48 Hours: Best things to do in Metro Detroit

Jocelynn Brown and Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

The Big Three

1. Oktoberfest: St. Clare of Montefalco School in Grosse Pointe Park

This weekend event includes a free Saturday afternoon Kid Fest with inflatables, games, dancing and more from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Later at night, adults can get down to the comedic polka sounds of the Polish Muslims while enjoying Polish and German food and beer from Atwater Brewery. That party is 6:30-11 p.m. and is $30 at the door. 16231 Charlevoix, Grosse Pointe Park. stclarem.org.

2. ‘Elektra’ at Detroit Opera House

The Michigan Opera Theatre’s fall season kicks off with Strauss’ opera “Elektra,” about a woman who seeks revenge for her father’s murder. Christine Goerke plays the titular role. 7:30 p.m. Saturday (also Wednesday and Oct. 25-26). $25 and up. 1526 Broadway, Detroit. (313) 237-7464.

3. Zoo Boo at the Detroit Zoo

This annual costumed event has trick-or-treating, games, entertainment and, of course, animals. 5-8 p.m. tonight-Sun. (also Oct. 24-26). $8. 10 Mile at Woodward, Royal Oak. (248) 541-5717.

Melody Baetens


a.m. Nearly 30 upscale shops from the area and across the country will be at the Grosse Pointe Holiday Mart with a range of gift items. Proceeds from this 56th annual event, held at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, will benefit the prenatal care and cancer prevention programs of Planned Parenthood Mid and South Michigan at its midtown Detroit clinic on Cass. A Holiday Mart Cafe will be available to customers. 9:30-a.m.-5:30 p.m. $5 at the door. 32 Lake Shore, Grosse Pointe Farms. Call (313) 881-7511.

a.m. Get an early start on holiday shopping at the 28th annual fall craft show hosted by Fraser High School Athletic Booster Club. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. $2. Free for those 5 and younger. No strollers, please. 34270 Garfield, between 14 and 15 Mile, Fraser. Call (586) 439-7200.

a.m. Embrace the Natural You presents the 2014 Natural Hair Brunch & Women’s Panel in Wrigley Hall inside the Detroit Historical Musuem. Highlights include a catered brunch and discussion panel, featuring popular natural hair and beauty bloggers, and local business owners. Each guest will receive a complimentary SWAG bag filled with gifts from the sponsor. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. $35. For tickets, visit etnybrunch2014.eventbrite.com, or for information, visit embracethenaturalyou.com.

p.m. Couples can celebrate Sweetest Day with a romantic evening at MGM Grand Detroit, where they can choose from entertainment and dining at one of three restaurants: Wolfgang Puck Steak, Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina or TAP. Also, couples can stay the night in one of the hotel’s 400 luxury rooms with turndown service that includes chocolates from Sanders. 1777 Third, Detroit. For reservations, call (888) 646-3387 or visit mgmgranddetroit.com.

p.m. Kids are encouraged to dress up and trick or treat in downtown Rochester. More than 50 businesses will participate with balloons marking their location. 4-5 p.m. Free. At 5:15 p.m., kids can meet for the Costume Parade at the public parking lot at the corner of Water Street and University. The parade will travel south on Water, ending at the Rochester Fire Department, where a spaghetti dinner and open house will be held as a benefit for the Rochester Area Youth Assistance. 4:30-7 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door. $10 adults, $5 children 10 and younger. Call (248) 656-0060 or visit downtownRochesterMI.com.

p.m. The Liberation Film Series presents “Our Generation: Australian Racism and the Indigenous Struggle” at the Charles Wright Museum of African American History. A discussion will be led by Aku Kadogo, Spelman’s Cosby Endowed Professor in the Arts and an international theater director, choreographer, educator and creative producer. 2-6 p.m. Saturday. Free. 315 E. Warren, Midtown Detroit. Visit thewright.org.

p.m. Laugh it up this Sweetest Day weekend with Mike Wilmot as he performs on stage at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle. Also appearing will be Adam Degi, with Bill Boronkay as the emcee. 8, 10:30 tonight. $20. 310 S. Troy, Royal Oak. For reservations, call (248) 542-9900.

Saturday / Sunday

p.m. Feel the rhythm with Eisenhower Dance, featuring a performance of “On the Move,” presented by Oakland University’s resident professional dance company at Varner Recital Hall with special guests Take Root and Patterson Rhythm Pace. 8 p.m. Saturday (7:30 prelude) and 2 p.m. Sunday (1:30 prelude). $18 general, $10 students. 2200 N. Squirrel, Rochester. Call (800) 585-3737 or visit startickets.com.

p.m. See the Michigan premiere of Mark Brown’s “Around the World in 80 Days” performed at Meadow Brook Theatre. This is a hilarious take on the novel by Jules Verne about Phileas Fogg, an explorer who attempts to circumnavigate the world in order to win a bet. $26-$41. (Peformances continue through Oct. 28.) 207 Wilson, Rochester Hills. Call (248) 377-3300 or visit mbtheatre.com.

p.m. Don’t miss the final weekend of performances of the brand new musical “At the Bistro Garden” at Two Muses Theatre. This is a humorous look at the lives of three friends from Beverly Hills who meet for lunch regularly at the Bistro Garden restaurant around 1980. $18-$25. Discounts available for seniors 62-plus. 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Call (248) 850-9919 or visit twomusestheatre.org.

Jocelynn Brown