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Murals in the Market
Sept. 7-Oct. 20; Eastern Market, Detroit (and various other locations); muralsinthemarket.com; Free.
Recently named by Smithsonian magazine as one of the world's best mural festivals, Detroit's own Murals in the Market returns to beautify the many sheds and warehouses of the city's Eastern Market district.
Since 2015, many local and international artists have come together to create 120 murals. Not only an eye-candy feast, MITM prides itself on being a unique form of community outreach by giving the district a unique visibility and accessibility.
This year, the festival has commissioned dozens of artists, including Dutch muralist Leon Keer, Buenos Aires-based artist Ever, and local mainstays like Sheefy and Ellen Rutt. Murals in the Market is also expanding to 10 days and will include a Family Reunion Block Party on Saturday, Sept. 15 at Division Street & Orleans Street, featuring DJ Jazzy Jeff, as well as lonely C and Bamboozle of globally renowned DJ duo, Soul Clap. Auxiliary events include discussion panels, cultural tours, meet and greets, and more. Also new this year is a special run of 10,000 pocket-sized maps that detail the artist and each mural's location. See the festival website for the full schedule.