With over 225 market vendors share their produce and stories with up to 40,000 visitors in one day during our busy season. The tradition of this market has been a cornerstone of the city for 125 years and is crucial to our mission of nourishing a healthier, wealthier, and happier city. Learn more!
Planet Ant Theatre
The Planet Ant Theatre is a unique professional theater that has developed and produced new plays for 15 years. It also has monthly stage readings of innovative and original works by local playrights, directors, and artists. Every Monday evening the Planet Ant Improv Colony puts on a show, as well as twice yearly improv festivals.
The Blowout is an annual indie music festival in Hamtramck that showcases the best musical talent Michigan has to offer. Said to be the largest festival of its sort in the world, the Blowout brings in more than 200 bands for four days of music that is played in over a dozen venues and bars throughout the city.
Hamtramck Labor Day Festival
Held Labor Day weekend, ending with the Polish Day Parade on Labor Day. Live music on three stages, carnival area, beer, and food tents line a half-mile stretch of Jos. Campau from Caniff to Carpenter. All of the local Hamtramck bars, restaurants, and community gathering spots all participate in the festivities making for a fun food-filled bar crawl.
Paczki Day (aka Fat Tuesday) may sound like an excuse to grab a dozen doughnuts, but it is so much more. The paczki is a Polish doughnut. Historically, Fat Tuesday was an opportunity for Polish Catholics to eat all the sugar, eggs and lard in their house before Lent. There is a good reason Detroiters head to Hamtramck: the city’s many Polish bakeries don’t stop at one or two varieties of the paczki. In addition to eating paczki, Detroiters can head to Hamtramck to simply celebrate them: Paczki Run is a 5K run through Hamtramck on the Saturday before Paczki Day.