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Ten cool things to do during Thanksgiving Week



There are many cool things to do during Thanksgiving Week! Celebrate by taking part in some of metropolitan Detroit’s best offerings. Here’s a list to get you started:

  1. Cross the border and visit a foreign country. Go see Alex Cuba on Sunday, Nov. 22 at The Blind Dog, 671 Ouellette Ave in Windsor, Ontario. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and tickets are $12.

  2. Watch a sneak preview of The Heart Specialist. The movie is showing on Monday, Nov. 23 at Music Hall, 350 Madison Avenue in Detroit. The event runs from 7:00 until 10:00 p.m. This comedy is directed by Dennis Cooper and stars Wood Harris, Brian White, Zoe Saldana, Mya, Method Man, and Jenifer Lewis. To RSVP go to

  3. Hang out at America's Thanksgiving Parade. This event is on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26 on Woodward Avenue from Mack Avenue to Campus Martius (downtown Detroit). For more information contact or (313) 923-7400.

  4. Check out a little Dinner theater. The Hawthorne Valley Dinner Theater in association with Ronald Otulakowski Productions will present “Over the River and Through the Woods” now through Dec. 12. Cocktails (cash bar) are at 6:00 p.m. with dinner at 7:00 p.m. Cost is $29.99 and includes entree, soup, salad and dessert. For reservations, call (734) 422-3440. Hawthorne Valley is at 7300 Merriman east of Warren Road in Westland.

  5. Experience Hot Club of Detroit at the Detroit Institute of Art’s Friday Night Live. This event will take place on Friday, Nov 27 at 7:00 and 8:30 p.m. Hot Club of Detroit includes guitarist Evan Perri, accordionist Julien Labro, soprano and tenor saxophonist Carl Cafagna, rhythm guitarist Paul Brady and bassist Andrew Kratzat.

  6. Jump into the Holiday spirit at the Birmingham Holiday Lighting! This event will be held at the steps of the Birmingham City Hall on Wednesday, Nov 25 at 6:00 p.m. Contact Birmingham Principal Shopping District at (248) 530-1200 for more information.

  7. Jazz it up at The Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe. It’s located at 97 Kercheval in Grosse Pointe Farms. Rodney Whitaker is the Dirty Dog's featured artist from Nov 25 through 28. Contact (313) 882-5299 for more information.

  8. Help someone. If you aren’t already a regular contributor of time and financial resources, this is a good week to start. Here are some causes to investigate: Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, Focus Hope, Grace Centers of Hope and COTS.

  9. Give thanks. Check out your local church or House of Worship. Count your blessings while congregating with other people.

  10. Attend Lamb’s Songwriters Showcase. It will be held on Sunday, Nov. 29 at Memphis Smoke in Royal Oak. John D. Lamb is the host and featured acts include Chris McCall, Anthony Retka, Maggie McCabe, Michael Brock and Anthony D’Agnillo. Call (248) 543-4300 for more information.

This list of ten items should give you some good ideas, but so many venues and events have been left out. Here’s your turn to join the conversation. Leave your suggestions about Thanksgiving Week events in the comment section that follows this article. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  • Lolita 5 years ago

    Thanks for the article and list of things to do, as I am always looking for different things to do. I think I'm going to check out Hawthorne Valley Dinner Theater. I am also running in the Turkey Trot 10k run that takes place before the Thanksgiving Day Parade. They also have a 5k run and a Mash Potato mile run for those who may be interested in getting some exercise before the Thanksgiving eating festivities take place!