6 Things to Do This Weekend (Aug. 27-29)

Sample local craft ciders at Blake’s Orchard, enjoy delicious offerings at the A Taste of Greece Festival, and see the work of local artists at the Scarab Club’s ’In the Air’ exhibition
A Taste of Greece Festival PC Steve Julin
The A Taste of Greece Festival features eats and entertainment, including traditional Greek dancing. // Photograph courtesy of Steve Julin

A Taste of Greece Festival

Voted Best Festival by Click on Detroit, the A Taste of Greece Festival is known — naturally — for its delicious edible offerings. These include gyros, roast leg of lamb, spanakopita (spinach pie), and baklava. Equally exciting beverage options include Greek beer and wines, as well as Ouzo, a Greek anise-flavored aperitif. The event will also feature traditional Greek dancing, tours of the beautiful Nativity of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, and live music from local Greek bands, such as the seven-piece Engma Detroit and acoustic traditional Greek music group Aegean Roots. $3. Through Aug. 29. Nativity of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 39851 Five Mile Road, Plymouth; michigangreekfestival.com 

Behind the Mask Opening

The solo exhibition from Detroit figurative sculptor Austen Brantley centers around the duality of being African and American in the modern world. The featured works portray the search for Black identity by juxtaposing the African world and the American world. Human figures interact with authentic cultural masks, recreated with clay, that represent African heritage, while also conveying the feelings associated with being labeled “African American.” Austen’s work has been displayed at a number of prominent venues, including the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. He has also been honored with the Kresge Gilda Snowden award. No cost. Aug. 27. Norwest Gallery of Art, 19556 Grand River Ave., Detroit; norwestgallery.com

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Taste ciders from more than 50 regional breweries at Blake’s Cider Dayze event. // Photograph courtesy of Blake’s Hard Cider

Oudolf Garden Grand Opening

The naturalistic Oudolf Garden, designed by influential Dutch garden planner Piet Oudolf, opens this weekend. Inspired by “the energy of Detroit,” the garden is both artistic and ecological, featuring perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees selected for their durability, ever-changing colors and textures, and capacity to be enjoyed all year round. No cost. Aug. 28. Belle Isle Park, Loiter Way & Picnic Way, Detroit; oudolfgardendetroit.org

Wicked Bizarre

It’s never too early for Halloween. This Samhain and horror-themed craft show will feature more than 100 vendors specializing in all things spooky and surreal. Patrons will also have the opportunity to join raffles, meet costumed characters, snack at a selection of food trucks, and shop the show’s discount costume closet. No cost. Aug. 28. Newburg United Methodist Church, 36500 Ann Arbor Trail, Livonia; sites.google.com

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Artists will paint an outdoor location of their choice this Sunday for the Scarab Club’s In the Air exhibition.  // Photograph courtesy of Molly Mech

Cider Dayze

Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill will bring together more than 50 regional breweries, cideries, and wineries — including B. Nektar, Bell’s Brewery, Founders Brewing Co., and Roak Brewing Co. — for Cider Dayze, the largest craft cider and beer festival in the Midwest. There will be plenty of activities and entertainment to enjoy while sampling the goods — think live music, corn hole, fowling, giant Jenga, and even beer stein holding competition. Plus, there will be an array of on-site food trucks, including BBQ Daddy, Satellite Food Truck, and Chatitas Rolling Kitchen. $20+. Aug. 28 and 29. Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill, 17985 Armada Center Road, Armada; blakefarms.com

In the Air

After receiving an outpouring of support for its first plein air exhibition in 2017, the Scarab Club decided to make it an annual tradition. On Sunday, 60 artists will once again rise to the challenge, setting up their easels at a Detroit location of their choice to create an original artwork between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The resulting masterpieces will then be displayed in the lounge for an evening exhibit. No cost. Aug. 29. The Scarab Club, 217 Farnsworth St., Detroit; scarabclub.org

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