It’s way too early to be thinking about holiday gifts, but we’re still planning to shop and sip the weekend away in Detroit with an art market at Drifter Coffee in Ferndale, then a craft fair at Brewery Faison, a record sale in Dearborn and an antique sale at Cadieux Cafe. (If you’ve never tried feather bowling, you’re in for a treat.)

Elsewhere around town, you can check out talented teens’ paintings for a good cause at Mint Artist Guild’s exhibit opening on Wednesday or make your own fire cider with Earthseed Detroit on Saturday. Keep reading for your Get Busy Detroit events roundup. 

🎨 On Thursday, We the People of Detroit is celebrating its 15 year anniversary at Spot Lite with Art is Revolution, showcasing local artists, musicians, poets, and more. Free, $10 suggested donation.

🪦 If graveyards and beautiful designs are your thing, you’ll enjoy a visual tour of grave markers, mausoleums, and memorials designed by Albert Kahn, hosted at the Ferndale Area District Library on Thursday. Free.

🕺 Grab your partner and do-si-do at the next Queer Square Dance, hosted by Detroit Square Dance Society at Spread Art on Saturday. $20 suggested donation. 

🎪 The RiverWalk will soon connect to Belle Isle through its final eastward expansion. Come celebrate the grand opening of the Uniroyal Promenade on Saturday. Free.

🏈 Still looking for a place to watch the big game between University of Michigan and Michigan State University? Cozy up outside in a heated tent at Beacon Park. You can also enjoy snacks, hayrides and pumpkin picking at Cider in the City, happening at the same time. Free.

🖋️ Sometimes it’s more fun to write with friends, and Wee-bots allows young writers ages 5-8 the opportunity to create and play together every Saturday at Detroit Public Library’s main and Redford branches. Free to register, drop-in as you need.

🍂 🍵 We’re shopping, sipping and crate-digging this weekend! 🍩 Enjoy cider and donuts while you peruse work from local artists during the ArtPop Fall Festival at Drifter Coffee in Ferndale on Saturday. 💿 Collect classic music and memorabilia at the annual WHFR Record Show in Dearborn this Saturday. Sliding-scale admission starts at $1. 🍷 Keep it retro and go Antiquing While Drinking at Cadieux Cafe on Saturday, free. 🛍️ Finally, unwind on Sunday with a late lunch and live music while shopping with more than 20 local artists and vendors at the Brewery Faison craft fair, also free to attend. 

🌿 Make your own fire cider to get you through the winter at Earthseed Detroit’s Fire & D’Cider workshop this Saturday at Michigan State University’s urban food research center and farm in northwest Detroit. A sliding-scale donation of $5-$20 covers the cost of supplies

🏛 Architecture fanatics will want to join a tour hosted by Preservation Detroit on Sunday (rescheduled from last weekend) that explores Mirou Yamasaki’s buildings on two college campuses and throughout Detroit’s Cultural Center. $30.

🖼️ Mint Artists Guild presents a new batch of paintings by young artists made for nonprofits at the Paint Detroit with Generosity exhibit, opening Wednesday evening at TechTown. Free.

🎤 Celebrate 50 years of hip-hop through a Detroit lens on Wednesday with “I’m the Rapper She’s the DJ,” a Desti-Nations of Hip-hop discussion celebrating women in the genre with a panel of female DJs and emcees, featuring the city’s own Nique Love Rhodes. The dinner and discussion hosted at Wayne State University’s STEM Innovation Learning. Free.

Alex (she/her) believes that the best journalism is done by members of the community being served, and the stories should always reflect those people. When it comes to Detroit, the city is her playground, but her favorite place to go is the Detroit Institute of Arts.

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