Big 3: Top Events Saturday and Sunday
1. Ribs and R&B Music Festival at Hart Plaza: Enjoy the smell of ribs and other grilled treats in the air, along with more than 100 vendors and live concerts. Musical highlights include Dru Hill at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Chrisette Michele at 9:15 p.m. Sunday, and Keith Washington at 10:10 p.m. Sunday. Festival is Saturday and Sunday. Free ad,ission, $30-$60 for VIP concert seating. Jefferson at Woodward, Detroit. ribsrnbmusicfestival.com.
2. OABI at Belle Isle Beach: An acronym for “once around Belle Isle,” this outdoor party includes a seven-mile course through the waters of Belle Isle via stand-up paddleboard, kayak or surfski, plus live music and a beach party. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Sat. $60 and up, or $25 and up for beach party. East Jefferson at East Grand Boulevard, Detroit. oabidetroit.com.
3. "Wicked" at Detroit Opera House: A look at the land of Oz from another angle, this Broadway smash returns to town with the story of two witches. 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. (through Sept. 2). $43 and up.1526 Broadway, Detroit. (313) 872-1000.