First, fair basics: the DUCF Facebook event page has everything you need to know. Saturday December 1st, 10am-7pm and Sunday December 2nd, 11am-6pm. It's at the Detroit Masonic Temple (at Cass and Temple) in the Drill Room. There are two lots to park in, parking is $6, and there's a lot attendant. Once you're inside the Masonic Temple, crafty signs will point you to the fair (hint, you'll have to take an elevator, and you'll probably want to get a little lost and check out the beautiful building).
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If you just want to start your day with coffee, check out the new Great Lakes Coffee. They're open late, so if you need evening coffee, that's the place. Also new is Cafe con Leche del Este, a pop-up coffee shop in Lafayette Park. I know the Batata shop frequently sets up shop there, so you might get some sweet potato waffles if you're lucky.
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I could list a bunch of places to shop, because a bunch of them just opened up in the city, but I'm saving that for next week. The DUCF is only this weekend, are you kidding? Get back there!
If you want an evening adventure, Noel Night is happening on Saturday. It's like a giant Midtown open house. The streets are packed with people, and it shouldn't be too cold to walk around comfortably this weekend. Here's a schedule of every event happening, and if you're looking for a place to eat right in the epicenter, I would try Traffic Jam & Snug or Motor City Brewing Works. We tried to go to MCBW last year, and there was GIANT crown of people in the middle of Canfield St., following the the Detroit Party Marching Band making a lot of racket (and I mean that in the best way possible!), and it was a little too much excitement for this tired DUCF vendor, so we headed to the much calmer Mudgies, which a lot of people think of as a lunch place but don't realize that they have really good dinners too and are open until 9pm. But if you like all that excitement, I really recommend exploring Noel Night. The Detroit Bus Company will be shuttling people to various nightlife places from Noel Night, so if you still want more adventure, I would check out their schedule.
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For a list of places to stay the night, refer to the 2011 guide, and for more places to eat/get coffee ect., here's 2010 and 2009. Have an amazing time!