It’s hard to believe after this awful winter, but spring is (technically) here! Therefore, I feel like being optimistic and making a list of reasons why we love spring in Metro Detroit.
The weather: Obviously, do I really need to elaborate on this? I’ve only been around for 23 years, but this was the worst winter I can remember. Record-breaking snowfall, multiple days below zero, ridiculous highway backups and accidents. I’m ready for it to be over! Have a picnic, play outside, or go for a jog! Anything at all. I’d be okay if winter never comes back. Good riddance.
Sports: Opening Day for the Tigers is Monday, March 31. April in the D is always jam-packed with sports. The Red Wings are fighting for a playoff berth, which is weird to say because it’s been 22 years straight of making the playoffs. I have faith, currently our beloved Wings are in a playoff spot!
Festivals: Metro Detroit is full of festivals, fairs, art shows, music, films and fun in the spring! Check out the 52nd Ann Arbor Film Festival! The festival kicks off tonight at 6 p.m. with the opening night reception and goes until Saturday, March 30. Or perhaps, check out the work of 60 artists around the lake, at the Palmer Park Art Fair in Detroit on the first weekend of May.
5Ks, obstacle courses and runs: Detroit is full of races in the spring! Run with the big boys and girls of the “Big House” in the Big House 5K on Sunday, April 6. For those of you who would like to stuff your face with Twinkies whilst running, The Fifth Annual Twinkie Run is on April Fool’s Day. Funds raised will go towards research for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).
Bike Rides: Guess what? It’s about time to bring your bikes out again! Detroit offers many bike tours and events as well. Wheelhouse Detroit will soon have a 2014 tour schedule and the Motor City Brew Tour starts in May and takes you to different Detroit breweries! Don’t forget about Slow Roll’s first ride on Sunday, March 30!
Outdoor Concerts: Spring means outdoor concerts at DTE Energy Music Theatre and shows start in May! Outdoor concerts always seem to be more fun. Fresh air, more room to move around and party crowds! Meadowbrook and Freedom Hill are also great outdoor music venues.
Garden Tours: Were you aware that Detroit is home to some of the most beautiful gardens in America? The Great Estates of Metro Detroit; such as the Ford House Grounds and Garden and the Cranbrook House and Gardens are two of the most breathtaking places in Michigan!
Parks: Beautiful parks in Detroit can now be utilized! Campus Martius does an awesome job in the winter with ice skating and fun festivities, but it is a great place to take a walk or have lunch outside in the spring. Scenes of fountains and gardens (a lot of garden references in this article) are pleasant to the eye. The aforementioned Palmer Park or Belle Isle are also quality places to go.
Lakes: Of course, it will always be a little bit cooler on the lake, so you’ll want to make sure it is a warm, sunny day. With that being said we are the “Great Lakes State,” so take your boats or personal watercraft out as soon as possible and have some fun! It feels good to say that.
Picnics: I hinted towards this earlier. Get the family together or go with a group of friends and take in all that spring has to offer…namely not having subzero temperatures. I don’t know if the whole picnic basket with a plaid blanket is always required, but it doesn’t hurt.
Although our weather makes it difficult to believe; it’s spring. We may have to gut it out in the beginning, but eventually it will warm up again. I hope. Some promise is starting to be shown!