What to Do in Detroit This Weekend: March 29-31, 2013

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Spring is poking her head out of the ground with crocuses and daffodils. As we enter this Easter weekend, March 29-31, 2013, here are events in metro Detroit for everyone to enjoy.

The Whip, Hammer, and Cross

Friday, March 29, 7 p.m.

Greater Grace Temple (City of David)

23500 W. Seven Mile, Detroit


This Easter biblical retelling is enacted in drama, music, and pageantry. It's become a Motor City tradition. The church's performing arts groups brings the minister's homily and gospel reading to life. In past years, it's played to 10,000 people, but this year, it will be a one-night show.

Children's Easter Egg Hunts

Friday-Saturday, March 29-30, various times

Various locations

Free to minimal cost

About Detroit lists Easter festivals, events, egg hunts, marshmallow drops, crafts, games, Easter Bunny visits, and children's holiday events. Check the 20-plus list of community events for one nearest you.

Lamb of God

Friday-Saturday, March 29-30, 7 p.m.

Merriman Road Church

2055 Merriman, Garden City


This Easter passion play retells the gospel story of the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. Local students and parishioners enact parts. There are two performances Good Friday and Holy Saturday. Seating is limited and is predicted to fill fast.

Maple's Sweet Story

Saturday, March 30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Kensington Metropark

2240 W. Buno, Milford

$5 adults, $3 children 3-12 and seniors (breakfast extra)

This is the last weekend for maple syrup. Stop in anywhere from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for pancakes at Kensington's Farmhouse Grille. Enjoy a guided tour to the sugar bush and see the maple sugaring process. Watch tree tapping and sap boiling. Tours start at noon and the last tour runs at 2:30 p.m. Check out an Algonquin winter encampment in the woods.


Saturday, March 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Detroit Zoo

8450 W. 10 Mile, Royal Oak

Adults to 61, $14; kids 2 to 14, $9; seniors and active military, $12

$8 admission with donated canned good or nonperishable food item

Come for Easter family fun at the Detroit Zoo's "Bunnyville." Activities include treats, games, crafts, live entertainment, animal enrichment activities, zookeeper talks, and more. Enjoy a golden egg hunt with prizes, Jelly Bean Jamboree, Funny Bunny Games, springtime crafts, whisker painting, and photo ops with the Easter Bunny. "The Bunny Follies" musical will perform at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.

The View With Pewter Cub and Meadower

Saturday, March 30, 8 p.m.

Magic Stick

4140 Woodward, Detroit

From $10

This Scottish quartet features younger band members playing ska punk and throwback rock. Special guests include Pewter Cub and Meadower.

Easter Jazz Spectacular

Saturday, March 30, 8 p.m.

Fox Theatre

2211 Woodward, Detroit

From $45.50

Keyboardist George Duke and bassist Stanley Clark reunite to celebrate an "Easter Jazz Spectacular" with Boney James and Incognito featuring Maysa Leak and Najee. This musical event explores all kinds of jazz.

Easter Sunday Brunch

Sunday, March 31, 10 a.m.

Various restaurants

Cost varies

Take the family or sweetheart (or enjoy time to yourself) for brunch at one of CBS Detroit's best Easter brunch venues. Buffet entrees range from traditional breakfast fare to roast lamb, from striped bass to jambalaya. Cost starts around $17 per adult buffet.

An educator and native Michigander, Marilisa Sachteleben covers activities and events in her state's most pivotal city of Detroit.

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