7 Things to Do This Weekend (Aug. 19-21)

Attend Dream Cruise events, a Twenty One Pilots concert, and the Renaissance Festival’s opening weekend
Michigan Renaissance Festival
This weekend marks the opening of Michigan’s annual Renaissance Festival. // Photo courtesy of the Michigan Renaissance Festival

Michigan Renaissance Festival

Travel back in time to the 16th century with this Michigan tradition, returning this month for its 43rd year. Live entertainment will abound across 17 stages hosting musicians, jugglers, mimes, magicians, and more. Guests can also browse wares from more than 100 artisans, catch a live jousting tournament, enter costume contests, and enjoy old-time food favorites like the festival’s signature roasted turkey leg. $20+. Aug. 20-28. 12600 Dixie Highway, Holly; michrenfest.com

Ferndale Dream Cruise

All weekend long, Downtown Ferndale will be a part of the Woodward Dream Cruise festivities. On Friday, spectators will enjoy the Emergency Vehicle Show, featuring police cars, ambulances, firetrucks, and more. Then, for Saturday’s Mustang Alley, the streets will be flooded with classic Mustangs of all models. Live music and a kids play zone can be enjoyed both days. No cost. Aug. 19-20. Nine Mile and Woodward Ave., Ferndale; ferndaledreamcruise.com.

Twenty One Pilots PC Ashley Osborn
Twenty One Pilots will perform at Little Caesars Arena this weekend. // Photo courtesy of Ashley Osborn

Twenty One Pilots

The Grammy Award-winning duo behind earworms like “Stressed Out” and “Heathens” will stop at Little Caesars Arena this month to promote their 2021 album Scaled and Icy. Known for fusing elements of hip-hop, electropop, and alternative rock, the multi-instrumentalists are one of just three rock acts in history to have two simultaneous top 5 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. $39.50+. Aug. 20. Little Caesars Arena, Detroit; 313presents.com

Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations

This new Broadway success tells the story of The Temptations, from their first local performances in Detroit to international stardom. Fans can expect to hear chart-toppers like “Just My Imagination” and “Get Ready,” hits that earned the group induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This nationwide tour remembers one of the biggest names in Motown by bringing their songs and story to life. $35+. Aug. 9-28. Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway St., Detroit; broadwayindetroit.com

Inspired by Detroit’s Comic Book Artists

Juried by artist Dave Chow and filmmaker Bill Morrison, this unique exhibit will showcase the works of local comic book artists. Renowned cartoonists Arvell Jones, an illustrator for Marvel and DC Comics; Kassandra Heller, the background painter for Disney Channel’s Big City Greens, and Chris Houghton, a co-creator of Big City Greens, will be some of the featured artists. Other displayed works come from local graphic and fine artists who sometimes experiment in the comic book field.  The opening reception will take place this Friday. No cost. Aug. 19-Sept. 10. Detroit Artists Market, 4719 Woodward Ave., Detroit; detroitartistsmarket.org

Kidz Bop

The popular children’s music brand has sold more than 23 million albums since 2001 and debuted 24 times among the Billboard 200 top 10. This weekend, the whole family can sing and dance along, when the Kidz Bop Live 2022 tour stops at Pine Knob Music Theater. Young entertainers Egan, Layla, Dominic, and Camille will perform today’s hits, including “Good 4 U” and “Dance Monkey.” $25+. Aug. 19. Pine Knob Music Theatre, 33 Bob Seger Drive, Clarkston; 313presents.com

Michigan Dog Fest

This weekend, the historic Canterbury Village will the Michigan host the Michigan Dog Fest, featuring booths from various dog rescue organizations and multiple shows by Ultimate Air Dogs dock-jumping team. The event is free to all attendees, as well as their furry friends. Plus, kids will enjoy searching the village for paw prints to redeem for candy and other small prizes. No cost. Aug. 20-21. Canterbury Village, Lake Orion; canterburyvillageevents.com