‘EPIC’ Changes for NEXTGen Detroit’s Annual Big Event

NEXTGen Detroit drops the microphone and sets up a tent for its annual EPIC event – all part of a year-long 10-year anniversary celebration that is more about changing things than keeping traditions alive.

“An EPIC Night at the Carnival” is being completely reinterpreted and is ready to inspire.

nEXTGen Detroit drops the microphone and sets up a tent for its annual EPIC event – all part of a year-long 10-year anniversary celebration that is more about changing things than keeping traditions alive. An EPIC Night at the Carnival will be held on November 6th at the new M1 Concourse Event Center in Pontiac, brought to the community by Sue & Alan J. Kaufman & Family.

EPIC traditionally takes place every spring except last year due to COVID-19 and has consistently attracted more than 500 young Detroit Jewish people to celebrate and support their community. But with concerns about large indoor gatherings, NEXTGen took Detroit this year to reinvent EPIC, and the many innovations mean that even the most seasoned EPIC guests expect something new.

“The pandemic has made event planning an incredible challenge, but it has also pushed us to think outside the box and reinvent annual events that have taken their course,” said Adam Sherman, EPIC co-chair. “We loved sitting in a theater for a comedy show in the last eight EPICs, but we’re also ready for something fun and different.”

Standup comedians have been the main entertainment at all of the previous EPIC events held at the MGM Casino, the Renaissance Center, the State Theater and most recently the State Savings Bank in Detroit over the years. But this year EPIC has left the theater and is showing up at the M1 Concourse Event Center in the form of an evening carnival under an open-air tent that will be large enough for the expected 300 guests to enjoy the evening and spread out.

“We are very excited to be creating an EPIC Night at the Carnival in this new event space and are grateful that we can put this together in a COVID conscious and safe manner for our guests,” said Samantha Foon, EPIC co-chair. “We bring together the best elements of every carnival – the games and prizes, the characters and the entertainment, the excitement in the air, all the great fair food and of course we have some surprises up our sleeves.”

In addition to being a highly anticipated evening, EPIC is an opportunity for young Detroit Jewish people aged 21 to 45 to make a meaningful impact on their community. Each guest is encouraged to donate a minimum of US $ 100 to participate in the Federation’s annual 2022 campaign. For tickets and more information, visit jewishdetroit.org/EPIC.

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