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It's back! The Detroit Design Festival, September 22-26, is North America’s festival of independent design. With over 500 designers, 25,000 attendees and 30 Design Happenings, the DDF is the time to celebrate Detroit’s role as a global center of design and creativity. Concentrated in Detroit’s Creative Corridor and various neighborhoods throughout the city, events and installations will showcase Detroit’s cutting-edge design with the rest of the world. Events are catered to both those in the industry, as well as those who simply love the creative energy in and around Detroit—take a look at the full schedule here.

  • Tuesday, September 22

INDUSTRY DAYS—A two-day mini conference featuring lectures, panels and industry events for Detroit's design professionals, 9am-6pm.

    • Track 1: Design + Community
    • Track 2: Design + Manufacturing 
  • Wednesday, September 23

INDUSTRY DAYS—A two-day mini conference featuring lectures, panels and industry events for Detroit's design professionals, 9am-6pm.

    • Track 3: Design + Architecture
    • Track 4: Design + Policy
  • Thursday, September 24

UMA REGIONAL GATHERING (Urban Manufacturing Alliance)—Midwest Regional Convening, 9am-6pm.

EASTERN MARKET AFTER DARK—An evening of open studios and explorations. Sponsored by FCA US LLC and Ally Financial Inc., 7-11pm.

  • Friday, September 25

DESIGN VILLAGE—DDF's pop-up marketplace for independent design, 10am-4pm.

DETROIT MADE WORKSHOPS—In-studio workshops and demonstrations with Detroit's makers and craftsmen, 10am-5pm.

  • Saturday, September 26

DDF UNDER THE CUT—Five large scale installations inspired by the theme of "play" on the Dequindre Cut Greenway. Programmed in partnership with the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, 8am-11pm.

DESIGN VILLAGE—DDF's pop-up marketplace for independent design, 10am-10pm.

YOUTH DAY—Join Detroit’s next generation of design stars at the Dequindre Cut Greenway Trail for an afternoon of design education and exploration. Please note that the activities will be located in a tent across from the Outdoor Adventure Center, 10am-4pm.

"Independent happenings" affiliated with DDF include Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History; Design Inside and Out of the Carr CenterCreative Mornings/Detroit presents—Veronika Scott on Empathy and Design; Wasserman Projects Grand OpeningMetabolism by Cristin Richard; a walking tour of Lafeyette Park; and so many more! 

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