48 Hours: Cool things to do in Metro Detroit
a.m. Summer SlamFest 2015, the largest Spikeball sporting event in southeast Michigan, takes place in the soccer field behind Northville’s Ward Church. The sport has been featured as “a successful venture funded on ABC’s ‘Shark Tank,’ ” the group says. Highlights include free food and a club DJ spinning tracks. $20 per team playing in the tournament. 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. 40000 Six Mile (soccer field behind Ward Church), Northville. Visit Spikeball.com.
a.m. If you’re a jewelry maker, or someone interested in celebrating the material culture of Africa, then don’t miss shopping for unique beads at the African World Bead Festival at Dabls MBAD African Bead Museum. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. 6559 Grand River at West Grand Boulevard, Detroit. Call (313) 898-3007 or visit mbad.org.
a.m Belle Isle Summer Saturday (BLISS) returns with fun activities for area families. This is the second installment of the three-part series, presented by the Belle Isle Conservancy, along with partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. Jefferson at the foot of East Grand Boulevard, Detroit. Visit belleisleconservancy.org for the schedule of activities throughout the day.
p.m. Children of all ages are invited to meet Dora the Explorer at Laurel Park Place at the Carson’s Court. Dora is known for introducing kids to Spanish words, lots of movement and the confidence needed to overcome challenges. Noon-2 p.m. Sat. Free. 37700 W. Six Mile, Livonia. Call (734) 462-1100 or visit laurelparkplace.com.
p.m. You still have time to attend “BoxFest Detroit 2015,” an annual theater festival that showcases and creates opportunities for women directors at Planet Ant Theatre. This event is sponsored by Dramatically Richer Productions, Planet Ant Theatre, Jerry Belanger and Park Bar in Detroit. Sat. $10. 2357 Caniff, Hamtramck. Visit boxfestdetroit.com.
p.m. Comedian Nate Fridson stops by Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle to share a few jokes. Fridson was a quarter-finalist at the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival in Atlanta, a semifinalist at the New York Comedy Contest, and second runner-up in the all-around good guy contest. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. Sat. $18. You must be at least 18 years of age to attend. 310 S. Troy, Royal Oak. Call (248) 542-9900 or visit comedycastle.com.
p.m. Mom’s, moms-to-be, their supporters and/or partners are invited to attend the Black Breastfeeding Summit at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, presented by the Black Mothers Breastfeeding Association. This year’s theme is “Lift Every Baby: So Strong, So Us.” 1-3 p.m. Sat. Free. 315 E. Warren, Midtown Detroit. To register, call (313) 494-5800 or visit thewright.org.
SATURDAY / SUNDAY
p.m. Don’t miss one of America’s leading airshows, Thunder Over Michigan, at Willow Run Airport. Considered the best “warbird” show around, the show features static displays, WWII battle Reenactment, a F-16 Fighting Falcon demo, and more. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. and Sun. $30 advance, $35 day of event and free for children 15 and under. 801 Willow Run Airport, Ypsilanti Township. Visit yankeeairmuseum.org/airshow.
a.m. The 2015 Michigan Renaissance Festival awaits you and your family. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat. and Sun. (rain or shine). $21.95 adults, $19.95 ages 56 and older, $12.95 ages 5-12. Season passes are available, with an additional $50 entry fee to bring your dog for the day. Parking is free. This event continues weekends through Oct. 4 (plus Labor Day and Oct. 2 for Festival Friday.) 12600 Dixie Highway, Holly. Call (248) 634-5552 or visit michrenfest.com.
p.m. The producers of Detroit Rummage present a new annual indoor event, the Detroit Artist Bazaar, showcasing the work of 35 local artists at Tangent Gallery. A large collection of handmade items of different mediums will be available for sale. The bar will be open with soft drinks and beer for sale. Noon-6 p.m. Sun. Free. All ages welcome. 715 E. Milwaukee, Detroit. Call (313) 873-2955.
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