48 Hours: The best of things to do in Metro Detroit
The Big Three
1. “Women Who Rock” exhibit at
The Henry Ford:This weekend is your last chance to view memorabilia from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s “Women Who Rock” collection, which includes more than 250 artifacts. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. today-Sun. Free with museum admission. 20900 Oakwood, Dearborn.
2. African World Festival at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History:This annual cultural celebration includes 150 vendors, three stages of live entertainment, a children’s book fair, quilt exhibition and more. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. today-Sun. Free. 315 E. Warren, Detroit. (313) 494-5800.
3. Drake vs. Lil Wayne at DTE Energy Music Theatre:Two of the biggest names in hip-hop will each perform their Grammy Award-winning songs on this co-headlining tour. 7 p.m. Sat. $31 lawn, $35.50-$121.50 pavilion. 7774 Sashabaw, Clarkston. (248) 377-0100.
a.m. Sit back, relax and enjoy the Woodward Dream Cruise as it travels along Woodward through six major cities — Berkley, Royal Oak, Ferndale, Birmingham, Bloomfield Township and Pontiac. Highlights include a Classic Car Show, a parade of cars, live music, a Tri-Community Coalition Street Dance, live radio broadcasts and more. Don’t forget to take your lawn chairs. 8 a.m.-9 p.m. today. Free. Visit
detroitnews.com/dreamcruise for a schedule of events.
p.m. Spend the evening dancing under the stars at the Detroit Ballroom Dance Party, featuring Mr. Smooth & Dancers, at New Center Park. Enter at 8 p.m.; performances from 9-11 p.m. Free. 2998 W. Grand Blvd., corner of Second and West Grand Boulevard, Detroit. Visit NewCenterPark.com.
a.m. Belle Isle Summer Saturdays (BLISS), presented by the Belle Isle Conservancy in partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), continues with yoga classes, tours of the island, kayak and bike rentals, concessions from food trucks and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today. (This program will be held again Sept. 20.) Jefferson at the foot of East Grand Boulevard, Detroit. Visit belleisleconservancy.org.
a.m. Sit back, relax and enjoy the Woodward Dream Cruise as it travels along Woodward through six major cities — Berkley, Royal Oak, Ferndale, Birmingham, Bloomfield Township and Pontiac. Highlights include a Classic Car Show, a parade of cars, live music, a Tri-Community Coalition Street Dance, Official Dream Cruise Merchandise Booths, a Ford Motor Co. Showcase, live radio broadcasts and more. Don’t forget to take your lawn chairs. 8 a.m.-9 p.m. today. Free. Woodward Avenue. Visit detroitnews.com/dreamcruise for a schedule of events.
a.m. Treat little ones to a Day Out with Thomas when “Thrill of the Ride Tour 2014” pulls into Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad. Children of all ages will enjoy a day filled with Thomas & Friends-themed activities. Departure times are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. today and Sunday. $21 plus tax for ages 2 and up. (The tour continues Aug. 22-24.) 6140 Bray, Flint Township. Call (866) 468-7630 or visit geneseecountyparks.org.
a.m. Greek Food, pastries, a marketplace, live entertainment, kids rides, pony rides and a petting zoo are just some of the activities that will highlight Assumption Greekfest 2014 at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. today and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. Free admission for those younger than 12. 21800 Marter, St. Clair Shores/Grosse Pointe Woods. Free parking/shuttle. Call (586) 779-6111, ext. 3. Visit assumptionfestival.com.
p.m. Get in on the “Family Fun Fest Carnival” at Founders Park. The City of Farmington Hills, in partnership with Metrogroup Promotions and Elliott’s Amusements, are the sponsors of this event which features thrill rides, kiddie rides, midway games and funnel cakes. Ride tickets are $1 each, with each requiring two-four tickets. You can purchase either 20 tickets for $20 or a one-price wristband for $18. Noon-11 p.m. today and noon-9 p.m. Sunday. Eight Mile, just two miles east of I-275. Call (248) 755-0433 or visit www.fhgov.com.
a.m. Meadow Brook Theatre (MBT) will hold its sixth annual Feet for Seats, a 5K fun run/walk on the campus of Oakland University. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. with the 5K run/walk starting at 9 a.m. $25 advance, $30 day of event. Student and Oakland University staff discounts are available online. 2200 N. Squirrel, Rochester. Visit mbtheatre.com.
p.m. Be sure to check out actress and comedian Mary Lynn Rajskub, known for her role as Chloe on Fox’s “24,” when she performs live at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle. The Trenton native will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. $20, $25. 310 S. Troy, Royal Oak. Call (248) 542-9900 or visit comedycastle.com.