7 Things to Do This Weekend (Oct. 14-16)

Motor City Comic Con, the All-Star Comedy Festival, and a Bring Me the Horizon concert.
Photograph courtesy of The Verve Pipe.

Haunted Weekends at Blake’s Big Apple

Every weekend this month, Blake’s transforms its Armada apple orchard into a spooky wonderland that’s perfect for thrill seekers of all ages. Wander through a three-story haunted barn or a spooky corn maze, then take a haunted hayride across the sprawling grounds. Guests can even hunt ghouls during a game of zombie paintball. $17+. Sept. 17-Oct. 31. Blake’s Big Apple, Armada; blakefarms.com.

Detroit Society of Women Painters and Sculptors

Since 1903, the Detroit Society of Women Painters and Sculptors has played a pivotal role in promoting and empowering the metro area’s female artists. This enriching exhibition at the Northville Art House will highlight works by the society’s members. No cost. Oct. 1-29. Northville Art House, Northville; northvillearthouse.org.

The Verve Pipe

This East Lansing band was catapulted to national fame 25 years ago thanks to its 1997 smash single “The Freshmen.” Fans will be able to get up close and personal with vocalist Brian Vander Ark and the rest of the band when they stop at The Ark for an intimate performance this month. $30+. Oct. 14. The Ark, Ann Arbor; theark.org.

Motor City Comic Con

Michigan’s largest comic and pop culture event returns once again to the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. As always, it brings with it a host of events, exhibits, and activities. This year’s lineup of celebrity guests features Matt Smith, who portrays the 11th doctor in the Doctor Who series, and Hocus Pocus lead actors Omari Katz and Vinessa Shaw, along with stars from Pirates of the Caribbean, The CW’s Supernatural, and other popular franchises. Prominent figures from the comic book industry – including creators, artists, and writers – will also be in attendance. Oct. 14-16. Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi; motorcitycomiccon.com.

Bring Me the Horizon

After polarizing listeners and critics alike with its 2006 death metal debut, Count Your Blessings, this English rock band’s sound evolved to include pop rock, electronic, and alternative metal influences. The group has since sold more than 4 million albums worldwide. Its most recent, 2019’s Amo, received two Grammy Award nominations. Oct. 15. $29+. Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill, Sterling Heights; 313presents.com.

All-Star Comedy Festival

Celebrate Sweetest Day with lots of laughs when seven hilarious performers take over Detroit’s Fox Theatre during the All-Star Comedy Festival. The show includes sets by Earthquake, Guy Torry, Don “DC” Curry, Adele Givens, Arnez J., Ryan Davis, and Henry Coleman. Oct. 15. $59+.  Fox Theatre, Detroit; 313presents.com.

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard

This prolific psychedelic rock band hailing from Melbourne, Australia, has garnered a cult following, thanks to its electrifying sound and its reputation for frenetic, engaging live shows. See what all the fuss is about when the band stops at the Masonic Temple in support of its latest full-length album, Omnium Gatherum. Oct. 16. $32. Masonic Temple Theatre, Detroit; themasonic.com.