10 Things to Do This Independence Day Weekend (July 1-4)

The Royal Oak Taco Fest, a concert from The Doobie Brothers, and Fourth of July events
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Try mini golf with an artistic twist at Cranbrook on the Green. // Photograph courtesy of Danielle Owensby

Clawson 4th of July 

Bring the family to Clawson City Park this Fourth of July weekend for activities and entertainment. Highlights include a three-day carnival with rides and games, live music, a Firecracker Mile race, an arts-and-crafts show, a parade and kiddie parade, and a cupcake-eating contest — all leading up to an awe-inspiring firework show. No cost, except for rides at the carnival. July 2-4. Clawson City Park, 935 N. Custer Ave., Clawson; facebook.com; for carnival ride tickets go to innovativeticketing.com

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Ann Arbor Fourth of July Parade

Hosted by the nonprofit organization Ann Arbor Jaycee’s, this Fourth of July parade is now in its 32nd year. Due to construction, the 2022 route is a little different than in years past. The parade starts at 10 a.m. at East Washington Street and South Thayer Street, and it travels down East Washington and takes a turn at South Main Street. No cost. July 4. Downtown Ann Arbor; facebook.com

Royal Oak Taco Fest

The first-ever Royal Oak Taco Fest will celebrate all things Mexican. Food will be a major focal point of the event, which has recruited 35 of the region’s top taquerias, taco trucks, and other Mexican eateries. And there’s plenty to do, from taking in live music and Lucha Libre matches to browsing artisan goods and competing for prizes in taco- and hot pepper-eating contests. $7. July 1-4. Downtown Royal Oak; royaloaktacofest.com


The Detroit Repertory Theatre is closing out its 65th season with the Michigan professional premiere of Fairview by celebrated playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury. The Pulitzer prize-winning comedy follows the Frasier family as its members prepare for Grandma’s birthday party. Beverly is straining to maintain her sanity as she works to perfect every detail. Meanwhile, her sister is drinking, her husband can’t seem to listen, her brother is M.I.A., her daughter is a teenager —enough said — and perhaps nothing is what it appears. $20+. Through July 31. Detroit Repertory Theatre, 13103 Woodrow Wilson St., Detroit; detroitreptheatre.com

Cranbrook on the Green

This summer, Cranbrook Art Museum invites visitors to experience its historic campus in an entirely new way — with an artist-designed, outdoor miniature-golf course. Each of the 10 holes is inspired by a different element of Cranbrook’s grounds and history. Play begins at Cranbrook’s famous gates, takes players through the hedges of the sunken garden, and ends at the museum’s grandest architecture — the Orpheus Fountain. $8+. Through Sept. 25. Cranbrook Art Museum, 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills; cranbrookartmuseum.org

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The Doobie Brothers come to Pine Knob on July 4. // Photograph courtesy of 313 Presents

Neptune Frost

In an otherworldly e-waste dump, during an uprising against an authoritarian colonial regime, an escaped coltan miner cross paths crosses paths with an intersex runaway, and they forge a connection that causes glitches within the greater cosmic circuitry. This queer, Afrofuturist, sci-fi punk musical is an amalgamation of themes and ideas that revels in the space between dichotomies — dream and reality, colonization and freedom, male and female. It has shown at a slew of international film festivals, including Cannes and Sundance.  $10. July 1. Cinema Detroit, 4126 Third Ave., Detroit; cinemadetroit.org 

Jerk X Jollof

This weekend, the Jerk X Jollof: Summer Series will continue in The Belt. This Detroit festival was established in 2016, as a celebration of Afro-Caribbean culture. Sample the bold cuisine and vibrant nightlife at events that span the weekend and will feature live performances from DJs, musicians, and dancers. No cost. July 1-3. The Belt, Detroit; specific locations at jerkxjollof.com

Jack Johnson

The “Better Together” crooner will bring his sunny brand of soft rock to Pine Knob Music Theatre in support of Meet the Moonlight, his first new album in five years. A portion of all ticket sales will go to Johnson’s nonprofit social action network, All at Once, which promotes sustainable food projects and plastic-free initiatives. $39.50+. July 2. Pine Knob Music Theatre, 33 Bob Seger Drive, Clarkston; 313presents.com

Machine Gun Kelly

Machine Gun Kelly achieved platinum-selling status with his previous record, Tickets to My Downfall, which marked the former rapper’s genre transition to pop-punk. Now, he’s on his first-ever arena tour, with special guests Avril Lavigne and Iann Dior, in support of his second rock album, Mainstream Sellout, which became the artist’s second No. 1 album when it debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart in March. Concert-goers can expect to hear hits like “Bloody Valentine” and “My Ex’s Best Friend.” $30+. July 3. Little Caesars Arena, 2645 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313presents.com

The Doobie Brothers

Boasting four Grammy Awards and more than 48 million albums sold, classic rock group The Doobie Brothers is celebrating a half century of hits this summer with its 50th Anniversary Tour. Expect to hear old favorites like “Takin’ it to the Streets” and “Long Train Runnin,’” along with selections from the band’s 2021 album, Liberté. $29.50+. July 4. Pine Knob Music Theatre, 33 Bob Seger Drive, Clarkston; 313presents.com