Forecasts promise warm weather with some thunderstorms this weekend, May 17-19, for Detroit. But don't let thunder and lightning stop you from having fun.
Friday-Sunday, May 17-19, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily
Russell Industrial Center
1600 E. Clay, Detroit
Start summer with an outdoor blast like only Russell Industrial Center can provide. Each weekend, come visit outdoor specialty vendors. Bring the family for live entertainment, games, giveaways, food trucks, chefs, flowers, produce, arts and crafts, and more. Celebrate all that's unique and wonderful about Detroit.
Friday, May 17, 6 p.m.-midnight; Saturday, May 18, 1 p.m.-midnight; Sunday, May 19, 2 p.m.-10 p.m.
St. Sebastian Catholic Church
20710 Colgate, Dearborn Heights
Varied fees for rides, food, and beverages; $20 ride-all-day passes
Free live entertainment includes: Annabelle Road, Johnny and the Moondogs, Junction Groove, Misty Blues, and Matt King & The Roustabout Show Band (Elvis tribute). Food booths feature: Mexican, Polish, and concessions. Sit-down pork chop and roast beef dinners available. Families and kids can enjoy big top games, thrill rides, and kiddie rides ($20 wristband). Adults can enjoy casino games, bingo, raffle, and alcoholic beverages.
Friday, May 17, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 18, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, May 19, 2:30 p.m.
Detroit Opera House
1526 Broadway, Detroit
If you see Verdi's "Aida" only for the lavish costumes, glorious sets, and innovative staging, you'll be getting a treat. And that doesn't even touch Latonia Moore's glorious "Ma tu, Re, tu signore possente" and other arias. Let the Ethiopian princess Aida, her lover Radames, and their entourage transport you to ancient Egypt for passion, edge-of-your-seat drama, and pathos. Soprano Celeste Cole, the first black woman to sing the "Aida," was a Detroiter. You can see her home at 693 Edison in the historic Boston-Edison neighborhood.
Saturday, May 18, 7 p.m.
Joe Louis Arena
19 Steve Yzerman Drive, Detroit
Donofrio MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), Michigan's premier MMA promoter, is hosting a debut event at the Joe. Impact Fight League 57: War of Aggression showcases matchups between the best of up-and-coming mixed martial artists. Enjoy a live DJ, light show, sonic booms, and ring announcer Phil "The Voice" Davey.
Saturday, May 18, 8 p.m.
2211 Woodward, Detroit
This hip-hop blowout features Big Daddy Kane, Doug E Fresh, MC Lyte, Slick Rick, the Sugarhill Gang, Rob Base, and Whodini. These award-winning legends defined the genre. Doug E. Fresh is known as the first human beatbox. There's one performance only -- don't miss it.
Sunday, May 19, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
2934 Russell St., Detroit
Flower Day is one of the largest flower shows in the country. Over 200,000 people visit each year. Don't miss this 47th annual one. Growers from around Michigan, neighboring states, and Canada bring an array of annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees, exotics, tropical plants, flats, hanging baskets, and more. Enjoy kids activities, food vendors, games, and Eastern Market's many buskers.
Sunday, May 19, 8 a.m.
2934 Russell St., Detroit
See First Container, the Collision Works Story Box community center. Come for a special grand opening of this shipping-container prototype building. Funds were raised to erect an arts-urban garden collective meeting space. It will be on display through October, and there are plans to build a larger shipping-crate hotel on the Dequindre Cut. Opening Day includes storyteller Ivory Williams and Marsha Music. Deep Dive Detroit's Lauren Hood will be playing records. Enjoy Speed Story, an interactive story-telling game.
- Russell Industrial Center