10 Things to Do This Weekend (Oct. 21-23)

Wheel of Fortune Live, Kathleen Madigan stand-up, and a Halloween Bar Crawl.
Photo courtesy of Blake Farms

Haunted Weekends

Blake Farms offers a wide variety of fun attractions every weekend during spooky season including a 3-story haunted barn, a haunted hayride, and zombie paintball. Plus, u-pick pumpkins and apples, cider and donuts, and much more. $36.95-$79.95/combo packages. Tickets for individual attractions also available. Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 29. Blake’s Big Apple, Armada; blakefarms.com

Kool & the Gang

The longest-performing R&B group in history will make a stop at Detroit’s Music Hall for a night of soul, funk, and disco. Relive the good times as the band trawls its treasure trove of party-friendly tracks, like “Celebration” and “Get Down on It.”  Plus, hear the group’s newest single, “Pursuit of Happiness.” $60+. Oct. 21. Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Detroit; musichall.org. 


All week long, Emagine Theatres are throwing it back to 1995 with showings of Casper. Audiences will follow along as an “afterlife therapist” and his teen daughter move into a haunted mansion and meet a friendly young ghost. $3. Oct. 21-31. Emagine Theatres, various locations; emagine-entertainment.com. 

Printmaking in the Twenty-First Century

This celebration of contemporary printmaking will showcase more than 40 pieces, ranging from intricate etchings and engravings to screen prints, letterpress, and linocuts. Featured artists will include Hernan Bas, Enrique Chagoya, Marc Dion, and Nicole Eisenman, among others. No cost with museum admission. Oct. 21-April 9. Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit; dia.org. 

Living History Cemetery Tour

Step beyond the iron gates and experience the historic side of Northville as you walk among the gravestones of the city’s most famous and infamous figures. Dedicated tour guides escort small groups within the Oakwood Cemetery, as actors share the storied pasts of those residing in the first cemetery in Northville. The tours leave every 15 minutes, last approximately 30 minutes, and are designed to be informative. Please wear comfortable walking shoes as the ground is uneven and bring an umbrella if rain threatens as the event is rain or shine. $6. Oct. 22. Oakwood Cemetery, Northville; northvillearthouse.org.

Kathleen Madigan

You may have caught this prolific touring comedian on The Tonight Show — where she’s appeared a whopping 25 times — or as a guest on the Jerry Seinfeld-hosted series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. She won the American Comedy Award for Best Female Comedian in 1996 and is sure to bring big laughs when she stops at the Royal Oak Music Theatre this October. $35+. Oct. 22. Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak; royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Wheel of Fortune Live

One of the most popular game shows of all time arrives at Detroit’s Fox Theatre this month for a night of laughs and surprises. Featuring replicas of the famous rainbow-colored wheel and phrase board, this unique stage production will offer guests the opportunity to put their puzzle-solving skills to the test. Contestants will compete to win one of several fabulous prizes, including $10,000 cash and trips to Paris and Hawaii. Oct. 22. $38+. Fox Theatre, Detroit; 313presents.com. 

Halloween Bar Crawl

Throw on your costume and join hundreds of participants in celebrating Halloween on this guided bar crawl. A night of themed drinks, food and beverage specials, live DJs, and no cover charges promises a spooky good time. $25. Oct. 22-31. Various venues in Greektown, Detroit; barcrawllive.com.

A Spectacular Black Girl Art Show

Launched in Atlanta in 2019, this nationally touring art exhibition celebrates Black female artists working in a variety of creative mediums, including painting, sculpture, and ceramics. Since its inception, the show has featured more than 400 unique artists. Vendors will also be on-site. Oct. 23. $30. Detroit Circle Center, Hamtramck; blackgirlartshow.com.

Dave Attell

On his Comedy Central series, Insomniac with Dave Attell, this New York-based comedian, actor, and writer wandered the streets of America’s cities after dark in an alcohol-fueled haze. Since the show’s conclusion in 2004, Attell has lent a hand to various comedic projects, including through appearances on Louie, Inside Amy Schumer, and The Simpsons. $35. Oct. 20-22. Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, Royal Oak; comedycastle.com.