Detroit Weekend by SMPLFD

Detroit Weekend by SMPLFD  

Friday 8/16:

37th Annual African World Festival 8/16 - 8/18 - 11AM-11PM

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (315 E Warren Ave, Detroit)

The 37th annual African World Festival is bringing over 150,000 attendees to the grounds of The Wright Museum. With performances, poetry, arts and crafts, African drumming and dance, hundreds of vendors, authentic foods of the diaspora and more, this FREE 3-day festival is for the entire family!
Download the full schedule of events here:

Reception: Fitwitch - 5PM-8PM

The Scarab Club (217 Farnsworth St, Detroit)

Join us for an opening reception for Fitwich, an exhibition featuring the work of six dominating female artists all dealing with aestheticizing personal stories through ritual, ornamentation, and the role of proxies and the creative process as visual stand-ins for emotional narratives. The artists in this exhibition confront their identities as both women and human, and the role that plays in their work, with underlying concepts of feminine power, familial and self-created structures of feminine support, an exploration of the body, self-love and loathing, and the ever-present societal backlash against female empowerment.

Noura Mint Seymali Live in Concert - 8PM-11PM

Trinospohes (1464 Gratiot Ave, Detroit)

$15 (general admission) or $20 (front rows) tickets for sale at Trinosophes or by phone (313)778-9258
Noura Mint Seymali is a nationally-beloved star and one of Mauritania’s foremost musical emissaries. Born into a prominent line of Moorish griot, Noura began her career at age 13 as a supporting vocalist with her step-mother, the legendary Dimi Mint Abba. Trained in instrumental technique by her grandmother, Mounina, Noura mastered the ardine, a 9-string harp reserved only for women. Seymali Ould Ahmed Vall, Noura’s father and namesake, sparked her compositional instincts, himself a seminal scholar figure in Mauritanian music; studying Arab classical music in Iraq, devising the first system for Moorish melodic notation, adapting the national anthem, and composing many works popularized by his wife, Dimi. Reared in this transitive culture where sounds from across the Sahara, the Magreb, and West Africa coalesce, Noura Mint Seymali currently drives the legacy forward as one of Mauritania’s most adventurous young artists.

Matthew Milia (frontier ruckus) / QUICK DRAW / Eliza Godfrey - 9PM-1AM

Ufo Factory (2110 Trumbull St, Detroit)

(frontier ruckus' main main goes out steppin' with excellent solo band feat. pete ballard and connor dodson + more!
(double duty tonite from connor d and feat. quentonn t, boys of prude, ufo people)
(HIGH and lonesome meets BRAVO TV, ufo person)
$10 cash at the door - 9pm - 18+ with proper I.D.

Motor City Soul Club: August Soul Stomp - 10PM-2:30AM

Marble Bar (1501 Holden St, Detroit)

The Motor City Soul Club is descending on Marble Bar on Aug. 17. Come out for Detroit's best free soul dance party, featuring some of the finest dancin' music you've never heard!
Join your friendly neighborhood soul-slingers Brad Hales, Erica Aytes and Dan Austin for the latest edition of this monthly get-down.
It's all original vinyl, all soul and funk, all night.
As always, the Soul Stomp is a no-cover affair.
Music starts at 10 with doors at 9.

Body Worx: Return to Acid Phantasy 4 wsg BMG (I.T.) - 10PM-2AM

Temple Bar (2906 Cass Ave, Detroit)

The Acid Phantasy events specialize in underground freak dance music from yesteryear and the future. Your favorite acid/italo/techno/house/rave deep cuts all evening in Detroit's coziest club.
Resident DJ Dretraxx will be hosting all evening. Body Worx merch will be available for purchase.
Strictly adults only.
$3 before midnight.
No tolerance for any abusive behavior.

Saturday 8/17: 

Jack Oats X Valerie The Vulture Double Record Release - 9PM-2AM

Hidden Gate Gallery (1353 Division St, Detroit)

Jack Oats
"Look Good"
Valerie The Vulture
( a new rock&roll band by Willa Rae Music)
"James Dean"
plus special guests
where: Hidden Gate Gallery
( third floor, elevator is avail please DM Willa for info)
$10 Admission/ Tickets sold at door only
( $15 for attendees under 21)
Music starts at 10pm
Artwork by Naomi Ning
P.S. This is Willa's last show before she leaves town for NYC!

GLOW with Bevlove - 9PM-2AM

Deluxx Fluxx (1274 Library St, Detroit)

Sky Jetta
Sir Bleek
Actually Mae
Kid McFly
$5 after 10p

STD Annual School Supply Drive - 10PM-2AM

Temple Bar (2906 Cass Ave, Detroit)

Sexual Tension Detroit returns to Temple Bar for their annual school supply drive to benefit Detroit Public Schools students in need. We will be collecting all donations of new school supply items from crayons and pencils, to backpacks and notebooks and personally distribute them to a partner school. A portion of bar sales will benefit the purchase of additional items for donation.
Featuring music from:
[Big Beat Records | Sexual Tension Detroit]
Sound from Audio Rescue Team.
Adults 21+ welcome.
$3 before midnight, $5 till close.

Sunday 8/18:

Sunday Markets - 10AM-4PM

Eastern Market (2934 Russel St, Detroit)

Sunday Markets are back in June! This street market seeks to showcase the work of local artists, cooks, jewelers, musicians, & more. It's the perfect chance to discover uniquely Detroit & Michigan made items. 

Common Pub Drag Brunch - 11:30AM-2PM

Common Pub (5440 Cass Avenue, Detroit)

Come join us and our incredible performers for an unforgettable brunch experience! We will be serving up delicious eats and tasty looks. Tickets are $35 and include your choice of a brunch item. JOIN US AFTER at the attached POOL for a full day of drag, body love, and of course DRINKS.
Donations to The Ruth Ellis Center Welcomed!
We are looking forward to seeing you all there!
Tickets available at


Right On: An Intimate Screening and Q&A - 7PM-9PM

PLAYGROUND DETROIT (2845 Gratiot Avenue, Detroit)

Please join us for an intimate evening of listening to jazz, audience Q&A and watch a powerful short film!

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