Welcome to February, everyone! Take a look at some free (and nearly free) ways to step out for some fun in the Detroit area this month.
1. Motown Winter Blast–2/8/13-2/10/13
Admission: $1, or a donation of a book or 1 canned good to Matrix Human Services.
There will be 50 different live music acts, ice sculptures, ice skating, snow shoeing, and roasting marshmallows. There will also be plenty of local eateries serving up noshes at the Taste of Detroit tent.
2. Chocolate Extravaganza–2/9/13 (10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.)
Chelsea, Michigan turns into an open chocolate box tomorrow. Learn about the history of chocolate and get free chocolate noshables from a plethora of merchants–some will also be creating special event-themed items. Why not try a chocolate martini or cocoa and coffee rubbed ribs?
3. Paczki Day 2013–2/9/13-2/13/13
Hamtramck, Michigan has the largest Polish population outside of Warsaw. It is also home to Polish frozen foods company, Dudek. (Mmm, pierogis….)
Every Fat Tuesday, people are Hamtramck-bound, seeking the perfect paczki. I had no idea how much more was available than a seasonal treat. Hamtramck explodes into a paczki party. There will be free and cheap paczkis and drinks specials, plus live music. There will also be a marathon on the 9th and a chance to polka.
4. Phillip Phillips at the Magic Stick–2/14/13 (Doors at 3:00)
93.9 The River presents a free show. I tried to do the Matt Nathanson one they had over the summer. Tried being the operative word, my advice is to arrive quite early.
5. Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Beethoven Festival–2/8/13-2/24/13
Admission: $15 and up
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is performing 32 of Beethoven’s piano sonatas and 9 of his Symphonies in 2 weeks. Tickets start at $15. Normally, I would not include something $15 or more on my FoNF list, but beyond being a spectacular event, 5 of the concerts can also be viewed for free on their live stream. Further, one can attend a talk before many of the shows with no additional fee.
As usual, there are scads of things to do in the metro area, but the above list are some great ways to get out for free (or nearly free). Have fun!