Winter Blast’s 2024 Lineup and Other Top Stories

Read some Hour stories you may have missed this week including details on Winter Blast, the 2024 Detroiters list, a new DIA exhibit, and more.
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Winter Blast Royal Oak Announces Lineup for 2024 Festival

Winter Blast is returning next month with an exciting lineup of seasonal activities. Taking place Feb. 2-4 in and around the Royal Oak City Center and Centennial Commons, the festival will feature plenty of family-friendly music, food, attractions, and entertainment.

2024 Hour Detroiters

The 2024 Hour Detroiters list is here with highlights on people doing great things in Detroit and the surrounding area including the head coach of the Detroit Lions, the founder of Downtown Boxing Gym, the attorney who has become a billboard ad icon, and more. Click here to check out the full list.

Upcoming Detroit of Institute of Arts Exhibition Highlights Black Film

This Black History Month, the Detroit Institute of Arts is highlighting the history and contribution of Black people in American film with a new exhibition starting Feb. 4. Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898-1971 will feature about 200 historical items that showcase how Black actors, filmmakers, and other creatives have impacted the cinema industry in the face of systemic racism.

10 Metro Detroit Events to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 2024

Martin Luther King Jr Day is on Jan. 15, and institutions across metro Detroit are celebrating the late Civil Rights leader with a variety of special events including dance and music performances, panel discussions, keynote speeches, and much more. Here’s a closer look at what’s going on.

Owner of The Reptarium Says Goodbye in Tearful Video

On Jan. 5, 2024, Brian Barczyk, the owner of The Reptarium in Utica, said a tearful goodbye to his more than five million YouTube subscribers following a nearly year-long battle with inoperable pancreatic cancer. He entered into hospice the day after posting.

Six Burning Questions for 2024, Answered

For the fifth year in a row, we asked area experts some of the biggest questions metro Detroiters want answers for in 2024. Find out their predictions for the Lions and Detroit’s other sports teams, this year’s election, union activity throughout the state, and more.

Tips on Dealing with Seasonal Depression

As the days grow shorter and the weather grows colder, millions of people worldwide will experience complex emotions associated with Seasonal Affective Disorder, otherwise known as seasonal depression. Find out what this mood disorder isand get tips on coping from an area expert.

Metro Detroit Community Development Projects in 2024

Get details on what’s happening at the Hudson’s site, a new high-rise at the former location of Joe Louis Arena, Hart Plaza’s upcoming facelift, and more development projects you might be wondering about. Plus, learn about new projects coming in 2025.

Downtown Detroit Markets and Cadillac Lodge Extend Season

Bedrock’s Decked Out Detroit initiative has announced that the Downtown Detroit Markets and Cadillac Lodge will extend their 2023-24 season and will remain open through Jan. 21, 2024. Get details on some of the vendors and entertainment offered during the newly added days.

Six New Additions to the Metro Detroit Shopping Scene

Two years ago, globally renowned fashion leader Hermès opened its first Michigan store at the Somerset Collection in Troy. Since then, the Michigan firsts have not slowed down, expanding luxury shopping opportunities and eliminating the need for a day trip to Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. Here are some of the highlights of the past 14 months.

Restaurant Report: Joe Vicari Restaurant Group

Joe Vicari’s thriving restaurant company is a family affair and one of the largest restaurant groups in the U.S. For our January 2024 issue, we checked in on the expanding empire, which naturally required plenty of eating. Here’s what we thought.


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