48 Hours: Best things to do in Metro Detroit
a.m. Be there for the opening weekend of “Detroit: America’s Live Music Engine” in the Community Gallery at the Detroit Historical Museum. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Free. Parking is $7. 5401 Woodward, corner of Kirby in Midtown Detroit. Call (313) 833-1805 or visit detroithistorical.org.
a.m. Have a smashing good time at a repeat of the Detroit Zoo’s Smashing Pumpkin event. Watch as animals are given pumpkins filled with treats to eat, play with, roll around in, tear apart and smash. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sat. $14 adults (15-61), $10 seniors (62-plus), and children ages 2-14, free for those younger than 2. Parking is $6. 8450 W. Ten Mile at the corner of Woodward, Royal Oak. Call (248) 541-5717 or visit detroitzoo.org.
a.m. Help Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan by attending a Cut-a-thon and fashion show at Macomb Mall. Paul Mitchell the School will provide individuals with a fresh new hairstyle. Face painting and makeup will be offered by MI Make-Up Academy. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. Minimum donation is $20. (There will also be a Princess Tea Party, hosted by Macomb Mall, during the event. For $10 per child, your little princesses can be served tea and scones.) All proceeds will benefit Wigs 4 Kids. 32233 Gratiot, Roseville. Visit wigs4kids.org.
p.m. “The Links, Incorporated Michigan Chapters Unite to Support Flint Kids” is a concert and dance being held to benefit the children of Flint affected by the Flint water crisis at the MotorCity Sound Board, inside MotorCity Casino. Featured recording artists include the Dramatics with Willie Ford, saxophonist Randy Scott, R&B singer Millie Scott, and Motown’s the Velvelettes. 7-11 p.m. Sat. Guests can dance the night away following the concert. Tickets are $150 each. 2901 Grand River, Detroit. Visit MichiganLinksForFlintKids.Eventbrite.com.
p.m. Meadow Brook Theater presents its ninth annual Children’s Series with back-by-popular-demand Guy Louis’ Halloween Monster Mash. A friendly Dracula will treat you to a fun Halloween bash with a cast of costumed ghouls. 1 p.m. Sat. $10-$15. 207 Wilson, Rochester Hills. Call (248) 377-3300 or visit ticketmaster.com.
p.m. Attend one of the final two days of Cranbrook’s three-day Halloween Science event with the little ones. Recognized as the museum’s most popular annual event, this family activity features wizards, scientists and explorers as Cranbrook uncovers the science behind the spooky through demonstrations, interactive fun and more. 5:30-8 p.m. Sat. and 1:30-4 p.m. Sun. $18 (nonmembers), $13 (members), payable at-the-door. Discounts available when you pre-register at science.cranbrook.edu/ explore/programs/events. 39221 Woodward, Bloomfield Hills. Call (248) 645-3210.
a.m. Celebrate the written word when Leon & Lulu host its seventh annual Books & Authors event. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. This is a juried book fair featuring mostly Michigan writers. Up to 50 authors will be on hand to sell and autograph copies of their book(s) and to read excerpts. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 96 W. 14 Mile, Clawson. Call (248) 288-3600, or visit facebook.com/leonandlulu.
a.m. Join the City of Troy as it hosts its first Halloween event, the Frightful 5K Run/Walk (USATF sanctioned). Participants will run or walk through the heart of Troy. There will also be a 1K Pumpkin Family Fun Walk/Run. Onsite registration will be available, or to pre-register, visit troymi.gov/frightful5k. The fee for the 5K is $25 the day of the event, and the 1K is $10. All Pumpkin Run participants will receive a T-shirt, bib and pumpkin. The family-fun run starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Troy Community Center, 3179 Livernois, and the USTAF certified race will take place on Livernois, Big Beaver and the Civic Center Campus, ending at the Troy Public Library. Call (248) 524-3330.
p.m. Natural hair enthusiasts won’t want to miss the fourth annual Detroit Natural Hair, Health & Beauty Expo, presented by Embrace the Natural You, at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (inside the Multi-Purpose & Orientation Theater). Noon-5 p.m. Sun. Tickets are $10 advance, $15 at-the-door. 315 E. Warren, Midtown Detroit. Visit embracethenaturalyou.com.