Martin Luther King Day Events 2023

PHOTO CREDIT - DIA A still from King: A Filmed Record...Montgomery to Memphis

Martin Luther King Day Events 2023 Metro Detroit – Metro Detroit, Michigan events and activities honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. MLK Day 2023 is Monday, January 16. In addition to the celebrations, I’ve also included some school’s out fun things to do for kids.

PHOTO CREDIT (with permission) – Detroit Institute of Arts. A still from King – A Filmed Record…Montgomery to Memphis

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Martin Luther King Day Events 2023 Metro Detroit

Sunday, January 15, 2023 at 1p
Milford Martin Luther King Jr Day Events – MLK March on Main Street
Prospect Hill Shopping Center (512 Highland Ave, Milford Charter Twp, MI 48381)
Grab your family and friends and head downtown to join us for the 18th annual March on Main Street in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Lineup begins at 12:30 p.m. in the Kroger parking lot. The march begins at 1 p.m. and will conclude at the The Suzanne Haskew Arts Center. Hosted by Huron Valley MLK Day.

Monday, January 16, 2023 at 8:30a
Auburn Hills Dr Martin Luther King Jr Day Events – MLK Day Event
Auburn Hills Community Center (1827 N. Squirrel Road, Auburn Hills, MI 48309)
Community-wide celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. a community-wide celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Operation Cover Me for Grace Centers of Hope. Theme for 2023 is “HOPE”. Community Challenge: challenge the citizens of Auburn Hills to commit to taking steps that promote beauty, love, and justice in the community and beyond. Auburn Hills is in need of 1.5-yard sections of fleece to make tie fleece blankets to donate to Grace Centers of Hope. Also, will accept blankets already made. For more info, visit

Monday, January 16, 2023 at 9a
Westland Martin Luther King Jr Events – MLK Celebration and Rememberance Walk
Westland City Hall (7550 Woodview St, Westland, MI 48185)
The City will start with a remembrance walk to commemorate his life and legacy followed by our annual ceremony to express how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had inspired us, what his message means to us, and to help inspire people to continue with his message and help make the world a more inclusive and righteous place for us and our children to live in. For more info, visit

Monday, January 16, 2023 at 9a
Southfield Martin Luther King Jr Day Event – MLK Drive for Freedom, Justice & Equity
Hope United Methodist Church (26275 Northwestern Highway, Southfield, MI)
The peace drive gather and depart from Hope United at 9a. For more information, call the MLK Task Force hotline at 248-924-9MLK or visit

Monday, January 16, 2023 at 9:30a
Berkley Martin Luther King Jr Day Events – MLK Day Event
Berkley High School (2325 Catalpa, Berkley, MI)
On January 16, at Berkley High School, students, staff, and community members are invited to take part in a Day On to honor Dr. King’s legacy. Both Berkley Schools and Royal Oak students are collaborating on this event that will include speakers, the Detroit Youth Choir, testimonials on what Dr. King and his “I have a dream” speech mean to you, and a Freedom March around the school. March begins at 9:30a.. For more info, schedule of events, click here.

Monday, January 16, 2023 from 10a – all day
Farmington / Farmington Hills Martin Luther King Jr Day Event – Martin Luther King Day Celebration
Farmington Community Library (32737 W 12 Mile Rd Farmington Hills, MI 48334-3302)
All events at the Main Library take place in the Auditorium, unless otherwise noted.
Annual Dr Martin Luther King Jr celebration includes activities and events for all ages!
10a – Make peace signs and banners – Main Library browsing room
11a – Peace walk down 12 Mile Rd
11:45a – Remarks from Officials
noon – Keynote Speakers: Tom Marsh and Tom Daniels, co-authors of Black and White Like You and Me (Books will be available for purchase and signing following the program, $15 cash or check)
2p – The Movement of Freedom Performance
3:30p – FPS Dance Co Performance
6:30p – Student Community Challenge Showcase and Award Ceremony
For more info visit

Monday, January 16, 2023 from 10a-2p
Hazel Park Events – Celebrate & Remember Dr Martin Luther King, Jr
Hazel Park Junion High (22770 Highland Ave, Hazel Park, MI 48039)
Program & awards from 10a-11a. From 11a-2p is a traveling Black History Exhibit on display at Hazel Park Jr High. Hosted by Hazel Park Schools.

Monday, January 16, 2023 at 1p
Detroit Martin Luther King Jr Day Event – DIA MLK Day Events
Detroit Institute of Arts at the Detroit Film Theatre (John R Entrance)
Detroit Film Theatre – “King: A Filmed Record… Montgomery to Memphis” 1p
Constructed from a wealth of archival footage, this Oscar®-nominated documentary follows Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from 1955 to 1968, in his rise from regional activist to world-renowned leader of the Civil Rights movement. Rare footage of King’s speeches, protests and arrests are interspersed with scenes of high-profile supporters and opponents of the cause. Restored to full-length by the Library of Congress, the complete version is a national treasure that gives viewers an appreciation of the personal challenges King endured and the cultural legacy he left behind. For more info, visit

Martin Luther King Day Events 2023 – School’s Out Fun For Kids


Monday, January 16, 2023 from 9a-4p (before & after care available)
Southfield Martin Luther King Jr Day Events – MLK School Break Camp
Franklin Athletic Club (29350 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield, MI 48034, (248-352–8000 ext 222, website)
For ages 3-12. Schools out for MLK Day. Reserve your child’s space for our Day Camp. A full day of activities that include bounce houses, games, swimming, crafts and so much more! contact to register. Limited space available.

January 16 from 7a-6p
Royal Oak Holiday Break Events – South Oakland YMCA MLK Holiday Break Camp
South Oakland YMCA (1016 W Eleven Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067, 248-733-5609, website)
Enjoy sports, arts and crafts, swimming and more! Before and after available. Sign up for 1 day or the whole week. For ages 4-14. Pre-registration required. Call 248-733-5609 for cost info and to register.

Monday, January 16, 2023 from 7a-6p daily
Birmingham Christmas Break Events – Birmingham YMCA Holiday Break Camp
Birmingham Family YMCA (400 E Lincoln Street, Birmingham, MI 48009, 248-644-9036, website)
When school is out, fun is in at the Y. When you sign up for spring break camp, you can trust that your child is in a safe, engaging environment while participating in enriching activities. School break camps are for children ages 5 to 12. Pre-registration required. Call 248-644-9036 for cost info and to register.

Monday, January 16, 2023 from
Oxford MLK Day Events – MLK Break at Urban Air
Urban Air Oxford (925 N Lapeer Rd, Oxford Charter Township, MI 48371,
Go Kart’s and holiday break bouncing fun. Hours for Urban Air – 4p-8p.

Monday, January 16, 2023 (all day)
Oakland County Parks MLK JR Day Events – Oakland County Parks FREE Admission Day
All Oakland County Parks Division Parks (see list in description)
Oakland County Parks and Recreation offers complimentary park entry to all guests in honor of Veterans Day. Addison Oaks Park/Day Use, Highland Oaks, Independence Oaks Park, Lyon Oaks Park/Day Use, Lyon Oaks Dog Park, Orion Oaks Park/Day Use, Orion Oaks Dog Park, Red Oaks Dog Park, Rose Oaks. Visitors can enjoy free daily park entry with access to natural areas, trails, dog parks and all park amenities. Park hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset, or as posted at the park. For more info, call 1-888-OCParks. MORE INFO / PARK LOCATIONS

Monday, January 16, 2023 from 10a-11p
Rochester Hills Martin Luther King Jr Day Events – Bowling Specials
Avon North Hill Lanes (150 West Tienken Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48306, 248-651-8544, website)
Open bowling and bumper bowling daily throughout the MLK weekend, with our Glow Bowling lights & music for families on MLK Day, from 10a until 11p. Hungry Howies pizza will also be available all day.

Monday, January 16, 2023 from 10a-5p
School’s Out Fun – FREE Cranbrook Institute of Science Admission
Cranbrook Institute of Science (39221 Woodward Avenue, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48303, 248-645-3200, website)
General admission is FREE for all guests. Learn about T. rex, Life on Earth, minerals, meteorites, and more. For more info, visit

Monday, January 16, 2023 from 1p-5p
Oakland Twp Martin Luther King Jr Day Events – Lost Lake Sledding Hill MLK Day
Lost Lake Park (846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland, Michigan 48363, 248-651-4440 ext 299)
The BEST sled hill in Oakland County has their warming shelter open for some school’s out sledding! Make sure you call the sledding hotline at 248-651-4440 ext 299 before you head out to make sure the sled hill will be open! Review, Pics, Video.

Monday, January 16, 2023 from 1p-2:30p
Rochester Hills Martin Luther King Jr Day Events – Snowfort & Campfire
Bloomer Park (345 John R Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48309)
Come dressed for the weather and ready to work and build an igloo-style snow fort. No snow? No problem. Create a fort made from other natural materials instead. Deconstruct the fort at the end and talk a bit about “leaving no trace”. A campfire and hot chocolate will also be provided. This is a family program so bring the kids and enjoy the day off school. $7 per person. For ticket info, visit eventbrite or visit

This page is intended to be used as a guide. Oakland County Moms does not endorse these events. Oakland County Moms is not responsible for changes to event descriptions, event times or being altered without notice or cancellations.

See our Events / Things To Do tab for more events, activities and things to do in Oakland County and Metro Detroit Michigan.

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