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Quicken Loans Winter Blast Weekends

Fri., Jan. 18, 11 a.m., Sat., Jan. 19, 11 a.m., Sun., Jan. 20, 11 a.m., Mon., Jan. 21, 11 a.m., Fri., Jan. 25, 11 a.m., Sat., Jan. 26, 11 a.m., Sun., Jan. 27, 11 a.m., Fri., Feb. 8, 11 a.m., Sat., Feb. 9, 11 a.m., Sun., Feb. 10, 11 a.m., Fri., Feb. 15, 11 a.m., Sat., Feb. 16, 11 a.m. and Sun., Feb. 17, 11 a.m.

Cold weather blows, but winter can be a blast — and it is, thanks to Quicken Loans Winter Blast Weekends. Entering its 14th year, the fest will switch to a four-weekend, totally free admission format this year, continuing the tradition of wintery, family-friendly programming full of marshmallow-roasting, ice sculptures, free ice skating (on the first and last weekends), zip-lining, a Polar Plunge to support the Special Olympics, and the return of a festival favorite, the 30-foot slide. This year’s musical lineup welcomes headliners Thornetta Davis and Laith Al-Saadi, DJs as part of the Movement Music Festival showcase, as well as 30 other artists. free

2019 U.S. Figure Skating Championships

Jan. 19-27, 5:30 p.m.

Usually, when “Detroit” and “figure skating” share a sentence, the next names that usually follow are “Nancy Kerrigan” and “Tonya Harding.” Nearly 25 years since the infamous Cobo Arena knee-bashing (which also perhaps cemented the word “Whyyyyyy!” in pop culture history), the U.S. Figure Skating Championships returns to the city with a triple-axle-landing vengeance. The 2019 iteration will post up at Little Caesars Arena for a six-day, 15-session event during which champions will be crowned in women, men, pairs, and ice dance categories at Junior and Senior Championship levels. What’s at stake? Well, it’s the final qualifying event to determine the U.S. teams eligible for Olympic competition, that’s what. $15+

Cabaret 313

Sat., Jan. 26, 6:30 & 8:15 p.m.

Over the last two years, alumni of the University of Michigan Musical Theatre Program have been honored with a Tony Award, Academy Award and Grammy Award, among many others. More than 1,400 students apply for the 20 available slots in the program, making it one of the most sought-after and highly-selective in the country. Don't miss your change to see the University's best of the best in the heart of Detroit in a performance featuring tomorrow's stars of Broadway. $25+

Cupid's Undie Run

Sat., Feb. 9, 12 p.m.

Get naked for a good cause: this annual event sees Detroiters strip down to their skivvies for a mile-long run to raise money for research on neurofibromatosis, a rare genetic tumor disorder that affects 1 in 3,000 births. Runners take off from The Fillmore, do a lap through the cold downtown, and then head back to The Fillmore for an underwear party. $40-$50

The Fillmore (map)
2115 Woodward Ave.
Downtown Detroit
phone 313-961-5451
Cupid's Undie Run

Polar Plunge

Sat., March 2, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Another reason to get naked for a noble cause. In this case, you can say you took a plunge into the Detroit River in the middle of winter, which is probably one of the most Michigan things someone could possibly do. An "After Splash Bash" will be held at the Belle Isle Boat House immediately after. The Plunge, one of many held around the state, helps raise funds for more than 27,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. donations

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