Arts and Entertainment events in Metro-Detroit
Compiled By Lauren Engelhardt Staff Writer
AMERICA’S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE
Parade begins at the corner of Woodward
Avenue and Kirby in Downtown Detroit, MI
Nov. 23 from 8:50 a.m. to noon
Free General Admission, $40-$70 Grandstand Tickets
Get ready for the beloved event that families have been counting down the days until. The U.S. News and World Report have recognized The Motor City for putting on one of the best Thanksgiving parades in the nation! This unique event will include floats that are made right downtown, giant balloons of iconic characters, live musical performances and an appearance from Mr. Claus himself! For more information and to find the entire lineup for the parade, visit the Parade Company’s website, theparade.org.
DETROIT LIONS THANKSGIVING DAY GAME
2000 Brush St., Detroit, MI 48226
Nov. 23 with kickoff starting at 12:30 p.m.
Ticket prices vary
Tune into FOX Sports or join many like-minded Lions fans to watch the Detroit Lions take on the Minnesota Vikings on Thanksgiving. The Lions will come into this game as hungry for a victory as they are for turkey as they have won their past Thanksgiving Day games for the past four years and also with a 14-7 victory against the Vikings Oct. 1 of this season. This game represents nothing but Detroit tradition as the Lions have played on Thanksgiving Day in every NFL season since their franchise began. Grammy winner Andy Grammer is slated to perform in the halftime show.
WILD LIGHTS AT DETROIT ZOO
8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48067
Royal Oak, MI
Nov. 18-19, 24-25 and all of Dec. from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
$10-$16 per ticket, free admission to children under 2 yrs.
Count down the days until Christmas by visiting the Detroit Zoo for their magnificent annual light show. Five million LED lights will shine the trees, buildings and animal sculptures bright as fresh fallen snow throughout the front half of the zoo. For an extra fee, other activities that will be available include a 4-D showing of “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” ice skating, carousel rides and photos with Saint Nick.
Mashed Potato Mile starts along the Waterfront behind Cobo Center
Turkey Trot and Stuffing Strut start on Griswold and Fort Street
Nov. 23 starting at 7:30 a.m.
Registration fees range from $28 to $63
Start your Thanksgiving Day off on the right foot by participating in the traditional Turkey Trot held in Downtown Detroit along with family and friends. This event is referred to as “the parade before the parade,” as it takes place right before America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Races include a 1 mile race (Mashed Potato Mile), a 5K (Stuffing Strut) and the challenging 10K (Turkey Trot). All participants will receive a commemorative shirt and finishers will also earn a medal. Anyone interested can register on The Parade Company’s website under the Turkey Trot tab at theparade.org/turkeytrot/