Plan Your Visit

Welcome to Midtown Detroit

Midtown is Detroit’s cultural hub—with some of the best galleries and museums, including the world-class Detroit Institute of Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), the C.H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Detroit Historical Museum and the Michigan Science Center. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is also located here.

It also boasts a vibrant blend of housing—historical and new construction, affordable and luxurious, townhouses and lofts.

The neighborhood has great restaurants, bars, cafes, shops, nightlife, plus the city’s educational institutions including Wayne State University, the College for Creative Studies, as well as the presence of Lawrence Tech University, Michigan State University and the University of Michigan. The city’s medical institutions are also located here: the Henry Ford Health System, Karmanos Cancer Institute and the Detroit Medical Center.

Each year, Midtown Detroit offers an increasingly diverse mix of arts and cultural events, expanding green spaces and alleys, and nonprofit organizations—all contributing to the establishment of Midtown Detroit as a destination spot.

Contact Us With Your Questions

Contact Midtown Detroit, Inc., the producer of DLECTRICITY with your questions. Call (313) 420-6000 or email:

DLECTRICITY Venues and Hours

DLECTRICITY showcases art installations by 36 artists from the Detroit Institute of Arts down to MOCAD. Most art installations are located outdoors. The footprint consists from Kirby to the north, Brush to the east, Canfield to the south, and Woodward to the east. Please check out the map HERE.

Venues Hosting Art Installations:

Cathedral Church of St. Paul | 4800 Woodward
C.H. Wright Museum of African American History | 315 E. Warren
College for Creative Studies – Josephine F. Ford Sculpture Garden | 201 E. Kirby
Detroit Artists Market | 4719 Woodward
Detroit Historical Museum | 5401 Woodward
Detroit Institute of Arts | 5200 Woodward
Detroit Public Library – Main Branch | 5201 Woodward
First Congregational Church | 33 E. Forest
Garfield Lofts | 4600 Woodward
The Hannan House – 4750 Woodward
Meyer L. Prentis Cancer Center | 110 E. Warren
Michigan Science Center | 5020 John R
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) – 4454 Woodward
N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art – 52 E. Forest
The Rackham Building – 60 Farnsworth
Wayne State University – Welcome Center – 42 W. Warren
Wayne State University – Woodward/Warren Corner – 71 W. Warren

Venue Hours:

DLECTRICITY hours are 7:00 p.m. – midnight, each evening of the festival. Some venues will be open late:

Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) – Open till Midnight
Some areas of the DIA will be open until midnight on Saturday and Sunday. The exhibition D-Cyphered: Portraits by Jenny Risher will be available for viewing. Stop by the DIA’s Kresge Court for a cash bar and food. The DIA will also have a cash bar outside in the Loggia.

Detroit Historical Museum – Open till 10:00 p.m.
The Detroit Historical Museum will be open to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The exhibition Detroit 67: Perspectives will be available for viewing.

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) – Open till Midnight
MOCAD will be open until midnight on Saturday and Sunday. The exhibition Sonic Rebellion: Music as Resistance will be available for viewing. MOCAD’s Cafe 78 offers a full cash bar and food.

DLECTRICITY is Family-Friendly

DLECTRICITY may be a night-time festival, but it is still family-friendly for all of our visitors. We encourage families to check out Electric Park, DLECTRICITY’s family-friendly zone presented by The Kresge Foundation located on the lawn of the Detroit Institute of Arts at the corner of Woodward and Kirby. Electric Park features art installations by D MET Design, Arts & Scraps and Carrie Morris Productions.

All of our art installations located throughout the festival are appropriate for children, and many have interactive components. Highlights include:

Klip Collective’s The Librarian
Amanda Parer’s Intrude
FaShon Vega’s Star Tours
Jake Chidester and Alisyn Malek’s The Expanded Seussian Arkestra
Nikola Dicke’s Mobile Light-Graffiti

Event Guides

The DLECTRICITY Event Guide is an invaluable tool for visitors, with a full listing of artists and venues, a detailed map and a full schedule. You will be able to pick up a FREE Event Guide at participating venues prior to the festival soon or at the DLECTRICITY Info Booth located at the Wayne State University Woodward/Warren Corner during the festival.

You can also check out the full list of artists HERE, and the schedule HERE.

Drive to Midtown Detroit

Please see the directions below for suggested driving routes:


1  Take the Mack Avenue Exit 52.
2  Turn onto Mack Avenue and drive west four blocks to Woodward Avenue.
3  Head north onto Woodward Avenue.


1   Take the Warren Avenue Exit 53A.
2   Turn onto Warren Avenue and drive five blocks to Woodward Avenue.


1  Take the Forest/Warren Avenue Exit 3.
2  Turn onto Forest (which is one-way heading east).
3  Drive east four blocks to Woodward Avenue.


Driving to Midtown is about a 25-minute drive east from Detroit Metro Airport.

I-94: Drive eastbound on I-94, take exit 215C (Woodward Ave/Brush St.). Turn right onto John R. St. Follow John R. St. towards the Detroit Institute of Arts.


Expect to pay anywhere between $7-12 for parking in Midtown Detroit. There is metered parking on the street, but it will be difficult to come by during DLECTRICITY.

Detroit Institute of Arts Parking Lot | Cash + Credit Card
Located on John R. St., south of Kirby St. and north of Warren Ave., across from the DIA.

Wayne State University Parking Structure 1 | Credit Card Only
450 W. Palmer

Wayne State University Parking Structure 3 | Credit Card Only
45 E. Warren

Wayne State University Parking Structure 6 | Cash + Credit Card
61 Putnam

Wayne State University Parking Structure 7 | Credit Card Only
3717 John R

Wayne State University Parking Structure 8 | Cash + Credit Card
91 W. Forest

Wayne State University Parking Lot 23
38 W. Palmer

Wayne State University Parking Lot 60
4710 Second

Wayne State University Parking Lot 72
4510 Cass

Bike to Midtown Detroit

DLECTRICITY will have a FREE bike and stroller valet area sponsored by Wheelhouse Detroit located at the Wayne State University Woodward/Warren Corner (71 W. Warren).

Bike Share with MOGO
MoGo is Detroit’s first public bike sharing system, with 430 bikes at 43 stations across 10 Detroit neighborhoods. Designed for quick trips around town, MoGo is a fun, flexible and convenient way to get around.

Bike racks are conveniently located all around Midtown and can be found at many participating DLECTRICITY venues. Please ride with caution if riding on Woodward Avenue because of the QLINE and heavy car traffic. Additional precaution should be taken as bike tires are easily caught between the rail track and pavement.

We encourage bicyclists to participate in the DLECTRICITY Light Bike Parade scheduled for Saturday, September 23, at dark. Learn More.

Take the QLINE

NOW OPEN! The QLINE is a 6.6-mile circulating streetcar loop serving 12 locations on Woodward Ave. from Downtown Detroit through Midtown, New Center and the North End. For fares and more information, visit The QLINE stops located within the DLECTRICITY footprint are:  Ferry St., Warren Ave., and Canfield St.

Rideshare to Midtown Detroit with LYFT

LYFT is our official DLECTRICITY ridesharing partner and is offering 25% off a ride to DLECTRICITY using the code DL317. The official drop-off/pick-up area for LYFT is located on Putnam Street (between Cass and Woodward Avenues) near the Detroit Public Library.

PLEASE NOTE: Limited quantity available. 25% off your next ride. Max savings of $5 per ride. Discount applies to fare and Prime Time charges only. Valid between 9/22/2017 and 9/24/2017. Pickup or drop-off must be within the coverage area. Cannot be combined with other ride credit or offers. Subject to Lyft’s Terms of Use.


There are plenty of places to stay in Detroit, including several hotels in the greater downtown area.

Official DLECTRICITY Hotel Partner:




Other Hotels to Choose From:

Hotel St. Regis
Aloft Detroit at The David Whitney
The Westin Book Cadillac
The Inn on Ferry Street – Sold Out!

You can search for other accommodations through Visit Detroit.

Where to Drink and Dine

The DLECTRICITY Beer Tent presented by 8 Degrees Plato and a Coffee tent presented by Great Lakes Coffee will be located onsite at the Wayne State University Woodward/Warren Corner, along with an array of food trucks. DLECTRICITY venues, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Historical Museum and MOCAD, will be open late with food and bar options.

Other restaurants and bars located within Midtown and New Center are also listed below:

29/41 Mediterranean Street Food | 4219 Woodward
8 Degrees Plato | 3409 Cass
Alley Taco | 418 W. Willis
Atomic Chicken | 6500 Woodward
Avalon Cafe & Biscuit Bar | 2990 W. Grand Blvd.
Avalon International Breads | 422 W. Willis
The BLOCK Detroit | 3919 Woodward
The Bottom Line Coffee House | 4474 Third
Bronx Bar | 4476 Second
Bucharest Grill | 110 Piquette
Cafe 78 | 4454 Woodward | Open till Midnight!
Cass Cafe | 4620 Cass
Chartreuse Kitchen and Cocktails | 15 E. Kirby
Common Pub | 5440 Cass
Cuisine | 670 Lothrop
Detroit Institute of Arts – Kresge Court – 5200 Woodward
Fourteen East | 15 E. Kirby
Go! Sy Thai | 4240 Cass, Suite 103
Great Lakes Coffee Detroit | 3965 Woodward
Grey Ghost | 47 Watson
Griot Music Lounge | 66 E. Forest
Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken | 4101 Third
Harmonie Garden | 4704 Anthony Wayne
Honest John’s | 488 Selden
HopCat | 4265 Woodward
International Cafe @ The International Institute | 111 E. Kirby
Jolly Pumpkin | 441 W. Canfield
Juice Joint Detroit | 4614 Second
Jumbo’s Bar | 3736 Third
La Feria Spanish Tapas | 4130 Cass
La Palma | 113 E. Canfield | Open till Midnight!
La Pita Fresh | 5056 Cass
Mac n’ Brewz | 4870 Cass
Maccabees Traders Detroit | 5057 Woodward
Magic Stick | 4120 Woodward
The Majestic Garden Bowl | 4120-4140 Woodward
Mario’s Detroit | 4222 Second
Motor City Brewing Works | 470 W. Canfield
New Center Eatery | 3100 W. Grand Blvd.
New Order Coffee Roasters | 3100 Woodward
Northern Lights Lounge | 660 W. Baltimore
Old Miami | 3930 Cass
The Peterboro | 420 Peterboro
Pho Lucky of Detroit | 3111 Woodward
Rock City Eatery | 4216 Woodward
Royale with Cheese | 4161 Cass
Sargent Pepperoni’s Pizza Center | 4120 Woodward
Selden Standard | 3921 Second
Seva Detroit | 66 E. Forest
Shangri-La | 4710 Cass
Slow’s to Go | 4107 Cass
SocraTea | 71 Garfield
Starbucks | 3670 Woodward
Starters Bar and Grill | 4501 Woodward
Stella International Cafe | 3011 W. Grand Blvd.
Temple Bar | 2906 Cass
Third Street Bar | 701 W. Forest
Tony V’s Tavern | 5756 Cass
Traffic Jam & Snug | 511 W. Canfield
Treat Dreams | 4160 Cass
Union Street | 4145 Woodward
Wasabi Korean & Japanese Cuisine | 15 E. Kirby
The Whitney | 4421 Woodward
Zef’s | 4160 Woodward
Z’s Villa | 42 Piquette