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Community Events

Enjoy a group bike ride with some birding, history and beers on Sunday, February 25 as part of Bike the Blizzard, the annual fundraiser for Back Alley Bikes. The ride starts at the LOVE Building at 12 p.m. and includes a post-cemetery stop at Brewery Faison. In partnership with Back Alley Bikes and the Detroit Bird Alliance. Get more info or sign up here!

Free public walking tours of Elmwood Cemetery are held every month from March to October. In March, in honor of Women's History Month, the walk will focus on notable women of Elmwood: activists, artists, politicians, philanthropists, journalists, suffragists and more. Sunday, March 24 at 10 a.m. Learn more and register here.

Join the Detroit Bird Alliance and the Historic Elmwood Foundation for a birding walk at the cemetery. We will walk the grounds to identify the species we see throughout the cemetery and discuss bird migration, habitats and highlights of Elmwood's history. Tours begin at 8:30 a.m. Bring your own binoculars or Detroit Bird Alliance will have some on-hand to borrow. We will gather in the chapel following the walk for refreshments and discussion.

To register, visit the Detroit Bird Alliance's Eventbrite or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

Free public walking tours of Elmwood Cemetery are held every month from March to October. In April, we'll celebrate spring with a tour that explores the symbolism of plants and flowers in memorial art and visits gravesites of notable figures in Michigan's floral history. Sunday, April 21 at 10 a.m. Learn more and register here.

Extended hours for grounds access beginning May 1 are through September 15, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Join us for a tour of Detroit's first certified Arboretum! You'll learn more about the history of Elmwood Cemetery, its landscape (Frederick Law Olmsted was here), and the 90+ species of trees in this serene, green oasis in the heart of the city. Certified master arborist Todd Fleishans co-leads this tour to share information about Elmwood's notable trees and teach some tree ID basics. Sunday, May 5 at 10 a.m. Learn more and register here.

Join the Detroit Bird Alliance and the Historic Elmwood Foundation for a birding walk at the cemetery. We will walk the grounds to identify the species we see throughout the cemetery and discuss bird migration, habitats and highlights of Elmwood's history. Tours begin at 8:30 a.m. Bring your own binoculars or Detroit Bird Alliance will have some on-hand to borrow. We will gather in the chapel following the walk for refreshments and discussion.

To register, visit the Detroit Bird Alliance's Eventbrite or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

May 27th – Memorial Day 
Please stop outside the office and take a complementary carnation to adorn your loved one's grave.  Please only take one carnation per grave site. Supplies are limited. We hope our families will enjoy this meaningful sign of support and understanding.

Fall/Winter Hours begin. Grounds access from 8:30 – 4:00 daily.

Adorn your loved one’s grave with a wreath this winter. They are made from natural, freshly cut evergreen boughs decorated in seasonal colors. Wreaths are 18” in diameter with a beautiful all weather red bow and 5 pinecones, on a stand. Contact our office by calling 313/567-3453. Elmwood's grounds crew will place the wreath on your loved one's grave.

All are welcome to join the Elmwood community as Reverend Steven J. Kelly, Pastor of St. John’s Episcopal Church Detroit, leads a service to honor those who have passed away. A walking tour is available beginning at 9:00 a.m. at no charge for those who are interested. 

Elmwood's annual public Veterans Day celebration will be held in partnership with Detroit Public Schools and the Detroit Historic Civil War Society.

Join us as we honor those currently serving and those who have served our country. Special recognition is given to the members of the Civil War's USCT 102nd who was the first black troop to fight for the Union from Michigan.

More details to be confirmed in spring 2024.

Or perhaps, you would like to enjoy Elmwood on your own or with a group of friends. Each year, we are visited by those who choose to picnic alongside our restored pond, run or bicycle on our roads, watch for the migration of birds in Michigan, photograph our unique memorials, walk along our beautiful grounds appreciating our outdoor sculpture garden, the perennials, and majestic trees, or simply contemplate this quiet setting in the heart of Detroit.

Cemetery Hours
Grounds Access
May 1 – September 15         7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Daily
September 16 – April 30       8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Daily

Office Hours
Weekdays       9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Saturdays       9:00 a.m. – noon
The office is closed on Sundays but the grounds are open.