There’s always something to do in The D! Check out my curated event list for Black professionals in Detroit this week.
1. DETROIT MENORAH LIGHTING
Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Not sure how many of y’all are Jewish, but it’s best not to assume. The Detroit Menorah Lighting Ceremony is returning for its seventh year to Campus Martius Park. The ceremony will open with a live performance from the Piston’s Extreme Team at 5:30 p.m., followed by the lighting ceremony at 6:00 p.m., and closing out with Jewish Heritage Night at Little Caesars Arena. Even if you aren’t Jewish, come out and enjoy some free snacks, hot cocoa, roasted marshmallows and live entertainment. Learn more HERE.
Tuesday, December 13, 2017, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Head to Détroit Is The New Black this Tuesday for an evening of fashion, photography, and art. This free event will spotlight some of the city’s dopest designers, photographers, and media publications. Learn more HERE.
3. DETROIT UNPLUGGED VOL. 1
Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 8:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.
Get hip to some of Detroit’s brightest untapped talent during the Detroit Unplugged acoustic experience. Each featured artist will have the opportunity to share their unique story and talents. The debut will feature the talented and charismatic singer-songwriter, Verzell and the dynamic rap group, Blvk Tovd. Food, complimentary wine, and good vibes will be available. Learn more HERE.
4. THE BESTIE SET
Thursday, December 14, 2017, 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Everybody loves a good happy hour, right? Well, the folks who brought y’all The Bestie Brunch have another event underway! Pull up to The Bestie Set and come kick it for their happy hour event at Punchline Comedy Lounge. They’re offering $5 drink specials and $5-$10 appetizer specials until 7 p.m.! Entry is free so bring your behind! Learn more HERE.
5. UGLY SWEATER HAPPY HOUR
Friday, December 14, 2017, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
‘Tis the season of giving, ugly sweaters and holiday turn-ups. Come out to Griot Music Lounge for all of the above. Throw on your ugliest holiday hook-up and bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to a child in need this holiday season. Learn more HERE.
6. PUT YA MAMA WHERE YA MOUTH IS!
Friday, December 15, 2017, 7:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.
Is your mom the best cook in the city? Do you refuse to eat anyone else’s mac & cheese, collard greens or yams because they just don’t cut it? Well, it’s time to provide some #receipts and put ya mama where ya mouth is. Brought to you by Black Metro Eats, the same folks who brought you the first-ever Detroit Black Restaurant Week, PYMWYMI is a cooking competition-turned-party that puts your mama’s cooking to the ultimate test! Tickets include an open bar, awesome performances and some of the best bites in the city. Oh, and a $500 grand prize. Learn more HERE.
7. DETROIT BEER, WINE & HOLIDAY SPIRITS
Friday, December 15, 2017, 8:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.
Grab a bite to eat, sip on a little something and enjoy some live entertainment as you stroll with bae around Beacon Park’s heated pavilion at the Detroit Beer, Wine & Holiday Spirits. This one-night winter event encompasses two of Detroit’s biggest parties: The Detroit Beer & Wine Fest Winter Edition and The Holiday Spirits Craft Cocktail Party, and will feature over 100 brews, wine and craft cocktails from more than 40 breweries and wineries and distilleries from across the state and around the globe. Learn more HERE.
8. TRAP ART SELFIE PAINT PARTY
Saturday, December 16, 2017, 7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.
Your selfie game might be strong, but what’s your selfie portrait game looking like? You can find out this weekend at the Trap Art Selfie Paint Party taking place on the historic Avenue of Fashion. Bring your best selfie and learn how to paint the perfect self-portrait to hang proudly on your wall. Think Painting with a Twist…with trap music. Since Friday tickets have sold out, there will be a part two on Saturday, so grab your tickets now! Learn more HERE.
9. MET GALA DINNER PARTY
Saturday, December 16, 2017, 8:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.
The Renaissance Social is bringing you the first annual Met Gala Dinner Party this Saturday at a secret location. Enjoy an elegant evening of signature drinks, food prepared in-house by Chef Jerrod, holiday raffles and more. A portion of proceeds will be donated to FIERCE non-profit organization’s holiday drive, which will help sponsor a number of families in need this holiday season. You can make it a romantic evening with bae while giving back to the less fortunate. Learn more HERE.
10. BYOB CHRISTMAS LIGHTS TROLLEY TOUR + ROOFTOP PARTY
Sunday, December 17, 2017, 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Last year’s sold-out BYOB Christmas Lights Trolleys by HandCrafted are back by popular demand with a new venue for the pre-party pickup location. Get out for a cozy pre-party on the roof of the 900 Tower + Terrace in Eastern Market. Inside a heated rooftop tent will be a S’mores bar and amazing views of downtown Detroit. Fill up on delicious, winter-themed cocktails until the trolley comes at 6:30 to take you on a city-wide tour of all the festive holiday lights. Learn more HERE.
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