48 Hours: Best things to do in Metro Detroit


a.m. Historic Fort Wayne will feature a vintage baseball tournament at the Fort. Participants include both of the Fort’s resident teams, the men of the Early Risers (formed in 2009) and the ladies of the Detroit River Belles (formed in 2014). 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Parking is $5. 6325 W. Jefferson (at the foot of Livernois), Detroit. Visit historicfortwaynecoalition.com.

a.m. The Detroit Historical Museum will, once again, host a “Detroit 67 Oral History Collection Day.” The museum is looking for members of the community willing to share significant stories about Detroit before, during and after the events of the summer of 1967. Project team members will meet with you to hear your story from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., with interviews lasting 30-45 minutes each. To schedule an interview, visit detroit1967.org/event/oral-history-collection-day-3/. (More upcoming Oral History Collection Days are scheduled for Aug. 4, 6 and 20.) Admission is free. Parking is $7. Call (313) 833-1805 or visit detroithistorical.org.

p.m. Don’t miss the Charles McGee Unveiling & United We Stand Metro Detroit Community Reunion at the Charles Wright Museum of African American History. Featured will be entertainment, family activities, food trucks, celebratory festivities, and more. This event marks the museum’s yearlong commemoration of the 1967 Detroit Rebellion. It’s recommended that you bring a lawn chair. 3:30 p.m. Free. 315 East Warren, Detroit. Call (313) 494-5800 or visit thewright.org.

p.m. Ralph Taylor, a 2016 Kresge Arts Fellow and founder of Caribbean Mardi Gras Productions, will celebrate his plans for creating the new Islandview Arts Center, on Detroit’s Lower Eastside. Supporters are invited to a preview and fundraising party, “An Artist Celebrating His Neighborhood.” All proceeds will benefit the 30,000-square-foot center, located in a converted historic warehouse space at 1111 Beaufait, also the location for the fundraiser. A VIP preview begins at 6:30 p.m. with two drink tickets, a strolling dinner, music and art installation, followed by a dance party at 10 p.m. VIP tickets are $100. Dance tickets are $20. Call (313) 717-4298, or to purchase tickets, visit brownpapertickets.com/event/2571585.

p.m. Sonny & the Sunsets with Fred Thomas will perform this weekend at the Magic Bag. Doors open at 8 p.m. $10 advance. 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. Call (248) 544-1991.

p.m. Barefoot Productions presents the musical “Miscast, Right Singer, Wrong Song,” directed by Amanda Durnham of Westland. Cory Chambless of Plymouth is the assistant director, with choreography by Jennifer Beitzel of Ann Arbor. 8 p.m. $20. (Performances continue July 29-30). 240 N. Main, Plymouth. Call (734) 404-6889 or visit justgobarefoot.com.


a.m. See unusual inventions and historical breakthroughs in science at Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad, where inventors and inventions from the 19th century and earlier are featured. You’ll have the chance to try your hand at experiments and other activities. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. Call (810) 736-7100, Ext. 6 for summer admission rates, or to reserve seats on the Huckleberry Railroad and a cruise around Mott Lake on the Genesee Belle. 5045 Stanley, Flint.

a.m. Members of the Ann Arbor Fiber Arts Guild will be among vendors at the Ann Arbor Art Fair where they will be selling various fiberarts. Look for their booth on the corner of State and N. University, across from Nickel’s Arcade, in Downtown Ann Arbor. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat. and noon-6 p.m. Sun. Free. Visit annarborfiberarts.org or visitannarbor.org/artfair/.


p.m. Be there for the Ragtime and Rock ‘N’ Roll Show at Cliff Bell’s Jazz Club. Jazzing things up will be Rockin’ Dave Bennett, Ragtime Jon Milan, blues songstress Kerry Price and Matthew Ball, aka the “Motor City Boogie Woogie Kid.” 6-8:30 p.m. 2030 Park, Detroit. Call (313) 961-2543 or visit cliffbells.com.

Jocelynn Brown