6 Things to Do This Weekend (Sept. 23-25)

Rock out at Riff Fest or enjoy family fun at the Michigan Fall Festival
Dorothy Riff Fest
Hard rock band Dorothy will perform at Riff Fest this weekend. // Photo Courtesy of 313 Presents

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Beloved for ’80s hits like “Hold on Loosely” and “Caught up in You,” this Southern rock group led by vocalist and guitarist Don Barnes has sold 20 million albums worldwide. More than four decades after the band’s inception, Barnes and company continue to bring bombastic, high-energy live performances to more than 100 U.S. cities every year. $45+. Sept. 23. Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Detroit; musichall.org

The Michigan Philharmonic

The Michigan Philharmonic will kick off its 77th season this Saturday, at Garden City’s brand new O’Leary Performing Arts Center. The “Enchanted Nights” concert will feature the stylings of Anastasia Rizikov, who first played with the Philharmonic when she was a 12-year-old child prodigy. The internationally renowned pianist will perform Sergei Prokofiev’s “Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26,” written in 1921. The evening will also include the world premiere of “My Child Suite for Orchestra,” from local composer Dianne Hartman. Sept. 24. Dr. Edwin J. O’Leary Performing Arts Center, Garden City; michiganphil.org


After disbanding more than 10 years ago, this beloved California indie rock project led by Stephen Malkmus will reunite for a series of tour dates as a delayed celebration of the band’s 30th anniversary. Songs like “Cut Your Hair” and “Frontwards” have become cult classics among the band’s loyal fans, who credit Pavement as one of the most influential indie acts of the 20th century. $49+. Sept. 24. Masonic Cathedral Theatre, Detroit; themasonic.com

Riff Fest

This Saturday, metro Detroit’s alternative rock station, 101.1 WRIF, presents its annual music festival. Riff Fest will take place across two stages at Pine Knob and feature performances from bands like In This Moment, Dirty Honey, Dorothy, The Violent, and Detroit’s own Eva Under Fire. Headlining the show will be the Grammy-nominated Disturbed. Making music since 1994, the heavy metal band is best known for tracks like “Down With the Sickness” and “Stupify.” $30+. Sept. 24. Pine Knob Music Theatre, Clarkston; 313presents.com

Michigan Fall Fest

This family-friendly fall extravaganza features pumpkin bowling, pumpkin decorating, and pumpkin tic-tac-toe, alongside a bevy of other autumn-themed activities. There will also be live music, a petting zoo, and Yates Cider Mill’s cider and donuts. If that’s not enough, kids and furry friends will have the chance to participate in respective costume contests. $5+. Sept. 24 and 25. Canterbury Village, Orion Township; michiganfallfestival.com

Heart for Life 5K/Fun Run

Participate in your choice of a 5k or a mile-long fun run this Sunday, for a good cause. All proceeds will support local nonprofit Heart for Life’s mission of funding pediatric heart transplant research and helping families. Even those not planning to hit the pavement are invited to join in the festivities. Among them are vendor tents, a selection of local food trucks, and a silent auction featuring Detroit sports memorabilia. $25+. Sept 25. Travis Pointe Country Club, Ann Arbor; heartforlife.org