6 Things to Do This Weekend (June 24-26)

Live music from New Kids on the Block and the 99.5 WYCD Hoedown, plus pride and wine at Detroit Vineyards
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WYCD Hoedown -Tenille Townes PC John Shearer
Tenille Townes is among the country music artists performing at this year’s 99.5 WYCD Hoedown. // Photograph courtesy of John Shearer

New Kids on the Block

The multiplatinum-selling boy band New Kids on the Block will stop at Little Caesars Arena this weekend as part of their Mix Tape Tour 2022. Audience members will hear a selection of the group’s late ’80s and early ’90s chart-topping hits, such as “Hangin’ Tough,” “Step by Step,” and “Cover Girl.” The New Kids will be joined by fellow nostalgia icons Salt-N-Pepa, Rick Astley, and En Vogue. $30+. June 24. Little Caesars Arena, 2645 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313presents.com

Prom Night for Autism

This “sneaker soirée”-themed prom experience is tailored specifically toward young people (16 and up) who fall on the autism spectrum. Promenaders can enjoy a night of dinner and dancing with their peers, all in a decked-out — and sensory-conscious — environment. No cost. June 24. Kemeny Recreation Center, 2260 S. Fort St., Detroit; facebook.com

Trombone Shorty

Over the course of his nearly 20-year music career, New Orleans-based multi-instrumentalist Trombone Shorty has collaborated with some of the biggest names in music, including Lenny Kravitz, Eric Clapton, and Mark Ronson. This Saturday, he’ll stop in Detroit as part of his Voodoo Threauxdown Tour, promoting his new album, Lifted, which was released in April. $41+. June 25. Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre, 2600 Atwater St., Detroit; livenation.com

99.5 WYCD Hoedown

This Saturday, a host of country music acts will perform across two stages at Pine Knob Music Theatre, for 99.5 WYCD Detroit’s Country’s 39th annual Hoedown. Among the performers will be headliner Brooks & Dunn — the best-selling duo in country music history — as well as Scotty McCreery, Tenille Townes, and Joe Nichols. $30+. June 25. Pine Knob Music Theatre, 33 Bob Seger Drive, Clarkston; 313presents.com

National Canoe and Kayak Day

This Sunday is National Canoe and Kayak Day, and the Southeast Michigan Watershed Council will celebrate with a handful of paddling events throughout the weekend. Taking place on the Detroit, Clinton, Huron, and Rouge Rivers, excursions will range from beginner-friendly jaunts preceded by paddling safety lessons to outings intended for experienced rowers — complete with post-paddle merriment at a waterside pub. There will also be a scenic paddle on Ann Arbor’s Argo Pond, where participants can glimpse a variety of wildlife, such as turtles, ducks, herons, and bullfrogs. No cost. June 25 and 26. Various locations; canoekayakday.com

Fierté! A Pride Party

Celebrate diversity with a different kind of LGBTQ pride event at Detroit Vineyards. This elevated pride party will feature drink specials, music courtesy of DJ Thornstryker, and no cover charge. Plus, a portion of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to the Human Rights Campaign. No cost. June 26. Detroit Vineyards, 1000 Gratiot Ave., Detroit; exploretock.com

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