8 Things to Do This Weekend (June 3-5)

A Hello Kitty Café Pop-Up, LGBTQ Pride events, a walking tour of Mexicantown, and a Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town concert ring in the summer
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The Birmingham Village Fair runs through June 5. // Photograph courtesy of Kelly Bennett

Birmingham Village Fair

The annual Birmingham Village Fair is taking over Shain Park for its 57th year. It will bring along with it four lively days of carnival games, classic festival foods, and an array of rides suited for thrill-seekers of all ages. Portions of the event proceeds will benefit upwards of 15 local nonprofits. $1.50+. Through June 5. Shain Park, 270 W. Merrill St., Birmingham; chamberdata.net 

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit – Opening Receptions

Metro Detroit art galleries are kicking off LGBTQ Pride Month by debuting a new collaborative, multi-venue exhibition called Mighty Real/Queer Detroit, which explores and celebrates queer art from emerging and established metro Detroit creators. Grand opening celebrations are taking place across several venues this weekend, with many featuring live music, artist talks, and poetry readings. No cost; donations appreciated. Through June 5. Various locations Detroit; mrqd.org

Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town

See two country-music superstars in a single go this weekend. The Bandwagon Tour co-headliners Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town boast a combined 23 CMA Awards and seven Grammys. Lambert’s latest single, “If I Was a Cowboy,” is currently climbing Country Radio charts, while Little Big Town prepares to drop a new album later this year. It follows the group’s No. 1 album Nightfall, featuring singles “Over Drinking,” “The Daughters,” and “Wine, Beer, Whiskey.” The artists are also partnering with Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue for a pet-supplies drive. Guests who donate a new item will be entered to win a pair of pavilion tickets for the night’s show, plus a $100 Tractor Supply Plus gift card. $41+. June 3. Pine Knob Music Theatre, 33 Bob Seger Dr., Village of Clarkston; 313presents.com 

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Enjoy Hello Kitty treats at the Hello Kitty Café Pop-Up this weekend. // Photograph courtesy of Sanrio Co.

Summer Blockbusters

Each June initiates a wave of big-ticket film premiers characterized by epic storylines, Hollywood budgets, and record audience numbers. Summers past have even turned directors like John Williams and Hans Zimmer into household names. This weekend, kick off the season with the best music from some of the biggest summer movies of all time. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will perform selections from films including AladdinGladiator, and Raiders of the Lost Ark. $19+. June 3-5. Orchestra Hall, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit; dso.org 

Hello Kitty Café Pop-Up

The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck is rolling into metro Detroit for one day only. This Saturday, fans can get their hands on best-selling exclusive merch like the Hello Kitty Cafe Plush Toys and Giant Hello Kitty Cafe Chef Cookies, as well as brand new goodies including apparel, accessories, drinkware, and even a Hello Kitty Café lunchbox. No cost. June 4. Twelve Oaks Mall, 27500 Novi Road, Novi; sanrio.com 

Ferndale Pride

Nearly 180 vendors and two stages of entertainment will line the streets of downtown Ferndale this weekend, for one of the state’s largest LGBTQ festivals. Ferndale Pride aims to celebrate diversity and promote pride amongst the local queer community. Even Main Street’s resident bars, restaurants, and shops are known to get in on the festivities, creating a truly community-centric event. No cost. June 4. Downtown Ferndale; ferndalepride.com 

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Explore Mexiciantown during the Heart of the Art Walking Tour. // Photograph courtesy of The City Institute

Palmer Park Art Fair

View hundreds of original artworks – paintings, sculptures, mixed media, and beyond – as you stroll 300 acres of sprawling lawns and intown woodlands. The Palmer Park Art Fair will host more than 100 artists, including Judge Deborah Geraldine Bledsoe Ford, who moonlights as a painter, and silversmith Michael Opipari, whose jewelry has been worn by members of Grammy-nominated pop band Japanese Breakfast. You can also enjoy activities like drum circles, live poetry readings, sketching demonstrations by the Scarab Club, and art lessons from Mint Artists Guild. No cost. June 4 and 5. Palmer Park, 600 Merrill Plaisance St., Detroit; palmerparkartfair.com

Heart of the Art Walking Tour

This special mile-long walking tour will journey through Southwest Detroit’s Mexicantown to explore some of the area’s vibrant public artwork. Participants will be led by guest tour guide and local artist Elton Monroy Duran, who will regale them with first-hand insights and anecdotes on some of his murals. Along the way, he’ll share additional tidbits about the neighborhood and its history, as well as highlight some of the people, businesses, and organizations who call it home. $25. June 5. Mexicantown Plaza del Norte Welcome Center, 2835 Bagley St., Detroit; thecityinstitute.com

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