Things to Do in Detroit on the Tigers’ Opening Day

Tailgates and pre-game parties to celebrate Detroit’s favorite holiday.
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Baseball fans around the state are gearing up for the Tiger’s home opener against the Boston Red Sox on April 6. Celebrate Opening Day with these Detroit tailgates and parking lot festivities!

Grand Slam Festival

DJ Godfather and DJ Chrome are among the 20 performers lined up for this outdoor festival. Party in the beer tent or grab a snack at the food trucks before listening to the pre-game broadcast hosted by Darren McCarty, Terry Foster, and Braylon Edwards. April 6. $5-$60. Music Hall Amphitheater. 350 Madison St. Detroit;

Detroit Tigers Opening Day Tailgate Party

Head to Grand Circus Park for speed pitching and cornhole games, a Miller Lite beer tent, giveaways, and appearances from the Detroit Tigers Energy Squad. This event will include autograph opportunities with Detroit Tigers alumni, along with a video wall to watch the game. April 6. Free. Grand Circus Park; 101-157 Witherell St. Detroit; 

The Statler Patio Party

Swing by The Statler and celebrate Opening Day with a live DJ, delicious drinks including Bell’s Oberon, and favorites from the grill like BBQ pulled pork and coleslaw, burgers, and sausage and peppers. Beat the gameday traffic and park in their underground parking garage for a hassle-free gameday. April 6. No cover. The Statler, 313 Park Ave. Detroit;

Opening Day Bash – Detroit Party Bus

Hop on the Opening Day party bus for a round-trip ride from Royal Oak, Novi, or Partridge Creek/Chesterfield. Bring your own drinks on board or sip on the complimentary vodka cocktails and beers served on the bus. This ride includes free VIP Skip the Line tickets to the Fillmore’s annual WRIF Opening Day Bash.

101 WRIF Opening Day Party

Hosting their annual Opening Day party, Dave and Chuck the Freak from WRIF will be celebrating all day in The D. This tailgate kicks off with free coffee and donuts until 9 a.m. followed by live music from Sunset BLVD. Watch the game on the big screen and enjoy lawn games throughout The Fillmore. Giveaways will be hosted all day with the chance to win a signed Miguel Cabrera jersey, a bat signed by Willie Nelson, and tickets to the big game. April 6. Free. The Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward, Detroit;

Tigers Opening Day Tent Party 2023

Hosted at the Firebird Tavern, this parking lot party will feature live DJs, food trucks from Pablo’s Tacos and The Wizard, and plenty of drinks from Miller Light, Atwater Brewery, Topo Chico, Jack Daniel’s, and more! $5-$20. Firebird Tavern, 419 Monroe St. Detroit;

Opening Day with Killer Flamingos

Detroit’s biggest party band is hosting their own Opening Day party at The Gem Theatre. Expect an explosive show along with great food and drinks. The band will play before and after the game. Free. Gem Theatre, 333 Madison St. Detroit;

Detroit Home Opener Festival

With multiple bars, beer tents, and food trucks, this is a party you won’t want to miss! This tailgate will feature live music and entertainment, lawn games, and heated tents. Proceeds from this event will be donated to Angels Share to provide hands on culinary training and education for at risk students in Detroit. $15+. Madison Ave. Festival Grounds, 440 Madison St. Detroit; 

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