What to do in Detroit
Prohibition and All That Jazz Bus Tour: Thursday, July 26 from 6:45 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. This event begins with a narrated bus tour focusing on Detroit's Prohibition era, which includes visiting a former speakeasy and other historic city landmarks, including the Detroit River. The bus tour will be followed by a live jazz performance at Bert's Jazz club. Cost is $49 per person and includes cheese and crackers, other munchies and one drink. Hotel pick-up is available.
Detroit City Motown Bus Tour: Friday, July 27, from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. This upbeat, relaxed tour will provide a closer look into Detroit's historic music scene. The tour will showcase famous downtown and midtown landmarks, provide fun facts as well as a bit of Detroit history, and the sights and sounds of Motown music. After visiting historic neighborhoods where famous performers lived, worked and played, the evening will conclude with dinner at Bert's Entertainment complex and enjoy live Motown music. Cost is $75. Hotel pick-up is available.
Note: The tours above have been set up specifically for AFT delegates and members by Feet on the Street Tours. Click here to purchase tickets (limited seats available for each tour).
Arab & Chaldean Festival at Hart Plaza: Saturday, July 28, and Sunday, July 29, from noon to midnight. This is the 41st anniversary of the festival, which offers folklore customs, a fashion show, Arab calligraphy, the history of Yemen, the history of Aram medicines, cultural exhibits and a children's fair.
Ledisi with Eric Benet at Chene Park: Saturday, July 28, at 8 p.m.; $37 and $55
George Thorogood & the Destroyers with special guest Ty Stone at the Soundboard: Sunday, July 29, at 7:30 p.m.; $33, $42 and $44.
Mindless Behavior at Fox Theater: Thursday, July 26, at 7 p.m. $80.
Jimmy Buffet—"I See Stars," with Lionel Richie at Comerica Park: Saturday, July 28, at 7:30 p.m.; from $60 to $135.
Heart at Colosseum at Caesars Winsdor: July 28 at 9 p.m.; from $35 ($Canadian)
Johnny Headband CD release party with Lettercamp & Phantasmagoria at Magic Bag (Ferndale): July 27 at 8 p.m.; $7.
ERNIE: Smash Hit Play about the Voice of Summer at the City Theater. Thursday, July 26, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Friday, July 27 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, July 28, at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday, July 29, at 3 p.m.
CityLoft: A collection of shops from the tony mall in Troy will set up a "pop-up mall" in downtown Detroit, July 26-28. Hours on Thursday and Friday are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
THINGS TO DO FOR FAMILY AND GUESTS
Detroit Monuments & Memorials Tour: Enjoy sculptures and monuments of historic Detroit, and learn about significant events and the city's greatest heroes. Offered Thursday through Saturday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., or by appointment (can accommodate early evening tour). Cost is $20.
Ford Rouge Factory Tours: Tour starts at the Henry Ford Museum; then board a bus to the Rouge plant; en route to Rouge, guests see a videotape and story of Rouge, then tour the plant. Guests then move on to the visitor center's observation level, which overlooks the world's largest living roof, which is growing on the Dearborn Truck Final Assembly building. Tour ends in the assembly plant. Most tours are offered during the day, but exceptions can be made. Group tours of 15 or more can be arranged. Cost TBD.