48 Hours: Best things to do in Metro Detroit
a.m. First United Methodist Church of Birmingham will host its fifth annual “Birmingham in the Garden” self-paced garden tour. Some of their gardens have been featured in national garden publications. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. . $15 per person ($10 advance). 1589 W. Maple (between Southfield and Cranbrook) in Birmingham. Call (248) 646-1200 or visit fumcbirmingham.org.
p.m. Miss D and her Dancing Dolls, the stars of Lifetime series “Bring It,” will bring the house down when they perform never-before-seen routines live on stage at the Fox Theatre. 7:30 p.m. $28.50-$58.50. 2211 Woodward, Detroit. Call (800) 745-3000.
p.m. Don’t miss Mega 80’s at the Magic Bag. Highlights include favorite songs of the ’80s. Doors open at 8 p.m. $12 at-the-door. You must be at least 21 years of age to attend. 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. Call (248) 544-1991.
p.m. Treat the kids to “Movie and Art in the Park” at Osborn Neighborhood Alliance. Learn how to make a boundless art sculpture with Brandon Christopher from noon-2 p.m. Then watch “Zootopia” at the outdoor learning garden from 2-4 p.m. Free snacks will be provided. 13560 E. McNichols, Detroit. Call (313) 344-6148.
p.m. Discover what the future may hold for you at the Psychic and Astrology Fair with Rich Milostan at the Troy Masonic Center. Astrology, psychic and tarot readings will be available all day. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $5. Readings are $25 (15 minutes) or $35 (full reading). 1032 Hartland (two blocks north of Big Beaver), Troy. Call (248) 528-2610 or visit RichMilostanAstrologer.com.
a.m. Now in its 35th year, Art in the Park in Kellogg Park, will feature over 400 artists from around the U.S., offering various items for sale, including paintings, woodwork, glass, fiber art, jewelry, ceramics and more. Among the food vendors will be Dave’s Coffee Cake, in town from Rock Falls, Illinois, selling over 30 flavors of their “small town” family baked goods in booths #345 and #346. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat. and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. W. Ann Arbor Trail and South Main, Plymouth. Call (734) 454-1314 or visit artinthepark.com.
a.m. Don’t miss the Uncle Sam Jam at Civic Center Park. Highlights include live music, a carnival midway, monster truck rides, fireworks, a petting zoo, a bird encounter and camel rides. Free. 23101 Hall, Woodhaven. Visit unclesamjamfest.com.
a.m. See a display of rod and shadow puppets from the Paul McPharlin Puppetry Collection at the Detroit Institute of Arts. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. and Sun. (This exhibit continues through Oct. 2). 5200 Woodward, Midtown Detroit. Free with museum admission, which is free for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county residents and DIA members. All others, admission is $12.50 adults, $8 seniors ages 62-plus, $6 for ages 6-17. Call (313) 833-7971 or visit dia.org.
p.m. Srodek’s of Hamtramck will host its Pierogi Eating Challenge as part of the 36th American-Polish Festival at the American Polish Century Club. Enjoy live music throughout the event performed by Polish bands and folk groups. 10 a.m.-1 a.m. Sat. and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun. Free. Fourteen Mile at Hoover, Sterling Heights. Call (586) 264-7990 or visit americanpolishfestival.com.
p.m. See “A Monster with a Thousand Heads” at the Detroit Film Theatre. This is a thriller about health insurance and a woman’s struggle to secure her insurance company’s approval for the care that can likely help her husband who has cancer. The 75-minute film is in Spanish with English subtitles. 7 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. $9.50, $7.50 DIA members, seniors, and students with I.D. Inside the Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward, Midtown Detroit. Visit dia.org.