10 Things to Do in Metro Detroit this Weekend (Nov. 30-Dec. 2)

Traditional holiday events return to the city to begin the new month and ring in the Christmas season


Catch grammy-winner Maxwell at the Fox Theatre on Dec. 1. // Photograph By Horacio Hamlet

Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle: Kathleen Madigan has done it all in her 29 years in standup. In addition to touring, she has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman and Conan, performed for the troops, and produced three popular specials on Netflix. Nov. 29-Dec. 1. $30+. 310 S. Troy St., Royal Oak; 248-542-9900; comedycastle.com

Detroit Holiday Boutique: Get into the holiday spirit with this special three-day fair. The Detroit Holiday Boutique will feature local vendors that sell clothes, food, toys, décor, and much more. Nov. 30-Dec. 2. $10+. Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi; 888-248-9751; detroitholidayboutique.com  

Orchestra Hall: Everyone’s favorite talking “wabbit” will entertain adults and children alike at Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II, a Looney Tunes-themed concert experience. The show will feature a surprise appearance from guest stars Tom and Jerry as well as original scores and new Warner Bros. shorts. Nov. 30-Dec. 2. $24+. 3711 Woodward Ave.; Detroit; 313-576-5100; dso.org

Hot Tuna Acoustic: As two of the founders of psychedelic rock, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady are well known from their days of performing in the classic rock band Jefferson Airplane. Now, these talented musicians — and best friends — perform acoustic songs as core members of the band Hot Tuna. Dec. 1. $45+. The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; 734-761-1451; theark.org

Maxwell: Soul musician Maxwell has earned three Grammy awards and 10 nominations. He will be joined on stage by Marsha Ambrosius. Dec. 1. $30.50+. Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 800-745-3000; 313presents.com

Noel Night: More than 100 local venues will participate in this year’s massive street fair to bring in the holiday season in Midtown Detroit. As in previous years, street performances and a wide array of pop-up vendors will complement the participating venues’ many showcases. Dec. 1. No cost. Midtown Detroit; 313-420-6000; noelnight.org

Wayne Historical Museum: This year’s Holiday Night at the Museum event will feature a marching band, cookies, hot chocolate, carriage rides, a petting farm, and of course, Santa. There is also a Christmas market for holiday gifts. Dec. 1. No cost. 1 Towne Square St., Wayne; 734-722-0113; ci.wayne.mi.us

Hill Auditorium: The University Musical Society has been performing Handel’s Messiah, the nearly 300-year-old opera, annually for 139 years. University of Michigan Music Director Scott Hanoin will lead the 175-voice choir. Dec. 1 and 2. $12+. 825 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor; 734-764-2538; ums.org

Aaron Lewis: Country crooner Aaron Lewis is bringing his gritty voice to the city of Detroit. Lewis is best known as the lead singer of the metal band Staind, with popular songs like “Outside” and “So Far Away.” Dec. 2. $36+. $20. Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 866-782-9622; soundboarddetroit.com

Underoath: For eight years, fans of the band Underoath, had to make do without the group’s hardcore music. Now, the group is back with a new album and is sounding as good as ever. Dec. 2. $29.50+. Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; 248-399-2980; royaloakmusictheatre.com

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