7 Things to Do This Weekend (June 25-27)

Highlights include a magic show, a Pride party, and a performance from Hamilton’s Renée Elise Goldsberry
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Magician Anthony Grupido, pictured above, will bring his talents to Lake Orion this weekend. // Photograph courtesy of Anthony Grupido

A Night of Magic

His performances in churches, casinos, and festivals across the region have earned Anthony Grupido recognition as “Michigan’s Best Magician,” from Channels 2, 4, 7, and WJR Radio. On top of having opened for the Impractical Jokers, America’s Got Talent champion Darci Lynne, and comedy legend Bill Engvall, Grupido gives magical presentations to educate students about mental health and coping skills. $25. June 25. Fire Bowl at Camp Agawam, 1301 W. Clarkston Road, Lake Orion; orion-events.ticketspice.com    


Each June, Downtown Auburn Hills hosts a two-day extravaganza, celebrating the summer season with food, live music, and a range of family-friendly activities. Festivalgoers at this year’s event will enjoy a cornhole tournament, a limbo contest, Moana Ocean Voyage Polynesian Dance Show, and a Jedi meet-and-greet and training session. $20+. June 25 and 26. Riverside Park, 2 Squirrel Court, Auburn Hills; auburnhills.org   

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Enjoy patriotic tunes from the Michigan Philharmonic in Plymouth this weekend. // Photograph courtesy of Michigan Philharmonic

An American Salute Concert

The Michigan Philharmonic has been playing innovative classical music for audiences across the region for 76 years. The symphony orchestra will commence a yearly tradition this weekend when it performs a patriotic show tribute at downtown Plymouth’s Kellogg Park. No cost. June 26. Kellogg Park, West Ann Arbor Trail, Plymouth; plymouthmich.org 

What the Hill?

Challenge yourself this weekend, with an intense running event at Bloomer Park’s mountain bike trails, where you’ll trek through dirt and sand, over rocks, roots, and downed trees. Participants are free to run, walk, or hike at their own place, but all should prepare for a vigorous workout.  With steep hills, wooden bridges, and even stairs, this 5-mile course is no joke. $47+. June 27. Bloomer Park, 345 John R Road, Rochester Hills; move-itfitness.com 

Log Cabin Day

Each year, People for Palmer Park — a nonprofit committed to revitalizing the historic, urban greenspace — partners with the city of Detroit to present a rare public tour of Detroit’s only authentic log cabin, built in 1885 by Sen. Thomas Palmer. Historian tour guides will point out the structure’s most interesting original characteristics, from Victorian-style pocket doors and stained-glass windows to Mrs. Palmer’s treasured American Jewel stove and one of the earliest indoor toilettes. Other historical activities — including vintage dress-up, spinning and blacksmithing demos, hat-making workshops, and theatrical excerpts from Peter Pan — can be enjoyed across the surrounding property. Refreshments, such as bites from local eateries and free ice cream, will also be available. No cost. June 27. Palmer Park, 910 Merrill Plaisance St., Detroit; peopleforpalmerpark.org

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Hamilton’s Renée Elise Goldsberry performs during the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Soiree. // Photograph courtesy of DSO

Summer Soirée

Renée Elise Goldsberry is best known for her Tony Award-winning performance in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s acclaimed rap musical Hamilton. This weekend, the talented vocalist — who has also earned a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album — will join the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for a night of pop, Broadway, and soul favorites. $28+. June 27. Orchestra Hall, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit; dso.org

Blush: A Pride Patio Pink Party

Pile on your pink duds and celebrate Pride Month with a blush-themed party on the PizzaPlex patio. Guests get down with live music from Macho City DJ Mike Trombley, while sipping rosy cocktails from an exclusive drink menu. No cost. June 27. PizzaPlex, 4458 Vernor Hwy., Detroit; pizzaplex.com