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Things to do in Detroit, when NAIAS closes at the end of a day?

Here are some ideas …

It’s all about cars when you come to Detroit these days. But when the night calls, some different spots call in Downtown …


When NAIAS closes its doors at the evening, that is not the time you are free to do everything – from video games, to beer, to sleep … and although that may sound like a typical night on couch (or bed) in a hotel room with Netflix and just you, these days you can do those things away from this… with actual people! And fun. Huzzah!

On our tour with the BMW X2 in Detroit, we already gave you some advise, where to go. And here’s even more!

So, to stay on topic (Cars!), we recommend to visit the Detroit Historical Museum, where visitors see how a Cadillac is assembled. But that’s just one of the many interesting displays at this museum – dedicated to telling the story of Detroit’s most iconic industry, and its downfall.

Of course, you also should take a ride with the new Qline streetcar! Starting downtown and running to midtown, Qline offers some great places to stop-by along Woodward Avenue, like Detroit Opera, Comerica Park, and Fox Theatre.

If you are out for something different, here we go!

How about art?

The Detroit Institute of Art (take the Qline to get there!) debuts its latest exhibition, Making Home: Contemporary Works, just in time for NAIAS. The collection explores interpretations of domestic space, permanency, and proposes questions of what it means to feel at “home.” Nearly 50 works in a variety of mediums ranging from prints, drawings, photographs, and contemporary art make up the exhibition.

And then, there’s Keith Haring: The End of the Line at the Cranbrook Art Museum. Thirty years after Haring created a landmark temporary mural at Cranbrook, a documentation of Keith Haring’s pivotal project will be presented alongside two bodies of work anticipated by the mural and made in collaboration with acclaimed beat poet William S. Burroughs.

Every Sunday, the Elizabeth Theater above Park Bar presents Detroit Comedy Underground, a collaborative effort to bring some of the best in comedy to the downtown area. The weekly showcase features comedians from across the country with their best performances.

If you want to try selling jokes on your own, try the Comedy Open Mic Night – every Tuesday at Trixie’s Bar in Hamtramck. Show up and go up!

If you are more the kind of human, daring for some more, Trapped in a Room with a Zombie may be something for you!
You can unleash your inner Sherlock Holmes at Penobscot Building every Sunday. As you and a group of up to 12 race to escape a room before a live zombie eats you all. You have to find clues, solve puzzles, and find the key that stands between you and freedom. The escape room-adventure is ranked by TripAdvisor as the #2 activity in all of Detroit.

Want to know more?
Well, there are two websites we recommend for recent events and spots to go: Detroit at eventful and VisitDetroit.

Have fun, stay safe and don’t get a cold…

Published: 14. January 2018


About the author

Thomas Gigold has been writing about cars for more than ten years. He loves long road trips, is father of three and lives in Germany. Thomas is the Editor-in-chief at the MOTOR SHOW BLOG. Learn more.

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