48 Hours: Best things to do in Metro Detroit


a.m. Kids can enjoy fishing at the 21st annual Detroit Fishing Derby at Palmer Park. Kids ages 11-14 will learn to fish in Lake Francis which will be stocked with about 3,000 fish. Bait will be supplied. 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. Sat. Free. Merrill Plaisance, between Woodward and Third, Detroit. Call (313) 224-1100.

a.m. Don’t let the kids miss the Eastside Bike Drive Bike Giveaway at Freedom Hill County. Six hundred bikes and helmets will be distributed to children from Macomb County schools. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 15000 Metropolitan Parkway, Sterling Heights. Visit Advancingmacomb.com.

p.m. Barbecue lovers won’t want to miss the Wyandotte Business Association BBQ Throwdown, a Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Live music, a kids area, and barbecue included. Noon-11 p.m Sat. Free. Waterfront near Bishop Park in Wyandotte. Visit Wyandottebiz.org.

p.m. Head on over to the Masonic Temple for “Talk Like a Pirate Day,” usually held in September. Detroit Men’s Roller Derby will play the International Superfriends, a coed team of skaters from Kalamazoo, Toronto and other nearby areas. Doors open at 5 p.m. The game begins at 6 p.m. $15 advance, $18 at-the-door. 500 Temple, Detroit. Visit brownpapertickets.com or detroitrollerderby.com.

p.m. Don’t miss “Malcolm X Day 2017 Celebration: Fidel and Malcolm,” featuring author Rosemari Mealy at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Enjoy African drumming, libations, and revisit the ideological and political bonds between African American progressives and Cuban revolutionaries that stem from a 1960 meeting between Malcolm X and Fidel Castro. 2 p.m. Sat. 315 E. Warren, Detroit. Call (313) 494-5800 or visit thewright.org.

p.m. “Sleeping Beauty” will be presented by PuppetART Theatre. Discover how the prince found the sleeping princess. Recommended for all ages. $15 adults, $10 children. Workshops are $8. 25 E. Grand River, Downtown Detroit. For reservations, call (313) 961-7777.

p.m. Attend an open jam of contra dance music with the Pittsfield Open Band: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance at Pittsfield Grange. If you have them, you’re asked to bring the Ruffwater Fakebook, the Portland Collection volumes, and the Waltz Books. 3-6 p.m. Sat. Free. 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline (1/2 mile south of I-94). Call (734) 994-9307.


a.m. Attend the 45th annual Glass International Exhibition at the Habatat Gallery. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat., and noon-5 p.m. Sun. (The exhibit continues through July 21.) Free. 4400 Fernlee, Royal Oak. Call (248) 554-0590.

a.m. See the “ARISE Detroit” exhibit, showcasing city neighborhoods, at the Detroit Historical Museum. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., Sun. (also, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-Fri.) The exhibit runs through June 18. 5401 Woodward, Midtown Detroit. Call (313) 833-7935, (313) 921-1955 or visit arisedetroit.org.

p.m. Good Medicine Development presents Tirrell McCoy’s comedy “Auntie Brenda’s” at Paul Robeson Performing Arts Theater. See how love changes the lives of six foster children. 1, 6 p.m. Sat.; 6 p.m. Sun. $20 advance ($22 at-the-door). Inside the Northwest Activities Center, 18100 Meyers, Detroit. Call (313) 695-0578 or visit goodmedent.com.

Jocelynn Brown