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Come springtime in Detroit, the city streets will be flooded with costumed revelers preparing to do what they've come to do every year in Midtown - banish the Nain Rouge.

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Making the most of Detroit’s arts and culture scene takes planning. Luckily, we’ve assembled a guide to Detroit’s arts and culture hot spots, no matter where you are on the map. Get ready to navigate the city’s cultural districts like a pro. Even your Instagram followers will be impressed.

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NewCenterPark Movie DougCoombe

Summer in the Motor City is in full swing, and so is the programming at one of Detroit’s most vibrant community pocket parks, New Center Park.

While it may still be considered one of the city’s best-kept secrets, the park has played a critical role in the development of the area north of Midtown for the last five years.

New Center Park offers a jam-packed schedule of live music, movie nights, events and more that makes it the perfect place to spend a hot summer night.

If you haven’t been to New Center Park yet this year, here are three things you won’t want to miss:

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Concert of Colors Arab American National Museum

Metro Detroit is proudly teeming with culture: its food, festivals and, most importantly, its people. The Concert of Colors, Midtown Detroit’s diversity music festival, allows the community to celebrate this diversity. Presented by the Arab American National Museum and now in its 23rd year, this free fest brings together crowds of all cultures to experience music from around the globe.

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NainRouge2 Kate Sassak

For more than 300 years, Detroiters have been fighting the fabled harbinger of doom: the Nain Rouge (Red Dwarf). According to legend, this devilish creature attacked Detroit’s first settler, Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, in 1701. Although Cadillac fought him off, the French explorer soon lost his fortune and fled the city. The Nain Rouge is held responsible for whatever problems have plagued the city since. However, Cadillac’s courage and endurance against the Nain represent the courage and endurance of the city he founded.

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