February just got a whole lot more fun.
January seemed to drag on forever with an insurrection, inauguration, and the pandemic still in full swing. We hope you’re doing well as we move into February, a month filled with calendar events to enjoy. We’ve got Valentine’s Day events, Black History Month events, and its still winter in the city, so that means the winter festivities are still going on! There’s plenty of new activities to start this month off right, and we’ve got a list of some of the funnest things to do in the city this February.
1-10. Support one of these Black-owned restaurants now that indoor dining has resumed
Now that indoor dining has resumed, it’s more important than ever to support Black-owned restaurants who have been financially struggling. While indoor dining was closed to save more lives, the reality is that the closure of indoor dining has been incredibly hard for a ton of restaurants in Detroit. Many fell under the weight, and so many others are struggling to stay afloat. Still, other restaurants are hopeful going into February, as they begin to open their doors to the public. With such a huge variety of Black-owned restaurants to choose from, you’ll be eating good this month. From Cajun to East African, Detroit has got some really good food.
11. Check out an exhibit at the Wright Museum to celebrate Black History Month
The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History has long been a standout place to learn about the contribution of Black innovators and artists in America. Since Black History Month is all February long, why not check out some of the awesome exhibits the museums is offering, both in-person and virtually this year. From their first ever virtual exhibition gallery, to their virtual storytelling sessions, to their film screenings, the Wright has a little bit for everyone.
12. Check out a winter artwork installation
“The Hum & Glow of Winter” is a winter artwork installation by illustrator and muralist, Michael Polakowski. During the entire month of February, his artwork, inspired by Detroit’s neighborhoods and landscapes, will be featured at Beacon Park. Access to the artwork will be during park hours, 6a.m. to 10p.m., and is free. For more information, check the information page.
13. Go ice skating
What’s a better winter activity than ice skating? Detroiters can enjoy the ice at Campus Martius Park in the heart of Downtown Detroit this February. Tickets are limited this year due to the safety regulations in place, so make sure to get yours in advance here. Ticket prices and hours are also available online.
14. Attend a stunning candlelight concert
After such a crazy January, fill your February with the calming sounds of classical and jazz. This month, you can visit one of these open-air candlelight concerts held at the Masonic Crystal Ballroom. Local Detroit musicians are playing music dedicated to Mozart, Duke Ellington, and more. You can buy tickets here.
15-25. Make a reservation for a romantic night out at one of these restaurants
It’s the month of romance, so why not do it right at one of Detroits romantic restaurants? From beautiful outdoor dining setups, like igloos and luminaries, to elegant restaurants offering special Valentine’s menus for indoor and takeaway. Italian, Mexican, Modern American or Seafood, Detroits got a little bit of everything, so if you’re worried this Valentine’s Day may be kind of lame, don’t be.
26-36. Grab a slice of Detroit-style pizza
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Detroit-style pizza has become a thing the past few years across the country, and we know why. It’s ooey-gooey cheese, crispy and chewy crust, and fresh tomato sauce all baked in a steel pan is what makes it incredible. It took a while for the rest of the country to catch on, but we all know Detroit still does it best. Grab a slice from one of Detroit’s famous Detroit-style pizzerias.
37. Visit the new Monroe Street Drive In
A new drive-in pop up has just opened in Downtown Detroit. Enjoy your movie with some popcorn or snacks available at the concession stands, bring your own food, or even have food delivered to you. Admission is $20 per vehicle, and the entry point is located at the intersection of Farmer & Monroe St. Make sure to check their website for information about the rules and regulations. Showtimes begin at 7p.m. every Thursday through Sunday. Their current screenings are Jumanji: The Next Level, Selma, Remember the Titans, and the original Jurassic Park.
38. Visit the new Frida Kahlo exhibit at Ella Sharp Musuem
This new Frida Kahlo exhibit is located at the Ella Sharp Museum in Jackson, an hour drive from Detroit. It may not be in the city, but we thought it was too good not to include. Frida Kahlo, the prolific Mexican artist, will have an exhibit dedicated to her life and work. From photographs, to folk art she and her husband, Diego Rivera, collected, to replicated paintings, guests have a chance to see a glimpse into her life and inspirations. The exhibit began January 28th and will run until March 16th. $5 for adults and $3 for children.
[featured image by johnell pannell via unsplash]