Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Take A Look At What Detroit Has To Offer

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No matter the time of year, Detroit has plenty to offer. The fall and winter seasons continue the traditions of cars, culture, gaming, music and sports.

Embrace a crisp fall afternoon at Westview Orchards. Grab some cider and doughnuts and stroll through the pumpkin patches and apple trees. A petting farm and the apple shoot slide are a must for the kids. Westview is adding to the seasonal excitement, introducing a new winery this fall. Check out for information.

The Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (DMCVB) launched its Shop Greater Detroit campaign promoting greater Detroit as the perfect place for Toronto and Southern Ontario shoppers to shop and stay for the holidays. Go to to learn more about the wide variety of distinct shopping options in greater Detroit and register for a chance to win the Ultimate Detroit Experience, which includes a $500 Visa gift card, two-night hotel stay in Detroit, two theater tickets and The D Discount Pass. Contest entry ends Dec. 31, 2014 and the winner will be announced Jan. 15, 2015.

Absorb the beauty of “Ordinary People by Extraordinary Artists” at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) now-Mar. 29. Works on Paper by Degas, Renoir and friends will take you back to the end of the 19th century and the beginning of impressionism. The DIA creates experiences that help each visitor find the meaning in art. This exhibit is free with museum admission. For more details, visit

The all-American exhibition, Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame rushes to the Henry Ford Museum Oct. 3-Jan. 4. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and see some of the league’s best artifacts. The Lombardi Trophy and personal authentics from Detroit’s own Barry Sanders are among the highlights. Visit for event information.

A must see in Hockeytown—The Detroit Red Wings. The Wings open up the season at Joe Louis Arena on Oct. 9. Skate over to for ticket and schedule information.

Enjoy a historic Halloween event this fall during Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village Oct. 10-12, 17-19 and 24-26. Walk the spooky trail illuminated by over 1,000 jack-o-lanterns and meet and greet costumed characters along the way, you might even cross paths with the Headless Horseman! Don’t worry, this kid-friendly event is nightmare free. Visit for ticket information.

A “merry-not-scary” celebration is in store at Zoo Boo at the Detroit Zoo during the evenings of Oct. 10-12, 17-19 and 24-26. Live entertainment, a Ghouly Games Tent, the Haunted Reptile House and the Zombie Zone are sure to keep you entertained. If you dare, take a ride on the Wild Adventure 4-D Theater. For ticket information, visit

Thousands of runners will be in Detroit on Oct. 19 for the 2014 Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon, Half-Marathon and Marathon Relay. The 5K race will take place on Oct. 18, as will a new Kids Fun Run. The race takes you over international borders, through the “underwater mile” and covers scenes of the city that will make you wish you had your camera. Go to for more details.

What better place to see “Motown the Musical” than in Motown itself? The Broadway hit comes to the Fisher Theater Oct. 21-Nov.16. Visit for ticket information.

Box out and rebound tickets to see the Detroit Pistons this 2014-15 season. The Pistons will host the Brooklyn Nets in their regular season opener Nov. 1. The Pistons are one of eight original NBA franchises and play at The Palace of Auburn Hills. For the full season schedule and ticket information, visit

Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo opens for 24 nights beginning Nov. 22. Experience the magic of the wintertime zoo scene and enjoy holiday entertainment fit for the whole family. Check out for event information.

A Detroit Thanksgiving just isn’t complete without America’s Thanksgiving Parade. Line the streets of Detroit to catch a peak of the magic that unfolds Nov. 27. Watch the kids light up as Santa makes his way downtown. It’s sure to put you in the holiday spirit. For more information on the parade, visit

Don’t miss Detroit Lions favorites Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush this football season at Ford Field. The Detroit Thanksgiving Day Game tradition takes place Nov. 27 versus the Chicago Bears. Ford Field serves as a premier football venue with one of the most supportive fan bases in the league. Visit for the full season schedule and ticket information.

The Detroit Opera House continues its annual holiday tradition with the return of BalletMet Columbus' production of The Nutcracker Nov. 28-30. For ticket information, visit

It’s big, bright and has plenty of lights! The Big Bright Light Show returns to downtown Rochester Nov. 29. This spectacular display is unlike any other. Check it out to light up your holiday season. For more information, visit

Step into a Christmas from the past at Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village Dec. 5-7, 12-14, 18-23, 26-27. Capture the classic holiday spirit with lantern-lit paths, costumed presenters, horse-drawn wagons and Model T rides, plus Santa with live reindeer. Visit for event information.

More than 70 institutions will participate in the 42nd Annual Noel Night on December 6, in Detroit’s Midtown District. The Detroit Institute of Arts, the Michigan Science Center, the Detroit Historical Museum, and more, will open their doors to the public free of charge during this Cultural Center-wide holiday open house. Activities include horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday shopping, family craft activities and performances by over 200 area music, theater, and dance groups. For a complete list of participants, go to

Ever wonder what happened before Dorothy was in the picture? “Wicked” at the Detroit Opera House explains why two unlikely friends become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. Shows run from Dec.9-Jan. 4.Visit for ticket information.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker heads to the Fox Theatre Dec. 21. Visit for ticket information on this North American holiday tradition.

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