Things to do this weekend in Metro Detroit

Get into the spirit with Pumpkin Festival and Frankenfest this weekend.

Here's what else is going on in Detroit and nearby.

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Detroit Auto Show

  • Saturday, Sept. 17 through Sunday, Sept. 25
  • Huntington Place in Detroit

The Detroit Auto Show is back after a two-year hiatus.

This year has a heavy focus on electric vehicles, as well as drones. Read more about what to expect.

Kids are $10, adults are $20, and a family pass is $50.

Get tickets here.

Romulus Parade of Lights + Pumpkin Fest

  • Friday, Sept. 16 at 8 p.m.
  • Goddard Road/Romulus Historical Park

Displays featuring lights will parade down Goddard Road on Friday night.

There are six categories you'll see: Commercial, Motorized, Non-Motorized (People/Animal Powered), Classic Cars, Live Music & Schools.

Want to be part of the parade? Fill out this form and turn it in by 6:30 p.m. Friday. Participation is free.

The parade kicks off Pumpkin Festival, which is from Friday through Sunday at Romulus Historical Park. Find more details here.

Tour de Troit

  • Saturday, Sept. 17
  • Riverside Park in Detroit

Take in the city by bike during this annual ride. The event includes the Main Ride and the Metric Century Ride, a self-guided 62-mile ride.

Tickets include lunch, beer, and wine for attendees over 21.

The Main Ride begins at 9 a.m., while the Metric has staggered starts beginning at 7 a.m.

Learn more and get tickets here.

Michigan Mega Food Truck Rally

  • Saturday, Sept. 17 and Sunday, Sept. 18
  • Canterbury Village in Lake Orion

The Food Truck Rally brings together a variety of eats, beer, wine, and cocktails, alongside shopping and live entertainment. There will be activities for the whole family.

Tickets are $5 plus fees. Children younger than 2, military members, and veterans are free. Parking is $5.

Get tickets here.


  • Saturday, Sept. 17 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Historic Fort Wayne in Detroit

Artists will showcase spooky, mystical, and horror-themed creations. There will also be D3 Circus aerial performances, monster exhibits, a car show, guest appearances, food trucks, and more.

Admission is free. If you want to go inside the Fort Wayne Barracks building, tickets are $5.

Smoke on the Water

  • Sunday, Sept. 18 from 3-8 p.m.
  • Gabriel Richard Park in Detroit

Fans of cigars – smoke along the Detroit River while helping the Riverfront Conservancy.

This event features 20+ premium cigars, cigar brand ambassadors, exhibits from 10+ top cigar manufacturers, specialty cocktails, food, and live music.

A $150 general admission ticket includes 15 cigars, two drink tickets, two food tickets, and a bag.

Buy tickets here.