48 Hours: Best things to do in Metro Detroit

JR JR is the first band in a free Beacon Park concert series on Saturday.


a.m. Enjoy shopping, beer and playing with your dog at Bark on Biddle in downtown Wyandotte. Other activities will include live music at 6 p.m. in the Tito’s Handmade Vodka “Bark Garden.” For every Tito’s Handmade Vodka drink purchased, $1 will be donated to the Detroit Dog Rescue, and your dog will receive a Tito’s bandana. 11 a.m. Sat. $5, free for children 12 and younger. Parking lot on the riverfront (just off Oak, east of Biddle).

p.m. Wayne Main Street will partner with Wayne Bicycle Club and Wayne Bicycle Shop to host a bicycle safety inspection event. Noon-4 p.m. Sat. Also, Wayne residents with (address) I.D., will be offered free bike tune-ups. Wayne Bicycle Shop, 35858 W. Michigan, Wayne. Call (734) 589-2078.

p.m. Michigan rock band JR JR will kick off a free summer concert series at Beacon Park. Brother-sister duo Elliott and Natalie Bergman will open. The park also will have a market, food trucks, lawn games and a full restaurant and bar at Lumen Detroit. 6:30 p.m. Sat. (More free concerts are planned for July 21-Aug. 18.) Grand River, Detroit. Call (313) 962-0101 or visit downtowndetroitparks.com.



a.m. The weekend will be packed with roller derby excitement at the Sportsplex when the Detroit Roller Derby AllStars host a special tournament with teams from all across the country, including the Queen City Rollers out of New York, skaters from Tampa Bay Roller Derby, and Grand Raggidy Roller Derby from Grand Rapids. 10 a.m. Sat. and Sun. 13333 Telegraph, Taylor.

p.m. Don’t miss the Motor City Irish Festival at Greenmead with over 20 bands, six schools of Irish dance, a large children’s area, a cultural tent, whiskey tasting and more. Noon Sat., Sun. 20501 Newburgh, Livonia. Call (248) 477-7375 or visit motorcityirishfest.com.


p.m. The summer concert band series returns to Belle Isle in the tradition of the Detroit Concert Band. These concerts will be most Sunday afternoons during the summer. The first concert will feature the 90-piece Farmington Community Band, directed by Damien Crutcher, at 2 p.m., followed by the Royal Oak Concert Band, directed by Kevin Czarnik, at 4 p.m. East Grand Boulevard and Jefferson, Detroit. Visit mobigmusic.org.

Jocelynn Brown