48 Hours: Best things to do in Metro Detroit


a.m. Enjoy a family-oriented event in celebration of spring at Belle Isle’s Dossin Great Lakes Museum. Featured activities will be make-and-take crafts and a chance to participate in the Belle Isle Road Rally (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) Free. 100 Strand on Belle Isle. Visit belleisleconservancy.org.

a.m. Be there for the opening of the 45th annual Glass International Exhibition, a dedication to art glass, at Habatat Gallery. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. Free. (The exhibit continues through July 21.) 4400 Ferndale, Royal Oak. Call (248) 554-0590 or visit habatat.com.

a.m. Check out the colorful fish sculptures made of plastic waste at the Detroit Zoo. Five sculptures representing each of the Great Lakes will be displayed. They were created by 150 Detroit Public School students, along with volunteers from the nonprofit Art Road. Zoo admission: $14 adults; $10 children 2-14, seniors, and active military with I.D., free for those two and younger, and zoo members. Parking is $7. 8450 W. 10 Mile, Royal Oak. Call (248) 541-5717 or detroitzoo.org.

p.m. The Mega 80’s perform at the Magic Bag. Doors open at 8 p.m. Sat. 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. Call (248) 544-1991.

p.m. Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal will be the featured artists at Music Hall’s fourth annual Choreography Expo! $20-$45. Tickets available at Music Hall box office. 350 Madison, Detroit. Call (313) 887-8501 or visit musichall.org.

p.m. Laugh it up with comedian Bobby Collins at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle. Also appearing will be Andy Beningo and Jeff Dwoskin as emcee. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. $25. 310 S. Troy, Royal Oak. Call (248) 542-9900.

Saturday / Sunday

p.m. Catch the final performances of “Motown the Musical” at the Fisher Theatre. Tickets start at $39. 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit. Call (313) 872-1000, ext. 0, or visit broadwayindetroit.com.

a.m. Don’t miss the annual historic Fort Wayne Flea Market where you’ll find collectibles, contemporary treasures and arts and crafts items. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. Free admission. Parking is $5. Tours of Fort Wayne will be available for $5 per person. 6325 W. Jefferson, at the foot of Livernois. (Access to the Fort is not affected by the southbound I-75 construction and closure.) Visit historicfortwaynecoalition.com.


a.m. Help change the lives of animals by attending the 28th annual Bow Wow Brunch hosted by the Michigan Humane Society at the MGM Grand Detroit. Animal conservationist Jeff Corwin will speak. Proceeds will benefit Michigan Humane Society programs. 11:30 a.m. Sun. The event begins with a champagne reception, silent auction and the chance to meet adoptable animals. $250 adults, $100 for children 10 and younger. 1777 Third, Detroit. (248) 283-5628 or visit www.501auctions.com/bwb.

a.m. Spend a day at the Detroit Institute of Arts for live music performed by Gaylelynn McKinney (1 p.m.), a talk about 19th-century African-American artist Robert Duncanson’s still lifes, a puppet show (both at 2 p.m.) and movies (1, 4:30 p.m.). 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. and Sun. General admission (excludes ticketed exhibitions) is free for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county residents and DIA members. All others, $12.50 adults, $8 seniors ages 62-plus, $6 ages 6-17. 5200 Woodward, Detroit. Call (313) 833-7971.

Jocelynn Brown