Detroit EventsIn addition to its many cultural and historic landmarks, this destination hosts a number of outstanding festivals and events that may coincide with your visit.
Start the new year off right in the city built by cars with the North American International Auto Show , held in mid-January at the Cobo Center.
Summers in Detroit, though at times hot and humid, are celebrated with a variety of events. Festivities include Flower Day at Eastern Market in May. Also in May is Detroit's Movement Electronic Music Festival .
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In late June (weather permitting) the riverfront is the place to be for GM River Days . The celebration features family-friendly entertainment, music, and the River Days Boat Parade of Lights; it concludes with the Ford Fireworks , a spectacular display above the river.
The African World Festival held at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in mid-August is a 3-day cultural showcase featuring art, dance, ethnic food, a marketplace and music. The Detroit Jazz Festival , which takes place over Labor Day weekend, has been held for more than 3 decades and attracts some of the biggest names in jazz. Musicians play on outdoor stages at Hart Plaza and in Campus Martius Park.
America's Thanksgiving Parade on Thanksgiving Day heralds the holiday season. In late December, the Quick Lane Bowl brings teams together from the Big Ten and the Atlantic Coast Conference; the bowl game is held at Ford Field.
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A 6 percent tax is levied on lodging and automobile rentals.
Detroit Receiving Hospital/University Health Center, (313) 745-3000; Harper University Hospital, (313) 745-8040; Henry Ford Hospital, (313) 916-2600; St. John Hospital and Medical Center, (313) 343-4000; and Sinai-Grace Hospital, (313) 966-3300.
211 W. Fort St. Suite 1000 Detroit, MI 48226. Phone:(313)202-1800 or (800)338-7648
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Car rental companies may be found at the airport. Hertz, (800) 654-3080, offers discounts to AAA members.
Amtrak stations are at 11 W. Baltimore Ave. in the New Center area and in Dearborn at 21201 Michigan Ave. in the John D. Dingell Transit Center. Train service to various parts of the country is provided; phone (800) 872-7245.
Greyhound Lines Inc. serves Detroit. The terminal is at 1001 Howard St.; for information about fares and schedules phone (800) 231-2222.
Taxis operate on a meter system. The basic charge is $2.50, plus $2 per mile (no extra charge for additional riders). The largest companies are Checker Cab, (313) 963-7000; City Cab, (313) 833-7060; and Metro Cab, (734) 997-6500.