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Metro Detroit Events and Things to Do in April, 2014

Events, Festivals, Attractions, Shows, Walks and Marathons


The Metro-Detroit area welcomes the winter thaw in April with a series of outdoor events, including Easter Egg Hunts and Ann Arbor's Festifools. Of course, cold days are still possible, so there are plenty of indoor activities on the list of Metro-Detroit Events and Things to Do in April.

If you are looking ahead to May and beyond, check out the Yearly Calendar of Events for Metro Detroit.

Things to Do With Kids Over Spring Break

Somerset Mall
Photo © Laura Sternberg, Licensed to About.com

When: Depends on the School District
Where: Throughout the Metro-Detroit Area

The kids are home for Spring Break and have no where to be for a week! Here are a few ideas for things to do with the kids over Spring Break in Detroit.

Tigers Baseball at Comerica Park

Comerica Park, Home of the Detroit Tigers
Photo © Laura Sternberg

When: Home Opener 3/31, 4/2 and 4/3 (vs. Kansas City)
Where: Comerica Park

Baseball, hot dogs, pizza pie and summer days go hand in hand at Detroit's Comerica Park. In addition to a relatively new ballpark, lots of food choice, and activities for the kids, the Tigers keep things interesting. 

Guide to Easter in Metro Detroit

The Easter Bunny makes a Detroit appearance in America's Thanksgiving Parade (2008).
Photo © Desmond C. Simmons (2008)

When: Easter falls on 4/20 in 2014, but Easter-related events begin as early as 4/5
Where: Throughout the Metro-Detroit area

In addition to Easter Brunch, there are plenty of fun activities for the family being held in celebration of Easter throughout the Metro-Detroit area. From now until Easter Sunday, enjoy Easter-egg hunts, marshmallow drops and photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny.

Festifools & Fullmoon

Festifools 2007
Photo © Amy Palomar

When: 4/6/14 from 4 PM to 5 PM
Where: Along Main Street in downtown Ann Arbor

Festifools started off as a University of Michigan student project in 2007 but has since evolved into a community-building, public-art parade that showcases huge, papier-mache puppets.

Note: A second pageant/parade called Foolmoon is scheduled on 4/4/14 from dusk (7 PM) to midnight. Foolmoon is a night-time parade/pageant that is filled with illuminated sculptures, paper lanterns, shadow puppets and candlelight. It starts at one of three locations: the Farmer's Market at Kerrytown, UMMA or Slauson Middle School. All three routes end up at Washington and Ashley Streets in Downtown Ann Arbor.

Detroit Greek Independence Day Parade

Monroe Street in Greektown
Photo © One Foot Over The Moon, night images

When: 4/6/14
Where: Monroe Street, downtown Detroit

The Detroit Greek Parade was originally started in World War II to raise money to help American-ally Greece,  but it was successfully resurrected in 2002 and now serves as a celebration venue for Greek churches and organizations across Metro Detroit and Windsor. The parade runs along Monroe Street and ends in Greektown. The parade is also the occasion on which the Hellenic Heritage Award is presented.  

Detroit Restaurant Week: Spring Edition

Iridescence occupies the top floor of the MotorCity Casino Hotel
Photo © Laura Sternberg, Licensed to About.com

When: 4/11/14 through 4/20/14
Where: Throughout the City of Detroit

The event should probably be named Detroit Restaurant Week and a half. Over 10 days in April, Detroit celebrates its restaurants in style. Close to Twenty fine-dining restaurants in Corktown, Downtown, Eastern Market, Midtown and New Center will offer a special three-course dinner package.

In 2013, the restaurants include 24Grille, Andiamo Detroit Riverfront, Angelina Italian Bistro, Atlas Global Bistro, Brizola, Cliff Bell's, Coach Insignia, Cuisine, Da Edoardo Foxtown Grille, Detroit Seafood Market, Fountain Bistro, Iridescence, La Dolce Vita, Rattlesnake Club, Roast, Roma Cafe, Santorini Estiatorio, The Whitney, and Wolfgang Puck Grille

Detroit Music Awards

The marquis at the Fillmore: 2009 Detroit Music Awards
Photo © Peter Schorn

When: 4/25/14
Where: The Fillmore, downtown Detroit

In recognition of Detroit-area musicians, the 23rd annual Detroit Music Awards is presented by The Motor City Music Foundation. Award recipients are determined by local musicians and music industry professionals. Award categories include Blues, Jazz, Gospel, Country, Classical, Rock/Pop, R&B/Hip-Hop, Electronic, World and Folk/Acoustic.

Detroit Zoo: Events in April

The Detroit Zoo
Photo © Laura Sternberg, Licensed to About.com

When: 4/26/14 and 4/27/14
Where: The Detroit Zoo

At any given time, The Detroit Zoo hosts special zoo events that showcase zoo animals and offer special activities for children and adults. As the days warm and Detroit slips into spring, the zoo hosts GreenFest (its ode to Earth Day). There will be earth-friendly crafts, a scavenger hunt and zoo-keeper talks.

March of Dimes "March for Babies"

When: 4/27/14
Where: Various locations throughout Metro Detroit

March of Dimes sponsors walks over over the Metro-Detroit area in late April. Most take place on April 27th, 2014 (including the walk at Wayne State University in Detroit and Ann Arbor/Hudson Mills), but there are a few walks that take place on April 26th (Bay City/Saginaw) and May 4th (Kensington Metropark). The funds raised support programs in furtherance of full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.

Shows and Concerts

Photo by Steve McNicholas

When: Throughout the next couple of months
Where: Metro-Detroit Theaters and Concert Venues

At any given time, Detroit hosts a variety of shows and concerts, including music concerts, Broadway plays, comedians, rodeos and circuses.

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