7 Things to Do This Weekend (July 9-11)

Enjoy a meal from a ’Hell’s Kitchen’ competitor — plus a Friday Beach Party and other outdoor events
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Head to Campus Martius for a Friday Beach Party. // Photograph courtesy of Downtown Detroit Partnership

Friday Beach Party

All season long, the urban beach at Campus Martius is a hot spot for summer fun. Guests build sandcastles, relax in colorful lounge chairs, and enjoy Caribbean fare from beachside restaurant The Fountain Detroit and tropical drinks from the Cruzan Rum Shack. But at the end of each week, resident DJs add live music to the mix for the park’s infamous Friday Beach Parties. No cost. July 9. Campus Martius, 800 Woodward Ave., Detroit; downtowndetroitparks.com

Mainstreet Soul

Grab your cooler and a lawn chair, and enjoy upbeat Motown and Soul favorites from eight-time Detroit Music Awards nominee and local staple Mainstreet Soul. The 10-piece band will perform live at Riverside Park in Downtown Auburn Hills as part of the city’s Friday Nights Downtown Music Series. No cost. July 9. Riverside Park, 3311 Squirrel Ct., Auburn Hills; happeningnext.com 

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Enjoy lavender ice cream, lemonade, and more at Blake’s this weekend. // Photograph courtesy of Blake’s

Blake’s Lavender Market

Blake’s Orchard and Cider Mill is swapping apples for lavender this weekend for its annual Lavender Market. The scenic fields will host more than 150 Michigan artisans offering products including jewelry, soaps, tea, vintage clothing, and dog treats, to name a few. When you’ve exhausted the vendor tents, pick your own lavender or attend classes and demonstrations on a range of topics, from natural wellness and aromatherapy to farming and gardening. After you’ve worked up an appetite strolling the sprawling grounds, you can refresh with lavender-infused treats, including lemonade, ice cream, cupcakes, and donuts. Plus, Blake’s Hard Cider and Brewing Companies’ seasonal lavender hard cider and beer can be enjoyed straight from the tap, at Blake’s Tasting Room. $10. July 9-11. Blake’s Orchard and Cider Mill, 17985 Armada Center Road, Armada; blakesfarms.com

Josie Clemens of Hell’s Kitchen Weekend Takeover

Metro Detroit native Josie Clemens is the first vegan chef to compete on Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen. After taping season 20 of the series’ Young Guns edition, which is now airing on Fox, she has returned home from Los Angeles. Now, she’ll mount a four-night takeover of Hazel Park’s Frame, throwing a 100 percent vegan dinner party. For an extra charge, guests can receive expertly paired organic, biodynamic wines or botanically infused cocktails, to complement each of Clemens’ plant-based dishes. $65+. July 9-12. Frame, 23839 John R Road, Ste. 2, Hazel Park; framehazelpark.com 

The Photograph

The Downtown Detroit Partnership’s Movie Nights in the D series, which provides free film showings on the lawn at Campus Martius, kicks off this Saturday with 2020 romantic drama The Photograph. Lay out a comfy blanket and follow the estranged daughter of a famous photographer as she falls for a journalist investigating her late mother’s life. And don’t forget to grab some movie munchies, courtesy of Detroit Popcorn Co. No cost. July 10. Campus Martius, 800 Woodward Ave., Detroit; downtowndetroitparks.com

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Hell’s Kitchen: Young Guns competitor Josie Clemens is bringing her vegan food to Frame. // Photograph courtesy of Frame

Psychic and Holistic Festival

Score intimate, one-on-one sessions with psychics, ​mediums, healers, and body workers at this carnival of mysticism. Or shop everything you’ll need to dabble in the arts yourself, including holistic products, crystals, and astrology charts. $5. July 10 and 11. VFW Bruce Post, 28404 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores; rywevents.com

Royal Oak Outdoor Art Fair

Join artists from across the country in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Royal Oak Outdoor Art Fair. A portion of the proceeds from this annual, juried event will go to co-host the Royal Oak Arts Council — a nonprofit that provides support for local artists, students of the arts, and art organizations. No cost. July 10 and 11. Memorial Park, 31050 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak; royaloakarts.com

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