In metro Detroit, Tigers Opening Day is an unofficial regional holiday and this year it is on Thursday, April 4.  Per usual, many will take time off from work, skip school or put obligations on hold to attend the game.  It is a great time with great energy and it can be costly indulging in the events.  Below are some events on Opening Day that are free:

The Skip: This open-air craft cocktail lounge in the Belt will be open and pouring earlier than usual with DJs Sam Morykwas and Nick Speed setting the mood. 11 a.m. No cover. Between Library and Broadway, Detroit.

Detroit Foundation Hotel: Patio party with cash bar, complimentary ballpark foods and free shuttles to Comerica Park. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 250 W. Larned, Detroit. (313) 800-5500.

Beacon Park: This family-friendly party has games, kids crafts, food, a DJ, cash bar and a big screen inside a heated tent. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. No cover. 1901 Grand River, Detroit. (313) 566-8250.

Second Best: Tent party with drink specials and food. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. No cover. 42 Watson, Detroit. (313) 315-3077.