Eastern Market After Dark

I know everyone’s heard of Detroit’s Eastern Market, a food market open every Saturday morning…but at night? I couldn't miss the opportunity to attend the second annual Eastern Market After Dark, so I pushed my usual Thursday blog post to today in order to show you a glimpse of this amazing experience. The Detroit Design Festival hosted the event, which is a self-guided tour of the city’s art galleries, restaurants, and local businesses.

I went with a group of friends and we first stopped a local tea tent to sample some apple cider infused tea. And then I had some of my favorite ice cream from the Treat Dreams truck, the Kooky Monster. Make sure to try it outit's blue and who can resist blue ice cream?

Our first stop was the AIA Membership Party and the Detroit Fashion Showcase. The American Institute of Architects gave out architecture awards to celebrate local designs around Detroit. I decided the check out a few more spots before coming back for the fashion show.

The next stop was OmniCorpDetroit, an art studio for designers, engineers, and musicians. They come together to create and often collaborate with the Detroit community. It was pretty neat seeing some of the things they've come up with and I can’t wait to attend one of their open hack nights!

We walked by two murals on our way to the next art gallery. The first was the adorable “Marry Me Tizzie?” mural on Orleans and Division. The second was the “Survive” mural, located on Service and Winder. It was created by a traveling art exhibition named Survive, who also created a mini-documentary of the city.

Our final stop was the Red Bull House of Art. It’s a collaborative art exhibition that works with undiscovered artists and provides them with space to create. We got to see their work spaces along with their final art exhibits. As we were leaving, I stopped to take a picture of the front door and a friendly stranger jumped into the shot!

Detroit’s Eastern Market After Dark was an amazing experience and I can’t wait to go again next year. Check out OmniCorpDetroit's website here and Red Bull House of Art's website here for more information on the artists that were featured. Thanks to The Detroit Foodie for suggesting places to visit! 

Have a wonderful weekend!

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