10 Things to Do in Metro Detroit This Weekend (Nov. 9-11)

Celebrate Veterans Day weekend at these local events


The Henry Ford is offering free admission to active-duty military personnel, veterans, and their families on Veteran's Day, Nov. 11. // Photograph Courtesy of The Henry Ford

Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle: Detroit native and Last Comic Standing champion John Heffron knows a thing or two about humor. He is one of only a handful of comedians to have produced two Comedy Central specials. Nov. 8-10. $20+. 310 S. Troy St., Royal Oak; 248-542-9900; comedycastle.com

Orchestra Hall: Grammy-winning pianist Emanuel Ax will perform Beethoven’s first published piano concerto, the aptly named First Piano Concerto. Ax will be joined by composer Cristian Macelaru, who will perform Play by Andrew Norman. Nov. 9 and 10. $15+. 3711 Woodward Ave.; Detroit; 313-576-5100; dso.org

Pet Expo: Dogs, cats, and other animals will be the main attraction at the upcoming Novi Pet Expo. The fun and insightful three-day event for animal lovers and owners alike, will feature pet shows, adoption opportunities, micro-chipping services, and more. Nov. 9-11. $10+. Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi; 248-348-5600; novipetexpo.com

Little Caesars Arena: Twenty years after the hit HBO TV show Def Comedy Jam launched him to stardom, famed comedian and sitcom star Martin Lawrence is scheduled to host a new show. The Lit AF Tour features Lawrence as well as fellow comedians DeRay Davis, Rickey Smiley, Deon Cole, Clayton Thomas, and Benji Brown. $45+. Nov. 10. 2645 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 800-745-3000; 313presents.com

Sip Savor Stomp: Six types of wine from more than 50 wineries and vineyards will be available to sample at this year’s Sip Savor Stomp event in Royal Oak. The tasting will showcase local wines as well as imports. Nov. 10. $45+. Royal Oak Farmers Market, 316 E. 11 Mile Rd.; Royal Oak; 248-224-5104; sipsavorstomp.com

Detroit Historical Museum: The 1997 documentary The Hudson Building examines the famous Hudson department store in downtown Detroit and its journey from being a thriving metropolitan shopping center to an abandoned building. The run time is 45 minutes. Nov. 10 and 11. No cost. 5401 Woodward Ave.; Detroit; 313-833-1805; detroithistorical.org

REO Speedwagon: Formed in 1967, the rock group is still going strong more than 50 years since its inception. Known for hits like “Can’t Fight This Feeling” and “Keep on Loving You,” REO Speedwagon’s long-term success can be credited, at least in part, to their energetic performances. Catch them live in Detroit this month. Nov. 11. $93+. SoundBoard at Motor City Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 800-745-3000; 313presents.com

International Science Day: Celebrate all things science at the Michigan Science Center with free general admission to over 250 exhibits, stage shows, and more. Nov. 11. No cost. Michigan Science Center, 5020 John R. St., Detroit; 313-577-8400; mi-sci.org

The Temptations: For over 40 years, the Motown legends have been creating and performing R&B and soul tunes. Be sure to catch them performing their classic hits "My Girl," "The Way You Do the Things You," and more in metro Detroit. Nov. 11. $25+. Andiamo Celebrity Showroom, 7096 E. 14 Mile Rd., Warren; 586-268-3200; andiamoitalia.com/showroom

The Henry Ford: For Veterans Day, the Dearborn museum will offer free admission to the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation and Greenfield Village to veterans, active-duty military personnel, and their families. Military ID must be presented. Nov. 11. No cost. The Henry Ford, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn; 313-982-6001; thehenryford.org

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