48 Hours: Best things to do in Metro Detroit
a.m. Bees will be buzzing at the inaugural Bee Fest at the Belle Isle Nature Zoo, featuring bee keeper talks, music, crafts, demonstrations on how to plant and maintain a bee-friendly garden, and a bee costume parade for children. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Jefferson at the foot of East Grand Boulevard, near downtown Detroit. Visit detroitzoo.org.
a.m. Celebrate India’s Independence Day, history and culture by attending India Day at Suburban Collection Showplace, where you’ll experience the sights, sounds and tastes of India with live music, dance performances and more. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Free admission. Parking is $5. 46100 Grand River, Novi. (Inside Halls A and B.) Call (248) 905-1809 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
p.m. The first annual St. Clair Jazz Festival will be held in St. Clair’s Riverfront Palmer Park. Headlining the show will be sax player Euge Groove, keyboardist Jeff Lorber and flutist Alexander Zonjic, along with world-class jazz and blues stars from across the country. 1-9 p.m. Free. 201 N. Riverside, St. Clair. Visit stclairontheriver.com.
p.m. See a one-night improv show when the Brothers Majik feature the Barefoot Babes, Luxury Possum, and CSI Ann Arbor at Barefoot Productions. 8 p.m. $15. 240 N. Main, Plymouth. Call (734) 404-6889 or visit justgobarefoot.com.
a.m. Treat the kids to a Day Out with Thomas: The Ready, Set, Go Tour at Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., Sun. $22, plus tax, for those ages 2 and older. (This event continues Aug. 26-28). 6140 Bray, Flint. Call (800) 648-PARK or visit geneseecountyparks.org.
a.m. Don’t miss the second and last year of the Breitling Jet Team’s American Tour as they headline the Thunder Over Michigan Air Show at Yankee Air Museum before heading back to Europe. The Breitling Jet Team is possibly the world’s largest professional civilian jet team. 9 a.m. Sat., Sun. Adults, $35 advance, $40 at-the-gate. Parking is $20, with tickets available online at a discounted rate. Willow Run Airport, 47884 D St., Belleville. Visit yankeeairmuseum.org.
a.m. Experience a new kind of art fair where you can “see, try and buy.” Live Art Detroit is an interactive art fair that’s being presented by Integrity Shows at the Eastern Market. Try your hand at making a collage with Lisa Galperin, weaving a rug with Levon Kafafian, learning abstract painting with Connor Morrell, having your portrait painted by John Shen, making a polymer bead, creating a bracelet and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Russell, near downtown Detroit. Visit Shed5Art.com.
p.m. Be there for the fourth annual Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame event at the Ford Performing Arts Theater. This year’s inductees include Smokey Robinson, Prince, Fats Domino, Jimi Hendrix, Cathy Hughes, Dionne Warwick, Bobby Brown, Boosty Collins, Sam and Dave, Eddie Holman, Eddie Floyd, Bettye LaVette, The Velvelettes and the Supremes. 15801 Michigan, Dearborn. For tickets, (313) 943-2354.
p.m. Totems Riverfront Arts Festival, a series of installations and performances, at Lakewood-Riverfront East Park (aka Angel Park). This weekend, enjoy a “Deep Listening Study Group,” featuring mindful music creations with Detroit musicians Lindsay Karty and Sam Hooker. 5-6:30 p.m. The festival continues Sept. 1 (6:30-7:30 p.m.), 3 (5-6 p.m.) and 18 (4-8 p.m.). Located in the Jefferson Chalmers area of Detroit. Visit totemsfestival.com.