9 Fun (and Affordable!) Things to do in Detroit this August

Drafting your end-of-summer bucket list? August in Detroit is packed with fun and affordable activities for the whole family. Whether you’re looking for relaxation or excitement, here are a few suggestions for your next Detroit adventure.


Travel like a Local

Detroit has several transportation modes to get you where you need to go, each offering a new experience. Spend a day cruising the Detroit Riverfront by renting a MoGo bike. Explore the city and the GMRENCEN by stopping at one of the 13 stations on the People Mover. You’ll discover something you didn’t know was there before.



Unleash Your Inner Adventurer

Looking to engage in the great outdoors? While city life isn’t known for wildlife, there are cool hands-on activities, exhibits and simulators to check out at the Outdoor Adventure Center. Our local DNR prides itself for “bringing ‘up north’ to downtown Detroit.” If you stop by on the last Thursday of the month, entry is free from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. You can even walk there from the GMRENCEN.


Find Inner Peace

Find time to relax before summer ends by trying yoga. There are classes galore in the city including at RenCen Fitness. You can even take in the cool breeze of the Detroit riverfront this summer atop the Beaubien Place Garage. Every Wednesday, the GMRENCEN in partnership with RenCen Fitness host free classes. We’d love to see you there.



Shop Local at Eastern Market

Did you know Eastern Market supports the community with a variety of Farm Stands scattered throughout the city? Every Wednesday from noon to 3 p.m. until October, Eastern Market will pop up on the GM Plaza providing locally sourced fruits and veggies. If you can’t make it Wednesdays for a small taste of Eastern Market, immerse yourself in Detroit culture and stop by Eastern Market. It’s one of the oldest and largest farmers markets in the country.


Experience the DIA

A must-see, the Detroit Institute of Arts has 65,000 works of art for visitors seeking a more refined Detroit experience. Seven quick QLine stops from the GMRENCEN, you can immerse yourself in all the art, history and culture the museum has to offer. Make a day of it to explore all there is to see or take it one exhibit at a time, either way you won’t be disappointed.


Rock on the Riverfront

It’s called Detroit Rock City for a reason. Chevrolet’s Rockin’ on the Riverfront is a true tradition in the city, bringing classic rock music to the Detroit Riverfront. This year’s lineup includes The Marshall Tucker Band, Mark Farner’s American Band, Soul Asylum, Loverboy, Jon Anderson of YES and Little River Band. Visit gmrencenwp.wpengine.com/chevy-ror/ or the concert series Facebook page for more information.




Dine on the Riverfront

With exquisite options and a prime view of the Riverfront, the GMRENCEN is a hot spot for Detroit dining. Classics like Andiamo and Joe Muer are ready to give you a meal to remember and an experience you won’t forget. Valet the car and keep the night going by taking a shuttle straight from Joe Muer to an event at LCA.


Take Me Out to a Ballgame

Whether you’re local or just visiting, going to a Tigers baseball game is a Detroit must. From hot dogs to home runs, experience everything Comerica Park has to offer. Certain games have firework shows after the last inning, so keep an eye out for tickets.


Spend a Day at Belle Isle

Some of the best views of Detroit’s skyline are from Belle Isle, but this popular site has so much more. There, visitors can enjoy an aquarium, conservatory, museum, nature center, fountain, giant slide, beach, golf range, Sunset Point, boat house and yacht club. Catching the sunrise or sunset on the Isle is the perfect way to spend a day in Detroit.


What else is on your summer bucket list? Let us know in the comments below.