Dream cruise, orchard tours and a Greek fest: 5 things to do in metro Detroit

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Mid-August in metro Detroit brings colorful celebrations of cultural heritage, collector cars, the approaching fall harvest and the upcoming return to school.

Here are a few family-friendly activities to consider for the weekend of Aug. 19.

Assumption’s GreekFest

Food being grilled at a Greek Festival.
Food being grilled at a Greek Festival.

This annual celebration hosted by a St. Clair Shores church offers four days of authentic Greek food and entertainment.

Festival highlights include performances of the Hellenic Society for the Performing Arts, the Assumption dance groups, bands playing Greek music, activities for kids, a marketplace with vendors from the U.S. and Greece, church tours, presentations of iconography and more.

Hours are 4-10 p.m. Thursday; 4-11 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 21800 Marter Road in St. Clair Shores. $2 regular admission; children under 12 are admitted free.

Classic and modern vehicles cruise on Woodward Avenue in Royal Oak during the Woodward Dream Cruise on August 21, 2021.
Classic and modern vehicles cruise on Woodward Avenue in Royal Oak during the Woodward Dream Cruise on August 21, 2021.

Woodward Dream Cruise

Nine cities from Ferndale to Pontiac will participate in a number of collector car events along 16 miles of Woodward Avenue on Saturday.

Car enthusiasts from all over Michigan and beyond gather to show off their wheels and watch all types of vehicles cruise down Woodward.

Related: Woodward Dream Cruise 2022: Everything you need to know

Communities along the route will host various events with entertainment, food, stationary car shows, kids' play zones, live music and more.

The cruise is held the third Saturday in August, but some festivities begin Friday.

A map and schedule of events can be viewed at woodwarddreamcruise.com

'Pursuit of Freedom' is a film in the 16th Annual Trinity International Film Festival
'Pursuit of Freedom' is a film in the 16th Annual Trinity International Film Festival

Detroit Trinity International Film Festival

This 16th annual independent film festival will be a hybrid event featuring 51 films from seven countries streamed online and 16 screened in person

Virtual screenings will take place Aug. 18-21 on Eventive, where all films can be viewed.

In-person screenings will be held from noon-4 p.m. Aug. 28 at the downtown Detroit YMCA Marlene Boll Theater, 1401 Broadway in Detroit.

The lineup will feature 16 short movies from Michigan, followed by an awards ceremony from 5-7 p.m. Tickets for the in-person screenings and awards ceremony can be purchased at Eventbrite.

Blake Farms in Armada, MI.
Blake Farms in Armada, MI.

Blake’s Farm Fresh Tours

As autumn approaches, this Macomb County orchard is offering guided train tours with stops to pick produce and learn about crops and harvesting techniques before returning to the cider mill for a curated lunch inspired by the farm’s freshest produce.

Saturdays through Sept. 11 at Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill, 17985 Armada Center in Armada. Times and tickets available at blakefarms.com.

Back To School Stay In School Family Day

Free food, fun and school supplies for children 6-18 available while supplies last.

Children must be present to receive supplies.

Hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Delores Bennett Park, 402 Smith in Detroit, followed by Delores Bennett’s adopt-a-child program from 2-4 p.m.

Brendel Hightower is an assistant editor at the Detroit Free Press. Contact her at bhightower@freepress.com. To subscribe, please go to freep.com/specialoffer.

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