Metro Detroit Events and Things to Do in April

Events, Festivals, Attractions, Shows, Walks and Marathons

The Metro-Detroit area welcomes the winter thaw in April with a series of outdoor events, including Easter Egg Hunts and Ann Arbor's Festifools. Of course, cold days are still possible, so there are plenty of indoor activities on the list of Metro-Detroit Events and Things to Do in April in 2015.

If you are looking ahead to May and beyond, check out the Yearly Calendar of Events for Metro Detroit.

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    The Easter Bunny makes a Detroit appearance in America's Thanksgiving Parade (2008).
    ••• The Easter Bunny makes a Detroit appearance in America's Thanksgiving Parade (2008). Photo © Desmond C. Simmons (2008)

    When: Easter falls on 4/5 in 2015, but Easter-related events begin as early as 3/28
    Where: Throughout the Metro-Detroit area

    In addition to Easter Brunch, there are plenty of fun activities for the family being held in celebration of Easter throughout the Metro-Detroit area. From now until Easter Sunday, enjoy Easter-egg hunts, marshmallow drops and photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny.

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    Somerset Mall
    ••• Somerset Mall. Photo © Laura Sternberg, Licensed to About.com

    When: Depends on the School District
    Where: Throughout the Metro-Detroit Area

    The kids are home for Spring Break and have no where to be for a week! Here are a few ideas for things to do with the kids over Spring Break in Detroit.

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    Tigers Baseball at Comerica Park

    Comerica Park, Home of the Detroit Tigers
    ••• Comerica Park. Photo © Laura Sternberg

    When: Home Opener 4/6, 4/8 and 4/9 (vs. Minnesota Twins)
    Where: Comerica Park

    Some folks figure out the first day of spring by factoring in Daylight Savings Time, checking the Farmer's Almanac and/or trusting a blurb on their calendar, but the real first day of spring in Metro Detroit is when the Detroit Tigers have their first home game at Comerica Park. In this respect, spring come a little late in 2015 because the season opener -- Detroit Tigers vs. Minnesota Twins -- takes place on Monday, April 6th at 1:08 PM. The Tigers continue to play the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday (4/8) and Thursday (4/9). In addition to a relatively new ballpark, lots of food choice, and activities for the kids, the Tigers keep things interesting. 

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    The marquis at the Fillmore: 2009 Detroit Music Awards
    ••• The marquis at The Fillmore: 2009 Detroit Music Awards. Photo © Peter Schorn

    When: 410/15
    Where: The Fillmore, downtown Detroit

    In recognition of Detroit-area musicians, the 24th annual Detroit Music Awards is presented by Detroit Music Awards Foundation. Award recipients are determined by local musicians and music industry professionals. Award categories include Blues, Jazz, Gospel, Country, Classical, Rock/Pop, R&B/Hip-Hop, Electronic, World and Folk/Acoustic.

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    Festifools 2007
    ••• Festifools 2007. Photo © Amy Palomar

    When: Sunday, 4/12/15 from 4 PM to 5 PM
    Where: Along Main Street in downtown Ann Arbor

    Festifools started off as a University of Michigan student project in 2007 but has since evolved into a community-building, public-art parade that showcases huge, papier-mache puppets.

    Note: A second pageant/parade called FoolMoon is scheduled on Friday 4/10/15 from dusk (7 PM) to midnight. FoolMoon is a night-time parade/pageant that is filled with illuminated sculptures, paper lanterns, shadow puppets, experimental films and candlelight. 

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    The Detroit Zoo
    ••• The Detroit Zoo. Photo © Laura Sternberg, Licensed to About.com

    When: 4/18/15 through 4/19/15
    Where: The Detroit Zoo

    At any given time, The Detroit Zoo hosts special zoo events that showcase zoo animals and offer special activities for children and adults. As the days warm and Detroit slips into spring, the zoo hosts GreenFest (its ode to Earth Day). There will be earth-friendly crafts, a scavenger hunt and zoo-keeper talks.

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    Monroe Street in Greektown
    ••• Monroe Street in Greektown. Photo © One Foot Over The Moon, night images

    When: Sunday, 4/19/2015 at 3 PM
    Where: Monroe Street, downtown Detroit

    The Detroit Greek Parade was originally started in World War II to raise money to help American-ally Greece,  but it was successfully resurrected in 2002 and now serves as a celebration venue for Greek churches and organizations across Metro Detroit and Windsor. 

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    When: 4/26/15
    Where: Various locations throughout Metro Detroit

    March of Dimes sponsors walks at several locations within the Metro-Detroit area in late April. Most take place on April 26th, 2015 (including the walks at Wayne State University in Detroit and Oakland University in Rochester), but there are a few walks that take place on other dates. Kensington Metropark in Milford hosts a walk on May 3rd and Ann Arbor/Hudson Mills on May 17th.The funds raised support programs in furtherance of full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.

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    When: 4/29/15 through 5/2/15
    Where: Venues in Detroit, Hamtramck and Ferndale

    The Metro Times Blowout is in its 18th year and features over 200 bands, including Andrew W.K., The Black Lips, Alvvays Pup, Arkells and more.. Tickets are $20 for an advance weekend pass.

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    Stomp
    ••• Stomp. Photo by Steve McNicholas

    When: Throughout the next couple of months
    Where: Metro-Detroit Theaters and Concert Venues

    At any given time, Detroit hosts a variety of shows and concerts, including music concerts, Broadway plays, comedians, rodeos and circuses.
     

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    Prentis Court balconies at The Detroit Institute of Arts
    ••• New Prentis Court balconies at the DIA. Photo © The Detroit Institute of Arts

    When: Throughout the year
    Where: Detroit Institute of Arts, downtown Detroit

    Arts Alive!: After six and one-half years of renovations, the New Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) opened its doors in 2007 to show off its new design and galleries. The DIA is always brimming with events, including films, exhibits and music.
     

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    State and Metro Park Events

    Kensington Metro Park, Water Slide and Splash Park
    ••• Kensington Metro Park, Water Slide and Splash Park. Photo © Wally Spice Photography

    When: Throughout the month
    Where: Parks in and around the Metro-Detroit area

    In the spring months, both state and metro parks host lots of activities to help you embrace the warmer weather, including Easter-egg hunts, hikes and bike races. Check out the calendar of events:

    • State Parks in the Metro-Detroit area include Maybury State Park in Northville, Seven Lakes State Park in Fenton, Dodge #4 State Park in Waterford, and Proud Lake Recreation Area in Commerce Township.
       
    • Huron-Clinton MetroParks in and around Metro Detroit, including Metro Beach near Mt. Clemens and Kensington in Brighton.
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    Rock Financial Showplace
    ••• Rock Financial Showplace. Photo © Laura Sternberg, Licensed to About.com

    When: Throughout the month
    Where: Metro-Detroit area

    At any given time, several conferences, expos or shows are open to the public in the Metro-Detroit area.