What to Do in Detroit This Weekend: May 17-19, 2013

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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.

Russell Industrial Center Summer Festival Kickoff

Friday-Sunday, May 17-19, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily

Russell Industrial Center

1600 E. Clay, Detroit

Free

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.

St. Sebastian Spring Festival

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.

Aida

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

From $69

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.

Impact Fight League 57: War of Aggression

Saturday, May 18, 7 p.m.

Joe Louis Arena

19 Steve Yzerman Drive, Detroit

From $15

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.

The Legends of Hip-Hop

Saturday, May 18, 8 p.m.

Fox Theatre

2211 Woodward, Detroit

From $39.50

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.

Eastern Market Flower Day

Sunday, May 19, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

Eastern Market

2934 Russell St., Detroit

Free

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.

First Container Collision Works Story Box

Sunday, May 19, 8 a.m.

Eastern Market

2934 Russell St., Detroit

Free

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.

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