48 Hours: Best things to do in Metro Detroit

Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon hosts first Field Day event at Wayne State, and other events across Metro Detroit


a.m. The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office will host its first Field Day event at Wayne State University’s athletic field. This event is geared toward the entire family. Highlights include a showcase of the talent and skills of sworn and civilian personnel in track and field, softball, basketball, obstacle course, mounted unit, motor unit and tug-of-war for males and females. Other activities include train rides, clown visits, archery, a bounce house, and giveaways. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Registration begins at 8 a.m.) Free. 5010 South Lodge at Warren, Detroit.

p.m. “Faygo Movie Night in the D” is back at Campus Martius Park for big LED screen presentations. This week’s film is “The Martian,” starring Matt Damon. 8 p.m. (Screenings will be held every Sat. through Aug. 27.) Woodward at the foot of Fort, downtown Detroit. For a complete list of movies, visit campusmartiuspark.org.

p.m. Be there for the return of the Fair Lane Folk Festival at historic Henry Ford Estate. Activities include performances by national, regional and local musicians performing modern folk, Americana, roots, and bluegrass music. Performers include Justin Townes Earle, Wild Child, Birds of Chicago, and locals, like Olivia Millerschin, and Doop & The Inside Outlaws. Also, enjoy Michigan craft beers, featuring Bell’s Brewery, a variety of food trucks, local artisans and vendors. Grounds open at 2 p.m. Advanced tickets are $30 (general admission) and $75 (VIP). 4901 Evergreen, Dearborn. Call (313) 884-4222 or visit fairlanefolkfest.org.

p.m. The Michigan Philharmonic will be at Stony Creek Metropark for an intergalactic concert called SCI-PHONIC, featuring the music of Star Wars, Star Trek and other science-fiction movies. 7:30 p.m. Free. 4300 Main Park, Shelby Charter Township. Call (734) 451-2112 or visit michiganphil.org.

p.m. Spend an evening with family and friends watching the Hamtramck Fireworks at Keyworth Stadium. Activities include face painting, pony rides, live music, games and food. Dusk. Free. 3201 Roosevelt, Hamtramck. Visit michiganfireworks.com/events/hamtramck-fireworks/.


a.m.West Bloomfield will host the 14th annual Orchard Lake Fine Art Show, sponsored by Hot Works and its associated nonprofit Institute for the Arts & Education. Highlights include up to 150 juried artists, $2,500 in professional artist awards and ribbons, Kroger’s Youth Artist Competition, a Detroit Institute of Arts’ Family Area and live bands. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. $5. Free for 12 and younger. 6900 Orchard Lake (Free parking behind Beaumont Medical Center.) Visit hotworks.org.

a.m. Mix and mingle with hundreds of makers during the Maker Faire Detroit, a festival of invention and creativity at the Henry Ford. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. and Sun. $28 adults 12-61, $26 seniors 62-plus, $19 youth 3-11 and free for those 2 and younger. Members receive 50-percent off ticket prices. (Add the “Magical History Tour: A Beatles Memorabilia Exhibiton” for $5.) Visit thehenryford.org.

p.m. Featured this year in the Michigan Shakespeare Festival at Canton Village Theatre will be productions of William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” and “Richard II,” as well as Karen Tarjan’s “The Killer Angels,” based on the novel by Michael Shaara. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sat. and Sun. (Also Wed.-Fri. through Aug. 14). Tickets are $16-$40 each, depending on age. Call (734) 394-5300 or cantonvillagetheater.org.

p.m. The 11th annual St. Clair Riverfest will be in downtown St. Clair. Headliners include metal rockers Dokken on stage Sat. Noon-midnight Sat.; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. Free. Along the banks of the St. Clair River in Palmer Park, Downtown St. Clair. Visit funfestinc.com.

Jocelynn Brown