48 Hours: The best of things to do in Metro Detroit
The Big Four
Michigan State Fair at Suburban Collection Showplace:
With a carnival, circus, beer tent, livestock exhibits, quilting demonstrations and more, there’s something for almost everyone at the annual State Fair. Don’t forget about the whacky games like the Oreo stacking competition and the corn-on-the-cob-eating contest. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. today-Sun. and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon. $6 in advance, $8 at the gate, $5 parking. 46100 Grand River, Novi. (248) 348-6942.
Arts, Beats & Eats in downtown Royal Oak:
Tonight’s headliners are ’90s hit makers Third Eye Blind, Jena Irene from “American Idol” and Jeff Gutt from “The Voice.” Sunday hear the Village People and the Spinners, and on Labor Day, Theory of a Deadman and Loverboy are the big acts. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. today-Sun. and 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Mon. $3-$5, free Friday before 5 p.m. Downtown Royal Oak. artsbeatseats.com.
Hamtramck Labor Day Festival in downtown Hamtramck:
This laid back and affordable event boasts ethnic food, from Polish to Middle Eastern, as well as vendors, a carnival and live music (plus $4 beer). Don’t miss the Polish Muslims at 7 tonight or the Labor Day parade at 1 p.m. Monday. Noon-10 p.m. Sat.-Mon. Free. Jos. Campau at Caniff, Hamtramck. hamtownfest.com.
Detroit Jazz Festival
at Hart Plaza:
Christian McBride Trio, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Regina Carter, Diane Schuur and Stanley Clarke are all big names at this year’s Jazz Fest. Today-Mon. Free. Jefferson at Woodward, Detroit. detroitjazzfest.com.
p.m.Catch comedian D.J. Dangler, head writer for the Comedy Circus, when he performs on stage at Joey’s Comedy Club. No subject is off limits for this high-energy performer. 9 tonight. $16, $29 (with dinner). 36071 Plymouth, Livonia. Call (734) 261-0555.
p.m.You’ll be toe-tapping and finger snapping when the rock group Moody Blues performs at the Fox Theatre. 7:30 tonight. $48.50-$68.50. 2211 Woodward, Detroit. Call (313) 471-6611.
a.m.Don’t miss the Ultimate Homearama 2014, “Bringing The Dream Home,” presented by Gorman’s Home Furnishings & Interior Design in the new “Pinnacle community” in Oakland Township. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily and Noon-9 p.m. Sundays. $32 for a family with children younger than 18. Free parking at Oakland Church, 5100 N. Adams (enter from Silverbell), Rochester. Free trolley/bus available from designated parking area. (This event continues through Sept. 14.) Visit homearamahba.com/
p.m.Get your groove on when the Isley Brothers, best known for their Grammy-award winning hit “It’s Your Thing,” take you down memory lane during their performance on stage at Chene Park. 8 p.m. $37 lawn, $47-$100 pavilion. 2600 E. Atwater, Detroit. Call (313) 393-7128.
p.m.Hip-hop artists DMX, Rakim, Naughty by Nature and others will bring down the house at DTE Energy Music Theatre. 7:30 p.m. $11 lawn, $16-$35.50 pavilion. 7774 Sashabaw, Clarkston. Call (248) 377-0100.
p.m.Dirtybird BBQ with Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin, J. Philip and Christian Martin blend their style of electronic music in the Masonic Temple parking lot. 2 p.m. $20. 500 Temple, Detroit. Call (313) 832-7100.
Sunday / Monday
a.m.Savor the flavor of home-grown peaches at the Michigan Peach Festival of Romeo in the Village of Romeo. This event will have something for every member of the family to enjoy, including peach treats, a kid’s festival, a baby and pet photo contest and more. 8 a.m. today, 7 a.m. Sunday (farmer’s breakfast) and 9 a.m. Monday. Free. 121 W. St. Clair, Romeo. For a complete schedule, visit peachfestromeo.com.