48 Hours: Best things to do in Metro Detroit
a.m. Be part of the 2015 Downriver Walk to Cure Arthritis, presented by Rivergate Health Care Center and Rivergate Terrace. Two-year-old Newport resident Bailey Satkowski, one of 300,000 children in the U.S. living with arthritis, will be honored. 10 a.m. Sat. Rivergate Terrace, 14141 Pennsylvania, Riverview. To register online or for information, visit arthritiswalkdownriver.kintera.org or contact Laurie Rupp at (248) 530-5025, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
a.m. Don’t miss being part of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Detroit’s first “Big Community Bowl for Kids’ Sake” (BBBS) at Merri-Bowl Lanes. This is the largest annual fund-raising event for BBBS, and money raised helps support their mission. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. $35 per person. 30950 Five Mile, Livonia. To join a team or make a donation, call (313) 309-9244. For information, call (313) 309-0500 or visit bbbsdetroit.org.
p.m. Us Too Detroit, with support of the City of Detroit, presents its fifth monthly bus tour. The tour will feature 12 black-owned businesses along the Grand River corridor, including a gallery, museum, and boutiques that will offer dining, desserts and beverages. 1-5 p.m. Sat. $20. Check-in location is at The Collective, 8325 E. Jefferson (near Belle Isle), Detroit. Call (313) 477-0222.
p.m. Sit back, relax and listen to four hours of “acoustic goodness” at the Rust Belt Market when the Half Bloofs (the Blueflowers acoustic trio) perform. 3-7 p.m. Sat. Free. 22801 Woodward (corner of Nine Mile), Ferndale. Call (810) 441-0956 or visit rustbeltmarket.com.
p.m. Summer is almost over, but there’s more fun to be had at the Ford Field Festival, presented by Dick Scott Automotive Group. Highlights include music, beer and food trucks, including Browndog Creamery, Chicken Coupe, Delectabowls, Mystic Kettle Corn, Buffy’s Mexi-Casian Grill and Smoky Rhodes BBQ. 2-10 p.m. Sat. Downtown Northville. Call (248) 349-7640.
p.m. Idina Menzel, who performed “Let It Go” from Disney’s “Frozen” at the 86th annual Academy Awards, brings her world tour to the Fox Theatre. 8 p.m. Sat. $30-$385. 2211 Woodwarddowntown Detroit. Call (800) 745-3000 or (313) 471-3200.
SATURDAY / SUNDAY
a.m. Enjoy some of the last days of summer by attending the fourth annual Hazel Park Art Fair at Green Acres Park. This is a nonprofit, volunteer-run event, and a portion of booth fees, paid for by sponsorship, will be donated to the Promise Zone, which helps children attend college with a scholarship. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat., and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun. Free. 620 W. Woodward Heights, Hazel Park. Visit hazelparkartfair.com.
a.m. Thomas the Tank Engine will arrive at Crossroad’s Village & Huckleberry Railroad for “Day Out With Thomas: The Celebration Tour 2015.” 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. and Sun. $22 for those ages 2 and older. (This event will be held again Aug. 28-30.) 6140 Bray, Flint. Call (866) 468-7630 or visit ticketweb.com/dowt. For information, visit dayoutwiththomas.com.
a.m. Shop for antiques and unique handmade items at the Sunday Street Market at Eastern Market. Items for sale include hand-knitted accessories, jewelry, T-shirts, paintings, furniture and more. (This weekly event runs through Oct). 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. Free. Russell (near Gratiot), downtown Detroit. Visit easternmarket.com/attend/sunday-street-market.
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