10 Memorial Day Weekend Events in Metro Detroit

Parades, sporting events, fundraisers, and more bring the community together this Memorial Day Weekend.
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Memorial Day Weekend is a time to come together and honor lost military members. Commencing summer for many, this weekend is typically filled with community activities to celebrate family, community, and those who served. To help you plan, Hour Detroit has compiled a list of things to do this Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-29, 2023, in metro Detroit.

Love N Gospel Poetry & Open Mic Night

Join poets, gospel rappers, and singers for a lively open mic night. Doors open at 6 p.m. with food and beverages available for purchase. May 26. $15 food purchase or donation required per person. Gospel Music Café, 19158 Livernois, Detroit; allevents.in.

Greater Rochester Heritage Days Festival

This family-friendly festival has something for everyone. Celebrate local art, donate or purchase plants, compete in a car show, and take the kids to Pioneer Playground for crafts and games. Activities begin at 11 a.m. May 27-May 28. Free. Rochester Municipal Park, 400 Sixth St., Rochester; rochesterheritagedays.org.

Memorial Weekend 2 Day Psychic & Holistic Fair

Enjoy a weekend in the park and join Michigan mediums and psychics at this two-day fair, which features crystals, aura photos, tarot readings, and reiki healings. Shop crystals, jewelry, holistic products, and more. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 27. $7 general admission, free for children 12 and under. Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow Ave., Rochester; eventbrite.com.

Jourdan Lewis’ WR/DB Free Youth Football Camp

Hone your skills at football camp with NFL Dallas Cowboys player Jourdan Lewis. Free giveaways, lunch, and performance training will be provided for athletes of all ages. Grades 3-8 train at 9 a.m., and grades 9-12 at 11:30 a.m. May 28. Free. Detroit PAL Stadium, 1680 Michigan Ave., Detroit; eventbrite.com. 

Memorial Day Weekend Disco Brunch

Planet Ant is hosting disco brunch featuring DJ Darryl G and Stacey. Join for breakfast, drinks, and great tunes! Doors open at noon. May 28. $10 presale, $15 at the door. Planet Ant: Ghost Light, 2314 Caniff St, Hamtramck; eventbrite.com.

Royal Oak Beer, Wine, & Cocktail Festival

Built in 1939 to honor Michigan Armed Forces members, Memorial Park provides opportunities for community events and family fun at the home of the Royal Oak Leprechauns Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League Team. Sample craft beers, wines, and cocktails at the Memorial Park baseball diamond from 6-9 p.m. with live entertainment and food trucks. This is a 21+ only event and a valid photo ID must be presented. May 28. Tickets start at $25. Memorial Park Royal Oak, 31050 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak; eventbrite.com. 

Memorial Day Mass at Mt. Olivet Cemetery

Gather with the community to honor loved ones and fallen heroes at this annual ceremony. Mass begins at 10 a.m. in Section 48. May 29. Mt. Olivet Cemetery, 17100 Van Dyke Ave., Detroit; mtelliot.com.

Novi Memorial Day Run

Start your week off on the right foot by participating in a 5k or 1-mile race this Memorial Day. The 5k Run/Walk starts at 7:30 a.m. for $29, and the mile-long fun run starts at 8:30 a.m. for $19. Bring a friend and receive a $5 discount! Following the run, head over to the Novi Civic Center area for a Memorial Day Parade. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Novi Parks Foundation and Jessica’s Splashpad. May 29. Fuerst Park 45325 W. 10 Mile Road, Novi; runsignup.com.

Sterling Heights Memorial Day Parade

With the theme “Victory through Unity,” this annual parade is an opportunity to commemorate lost military members as a community. Activities begin at 9 a.m. May 29.  Free. City Center Courtyard, 40555 Utica Road, Sterling Heights; sterling-heights.net.

Grosse Ile Memorial Day Run

Run one of the most scenic courses in southeast Michigan while celebrating a more than 30-year-old tradition. Hosted by the Island Road Runners, these courses are certified as flat, fast, and picturesque. Pick up goodies, a medal, and a T-shirt. The 1 Mile Fun Run is free and begins 8:30 a.m. 5k registration is $35 and begins at 9 a.m. 8k registration is $35 and begins at 9:05 a.m. May 29. Grosse Ile High School 7800 Grays Drive, Grosse Ile; runsignup.com. 

Find even more things to do in metro Detroit this weekend and beyond at HourDetroit.com.