Detroit Murals in the Market Walking Tour in Eastern Market

Some of the best experiences I’ve had in Detroit up until now have involved murals. The stories they tell, the design and creativity of, and the simple fact that you can touch and interact with them has made for eye-opening experiences when in the city. Recently I was invited by Feet on the Street Tours to go on an Eastern Market mural tour. Of course I jumped at the chance!

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

During a two-week period every year at the market is the world-renowned Murals in the Market, an international mural and public arts festival. Artists of all ages and skill sets from all over the world converge on Eastern Market to create dozens of new murals. They decorate the streets of this historic market and neighborhood.

The Feet on the Street’s “Murals in the Market Walking Tour” I did took place right after this festival.

Tip: Head down to Eastern Market during the festival to catch the artists in action, watching new murals come to life.

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Becky, the Business Manager for Feet on the Street, was our tour guide for the two-hour walk. She was very informative throughout, telling us not just about some of the pieces and their backstories, but also gave a lot of good information about the festival and Eastern Market. You could definitely tell the passion she has for this neighborhood and Detroit. Things were kept light, as there was lots of laughter throughout.

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

As we were walking we passed by random coffee spots, meat, produce and international markets, breweries, and a lot more. Add In fruits, vegetables, Christmas trees, plants, etc. if you are touring here on a farmers market day. The hustle-and-bustle and all the people just walking around experiencing this part of Detroit is refreshing to see.

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

The tour began and ended along Russell Street in the heart of the market. In between a few pieces, amongst the dozens we took in, caught my eye.

The most Instagrammed mural currently in the area is this 2017 festival edition from Brandan “BMike” Odums from New Orleans and Detroit-based Rick Williams. You can find it at the corner of Adelaide and Orleans.

Murals in the Market, Eastern Market, Detroit, Brandan BMike Odums mural

One that has been around a few years right along Russell Street is “Flyboys” by Hebru Brantley. I check it out every time I am down here.

Flyboys mural, Hebru Brantley in Eastern Market, Detroit

I had no idea murals could go 3-D?! Detroit-based artist Ellen Rutt brings various shapes and colors to life in an alley off Orleans between Adelaide and Winder Streets.

Murals in the Market, 3-D mural by Ellen Rutt, Eastern Market, Detroit

I will let the rest of the murals and Eastern Market scenes tell the story.

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Todays tour just added to the memorable Detroit mural walk experiences I’ve enjoyed. I highly recommend checking out the Detroit Eastern Market murals, even if on your own.

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Feet on the Street gives other Eastern Market tours, like their “Come Hungry, Leave Happy” food tour, which I have experienced. Private, customized Detroit tours for various size groups are also offered. You can find Feet on the Street on Facebook and Twitter.

Checkout The First Detroit Mural Photo Walk I did many years ago.

Have you ever gone on a city mural walk? Any that you would recommend?

7 responses to “Detroit Murals in the Market Walking Tour in Eastern Market

  1. A Google map tracing the route to take would be an awesome addition to this already great post.

    • Aaron - elATLboy

      Nice suggestion! Will have to look into that. 🙂 There are a lot of scenic alleys and streets in Eastern Market. It will be cool to help guide people to my wonderful Detroit experience.

  2. It seems like the neighborhood has gotten a lot more colorful since I last visited. I’ll have to stop by next time I’m roadtripping through Michigan. 🙂

    • Aaron - elATLboy

      It does every year (maybe every day). And it’s just not the additional murals. More shops and people are gravitating to that Detroit neighborhood. You’d love the market vibe! Eastern Market strives to maintain it’s unique indentity. It is the oldest continuous market in the US. 🙂

  3. jasonlikestotravel

    Some incredible pieces there. It’s good to see a side of Detroit I’ve never really heard much about too 🙂

    • Aaron - elATLboy

      It’s amazing, what I posted is just the tip of the iceberg to what is in Eastern Market mural wise. It’s highly recommended if ever in Detroit. This market is massive. So many dining, restaurant and market choices down here. Breweries, coffee shops popping up too.

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