Date Night Ideas: Fun Things for Parents to Do in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Get information on why parents should make time for each other and get the latest details on what's happening in our area for local couples.

Need to get some one-on-one time with your sweetheart? There are tons of fun events coming to Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor that you and your partner will love.

Here, you’ll find a list of events coming to Macomb, Oakland, Wayne and Washtenaw county. Plus, find some tips on why date nights are so important and get some ideas for at-home dates, too.

Check them out and start planning your next date night.

Not finding an event that fits your and your partner’s interests? Check out our online calendar for more date night events and things to do with your family. 

Local events

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Looking for something fun to do with your sweetheart this month? Here are some fun upcoming events in southeast Michigan to try.

“Birds and Beasts” Exhibit by Painter Joan Sterling

Now-May 20, 2022 (Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays)

Head to city hall to see Joan Sterling’s solo exhibit of colorful lions and cape buffalo, titled, “Birds and Beasts.”

Comedian Drew Lynch

May 12-14, 2022 

Parents can enjoy a night out with their spouse or friends to see Drew Lynch, comedian and second place winner of America’s Got Talent.

Immersive Van Gogh

May 12-Sept. 5, 2022 

This immersive experience offers a look into the mind of the world’s most iconic impressionist artist, Vincent Van Gogh. The fully immersive exhibition allows visitors to transport into Van Gogh’s most famous masterpieces. 

Motor City Comic Con

May 13-15, 2022 

  • Address: Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi
  • Cost: $30-$40/Friday adult pass, $40-$50/Saturday adult pass, $35-$45/Sunday adult pass, $85-$95/Weekend adult pass, $249-$259/VIP fan pass (very limited and might not be available at the door)

Cosplay your favorite comic characters, meet-and-greet with graphic novel big wigs, check out movie screenings, character Q&As and more.

Steve Burton & Bradford Anderson: The Stone Cold & Jackal Show

May 14, 2022 

Parents can enjoy a night out with their spouse or friends to see Steve Burton and Bradford Anderson. They are best known as Jason Morgan and Damian Spinelli from ABC’s soap opera,“ General Hospital.” They also have a successful podcast together.

Chad Kroeger and JT Parr

May 15, 2022 

Parents can enjoy a night out with their spouse or friends to see Chad Kroeger and JT Parr. The duo takes action to raise awareness and bring change for some of the most important causes in pop culture and beyond along with hosting their weekly podcast.

Flower Day 2022

May 15, 2022 

Flower Day always takes place the Sunday after Mother’s Day and features Metro Detroit Flower Growers Association vendors from all over the Midwest. There will be no online sales this year.

Comedian Robert Mac with Maher Matta and Dan Turco

May 19-21, 2022 

Parents can enjoy a night out with their spouse or friends to see Robert Mac, the grand-prize winner of Comedy Central’s national stand-up competition. 

Shayne Smith – Prison for Wizards Tour

May 22, 2022 

Parents can enjoy a night out with their spouse or friends to see Shayne Smith. He most recently self-released a half-hour special “Alligator Boys” and previously released an hour-long special “Prison for Wizards” on YouTube and Facebook. 

Quinn Patterson with Nicholas Tenaglia and Sean Paraventi

May 26-28, 2022 

Parents can enjoy a night out with their spouse or friends to see Quinn Patterson, comedian, actor and writer. He uses real life experiences to create riotous reenactments of everyday situations.

Movement Electronic Music Festival

May 28-30, 2022 

This festival makes its appearance in Detroit every Memorial weekend. Thousands of people from across the globe gather here to celebrate the birthplace of Techno. This dance music festival showcases new and old music influences.

Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights

June 2-July 28, 2022 

Arts, entertainment and musical acts are performed at various and separate stages throughout historical downtown Chelsea every Thursday evening.

Brad Wenzel with Stacy Lee and Bret Hayden

June 2-4, 2022 

Parents can enjoy a night out with their spouse or friends to see Brad Wenzel, who is most known for his non sequitur style of joke telling. 

Grosse Ile Islandfest

June 3-5, 2022 

Highlights include a carnival and petting zoo every day, parade and fireworks on Saturday and live music every night.

Art on the Grand

June 4-5, 2022 

Fine artists and crafters from around the country are featured and have booths in a variety of disciplines and price ranges. Different artistic categories include: painting, pottery, photography, jewelry, mixed media, wood, wearable art, glass, leather, sculpture and more.

Palmer Park Art Fair

June 4-5, 2022 

Check out artwork by artists from all over the country, meet authors, enjoy music, eat at specialty food booths and enjoy family activities at this annual.

Geoffrey Asmus with Ken Witzgall and Billy Reno

June 9-11, 2022 

Parents can enjoy a night out with their spouse or friends to see comedian, Geoffrey Asmus, who began performing stand-up in 2013 immediately after wasting $143,548 in college.

Motor City Irish Fest

June 10-12, 2022 

This festival is an annual event that brings together people of Irish heritage and friends to celebrate Irish culture with music, dance, food and drink, exhibits and activities for children.

The Masked Singer National Tour

June 10, 2022

“The Masked Singer” National Tour live show will feature celebrity guest hosts from the TV show, as well as one local celebrity at every show who will perform in a top-secret disguise. The evening will feature fan-fav masked characters from the TV show. 

Berkley Art Bash

June 11, 2022 

  • Address: 12 Mile between Coolidge & Greenfield, Berkley
  • Cost: Free

Families can enjoy art displays from 150 vendors and makers, food trucks and stands, live music and more.

The Art of Fire

June 11-12, 2022 

This fair showcases over 100 artists who work with clay, glass and metal. Metal working and live glass blowing, too. Food and drink specials are available at Royal Oak restaurants as well as concessions on site.

Carmen Lynch with Connie Ettinger and James Grieg

June 16-18, 2022 

Parents can enjoy a night out with their spouse or friends to see Spanish-American comedian, actress and writer, Carmen Lynch.

Arts & Acts Festival

June 17-19, 2022 

The festival includes the juried fine art show, musical entertainment, a large variety of food and drinks and more.

Opa! Fest

June 17-19, 2022 

Participate in Greek dancing, cooking demonstrations, live music, cultural exhibits and more at this Greek festival.

Jazzin’ at the Vanity

June 18-19, 2022 

Participants can expect two fun-filled days of live jazz and blues performances by some of the biggest names in the city. There will be a variety of food and dessert trucks and retail vendors and pop-up shops. 

Eyes on Design Car Show

June 19, 2022 

See a wide variety of about 200-300 themed vehicles on display at the Ford House at this annual event.

Livonia Spree

June 21-26, 2022 

This fest celebrates the city’s 70th birthday with food, rides, games, music and fireworks the final night.

Kevin James Thornton

June 22, 2022 

Parents can enjoy a night out with their spouse or friends to see, Kevin James Thornton is a rising TikTok star with over 700k followers and 100 million video views.

Taylor Summer Festival

June 23-26, 2022 

This fest features live music, carnival rides, fair food, fireworks and more.

Tommy Schneeman with Tim Smith and Jack Reeves

June 23-25, 2022 

Parents can enjoy a night out with their spouse or friends to see standup comedian, Tommy Schneeman. Along with his standup, you may know Tommy from his popular web series Roommates-In-Law, which he created with fellow comic Tim Smith.

Trenton Summer Festival

June 23-25, 2022 

This annual festival features live performances, vendors, crafts, kids corner, beer tent and tons of family fun.

Red, White & Blues Fireworks Festival

June 25, 2022 

Enjoy a firework show at this annual along with live music, vendors, food and more.

5th Annual Cars Under the Stars Fireworks Spectacular

June 26, 2022

  • Address: M1 Concourse, 1 Concourse Drive, Pontiac
  • Cost: $5 for Pontiac residents, $10 for non-residents; $20 track parking, $45 arena parking

Head to M1 Concourse’s 5th Annual Cars Under the Stars Fireworks Spectacular. The firework show will begin at approximately 9:45 p.m. There will also be live music, food trucks and craft beer stands throughout the evening.

Demetrius Fields

June 26, 2022 

Parents can enjoy a night out with their spouse or friends to see comedian, Demetrius Fields.

Festival of the Hills

June 29, 2022 

Michigan’s second-largest fireworks display is the big draw, plus enjoy plenty of games and live entertainment.

Craig Robinson

July 7-9, 2022 

Parents can enjoy a night out with their spouse or friends to see well-known comedian, Craig Robinson.

The Magical Music of Harry Potter

July 10, 2022

Enjoy the music of Harry Potter like never before with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) outdoors at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre on the campus of Oakland University. Features music from all eight Harry Potter films.

Spank Horton

July 19, 2022 

Parents can enjoy a night out with their spouse or friends to see comedian, Spank Horton. He gained major momentum in 2011 when he was featured in the box-office hit movie Laugh at My Pain, starring comedian Kevin Hart.

Ann Arbor Art Fair 2022

July 21-23, 2022 

Check out the largest juried art fair in the nation, which features nearly 1,000 artists, which spans over three days. Offers a wide selection of media including drawing, painting, sculpture, glass, ceramics, jewelry, mixed media and more. There will also be live music, sidewalk sales and culinary treats.

Pauly Shore

Sept. 13, 2022 

Parents can enjoy a night out with their spouse or friends to see comedian, actor and filmmaker, Pauly Shore.

Backyard Beer Garden

Oct. 1, 2022 

A custom brewed event from the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce. There will be multiple Michigan brews, special cocktails and food from some local favorites. There will also be free games to play, including Giant Beer Pong, Giant Flip Cup, Cornhole, Giant Yantzee,Giant Jenga, Giant Connect 4, Fowling and more.

Tommy Davidson

Oct. 16, 2022 

Parents can enjoy a night out with their spouse or friends to see stand up comedian and actor, Tommy Davidson.

Hypnosis Unleashed with Kevin Lepine

Oct. 18, 2022 

Parents can enjoy a night out with their spouse or friends to see comedian and hypnotist, Kevin Lepine. He was the winner of “Best of Vegas” and is known for his show Hypnosis Unleashed at the Hooters Casino Hotel.

Date night tips

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Carving out time as a couple is an important way to keep your relationship healthy. Read these posts to learn how you can make time for your sweetie. Plus, find at-home date night ideas and cheap things to try.

This post is updated regularly.


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