Big 3: Top events Saturday and Sunday
1. Spike & Mike’s Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation at Magic Bag
This annual gross-out cartoon fest returns to the Magic Bag. 8 p.m. Sat. $7. 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 544-1991.
2. Black Christmas at Majestic Complex
An annual holiday bash featuring Metro Detroit and the region’s top punk, metal, rock and indie bands on various stages throughout the Magic Stick, Garden Bowl, Majestic Theatre and Majestic Cafe. This year’s headliners include the Suicide Machines, Negative Approach, Bad Cop Bad Cop, Mustard Plug, Iron Regan, Koffin Kats and more. 6 p.m. Sat. $25. 4120 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-9700.
3. The Drop at Beacon Park
This year, Downtown Detroit’s big New Year’s Eve bash has moved from Campus Martius to Beacon Park. There’s a kids’ drop at 6:30 p.m. Sun. and the real thing at midnight. The party includes musical entertainers, including Martha Reeves performing “Dancing in the Street,” plus free activities and games. It’s free to enter the park, with VIP access available for $60 and up. 1903 Grand River, Detroit. Visit MotownCountdown.com or DetroitNYECelebration.com for details.