August 9, 2014 at 1:00 am

48 hours: The best of things to do in Metro Detroit

See an interactive stage show about dinosaurs this weekend at The Palace. (Brendon Thorne / Getty Images)

The Big Three

1. “Walking with Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular” at The Palace of Auburn Hills: Learn about the age of the dinosaur at this interactive stage show. 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. today and 1 and 5 p.m. Sun. $19.50-$59.50. 6 Championship, Auburn Hills. (248) 377-0100.

2. Ribs and R&B Music Festival at Hart Plaza: Enjoy some sweet barbecued meats while listening to live music. Today’s headliners are Kimmie Horne and Steven Russell Harts. Sunday catch Chante Moore and Deon Yates. Noon-midnight today-Sun. Free before 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun., $5 after. Jefferson at Woodward,

3. Oabi Beach Fest at Belle Isle Beach: Here’s a summer music and beer festival that adds some fun recreation into the mix. Tool around Belle Isle on a stand-up paddleboard or kayak (bring your own or rent for free), in addition to live music, craft beer and food trucks. Macpodz, Erno the Inferno and Brian Sheehan are scheduled to entertain. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. today. $15 in advance, $25 day of, $35 OABI race. Belle Isle entrance on Jefferson at East Grand Boulevard, Detroit. (248) 671-3122 or

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a.m. Don’t miss the 16th annual Royal Oak Corn Roast & Country Fair at the Royal Oak Farmers Market. Enjoy work by local artisans, sipping hand-squeezed lemonade and eating fresh roasted corn. While there, you can shop for fresh fruits and organic produce, eggs and chicken, all in support of local farmers. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. today. Free. 316 E. 11 Mile, Royal Oak. Call (248) 246-3079.

a.m. The fifth annual Celebrating a Healthier Detroit Expo will be held at Kids Row, a playscape on Belle Isle Park next to the Giant Slide. Free activities include youth dental screenings, back-to-school immunization, pre-diabetes education, book bags and first aid kits, health seminars, youth health services, healthy cooking demonstrations, fitness clinics, a DJ and live entertainment. There will also be hourly giveaways and prizes. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. today. Free admission. Jefferson at the foot of East Grand Boulevard, Detroit. Call (313) 475-8774 or visit

p.m. He’s performed at comedy clubs all across the country, now see stand-up comic Nathan Timmel when he brings his act to Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle. Timmel has also recorded several comedy CD’s, performed in Seoul, South Korea, and overseas for American Troops eight times. 310 S. Troy, Royal Oak. 8 (doors open at 7 p.m.), 10:30 tonight. $18. Call (248) 542-9900 or visit

Today / Sunday

a.m. The skies above Willow Run Airport will be full of activity this weekend for the return of the Thunder Over Michigan. This year’s performers include the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team, P-15 Mustang and Bell P-63 Kingcobra demos and more. On the ground, check out the World War II battle reenactment and a kids’ play area. Today-Sun. $35, free for kids 15 and younger, parking is $10 in advance, $15 at the gate. Ticket packages are available at 801 Willow Run Airport, Ypsilanti Township.

p.m. Experience colorful sights and sounds at the Caribbean Cultural Festival at New Center Park, hosted by the Caribbean Cultural & Carnival Organization (CCCO). Singer Kevin Lyttle will perform live on Saturday. Haiti will be this year’s featured country, and highlights include DJs, live bands and dance performances. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. today and 3-10 p.m. Sunday. $5 donation. 2990 W. Grand Blvd. near Woodward, Detroit. Call (313) 255-2226.


p.m. Treat the family to an old-fashioned ice cream social and open house event at the Troy Nature Society. 1-3 p.m. Sunday. Rain or shine. Admission is free, however, guests are asked to pre-register by calling (248) 688-9703. 6685 Coolidge Highway, Troy. Call (248) 688-9703 or visit

Jocelynn Brown

There will be plenty of barbecue and live music this weekend at the Ribs ... (Detroit News file photo)
The Oabi Beach Fest at Belle Isle Beach today features stand-up ... (Todd McInturf / The Detroit News)