The Metro Events Guide: Comedy, culture and light displays in Detroit this weekend

Discover unique arts and culture events in metro Detroit happening June 20 – June 27, 2024.

Brett Mercer performs at What's So Funny About Detroit? on May 30, 2024.

Brett Mercer performs at What's So Funny About Detroit? on May 30, 2024.

This week, we’re highlighting local talent, from comedians to musicians to tie-dye artists. 

Plus, a Juneteenth book fair and an Eid artisan market. Read on to learn more. 

Local talent

WDET’s comedy showcase “What’s So Funny About Detroit?” returns to The Old Miami on Thursday, June 27. In The Groove’s Ryan Patrick Hooper will introduce you to local comedians Nicole Melnyk, Diana Graham, Blain Hill, Alex Bozinovic, Brianna Blackburn and headliner Ahmed Bharoocha. Tickets are $25 and directly benefit Detroit Public Radio and the city’s comedians. Doors open at 6 and the show starts at 7 p.m. For more information, visit our events page.

Plus, the LiverNOISe Porch Fest returns on Saturday, June 22 featuring dozens of local bands performing on 10 Ferndale porches. Acts include The Whiskey Charmers, The Britemores, TheBandMint, Duende! and The Luddites to name a few. Performances start at noon and go through 6 p.m. For the full lineup and more information, visit their Facebook event page.

Read more: Watch Duende! perform live on WDET »

On Sunday, June 23, Detroit Dye House is hosting a launch party to kick off the start of their art fair season. brightlytwisted, their artist-made line of apparel, accessories and homewares, will be debuting hundreds of new pieces in advance of taking the collection to five different art fairs this summer. The event will not only be an opportunity for the community to shop the line first, but will offer drop-in and dyeing for those in attendance, as well as complimentary refreshments and the chance to win a gift bag. The launch party will take place in their Corktown studio-store from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit their Facebook event page.

Bright lights

The 66th Annual Ford Fireworks will take place on Monday, June 24 in downtown Detroit. The free show will be visible from Hart Plaza, Belle Isle and several other public locations across the city. Fireworks will start around 10 p.m. For more information, visit

Or, for an indoor light display, check out SKALAR: Reflections on Light and Sound in downtown Detroit. This kinetic art installation is set to aa minimalist techno soundtrack and uses dozens of lights and mirrors to transport visitors in a 45-minute surreal presentation. Admission is free with registration and the exhibit is on display at 1001 Woodward Ave. now through July 28. For more information, visit 

Read more: SKALAR art installation in Detroit is one of the best you’ll see in 2024 »


On Saturday, June 22, Detroit Book City is hosting a Juneteenth Book Fair featuring over 30 Black indie authors to celebrate freedom through literacy. This year’s festivities also include a Kid Zone, an Author’s Den, a live DJ and soul food from Nak’s Curbside Grill. Admission is free with registration and the first 100 guests will receive a swag bag. The fair will take place inside Historic People’s Community Church in Detroit from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit their Eventbrite page. 


Celebrate Eid Al-Adha at the Arab American National Museum on Saturday, June 22. There will be family-friendly activities including an exhibit scavenger hunt, Eid crafts and stories, as well as an Artisan Market with handmade items by local artists and makers. This event is free with registration and goes from 1-5 p.m. For more information, visit 

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