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.
Noel Night activities take place in Midtown Detroit, from Ferry Street to the north, Edmund Place to the south, St. Antoine to the east and Third Avenue to the west. Woodward Avenue is closed to traffic between Antoinette Street to the north and Warren Avenue to the south. There is free shuttle service that runs continually between parking decks and participating venues, as well as plenty of parking in area lots and structure.
Directions to Midtown from the Major Freeways
For those visitors coming from the north and south driving on I-75, we encourage you to use an alternative exit rather than the Warren Avenue exit to avoid the high volume of traffic on Noel Night. In addition, we encourage people to avoid driving into Midtown on John R as it gets backed up every year due to traffic.
Please see the directions below for suggested driving routes.
Driving Southbound/Northbound I-75 (Chrysler Freeway)
1 Take the Mack Avenue Exit 52.
2 Turn left onto Mack Avenue and drive west five blocks to Woodward Avenue.
Driving Southbound/Northbound M-10 (The Lodge)
1 Take the Forest/Warren Avenue Exit 3.
2 Turn left on Forest (which is one-way heading east).
3 Drive east four blocks to Woodward Avenue.
Best Bets for Parking at Noel Night
Each year at Noel Night, we experience traffic gridlock in the Midtown district—resulting in 1 hour + delays for visitors in their pursuit to find parking. This year will be no different. Wayne State University Police will be out assisting with traffic control this year; however, we want to ensure that each visitor has the best experience possible during the short five hours of this amazing event. Please take the following recommendations into consideration:
1 ARRIVE EARLY
This includes for parking and the performance that you want to see. In some instances, this may mean 2 hours early.
2 ENTER MIDTOWN FROM THE I-75 MACK AVENUE EXIT or the M-10 FOREST EXIT
This is the first year that Woodward will be completely open on Noel Night. Please Note: The Woodward Avenue Bandstand will be located on Wayne State University's campus at the corner of Woodward and Warren Avenues.
We also encourage people to avoid driving into Midtown on John R--every year it gets backed up due to the volume of traffic.
3 PREPARE TO WALK
It is better to park in one of the structures on the outskirts of the event footprint and walk towards Woodward Avenue—a 10-15 minute walk is better than being stuck in traffic for 1 hour or more. Not only will you get a good workout, but you will also be able to access the highways quicker on departure, rather than if you parked in the heart of the district. Make sure to also dress warm and in layers.
4 PARKING COSTS $
Unless you're one of the lucky ones and have a complimentary parking pass or find free parking on the streets (a rarity!), please be prepared to pay anywhere between $7-10 for parking in the structures. Those parking structures closest to the Detroit Institute of Arts generally charge $10. Please see our recommendations below for best places to park.
5 PARKING TICKETS ARE NOW $45
It’s best to just avoid this situation. Park only in parking structures or lots that are well marked and secured, or on streets that have signage that clearly indicate the rules for parking there.
Recommended Parking Structures & Lots
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 Noel Night.
- 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
- 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
- Wayne State University Parking Lot 72
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