August 23, 2014 at 1:00 am

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

Rapper Eminem and singer Rihanna will perform together and separately at Comerica Park tonight. Read Adam Graham's review of the Friday night concert at (Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images)

1. Highland Fling at Michigan Renaissance Festival:See amateur Highland gam­es, a Celtic village, Highland dancers, beer tastings, a men in kilts competition and free wedding vow renewals. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat-Sun. $21.95, $19.95 seniors and college students, $12.95 ages 5-12. Season passes available. 12600 Dixie Highway, Holly. (248) 634-5552 or

2. Warren Birthday Bash at City Square:Celebrate the anniversary of Michigan’s third-largest city with a carnival, petting zoo, live music and more. Noon-11 p.m. today and noon-10 p.m. Sun. Free. Van Dyke north of 12 Mile, Warren. (586) 268-8400 or

3. Eminem and Rihanna at Comerica Park:The pair’s Monster Tour is one of the hottest tickets of the summer, with only six dates in three cities. Eminem and Rihanna are expected to perform together and separately throughout the concert. 7:30 tonight. $29.50-$250. 2100 Woodward, Detroit. (866) 668-4437

Melody Baetens


a.m. Follow the sound of roaring engines to the fourth annual Cruisin’ Hines Wayne County Parks event with classic cars and hot rods highlighting a full day of activities. Spectator areas will include event goodies and food concessions. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today. Free. The park opens at 9 a.m. for cruisers who must enter Hines from Ford. Hines at Ford, Dearborn Heights. Call (734) 261-1990 or visit

p.m. Saturday Night Dance Parties continue at New Center Park with Ukranian talent Dakha Braka, an eclectic group of musicians. 8 tonight (doors open), 9-11 p.m. performance is held. 2998 W. Grand Blvd., corner of Second, Detroit. Visit

p.m. Catch funnyman J. Chris Newberg telling jokes on stage at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle. Newberg, who’s toured with Dane Cook and written songs for “American Idol,” has also been on the “Tonight Show,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “Comedy Central.” 8, 10:30 tonight. $20. (You must be at least 18 years of age to attend.) 310 S. Troy, Royal Oak. Call (248) 542-9900 or visit


a.m. Cruzin’ HuRoc Park, a car show and swap meet, will be presented by Flat Rock Downtown Development (DDA) along with Flat Rock Community Foundation. Highlights include inflatable rides, People’s Choice Photo Contest, a beer tent and food concessions. 8 a.m.-9 p.m. today and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Free for spectators, $25 for cruise participants. Arsenal and Huron River, Flat Rock. Call (734) 782-2455.

p.m. A gathering of wineries, vendors and other components will be part of the 14th annual Wine & Food Festival presented by Kroger at the Meadow Brook Music Festival. Look for 150 award-winning wines from throughout the state and around the world in themed tents. 1-9 p.m. today and 1-5:30 p.m. Sunday. $25. (“Designated Driver” tickets are $10 and include two free soft drinks.) Discounted general admission tickets are $15 each at any Kroger store through Sunday.


a.m. The Artists’ Market at Leon & Lulu will showcase works of approximately 30 local artists and crafters. Featured items will include jewelry, ceramics, photography, fiber art, clothing and more. Enjoy the usual roller rink refreshments. The market will benefit Leon & Lulu’s AIDS Walk Detroit Team. (AIDS Walk Detroit is set for Sept. 14 at the Royal Oak Farmers Market.) Free. 96 W. 14 Mile, Clawson. Call (248) 288-3600 or visit

a.m. Don’t miss the fourth annual Birmingham Bike Festival in the streets of downtown Birmingham. Activities include a full day of races for kids to professional bikers, bike demos, local vendors in Shain Park with bike apparel, and a children’s fair (1-4 p.m.). The first race begins at 8 a.m. Other activities begin at 10 a.m. The festival will also host the 2014 Michigan State Criterium (bicycle racing) Championship. A state champion will be crowned. To register or for information, call (586) 206-8358 or visit (Registration is also available the day of the festival before 7:30 a.m. at the corner of Maple and Bates, downtown Birmingham.)

p.m. Catch Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys when they perform traditional music, along with their own songs marked by creative arrangements that give them their unique sound. 7:30 p.m. Sunday. (Doors open at 7 p.m.) $15 at-the-door. 316 South Main, Ann Arbor. Call (734) 761-1451 or visit

p.m. Photographer Patricia Lay-Dorsey chronicles her day-to-day life as part of a book signing and exhibit, “Falling Into Place: Self-Portraits by Patricia Lay-Dorsey,” at Swords into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery. She’ll use her own story for a discussion on disability. 5-7 p.m. Sunday. Free. 33 E. Adams, Detroit. Call (313) 963-7575 or visit

Jocelynn Brown