48 Hours: Best things to do in Metro Detroit


a.m. Summer is here and so is the Blue Water Fest, presented by Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort. This year’s event is being sponsored by Jonathan Witz & Associates on behalf of Port Huron Festivals, Inc. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Free. 6800 Soaring Eagle, Mt. Pleasant. Call (248) 541-7550.

p.m. See Herman’s Hermits, starring Peter Noone, at Meadow Brook Theatre. Highlights include a strolling dinner, cocktails, concert, live and silent auctions and more. 7:30-10:30 p.m. $85-$125. 207 Wilson Blvd., Rochester. Visit mbtheatre.com.

p.m. Faygo Movie Night in the D returns to Campus Martius for its big screen presentations. See Academy Award-nominated and Academy Award-winning films on the large LED outdoor screen. Among films will be family favorites, documentaries and action-packed features. 8 p.m. Saturdays (now through Aug. 27). Free. Woodward at Fort, downtown Detroit. Call (313) 949-9770, or for a schedule of listings, visit downtowndetroitparks.com.


a.m. Concert of Colors, Metro Detroit’s 24th annual diversity festival, will offer a range of entertainment this weekend. Hosted by the Detroit Institute of Arts, this festival has something for everyone, from films and workshops to open play chess and drawing in the galleries. 11 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. At various Midtown Detroit venues. Visit concertofcolors.com.

a.m. Learn the history behind the Michigan Humane Society (MHS) when the Detroit Historical Museum opens a new exhibit in its Community Gallery. MHS is thought to be the largest and oldest animal welfare organization in Michigan and among the largest in the nation. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. (This exhibit continues though Oct. 9.) Free. Parking is $7. 5401 Woodward (northwest corner of Kirby), Midtown Detroit. Call (313) 833-1805 or visit detroithistorical.org.

a.m. Cranbrook Institute of Science has opened a new exhibit called Rainforest Adventure which features an interactive maze that lets visitors travel through four layers of the rainforest and see a display of live rainforest animals. This exhibit runs now through Sept. 4. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday. and noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Free with museum admission ($13 adults, $9.50 seniors 65-plus and children 2-12, and free for those 2 and younger and members. 39221 Woodward, Bloomfield Hills. Call (248) 645-3200 or visit http://science.cranbrook.edu.


p.m. Jazz lovers, this is your weekend to sit back, relax and listen to smooth, toe-tapping sounds performed live on stage at the Michigan Jazz Festival at Schoolcraft College. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at both ends of VisTaTech. Beer and Wine will be available at Main Street Cafe and Henry’s Cafe. Noon-9 p.m. 18600 Haggerty, Livonia. Call (734) 462-4403 or visit michiganjazzfestival.org for a list of performers.

p.m. Matthew Ball, known as the “Motor City Boogie Woogie Kid” and the attorney who turned musician, will celebrate 15 years of being in the music business at the Michigan Jazz Festival. The Southeast Michigan Jazz Association (SEMJA) will, for the first time, welcome Ball, who has 3.5 million views on Youtube. Noon. Schoolcraft College, 18600 Haggerty, Livonia. Call (248) 658-8506 or visit boogiewoogiekid.com.

p.m. UK based emo band, Moose Blood performs live on stage at the Shelter. 6 p.m. $15. 431 E. Congress, Downtown Detroit. Call (313) 961-8961.

Jocelynn Brown