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Metro Detroit Events and Things to Do in March, 2014

Events, Festivals, Attractions, Shows, Walks and Marathons


The Metro-Detroit area welcomes the winter thaw in March with a series of concert events. Of course, it is still winter, so ice sculptures, snow festivals, skiing and other winter sports are still on the list of Metro-Detroit Events and Things to Do in March. Frankly, the weather in March may or may not cooperate.

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

Countdown to Paczki Day (aka Fat Tuesday) in Hamtramck

Photo © Laura Sternberg, Licensed to About.com

When: 3/4/14
Where: Hamtramck

Whether Catholic or not, Detroiters know a good holiday when they taste it and head to Hamtramck to celebrate all things Paczki in the days leading up to Paczki Day (aka Fat Tuesday).

Detroit Kennel Club Dog Show

Detroit Kennel Club Dog Shows, 2011
Photo © Laura Sternberg, Licensed to About.com

When: Traditionally held in March
Where: ???

-- The Detroit Kennel Club Dog Show has been cancelled for 2014. --


Detroit Autorama, 2008
Photo © dketchum
When: 3/7/14 through 3/9/14
Where: Cobo Center, Detroit

Autorama celebrates the hot rod with the 51st annual Ridler's Ball on March 7th, 2014, Bob Motz's Semi Jet Truck, Spongebob Squarepants, Richard & Kyle Petty, Wrestling Superstars Chris Jericho and Shawn MIchaels, and Gene Winfield's "Chop Shop." Tickets are $19 adult/$5 child. (Discount tickets available at O'Reilly Auto Parts).

Guide to St. Patrick's Day

When: Celebrations run from 3/9/14 to 3/22/14
Where: All across the Metro-Detroit area

We may not dye our river green in Detroit, but we still get our green on for the holiday with parades, parties and feasts.


Ann Arbor Film Fest

Ann Arbor Film Festival in the historic Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor (2008)
Photo © Geoff George

When: 3/25 through 3/30
Where: The Michigan Theatre, Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor's internationally renowned, independent film festival is in its 52nd year. Throughout its history, the festival has hosted experimental and pioneering films from artists of the caliber of Andy Warhol and George Lucas.

Winter in Detroit

Skiing at Pine Knob
Photo © John Wills

When: Throughout the Winter
Where: Throughout the Metro-Detroit area and beyond
Weather: Average Temperatures and Snow in March

Michigan winters give us plenty of opportunity for ice skids and snow shoveling, but they also give us a unique set of outdoor sports, including downhill skiing and cross-country skiing.

Campus Martius Ice Skating

Skating and Campus Martius
Photo &Copy; Jeff Widen

When: Through March, 2014
Where: The Rink at Campus Martius Park, Woodward Avenue, Downtown Detroit

The Park at Campus Martius was designed to be the central square of the city. During the winter months, the park offers a venue for ice skating, and the nearby cafe offers hot chocolate to keep Detroiters warm and toasty.

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.

Conferences, Expos and Trade Shows

Rock Financial Showplace
Photo © Laura Sternberg, Licensed to About.com

When: Throughout the month
Where: Metro-Detroit area

At any given time, several conferences, expos or shows are open to the public in the Metro-Detroit area. Check out what is coming to the area in March. 

Detroit Institute of Arts

Prentis Court balconies at The Detroit Institute of Arts
Photo © The Detroit Institute of Arts

When: Throughout the year
Where: Detroit Institute of Arts, downtown Detroit

Arts Alive!: After six and one-half years of renovations, the New Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) opened its doors in 2007 to show off its new design and galleries. The DIA is always brimming with events, including films, exhibits and music.

State and Metro Park Events

When: Throughout the month
Where: Parks in and around the Metro-Detroit area

In the winter months, both state and metro parks host lots of activities to help you embrace winter, including ski and snowshoe classes, ice-fishing instruction and evening hikes. Check out the calendar of events:

  • State Parks in the Metro-Detroit area include Maybury State Park in Northville, Seven Lakes State Park in Fenton, Dodge #4 State Park in Waterford, and Proud Lake Recreation Area in Commerce Township.
  • Huron-Clinton MetroParks in and around Metro Detroit, including Metro Beach near Mt. Clemens and Kensington in Brighton.

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