48 Hours: Best things to do in Metro Detroit



a.m. Don’t miss the opening of Rochester’s Farmer’s Market, where you can shop for locally-grown foods while spending time with family and friends. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. (The market will be open through Oct. 29). E. Third at Water, one block east of Main, Rochester. Call (248) 656-0060 or visit DowntownRochesterMI.com.

a.m. The City of Southfield Parks & Recreation department will host its annual Fishing Derby at the Rouge River. Part of the river will be stocked with 10-to-13 inch rainbow trout. Participants are not required to have a fishing license for the event. Disabled individuals and children 12 and younger can fish from 8-9 a.m. All ages can fish from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., followed by prize awards. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Valley Woods Trail, Civic Center, east of north Telegraph, Southfield. (Parking will be at the Ralph Wilson Insurance Agency, 26026 Telegraph.) Call (248) 796-4630.

a.m. The 16th annual Lake Orion Flower & Art Fair will be held in the streets of historic downtown Lake Orion. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Then Lockhart’s BBQ will present an After Flower Party with live music performed by the Reefermen. 7-11 p.m. 37 E. Flint, Lake Orion. Call (248) 690-9362 or visit lockhartsbbq.com.

p.m. The Farmington Hills Ice Arena and the Farmington Hills Figure Skating Club present the 20th annual ice show, “Monopoly on Ice,” at the arena. 4 p.m. $8, $6 seniors 65-plus and students 6-18, free for children 5 and younger. 35500 Eight Mile, between Halsted and Farmington, Farmington Hills. Call (248) 478-8800 or visit fhice.com.

p.m. Farmington Community Chorus presents its annual spring concert, “Hoagy & Cole,” at Orchard United Methodist Church. The performance will be devoted to songs by Hoagy Carmichael and Cole Porter. The 70-member chorus is directed by Steve Segraves, accompanied on piano by assistant director Jennifer Gale. 8 p.m. $12 advance or $15 at-the-door. 30450 Farmington, Farmington Hills. Visit farmingtonchorus.com.

p.m. Treat mom to the third annual Mothers Read Out Loud event at Source Booksellers. Four “special” moms will be given the opportunity to select a book of their choice and read a portion of it for all to hear. 2 p.m. Free. 4240 Cass, Midtown Detroit. Call (313) 832-1155 or visit sourcebooksellers.com.

p.m. Get your laugh on this weekend with Maysoon Zayid, a Palestinian American comedian, writer and actor, who’ll perform two shows at the Arab American National Museum (AANM). 7, 9 p.m. $15 AANM members, $20 general. 13624 Michigan, Dearborn. Call (313) 582-2266 or visit arabamericanmuseum.org.

Saturday / Sunday

a.m. Enjoy a Day Out with Thomas: The Ready, Set, Go Tour 2016, when Thomas the Tank Engine pulls into Greenfield Village. Activities include an approximate 20-minute ride, meeting railway controller Sir Topham Hatt, a Thomas & Friends Imagination Station with a variety of activities, storytelling, magic shows and live music. Trains leave every 30 minutes, beginning at 9:30 a.m. and running until 4:30 p.m. Nonmember ticket prices are $37.75 ages 13-61, $35.25 seniors 62-plus, $31.25 those 5-12, and $11.75 for ages 1-4. 20900 Oakwood, Dearborn. Call (313) 982-6001 or visit thehenryford.org.

p.m. The outdoor art season kicks off this Mother’s Day Weekend at Shain Park with the 35th annual Art Birmingham, two days of shopping for unique, one-of-a-kind items, made by more than 150 juried artists. There will be plenty of activities for the entire family. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Free. Merrill, downtown Birmingham. Call (734) 662-3382 or visit ArtBirmingham.org.

p.m. A definite sign of spring is the St. Florian Strawberry Festival at St. Florian Church. Don’t miss all the fun and excitement it brings this weekend to the streets of Hamtramck, including Polish food and beer, raffles, games, dancing and tours of the church. 5-11 p.m. Sat. and 1-9 p.m. Sun. (The Firefighters mass is at 4 p.m. Sat.) Free. 2626 Poland, Hamtramck. Call (313) 871-2778.


a.m. Attend a special Mother’s Day Brunch at the Community House. The breakfast station will include cinnamon apple French toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and breakfast potatoes. The lunch station will offer seared Atlantic salmon, chicken florentine, eggplant parmesan, butternut squash mac and cheese, fresh seasonal vegetables and a green salad. Other options include a bee carving station, and desserts. Seating will be available at 11 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. Sun. $35 for adults, $12 children 11 and younger, free for those 3 and younger. 380 South Bates, Birmingham. Call (248) 644-5832.

Jocelynn Brown