So, the question that begs to be asked… What is there on tap for this Memorial Day Weekend?

Though many people in the Metro Detroit area make the decision to head Up North for the long weekend, there are so many fun things to do right in your own city! From festivals to art shows to grilling and hanging out at the beach, Metro Detroit offers something for everyone. So, check out some of the fun things we have found for you to do this Memorial Day Weekend!

Movement: Detroit’s Electronic Music Festival
When: 5/26/12 through 5/28/12
Where: Hart Plaza, downtown Detroit

The 13th annual Detroit Electronic Music Festival will be happening Memorial Day Weekend. There will be around 30 artists from all over the world playing at this unique festival. Headliners include Claude Vonstroke, Major Lazer, and SBTRKT. Weekend passes start at $80.

Art Birmingham
When: 5/26/12 through 5/27/12
Where: Shain Park, Birmingham

Birmingham will be holding the 31st annual Art Birmingham in Shain Park. This art fair will showcase 175 different artists. Featured work includes painting, ceramics, photography, jewelry, glass, wood, sculpture, mixed media, fiber, metal and more.

Komen Detroit Race for the Cure
When: 5/26/12
Where: Comerica Park, downtown Detroit

Join in the fight against breast cancer by participating in this 5K run/walk and one-mile walk happening Memorial Day Weekend. This is the 21st year that the Komen Race for the Cure has taken place in Detroit.

Catch a Parade
When: 5/25/12-5/28/12
Where: Various Cities

There are many parades around the Metro Detroit area being celebrated in honor of the courageous men and women that have fought for our country. Check out the list above to find a parade in a city near you.

Watch a Fireworks Display
When: 5/25/12-5/28/12
Where: Various Cities

Just about everyone loves a great fireworks display and there is no shortage of them over the Memorial Day Weekend. Check out the complete list of fireworks displays happening all over Michigan and choose one near you.

Peruse the Zoo

It is always loads of fun for the whole family watching the animals frolic and play the day away. Head over to the Detroit Zoo over the Memorial Day Weekend to catch the excitement and meet some of the new arrivals. This includes a new male tiger, three new grizzly bear cubs and more!

Go Golfing

Nothing beats hitting the links when you have a sunny, perfect day. Swinging for that perfect drive, putting for that birdie… it is the best! With all the sunshine in the forecast, there is no better time than over the holiday weekend to book that tee time. Check out the list of beautiful golf courses in the Metro Detroit Area.

Play at the Beach or Park

While everyone in Michigan knows that there are some stunning beaches on the West side of the state and some pretty incredible ones Up North as well, there are also plenty of beautiful beaches right in the Metro Detroit area! Plus, there are tons of parks scattered all throughout the surrounding cities that have hiking, biking, swimming and much more. Check out the listing above for a beach or Metropark near you.


Whatever you decide to do this Memorial Day Weekend, have fun and enjoy yourself, your friends and family! Plus, keep in mind why we celebrate this holiday and remember those that have lost their lives while fighting to protect our great nation!  

Happy Memorial Day!