48 Hours: The best of things to do in Metro Detroit

Jocelynn Brown and Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

The Big Three

1. DIY Street Fair and Funky Ferndale Art Fair in Downtown Ferndale

Two artsy events will take place in Ferndale this weekend. For craft beer, live rock ’n’ roll and hip vendors, check out the DIY Street Fair on Troy Street east of Woodward. It runs 11 a.m.-midnight today and Sunday. On Nine Mile on the west side of Woodward, more than 120 creators will be part of the long-running Funky Ferndale Art Fair. It’s open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. today and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Both events are free.

2. Victorian Festival in Downtown Northville

This year’s theme is “the lumbering industry” and features a Great Lakes Timber Show, art fair, carnival, beer garden, strolling entertainers, vintage base ball and more. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat. and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. Free. Downtown Northville. (248) 349-7640.

3. Zac Brown Band at DTE

Energy Music Theatre

This group blends country, folk and southern rock, and is the winner of several Grammy and country music awards. 7 p.m. Sun. $28.50 lawn, $45.50-$75.50 pavilion. 7774 Sashabaw, Clarkston. (248) 377-0100.

Melody Baetens



Celebrate the changing season during Barn Daze at Friendship Park. Activities include hayrides, inflatables (socks required), a petting farm, farm fresh produce sales, pony rides, children’s games and food. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. today. Free. Parking is $5 ($15 for a bus). 3380 W. Clarkston, Orion Township. Call (248) 391-0304, ext. 305, or visit oriontownship.org.


Get your drink on at the premiere “Michigan Craft Beer Tasting” at Flint Institute of Arts. This event will help support programs and exhibitions for children and adults at the institute. 4-8 p.m. today. $35 at the door. 1120 E. Kearsley, Flint Township. Call (810) 234-1695.


Michigan’s own popular comedian Dave Coulier will have you in stitches tonight at Andiamo Celebrity Showroom. You may remember Coulier from his role as Joey Gladstone on the ABC sitcom “Full House,” which aired in the late ’80s and early ’90s. $25, $49 and $59. 7096 E. 14 Mile, Warren. Call (586) 268-3200 or visit andiamoshowroom.com.


Be there when Detroit urban-rockers Critical Bill celebrates the release of their new CD, “The New Eternal,” with a hometown show at Macomb Music Theatre (formerly the Emerald Ballroom). Tonight (doors open at 7 p.m.). $10 (includes a copy of the new CD). All ages are welcome. 31 N. Walnut, Mount Clemens. Visit ticketmaster.com or macombmusictheatre.com.


Be sure to get in on the laughs this weekend at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle when Joseph Anthony performs on stage. Also appearing will be Leslie Ann Thompson with Martez Jackson as the emcee. 8, 10:30 tonight. $18. 310 S. Troy, Royal Oak. Call (248) 542-9900 for reservations.

Today / Sunday


The Historic Fort Wayne Coalition will host its annual Civil War Days weekend event at the Fort. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. $3 adults, free for children younger than 12. Secured parking is $5. 6325 W. Jefferson (at the foot of Livernois), Detroit. Visit historicfortwaynecoalition.com.


Stop by your local PetSmart and save a life by adopting a four-legged friend. More than 2,000 animal welfare organizations will be onsite at all 1,300 PetSmart locations across the country. PetSmart Charities gives all participating adoption partners a $35 reward grant for every pet adopted this weekend. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. today and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Visit facebook.com/PetSmartCharities.


Boating enthusiasts won’t want to miss the fifth annual “Boating & Outdoor Festival” at Lake St. Clair Metropark. Highlights include a boat show, boats in water, Bark Park with the Rock N Roll K9’s, live music, boat demonstrations, the Bat Boat, a kids zone and more. 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. today and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. $10 adults, free for children 12 and younger. 31300 Metro Parkway, Harrison Township. Visit BoatingandOutdoorFest.com or call 1-800-47-PARKS.


This is the final weekend for you and your little ones to witness the high-energy artistry of Universoul Circus as it celebrates its 20th anniversary at Chene Park. Noon, 4, 7:30 p.m. today and 12:30, 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. $17 and up. 26000 E. Atwater, Detroit. Call (800) 345-7000 or visit Ticketmaster.com.



UK-based poet David Nieta will be in town to present a lecture and discussion on “The Art of Being Black” at the Charles Wright Museum of African American History. Nieta is a Jamaican-born human rights advocate and poet, UK barrister and commentator on race, politics, mental health and the arts. 3-5:30 p.m. Free. 315 E. Warren, Midtown Detroit. Call (313) 494-5800 or visit thewright.org.


See a 2008 documentary that explores forgotten shipwrecks beneath the straits of Mackinac at Dossin Great Lakes Museum. 3 p.m. Sunday. Running time is 20 minutes. Free. Be sure to view the permanent exhibits, as well. 100 Strand, on Belle Isle, Jefferson at the foot of East Grand Boulevard, Detroit. Visit belleisleconservancy.org.

Jocelynn Brown