Special Events

 

Art X Detroit: Kresge Arts Experience

Art X Detroit is a five-day multidisciplinary biennial celebration in the spring sponsored by the Kresge Foundation. Forty award-winning local artists exhibit new works throughout Midtown with over 10,000 visitors attended the event. Free to the public, Art X Detroit is hosted at more than a dozen venues located throughout Midtown Detroit's Cultural Center and offers an exciting program featuring dance and musical performances, literary readings, workshops, panel discussions, public art and special exhibitions.

 

Noel Night

Each year, Midtown ushers in the holidays with the ever popular Noel Night community event.  Now in its 39th year, Noel Night attracts over 30,000 visitors to celebrate a Cultural Center-wide holiday "open house."  Over 60 Midtown venues, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Detroit Historical Museum, the Detroit Public Library, many churches and others, open their doors to the public free of charge. Noel Night has activities for everyone to enjoy including the Ice Scraper's Challenge, an ice sculpting competition between Center of Creative Studies (CCS) and WSU students, glass-blowing demonstrations, horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday shopping, family craft activities and performances by over 120 area music, theatre, and dance groups. The evening's festivities culminate with a community sing-along on Woodward Avenue led by the Salvation Army Band -a long-standing Noel Night tradition.

Noel Night activities take place in and around Midtown Detroit's Cultural Center institutions, primarily between Cass and John R and Kirby and Willis. Free shuttle service is offered between participating venues. Convenient parking is available in area lots.  For more information, contact Midtown Detroit, Inc. at 313.420.6000 or visit: Noel Night.

 

DLECTRICITY

This light festival began in 2012 and will return as a biennial event in the fall of 2014. Inspired by nighttime arts festivals from around the world, DLECTRICITY, Detroit’s new nighttime, contemporary light art festival, will host 35 local, national and international artists whose cutting edge works of art, lighting design and performance will illuminate the historic architecture of Midtown. For two electrifying evenings, Midtown Detroit will be enveloped in a sea of light as a number of artists converge on Detroit to “light up” buildings and city spaces in Midtown using various mediums that meld sci-fi technology with Victorian spectacle on a grand scale.

DLECTRICITY aspires to engage a broad and diverse audience, create a sense of community and be a place for stimulation and discussion about the impact of art on public spaces.  The city landscape will be transformed into temporary exhibitions, inviting the public to rediscover these spaces and see them in a new light.

 

New Center Park

New Center Park was launched in 2009 as a performance venue featuring a variety of events held throughout the summer and fall.  The renovated pocket park is located on the southwest corner of Second Avenue and West Grand Boulevard across from the Fisher Building and offers a place for residents and employees of the neighborhood to relax and enjoy outdoor activities, concerts, and movies.  The Park features lawn and patio seating, wireless internet access, two outdoor fire pits, a sound system, and dedicated park restrooms. The concert area has a 700 person capacity and food and drink are available in the 800 square foot enclosed glass and wood conservatory that opened June 2010.

New Center Park and its many events offer the public a great reason to visit Detroit's Historic New Center area in Midtown.  Activities include Jazz in the Park, Rock Shows, Kids Activities, Folk Night, Electronic/DJ Shows, a Harvest Market, Movie Night, and other events for families and children. Additional special events include Springfest, Octoberfest, and Holiday Sing-A-Longs. New Center Park is open from 8 a.m. to dusk and is available for private rentals.  For more information on reserving the Park, please contact MDI at 313.420.6000.