The Metro-Detroit area welcomes winter in January with ice sculptures, snow festivals and winter sports. Whether your pleasure is down-hill skiing or an indoor event, there is something for everyone this month. To help you schedule your activities, here is a list of Metro-Detroit Events and Things to Do in January.
If you are looking ahead to February and beyond, check out the Yearly Calendar of Events for Metro Detroit.
Plymouth International Ice Sculpture Spectacular
When: 1/9/15 through 1/11/15
Where: Downtown Plymouth
The Plymouth community was one of the first to showcase ice sculptures. Over 30 years later, the Plymouth Ice Festival continues to attract talent and to set the standard for all ice-sculpture events in the Metro-Detroit area. There will also be live entertainment, Fire and Ice Towers (a light display), and a cross-country skiing zone. In 2015, the event is serving up a new attraction -- HAP and the Detroit Red Wings are creating a slap shot activity. In other words, the festival is still worth getting bundled up to face the cold.
Photo Tour of Plymouth Ice Festival in years past
North American International Auto Show
When: 1/12/16 through 1/25/15
Where: Cobo Center, Downtown Detroit
One of Detroit's biggest tourist attractions and winter distractions is the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). Detroit's Auto Show is renowned internationally because of its large number of world debuts, its historical significance, and the charm of the Motor City.
When: 1/12/14 with events from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Where: Detroit's Garden Theater
The Urban Wheels Awards are in their 19th year and recognize the achievement of automotive companies and suppliers.
Anti-Freeze Blues Festival
When: 1/16/15 through 1/17/15
Where: The Magic Bag, Ferndale
In its 21st year, the Anti-Freeze Blues Festival features Lazy Lester and the Siegel-Schwall Band. Tickets are $25 each night.
When: 1/21/15 through 1/26/15
Frankenmuth hosts one of Michigan's premier winter events: Zehnder's Snowfest, where ice and snow carvers from all over the world come to create a magical winter landscape. In addition to the carvings made out of both ice and snow, the event has fireworks, petting zoo and children's activities.
When: 1/23/15 through 1/25/15
Where: Third and Water Streets, Downtown Rochester
Celebrating all things winter, the Fire & Ice Festival comes back to downtown Rochester with an Ice Sculpture Show, Beer Tent, Tube Sledding Run, fireworks, dog sled demos, ice skating, snow shoeing, cross-country skiing, carriage rides and Downtown Rochester's Big, Bright Light Show.
The 20th annual Tigerfest allows fans to interact with the team's players and coaches. In addition to all the fan mingling, the event includes autograph sessions, photo booths, seminars, batting cages, clubhouse tours, baseball bat carvings, ice sculpting, and face painting. Tickets are $28 an adult / $14 a child.
Ann Arbor Folk Festival
When: 1/30/15 through 1/31/15
Where: Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor
In its 38th year, the Ann Arbor Folk Festival celebrates all music folk, roots and ethnic. A host of musical artists will perform over two nights, including Brandi Carlile, Bahamas, Amos Lee, Holly Williams, Noah Gundersen and Laith Al-Saadi. Tickets start at $37.50 for one night / $67.50 for both nights. Proceeds will benefit The Ark.
When: Throughout the Winter
Where: Woodward Avenue, Downtown Detroit
The Park at Campus Martius was designed to be the central square of the city. During the winter months, the park offers a venue for ice skating, and the nearby cafe offers hot chocolate to keep Detroiters warm and toasty.
When: Throughout the next couple of months
Where: Detroit-area theaters
At any given time, Detroit hosts a variety of shows and concerts, including music concerts, Broadway plays, comedians, rodeos and circuses.
When: Throughout the Winter
Where: Throughout the Metro-Detroit area and beyond
Michigan winters give us plenty of opportunity for ice skids and snow shoveling, but they also give us a unique set of outdoor sports, including downhill skiing. There are four skiing resort in and around the Metro-Detroit area.
Detroit Institute of Arts
When: Throughout the year
Where: Detroit Institute of Arts, downtown
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.