72 Hours: Best things to do in Metro Detroit


p.m. Local historian Nick Sinacori will present a talk on the history of the Jefferson-Chalmers area as part of the Totem Riverfront Arts Festival (now through Sept. 18). The festival is a multi-disciplinary, site-specific series featuring installations and visual and performing artists at Lake-Riverfront East Park. The history of this site includes the 1712 Fox Indian Massacre and the fact that it was a Cold War missile base. 5-6 p.m. Sat. Free. Near Jefferson and Chalmers, Detroit. Visit totemsfestival.com/ for more festival events.

p.m. Catch Stewart Francke and his band performing live in the “I’m Thankful 3” concert at Atwater in the Park as a benefit for the Ronald McDonald House in Detroit. 2-5 p.m. Sat. 1175 Lakepointe, Grosse Pointe Park. For tickets, call (313) 220-7364 or email jkelly@imthankful.org.

p.m. The Dirty Bourban River Show at Cliff Bell’s will be performed by Noah Adams, Matt Thomas, Jimmy Williams, Dane “Bootsy” Schindler, Sandra Love and Adam Lessnau. 10 p.m. (three sets). $15. 2030 Park, Detroit. Call (313) 961-2543.

p.m. The Jazz Cafe at Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts will showcase performances by Harvey Thompson & Friends. 8 p.m. Sat. $10. Call (313) 887-8501, or visit jazzcafedetroit.com.

p.m. “Dear Elizabeth,” by Sarah Ruhl, will be performed at Theatre Nova. The play tells the true story of a poet’s platonic love affair over a 30-year period. 8 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. (Performances continue through Sept. 25.) 410 W. Huron, Ann Arbor. Call (734) 635-8450.


a.m. See the Detroit Historical Society’s one-of-a-kind and recently restored 1913 Bi-Autogo, currently on display in the Automotive Showplace at the Detroit Historical Museum. The Bi-Autogo, an experimental, two-wheeled vehicle, not for general sale, was created by designer and artist James Scripps Booth. The vehicle was displayed at the 1912 automobile show in New York. Free. Parking is $7. 5401 Woodward, northwest corner of Kirby, in Midtown Detroit. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., Sun. Call (313) 833-1805, or visit detroithistorical.org.


a.m. Everything will be just peachy at the Michigan Peach Festival of Romeo. There will be something fun for the entire family throughout downtown Romeo. Sat.-Mon. Free. 32 Mile at Van Dyke, Romeo. Call (586) 752-6633, or visit romeolions.org/peachfestival.htm.

p.m. Be part of the 37th annual “Hamtown” tradition by attending the Hamtramck Labor Day Festival. Enjoy carnival rides, a midway, music, a 5k run, an art fair, canoe races and a Polish Day parade. Noon-10 p.m. Sat.-Mon. Free. Parking is $5. Caniff and Joseph Campau, downtown Hamtramck. Call (313) 333-7523.


a.m. Join thousands as they take part in the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk which starts at McHattie Park. Take a 2.5 mile stroll around downtown, or do the entire 5-mile walk to the high school and back. 8:30 a.m. Mon. Free, but pre-registration is appreciated. Downtown South Lyon. Call (248) 437-8105.

a.m. Shop for pottery, glass, jewelry and other forms of artwork by more than 75 artists at Franklin’s Art in the Village, part of the Franklin Labor Day Roundup. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon. Free. Franklin, between 13 and 14 Mile, Franklin. Call (248) 626-2231.

a.m. Don’t miss treating the kids to the 74th annual Clarkston Labor Day Parade with classic cars, floats, local businesses and lots of fun characters. 10 a.m.-noon. Mon. Free. Downtown Clarkston. Call (248) 561-8523.

Jocelynn Brown