13 Best Events in Metro Detroit for January 2022

Metro Detroit Events: Spotlight for January 2022Get into gear in and around the city of Detroit by treating yourself to a few special activities, shows, and special events happening in January 2022. Whether you're looking for outdoor fun or evening entertainment, the Metro Detroit area has just what you're looking for. Ready to find fun activities in the new year? Keep reading to learn about the top 13 things to do in Metro Detroit throughout January 2022.

New Year's Day Maybury State Park Hike

Get moving into the new year with a nice hike at Maybury State Park in the town of Northville. This annual event is the perfect way to meet any resolutions to increase physical activity and overall health. Both paved and natural surface trails will be used, and leashed pets are welcome to come along. The hike starts at 10 a.m. and begins at the Trailhead shelter at the Eight Mile Road entrance.

Kensington Metropark's New Year's Day Hike

Kensington Metropark boasts 4,481 rolling hills through shaded woodlands surrounding Kent Lake in the Milford community. Come and join the hike on January 1, 2022, from 1 – 4 p.m. to enjoy the sights of migrating waterfowl and native flora and fauna. Bring along a sled to partake in the park's designated sledding zone!

Have a Hair Raising Experience at Trolls Live!

Head to the Fox Theatre between December 31 and January 3, 2022, to experience the colorful antics of the award-winning show Trolls Live! Join Branch and Poppy and the most beloved trolls at a pre-show VIP party with refreshments and photo ops, or just come in and sit back to enjoy the show. Premium seating is available and comes with souvenirs to take home.

Chill Out at the Downtown Mount Clemons Ice Carving Festival

The Downtown Mount Clemons Ice Sculpture Festival is scheduled for January 4—6, 2022, and features three days of live demonstrations by some of the top ice sculptors in the nation. There is plenty of free exhibits, face painting, and snacks to indulge in. This year's highlight is the free Jurassic Kingdom Showcase, where kids can explore the world of dinosaurs and science at the Discovery Center in the heart of the Mount Clemons community.

The Ultimate Fishing Show

Anglers and boaters flock to The Ultimate Fishing Show, which takes place from January 6—9, 2022 in the city of Novi. This annual event is the largest fishing show in North America and features 100s of booths offering unique bats, fishing gear, boats, motors, and other supplies. Outfitters, resorts, charters, guides, and others will be onsite, many offering free demos for fly fishing and angler-related interests.

Laugh It Up At the Philosophy Circus Tour

The comedian TJ Miller, who is best known for his comedic performances on stage and from appearing on shows like Silicon Valley and Office Christmas Party, is bringing his touring show, the Philosophy Circus Tour, to Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle in the town of Royal Oak. The laughs will flow as the comic, actor, and producer shares his unique philosophy about life.

Catch a Show: Broadway's Hairspray in Metro Detroit

Tracy Turnblad is the star character of the legendary musical comedy Hairspray. Watch as she sets out to sing and dance her way onto a popular TV show—big hair and all. Will she achieve her dreams of singing on TV? Snag tickets and watch the action at the grand Fisher Theater in January 2022.

Sesame Street Live! Let's Party

Get ready for a kid-friendly and fun-filled party with all the most treasured characters at Sesame Street Live! The Fox Theater comes to life for ten days in January 2022, with a big party in the works for the gang. Attendees will sing along and dance on their feet during this heartfelt stage performance.

Dexter Ice Festival

Head to Monument Park for the Dexter Ice Festival on January 23 to view over 35 impressive ice carvings that represent and are sponsored by local Dexter businesses. There will be a few vendors on site, and visitors can even buy their ice sculptures at this winter wonderland in the town of Dexter.

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic in Detroit

Head to the thrilling Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit on January 23, 2022, to get pumped up with George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic in concert. Originally slated for 2020 and June 2021, the event has officially been rescheduled. Ticket prices range from $48–$60, and the show starts at 8 p.m.

Candlelight Cross-Country Skiing in Metamora

Candlelight Cross-Country Ski Night is a January tradition in the Metamora community, and skiers can bring their gear and enjoy an evening on the groomed trails that are illuminated by candles. At the end of the run, there's a large fire and a refreshment vendor. If no snow has settled, participants can join the community for a walking event.

Ann Arbor Folk Festival

The soothing sounds of well-known musicians and regional acts bring the best of the best to the Ann Arbor Folk Festival. This year's slated artists include Emmylou Harris, Glen Hansard, Brittney Spencer, Patty Griffin, and several other hot acts. In its 45th year, don't miss the fantastic festival this January in the city of Ann Arbor. Please note, masks and vaccination cards are required for attendance.

Roar Into 2022 at The Lion King in Detroit

As the winner of six Tony Awards®, including Best Stage Production and Best Musical, The Lion King brings together one of the top creative teams on Broadway. Lively characters from the Disney classic come to life amid the Serengeti backdrop as swooping birds, strutting giraffes, and leaping gazelles.

Viewed by more than 90 million people worldwide, The Lion King proudly returns to Detroit. Prepare for awe-inspiring visuals, unforgettable music, and impressive narration of this beloved and breathtaking production at the Michigan Opera Theatre. With almost a month of shows, there's plenty of time to snag the best seats in the house.

Celebrate January 2022 in Detroit!

With 2022 promising to be a fun-filled year, why not get out and enjoy a few of these popular events slated for January in and around Metro Detroit? From live theater productions, outdoor gatherings, and numerous festivals, the locals eagerly await the chance to warm up winter days and nights in January at these fun events.

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