Top Metro Detroit Events for March 2024

Save the dates for comedy shows, film screenings, performances, and more.
The Ripple, The Wave That Carried Me Home will play at Theatre Nova in Ann Arbor March 22-April 14. // Photograph by Kevin Berne.

Kathleen Madigan

A 33-year veteran of the stand-up comedy scene, Madigan has enjoyed a career that includes dozens of appearances on TV shows and specials, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, and Last Comic Standing. As the host of the weekly podcast Madigan’s Pubcast, the comedian and writer offers her hilarious takes on everything from unsolved mysteries to professional sports. She’ll perform two shows at the Royal Oak Music Theatre this month during her Potluck Party tour. March 1-2. $34.50+. Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. 4th St., Royal Oak;

Paw Patrol Live: The Great Pirate Adventure

Ryder, Chase, Marshall, Rubble, and the rest of the pup team take on the high seas in this live pirate-themed adventure based on the hit Nickelodeon program. The show encourages audiences to engage with the story and help the pups uncover buried treasure through catchphrases, dances, and interactive picture puzzles. Five shows are available. March 2-3. $20+. Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 

To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee’s beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about a falsely accused Black man and the lawyer who attempts to clear his name comes to life in this stage adaptation by Aaron Sorkin. Directed by Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher, the heart-wrenching production features Richard Thomas in the starring role of Atticus Finch. Recommended for ages 12 and up. March 5-17. $46+. Fisher Theatre, 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit;

We Them One’s Comedy Tour

Hosted by Next Friday star Mike Epps, this jam-packed night of laughs includes stand-up sets by acclaimed comics DeRay Davis, Lil Duval, Mojo Brookzz, DC Young Fly, Karlous Miller, and Money Bag Mafia. Two showtimes are available. March 9. $75.50+. Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit;

Bill Burr

Following the smash success of his first Netflix film, Old Dads, the Grammy and Emmy Award-nominated comedian will make a stop at Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena during a sprawling North American stand-up tour. Ranked the 17th best comic of all time by Rolling Stone, Burr is known for a loud, brash, and unabashed brand of rage humor that channels comedic greats like George Carlin and Richard Pryor. March 10. $59.50+. Little Caesars Arena, 2645 Woodward Ave., Detroit;

Trinity Irish Dance

Just in time for St. Paddy’s Day, the Trinity Irish Dance Co. will bring its blend of traditional Irish step dance and contemporary choreography to Music Hall this month. Led by Emmy Award-winning choreographer Mark Howard, the thrilling production showcases the power of tradition and the rich creative heritage of Ireland. March 15. $30+. Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, 350 Madison St., Detroit;

Dionne Warwick

One of the most charted vocalists of all time, this six-time Grammy Award-winning R&B singer has sold more than 100 million records worldwide. Over the course of her 62-year career, Warwick has launched 56 singles onto Billboard’s Hot 100 list — including career- defining hits like “That’s What Friends Are For,” “I’ll Never Love This Way Again,” and “Heartbreaker.” March 17. $59+. Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Detroit; 350 Madison St., Detroit;

The Cher Show

Utilizing the beloved singles that made the singer famous, this Tony Award-winning musical tells the fascinating story of Cher’s groundbreaking 60-year career. Audiences will follow the singer and actress through 35 smash hits, two husbands, dozens of awards, and plenty of sequins — and may just find themselves dancing in the aisles throughout. March 19-24. $46+. Fisher Theatre, 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit;

To Kill a Mockingbird hits the stage at Detroit’s Fisher Theatre March 5-17. // Photograph courtesy of Broadway in Detroit.

Northville High School IB Art Exhibition

Students enrolled in Northville High School’s International Baccalaureate visual arts program will showcase their self-selected best pieces at this exhibition at the Northville Art House. The program is designed to prepare students for college. March 19-28. No cost. Northville Art House, 215 W. Cady St.,  Northville;

The Celtic Tenors

This talented trio’s renditions of traditional Celtic songs have landed them performances at major concert halls around the world. Experience the magic of traditional Irish music — along with classic pieces, a cappella numbers, and popular contemporary songs — in a more intimate setting when the group arrives at The Ark this month. March 20. $30. The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor;

Native Gardens

This one-act comedy follows two couples who live next door to one another in a historic Washington, D.C., neighborhood. The Butleys, an elderly white couple, are hyperfocused on tending their prized manicured garden. Meanwhile, the Del Valles — a Latino couple in their 30s — decide to eschew polished tradition in favor of an environmentally friendly native garden. Predictably, the families clash, but not just over their yards. Issues of racism, ageism, classism, and privilege soon become more divisive for the neighbors than their hotly contested fence line. March 20-April 14. $37+. Meadow Brook Theatre, 378 Meadow Brook Road, Rochester;

CeCe Winans

Boasting 15 Grammy Awards, seven NAACP Image Awards, and more than 19 million records sold, this Detroit native is one of the most awarded and best-selling gospel artists of all time. Expect to hear selections from Winans’s most recent release, Believe for It, along with brand-new songs and plenty of surprises, when the vocalist performs a hometown concert at Detroit’s Fox Theatre. March 21. $40+. Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit;

Brett Goldstein

Although the English actor is best known for his Emmy Award-winning portrayal of cranky but lovable footballer Roy Kent in the hit Apple TV+ series Ted Lasso, his talents reach far beyond the screen: Goldstein is also a seasoned writer, producer, podcaster, and comedian. On his Second Best Night of Your Life tour, the London native will make a stop in Detroit for a night of stand-up comedy. March 22. Cost TBA. Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit;

The Ripple, the Wave That Carried Me Home

Follow the story of a Black family navigating segregation and reconciliation in 1960s Kansas at the Michigan premiere of this new play by Tony Award nominee Christina Anderson. As the daughter of civil rights activists, Janice Clifton experienced a turbulent childhood as her parents fought to integrate public swimming pools in her hometown of Beacon. Years later, having moved away and given up swimming, Janice is forced to face her past during a homecoming trip, dealing with racism, sexism, social justice, and the power of family ties along the way. March 22-April 14. $28. Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron St., Ann Arbor;

Motor City Blues Festival

Experience the raw emotion and storytelling power of blues music at the 16th incarnation of this annual festival. The program will feature voice- and guitar-led performances by Tucka, King George, Pokey Bear, Theodis Ealey, J-Wonn, and West Love. March 23. $59+. Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit;

Joe Pera

On his hit Adult Swim series, Joe Pera Talks with You, the comedian, writer, and actor plays a soft-spoken Michigan choir teacher who frequently breaks the fourth wall to discuss pancakes, dancing, and other everyday topics with his audience. Pera will take his signature grandpa sweaters and mild-mannered delivery on the road during his upcoming Peras Tour, the comedian’s biggest stand-up tour yet. March 27-28. $35+. Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. 4th St., Royal Oak;

This story is from the March 2024 issue of Hour Detroit magazine. Read more in our digital edition.