July 26, 2014 at 1:00 am

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

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band play Com erica Park tonight. John Fogerty opens the show. (Ron Jenkins / MCT)

The Big Three

1. Maker Faire at The Henry Ford:

See what can be created with music, electronics, metal, food, cloth, paint and more when imaginations run wild at this annual indoor and outdoor event. This year the museum hosts “Close Encounters of the Synth Kind” to honor the 50th anniversary of the Moog synthesizer. 9 a.m. Sat.-Sun. $28, $26 seniors and $19 ages 5-12. 20900 Oakwood, Dearborn. makerfairedetroit.com.

2. Sterlingfest at City Center Campus in Sterling Heights:

Arts and crafts, historic house tours, a midway and live blues, jazz and classic rock bands are all on deck for this year’s Sterlingfest. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. today. Free. Dodge Park and Utica roads, Sterling Heights. (586) 446-2489.

3. Jimmy Buffett at Comerica Park:

Beachcomber Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band will jam classic pop songs “Margaritaville” and “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” two of his most popular hits. Buffett also has restaurant chains named after the tunes. Creedence Clearwater Revival guitarist John Fogerty opens the show. 7 tonight. $39-$179. 2100 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 962-4000.

Melody Baetens


a.m. Bargain hunters won’t want to miss “Day on the Town,” Birmingham’s largest sale event of the year. The 10-hour sidewalk sale will be highlighted with a kids’ bike parade, social media contests, live entertainment and a Corvette Generation Car Show with more than 100 cars. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Maple, downtown Birmingham. Call (248) 530-1200.

p.m. Grab your cowboy hat and head to Trenton for a day of twangy fun at New Country on the River at Elizabeth Park. The music starts at 1 p.m. today with Allan Craig Miller and the Nashville Machine, followed by Dani Vitany and Ten Hands Tall, Jo Caine and Ty Stone. Lonestar closes out the night at 7 p.m. Free. Parking is a $5 donation to Wayne County Parks. West Jefferson, south of West Road, Trenton. Call (734) 261-1990.

p.m. Rapture Dance Project presents “City Lights,” a Charlie Chaplin-inspired romantic comedy for the entire family, at Meadow Brook Theater. 8 tonight. $25. 207 Wilson, Oakland University, Rochester. Call (248) 377-3300 or visit RaptureDanceProject.com.

p.m. Catch an outdoor salsa dance party featuring Duane Wrenn & Energetic Soul Dancers at New Center Park. Free. 9-11 tonight. Doors open at 8 p.m. 2998 West Grand Blvd., Detroit. Visit NewCenterPark.com.


a.m. HotWorks.Org presents the 12th annual Orchard Lake Fine Art Show. Original artwork for sale will include paintings, clay, glass, sculpture, jewelry, photography, wood, fiber and more. There will be a youth competition for ages 5 to 12, sponsored by the Institute for the Arts & Education, with $250 in awards. This show was voted among the top 100 art shows nationwide for seven consecutive years. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. today and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. $5. Free for those 12 and younger. Call (248) 684-2613 or visit hotworks.org.

p.m. The banks of the St. Clair River will be alive with excitement for the ninth annual St. Clair Riverfest, presented by Meijer. Enjoy lots of family fun, including performances by Loverboy, John Waite with the Rockets, offshore boat races (Sunday at noon) and more. Noon-midnight today and noon-8 p.m. Sunday. Free. Riverside Drive, Downtown St. Clair. Visit stclairriverfest.com, or for the boat race schedule, visit oparacing.org/race4.html.


a.m. The 36th annual Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s will be held at the Inn at St. John’s. “The Evolution of the Sports Car” will be featured, with focus on the fastest American and European sports cars. 9 a.m. today and 10 a.m. Sunday. 44045 Five Mile, Plymouth. Visit concoursusa.org for a schedule of activities and ticket prices.

p.m. Stop by the Janice Charach Gallery of the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit for a viewing of its newest exhibit, “Daily Gratitudes: Art, Sport and Cupcakes,” featuring the work of Jessica Koban. Noon-6 p.m. Sunday (also 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday). Free. The exhibit runs through Sept. 11, 2014. 6600 W. Maple, West Bloomfield Township. Call (248) 432-5579.

Jocelynn Brown

The Maker Faire at The Henry Ford in Dearborn showcases wild inventions ... (Gary Malerba / The Henry Ford)
The Orchard Lake Fine Art Show has paintings, sculpture and more. (Josh Coté)
The Concours d'Elegance of America car show is in Plymouth this weekend. (Ronald Grogan)