Detroit is full of exciting arts, entertainment, and culture, leading Thrillist to call it one of “America’s Most Fun Cities.” In the walkable downtown, music fills the air, streets are lined with restaurants and unique retail establishments, and alleyways are portals to nights of unbridled entertainment. 

While Detroit’s arts and entertainment scene isn’t confined to just venues, the area is proud to be home to over 40 theaters, including the historic Fox Theatre, the Detroit Opera House, the Aretha Franklin Amphitheater, and the Max M. Fisher Music Center, where visitors can enjoy a performance by the world-renowned Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Detroit will always have that authentic Motor City soul. But that doesn’t stop the city from reinventing itself with new boutique hotels, forward-thinking sustainability initiatives, a booming arts and culture district, and flourishing diverse communities. Stop by historic jazz spots like Cliff Bell’s, take in the murals that adorn Detroit’s Eastern Market (they change every year!), or soak up inspiration at the Detroit Institute of Arts, which was recently named the “Best Art Museum” in the country by USA Today. The Detroit Jazz Festival brings the world’s best jazz, blues, and soul to the city over Labor Day weekend. Hosted annually in May, Movement Electronic Music Festival honors Detroit’s history as the birthplace of techno. The festival delivers three days of nonstop performances from more than 100 artists across five stages.

Motown Museum
Motown Museum
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Whether you’re looking for up-and-coming artists or want to see well-known classics, Detroit has it all. That’s why TIME magazine named this city one of the “World’s Greatest Places” in 2022—so, come discover Detroit for yourself!

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Charles H. Wright Museum
Photo by Gerard + Belevender, courtesy of Visit Detroit