Save the Date: Spring into Corktown on Saturday, May 18

Join us for our third annual Spring into Corktown event on Saturday, May 18!

The neighborhood celebration kicks off with the city-wide Motor City Makeover clean up & flower planting, beginning at 10am at Trumbull & Bagley. After noon we invite the community to shop, walk, play, eat and explore Corktown. We will have activity hubs set up throughout the neighborhood including: Kids Zone at Harrison/Michigan, Health and Wellness classes at Dean Savage Park, pop up vendors and shopping at Trumbull & Bagley, and more! 

For clean-up volunteers:

If you're interested in volunteering for the community clean up, SIGN UP HERE!

For businesses:

We are inviting YOU to get involved in the festivities that day. This is a celebration of our unique and growing community and we want neighbors and newcomers to have a great experience engaging with and patronizing Detroit's oldest neighborhood. What makes your business special and how can we promote that on Saturday, May 18th? 

Ideas include, but are definitely not limited to:

- drink & food specials, discounted items, etc.

- outdoor activations, balloons and signage

- pop up vendor collaborations, wine or food tasting, live music, etc.

Be creative! Email to inquire.

For sponsors:

There are also sponsorship opportunities if you're interested in promoting your business through advertising and media for this event! We are just hoping you will join us in creating a special day for visitors and residents to share and celebrate Corktown's unique history, flourishing small business community, & promising future. 

Email to inquire.

Detroit PAL's 50th Anniversary Celebration Event Overview

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Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019


  • VIP - 5:00pm

  • General Admission - 5:30pm-9:00pm

Location: The Corner Ballpark presented by Adient, the site of historic Tiger Stadium

Ticket Prices:

  • VIP - $150

  • General Admission

○ Adult - $50

○ Child - $25

Title: A Family Field Day Classic: Celebrating Detroit PAL's 50th Anniversary brought to you by Meijer

Honorary Chairs: Martha F. Ford, Holly and Tom Gores, Kelle and Christopher Ilitch, and Rachel and Nikolai Vitti

Event Chairs: Maria Duey and Jennifer Granger


Hashtag: #getinthegame


PAL’s 50th Anniversary event is a celebration of building character in young kids. Since 1969, PAL has served hundreds of thousands of young people through a variety of athletic, academic, and leadership development programs.

Last year alone, each PAL kid spent an average of 65 hours in one or more of PAL’s programs developing the lifelong character building skills of teamwork, sportsmanship, discipline, and perseverance!

In celebration of 50 years of service to PAL children this memorable event is raising funds to provide at least an additional 50,000 hours worth of character building opportunity for the future of young children in our community!

Every $5 donated provides one hour of character building opportunity for PAL’s youth!



An all-star celebration not to be missed, the Detroit Lions, Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Pistons will come together and take over The Corner Ballpark for an evening of family-friendly fun with on-field games. Classic field day games such as sack races, tug-of-war, and inflatable obstacle courses will also fill the field. Guests will also enjoy entertainment from local musicians and modern takes on classic ballpark fare from Detroit’s top chefs and a spectacular fireworks display to close out the evening!

Great Lakes Legal Group Celebrates Its 1 Year Anniversary in Corktown

Great Lakes Legal Group Celebrates Its 1 Year Anniversary in Corktown

Launched in January 2018 by partners Attorney Ayanna Alcendor and Attorney Jehan Crump-Gibson, Great Lakes Legal Group is an African-American and female-owned law firm in Metro Detroit. The firm has two locations, one in Corktown and another in Oakland County. GLLG joined the thriving community of small businesses in Corktown in February 2018, with the opening of its 14th Street office at St. Vincent’s Corktown. The firm has been privileged to be a part of this diverse and historic community.

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The Corner Ballpark announces community hours




Detroit PAL launches Open Access Hours for the community at The Corner Ballpark presented by Adient. The initial Hours will be Monday through Thursdayfrom 11am - 2pm, beginning May 22nd.  Detroit PAL will continue to look for additional hours for the community and kids. 

Detroit PAL has a mission focus to build character in young people, so Kids will be First.  Detroit PAL is also committed to Corktown and the greater community. Partnerships and opportunities continue for people young and old to enjoy baseball games and other activities at the site of the Old Tiger Stadium.

Opening Day for Detroit PAL youth baseball & softball leagues is Saturday June 9th at 10am.  There will be many youth games during the week starting at 6pmfrom June through August.  The MSBL (Mens Senior Baseball League) has games at The Ballpark on May 22, 29, 31 and June 5.  There will be a Lacrosse Clinic for youth on Sunday, June 3rd at 11am.  A listing of events will be posted at the newly launched Corner Ballpark Facebook page so you can stay updated on all opportunities for the community to enjoy the space and activities.

Detroit PAL is looking forward to a great summer. Detroit’s Future is in Play!

Explore and learn on the Corktown Neighborhood Tour

The Corktown Neighborhood Tour will be on Sunday, June 3, from 12-5pm

This year’s tour promises to be one of our best! You will tour historic homes and buildings constructed during the 1840s to the early 1900s, well known Corktown landmarks like the beautiful Holy Trinity and the newly opened Old Tiger Stadium, and a much more!

You can pre-purchase tickets here. Tickets will be available at the Gaelic League, located at 2068 Michigan Avenue and The Farmer's Hand Market located at 1701 Trumbull Ave. Day of ticket sales begin at 11am on the day of the tour. Tickets are $15 and cash, credit or checks are accepted.

Spring into Corktown on May 19


We're getting really excited for our 2nd Annual Spring Into Corktown on Saturday, May 19th! Our neighbors and local businesses are putting together a really community focused day and we can't wait to spend the afternoon with you.

All photos from Spring into Corktown 2017 by Sarah Barthrow Photos.


1. MOTOR CITY MAKEOVER / 10am - 12pm
Volunteers meet at The Farmer’s Hand to sign in and enjoy complimentaryDetroit Institute of Bagels bagels and The Farmer's Hand coffee. Look for the The Happier Camper Information Station!

Participate in community togetherness with neighborhood flower planting and clean-up. Tools provided and donated by AmeriCorps and Brooks Lumber Co. & Ace Hardware - but if you have your own tools or supplies please bring them. Don’t forget your sunscreen and water!

We’re filling the park with movement, instruction and learning all day for all ages - come join us! 

12-1pm: Yoga with Citizen Yoga Detroit 
1-2pm: Solar Panel Workshop with IBEW Local 58 - Detroit 
2-3pm: Acro Yoga with True Body Fitness of Detroit
3-4pm: Hip Hop Class with Motor City Street Dance Academy 
4-5pm: Pop Up Dance Party with Detroit's Morning Beats

Stop by and say hi to our Council / State Representatives at their Mobile Office. They’ll be handing out t-shirts and engaging with neighbors. 

3. FOR THE KIDS / 1-6pm
Sponsored by Crossroads Consulting

Police Athletic League: 1-3pm
Come hang with Detroit PAL on the field at The Corner Ballpark. We’ll have field games and kite flying with Detroit Kite Festival sponsored by McShane's Pub & Whiskey Bar.

Stop by the creation station with Arts & Scraps where you can make hats and masks for the kids parade at 3pm lead by the Detroit Mounted Policealongside Heritage Works drummers. 

The Spring Into Corktown parade path will begin at Pal, travel down Michigan Avenue and end at Bagley and Trumbull. 

Family friendly activities at Bagley + Trumbull:
3:30-4pm / Story time
4-6pm / Face painting and games with Sandy's Land Entertainment, Remote Control Cars with Winner’s Circle Entertainment (sponsored by Ballet Real Estate), Germination Bracelets with 4H, Piñata with Mama Coo's Boutique

Hop on and off the McShane’s Buses throughout the day to enjoy a free historic tour with Corktown Experience. Includes stops at the Downtown Detroit Markets. 

Stops at: 
McShane’s, Eldorado / PAL, Gaelic league, Dean Savage Park / Trumbull + Porter, Bagley and Trumbull, Worker’s Row House, Downtown Detroit Markets, PJ Lager House / Brooklyn Street Local


Mudgie's Deli & Wine Shop / 10am-12pm
Planting at Murphy Playlot

Corktown Studios
Mural and Exhibition

Eldorado General Store / 1pm-5pm
The Good Rug Pop-Up
Make.Do.Studio Pop-Up and Mini Workshop: Make & Take Necklace

1444 Michigan Ave / 6pm-8pm
Progressive Poetry Pop-up
Food vendors and spoken word. Nourishment for the body and soul. No cover.

Trumbull and Porter Hotel Detroit / 6:30pm-9:30pm
Performance by acoustic artist Jason Charboneau

Bobcat Bonnie's
Spring Into Corktown Brunch
Bouncy house
Petting zoo

The Happier Camper
Follow the camper traveling throughout the neighborhood!

Mama Coo's Boutique
First 20 customers receive a tote with spring goodies
Thrifty Fair Trading Company Pop up - unique jewelry and accessories from upcycled materials in a fun Bohemian Gypsy Style. 


A big shout out to some our amazing donors and sponsors who make this volunteer-run event possible. Corktown Business AssociationRocket Fiber,Trumbull and Porter Hotel DetroitMcShane's Pub & Whiskey Bar, Crossroads Consulting, Heather McKeonThe Brooklyn Street LocalThe Farmer's HandEldorado General StoreThe Happier CamperCorktown ExperienceDetroit Institute of Bagels, AmeriCorps, Brooks Lumber Co. & Ace HardwareMudgie's Deli & Wine ShopBallet Real Estate

Spirit of Detroit presented to CBA

Debra Walker, Corktown resident and 2018 board member, nominated the CBA for the Spirit of Detroit award presented by the City Council of Detroit for:

"Promoting the Business and Economic Climate of Detroit's Historic Corktown area"


On Tuesday, February 6 CBA board president Deveri Gifford along with board members Dennis Fulton, Erin Gavle, and Debra Walker accepted the award at the City Council meeting.

Board member Matthew Buskard hosted a celebration lunch at Bobcat Bonnie's with residents and CBA members.


Thank you to City Council for recognizing our hard work and CBA members for all your effort to make Corktown the community we believe in!


Second Annual Corktown-a-Glow highlights collaboration between CBA and residents


The Second Annual Corktown-a-Glow took place on Saturday, December 9th throughout Corktown, Detroit.  The day-long event was filled with community spirit, Corktown history, a handful of falling snowflakes, and a dash of holiday magic.  Seeing so many people of all ages coming together to engage and participate in the Corktown-a-Glow festivities truly made it a Detroit holiday event not to be missed.

Our neighborhood-wide events always focus on highlighting our storied neighborhood history, our wonderful residents, the hardworking businesses, and community wins like new bike lanes and public art.  This year’s Corktown-a-Glow was no different and provided something for everyone.  Free Corktown history tours provided by Corktown Experience accompanied the complimentary Nemo’s shuttle service throughout the neighborhood. Restaurants responded with surprise specials while shops threw parties and hosted activities.  Photos with santa from Bondo Booth, marshmallow roasting by the open fire with The Farmer’s Hand, and Mudgie’s hot chocolate.  All Free.  Festive drum circles with Heritage Works, Christmas caroling with opera singer Giles Simmer.  Even the mounted police made an appearance! People enjoyed collecting their raffle prizes from Corktown Businesses.  And gathering gifts for our less fortunate Detroit neighbors.  The day is a true glimpse into the embodiment of community. 

Corktown-a-glow was created in 2016 stemming from this core idea; that creating spaces and experiences aimed at gathering people is a direct route to strengthening communities.  As Detroit continues to grow, this idea is key to the city’s continued success.  We’ve made community our purpose, having witnessed how it leads to positive change.  It’s our shared heartbeat here in Corktown.  As independent business owners, the Corktown Business Association wanted to do something that brought our neighbors together to celebrate the holiday season and to say ‘Thank You’ to the community that supports us all year round.   We wanted to welcome new guests and visitors to our neighborhood, in hopes to embark on a new holiday tradition. We’re proud, honored, and humbled to announce that this year the Corktown Business Association was presented a Certificate of Appreciation from the Detroit Police Department for “its commitment to families in the city of Detroit.”

Our goal is working…but it takes a village to plan an amazing neighborhood wide event. Want to get involved? If you or your business would like to help us keep growing our mission and event we’d love to work with you. Please reach out to join our events committee, sponsor or volunteer for our 2018 Corktown-a-Glow!  We can’t wait to hear from you.

A huge THANK YOU to our amazing sponsors and countless volunteers that helped make the 2nd Annual Corktown-a-Glow possible:

  • Trumbull + Porter
  • Takoi
  • Prince Concepts
  • Botaniq
  • Buhl Sport Detroit
  • Mudgie’s
  • Nemo’s
  • Brooklyn Street Local
  • The Farmer’s Hand
  • Eldorado General Store


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