Summer festival: Travel from Miami to the Detroit Jazz Festival

Summer festival: Travel from Miami to the Detroit Jazz FestivalPhoto: iStock
Published on July 24, 2019

Returning this year as it has every Labor Day weekend since 1981, the Detroit Jazz Festival offers a great reason to plan a visit to the Motor City.

With hundreds of acts spread between Hart Plaza and Campus Martius Park, the festival runs Aug. 30–Sept. 2 this year. Look for performances by Stanley Clarke, the Cameron Graves Quartet, Connie Han, Chucho Valdés and more. You'll also find fireworks, late-night jam sessions and opportunities to meet the artists. It's all free to enter.

Beyond the music, you can enjoy Detroit's indoor and outdoor art, historic theaters and noteworthy food and drink options.

It’s more doable than you think. According to travel site Skyscanner, there are plenty of flights from Miami to Detroit in that time frame, and the prices aren't too shabby.

So, if you're looking for a change of scenery, here are some deals to put on your radar. (Prices and availability are current as of publication and subject to change.)

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Cheapest Detroit flights

The cheapest flights between Miami and Detroit are if you leave on Aug. 30 and return from Michigan on Sept. 3. American Airlines currently has roundtrip tickets for $187.

If you fly out of Miami on Aug. 30 and return from Detroit on Sept. 4, American Airlines can get you there and back for $187 roundtrip.

Top Detroit hotels

To plan your stay, here are some of Detroit’s top-rated hotels, which were selected from Skyscanner's listings based on price and customer satisfaction.

The MotorCity Casino Hotel (2901 Grand River Ave.)

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If you're looking for an inexpensive place to stay, consider The MotorCity Casino Hotel. The hotel has a 4.7-star rating on Skyscanner, and rooms are currently available for $178.

This Detroit casino-hotel is near the Masonic Temple and Fox Theatre.

The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit (1114 Washington Blvd.)

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Another 4.7-star option is The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit, which has rooms for $179/night.

"The Westin Book Cadillac is an iconic hotel that embodies Detroit’s revolution. The Book Cadillac building was built in a neo-classical style ... the hotel rooms are luxurious and comfortable, featuring the heavenly bed, which is standard across all Westin properties," wrote Samantha.

The Atheneum (1000 Brush Ave.)

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The Atheneum is another affordable lodging option. The 4.7-star hotel has rooms for $129/night.

Situated right in Detroit, this family-friendly hotel is near Campus Martius Park, the GM Renaissance Center, Ford Field and Joe Louis Arena.

Featured Detroit restaurants

If you're looking for a notable spot to grab a bite, Detroit has plenty of excellent eateries to choose from. Here are a few from Skyscanner's listings to help you get started.

Green Dot Stables (2200 W. Lafayette Blvd.)

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For a popular option, check out Green Dot Stables, which has an average of five stars out of six reviews on Skyscanner.

"The menu [at] Green Dot Stables is very eclectic," wrote visitor Kenny. "This can lead to a fun meal of trying things you may not have considered normally."

Public House (241 W. 9 Mile Road)

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Another well-loved choice is Public House, with five stars out of five reviews.

"Cute little place that serves awesome sliders for a super low price," wrote reviewer Megan.

New Parthenon Restaurant (547 Monroe Ave.)

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If you're looking for a local favorite restaurant pick, head to New Parthenon Restaurant.

"As a former Detroiter, this is a place I love to visit when I come back," wrote Richard. "This is my favorite place to go in Greektown!"

Slows Bar BQ (2138 Michigan Ave.)

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Finally, there's Slows Bar BQ.

"Now, if you love baby back ribs, Slows has ribs that come sliding off the bone. So juicy. Need to try, it's so [good]," wrote Lou.

Featured Detroit attractions

Not sure what to do in Detroit, besides eat and drink? Here are a few recommendations, provided by Skyscanner.

The Detroit Institute of Arts (5200 Woodward Ave.)

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First up is The Detroit Institute of Arts.

Visit the Detroit Institute of Arts for a chance to immerse yourself in beautiful artwork and robust collections. The museum features over 60,000 pieces, including collections spanning the globe from America, Asia, Africa and Europe.

"What a fantastic house of art and culture," wrote visitor DJ. "This has to be one of the most unique and special museums in the U.S. ... A must-stop for all visiting or living in Detroit."

Motown Museum (2648 W. Grand Blvd.)

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Motown Museum is another popular destination.

"This is the original site of the birth of Motown music," wrote visitor Amanda. "The Motown Historical Museum has been preserved just as founder Berry Gordy left it in 1972, right down to his living area above the studio, which is basically a walk-in time capsule."

Greenfield Village (20900 Oakwood Blvd.)

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Last but not least, consider checking out Greenfield Village in the nearby city of Dearborn.

"This is a great place to spend the day learning about history. Lots of demos of glass blowing, pottery making, weaving, machinery, etc. My favorite was Edison's workshop and also all the Model T cars driving around. A great family place," wrote visitor Yvonne.  

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