|The Big Top Beer Tent and carnival setup, part of Rochester Mills' annual Oktoberfest celebration.|
Hamtramck Food Week through September 28
Don't miss the final days of the first-ever Hamtramck Food Week going on now! $10 dinners at 10 participating locations and a whole lot more. Like trivia night tonight at Small's!
Detroit Restaurant Week through September 29
Just because you haven't made reservations yet doesn't mean you're completely SOL. Could be someone cancels and you could squeeze in, you never know. Or go somewhere like the Rattlesnake, put your name in, then head across the street to Andrew's on the Corner and knock a few back while you wait for a table. That sounds like a plenty good time.
Michigan Renaissance Festival, through September 29
I realize this isn't for everyone. If you hate fantasy and fun, you'll probably hate this. But for those who enjoy a bit of whimsy, Faire is fabulous. Whether you're in garb or not, Ren Fest is a blast every single year. Lots to eat and drink and see and do and buy. (Like leather! So much leather! And silver things! And shiny things!) Plus there's the Guinness Pub, which is pretty much the epicenter of fun-having.
Bastone Brewery Oktoberfest, through October 13
Bastone is now serving their annual Oktoberfest menu with their popular Rocktoberfest lager and special edition beer glasses.
Slows Oktoberfest, 4:00-8:00 p.m.
The annual Oktoberfest party at Slows. Several seasonal kegs will be tapped, plus there will be homemade sausage and sauerkraut.
A2 Art and Brew, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Like Ann Arbor's Artini martini crawl, but with beer.
Rochester Mills Oktoberfest 2013, Tonight through September 29
Little Bavaria in downtown Rochester, complete with ceremonial keg-tappings, polka and lederhosen.
DIFFA: Dining by Design Tonight through Saturday
The annual Michigan AIDS Coalition fundraiser features over 30 over-the-top dining installations from the area's top talent in interior design, art, and architecture. The event starts tonight with Cocktails by Design, followed by the ArtWorks art auction tomorrow and the Gala Dinner on Saturday. There is also a public preview on Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. that's only $5.
Rap + Noodles at Green Dot Stables, 10:30 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Late night noodles (with a different featured bowl every month), DJs Frankie Banks with guests, $2 Sapporo, no cover. Every last Thursday of the month.
Friday, September 27
Plymouth Restaurant Week, through October 5
Has enough of restaurant weeks yet? Well, here's another one! This one's in Plymouth and features three-tier pricing.
Beer and BBQ at the Dearborn Historical Museum, 5:00 - 11:00 p.m.
$8 in advance or $9 at the door with beer from Kuhnhenn and Dragonmead and meat from Detroit BBQ Co. More info here.
(revolver) Friday and Saturday
A new communal-style chef's tasting dinner is opening this weekend in Hamtramck for Hamtramck Food Week. Read more about them here and make your reservations, some spots are still available.
Brewed in Michigan, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Kind of a mini-Michigan beer fest out in Milford. Lots of food, lots of beer.
Griffin Claw Beer, Sausage and Cheese sampling at Tom's Oyster Bar, Royal Oak, 7:30 p.m.
All of those things.
Saturday, September 28
Fall Flavor Weekends at the Henry Ford, through October 6
Celebrate harvest season at the Henry Ford during their Fall Flavor Weekends featuring a variety of fall foods and related programming.
Garden Bowl Centennial Celebration, all day and all night
Lebowski bowling. Need I say more?
Hockeytown BrewHaha, 1:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Beer and food trucks at the JLA.
Dabble in the Farms, 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
A new fundraising event for Camp Casey and the Grosse Pointe Rotary Club on the Hill in Grosse Pointe Farms. Beer and wine and spirits and food and music and things. $30 advance/$40 at the door. Notables include Bailout Productions with Two James Spirits, Dragonmead, MillKing It Productions, Short's, and more.
Cattle Baron's Ball, 6:30 - 11:30 p.m.
If you fancy.
Sunday, September 29
Sundaylicious Oktoberfest, 5:00 - 11:00 p.m.
MotorCity Wine owners Dave and Melissa are putting on the food themselves at this special Oktoberfest edition of Sundaylicious at their new spot in Corktown. Kartoffelpuffer, sauerkraut Kartoffel Salat, Rotkohl and other things you can't pronounce but will go well with a dry Riesling or Oktoberfest beer.
This fall kicks all other falls' asses.
Free Lunch Friday (FLF) October 4
Register now for a networky rah rah Detroit lunch thing at Detroit Labs next Friday. (Actually the free spots are all taken but you can still snag a non-free spot with a donation.)
Ferndale Restaurant Week, October 7-13
Dine Drink Detroit, October 10-16
Detroit Beer Week, October 17-27
Signing up Official Beer Destinations now; events will be posted soon!
Windsor Craft Beer Festival, October 18-19
Right on the other side of the Detroit River lies the exotic land of Windsor-Essex, and lo and behold they brew beer there. Can't wait for Fall Beer Fest in Eastern Market? Get prepped the weekend before with this celebration of craft beer heritage in Windsor-Essex in historic Olde Walkerville.
Theatre Bizarre: The Procession, October 18-19
New this year is a Preview Gala on Friday night. Limited tickets are available for this intimate event where masks are mandatory and masqueraders are led through a strolling dinner and scheduled performances. On Saturday, join the Procession.
Michigan Brewers Guild Fall Beer Festival, October 25-26
As if this needs any kind of explanation.