18 Things to Do This Weekend (June 21-23)

A Hank Williams Jr. concert, Pride festivals, Juneteenth celebrations, and more fun events coming to metro Detroit this weekend.
Hank Williams Jr. will perform at Pine Knob Music Theatre on June 22. // Photograph by David McClister.

The weekend is almost here, and metro Detroit is gearing up for three days filled with fun events for the whole family to enjoy. Here, find details on some of the highlights including a concert featuring Hank Williams Jr., the World Ballet Festival, some Pride and Juneteenth events, and much more.

Bay-Rama Fishfly Festival

This annual event celebrates the stinky bugs that grace us with their presence every summer. More than 80,000 people will gather for the event for a large midway full of games and rides, live music and other entertainment, kids’ activities, a parade, a spectacular fireworks display, and more. June 19-23. $30 for a ride wristband. Downtown New Baltimore area; bay-rama.com.  

Downriver Pride, Wyandotte

Downtown Wyandotte celebrates diversity and love with a Pride festival located just off the river. Shop vendors, try delicious food, enjoy live entertainment, and more. No cost for admission. June 21-22. Parking Lot One, Downtown Wyandotte; downriverpride.com

Michigan Glass Project

Watch the country’s best glass and visual artists create stunning pieces right before your eyes during this three-day celebration at Detroit’s Russell Industrial Center. Live music, local vendors, and plenty of food options will also be on-site. Art created throughout the weekend will be auctioned on Sunday, with proceeds benefiting Art Road — a metro Detroit-based nonprofit that works to provide arts education in the Detroit Public Schools Community District. June 21-23. $30+. Russell Industrial Center, 1600 Clay St., Detroitthemichiganglassproject.com.

World Ballet Festival

Witness dazzling performances by some of the world’s most lauded ballet dancers during this three-day program. On day one, enjoy an opening gala that features a world premiere of a brand-new piece. Well-loved selections from classic ballets like Swan Lake and Carmen will fill the program on day two. The third and final day features an eclectic mix of old and new, culminating in an exciting grand finale that will feature a surprise guest star. June 21-23. $40+. Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, 350 Madison St., Detroitmusichall.org.

Opa! Fest

Greek culture takes center stage at this annual festival, which offers authentic Greek food, drinks, folk dancing demonstrations, a marketplace full of vendors, kids’ activities, and much more. June 21-23. $3 per person, $10 for families, or three canned food donations per person. Kids under 12 are free. Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 760 W. Wattles Road, Troy; opafest.org.

4th Annual Ypsilanti Juneteenth Celebration

This annual Juneteenth event will feature local vendors and community organization alongside live entertainment, giveaways, and more. June 21-23. Downtown Ypsilanti; ypsireal.com.

Wayne County High School Art Exhibition

This annual juried exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts recognizes exceptional work by emerging student artists in grades nine to 12 throughout Wayne County. Approximately 70 pieces will be on display, ranging from paintings and textiles to sculptures, ceramics, photography, and more. June 21-July 21. No cost with museum admission. Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroitdia.org. 

Juneteenth Freedom Day

Join the city of Detroit at Spirit Plaza for Black resource groups, spoken word performances, arts and crafts, a DJ, natural vendors, giveaways, and more in honor of Juneteenth. June 22. Spirit Plaza, 1 Woodward Ave., Detroitdetroitmi.gov

NINE Design + Homes Festival of the Arts

The Guild of Artists & Artisans, the same organization that puts on The Ann Arbor Art Fair, host this art show featuring more than 30 jury-selected artisans that work with glass, paint, ceramics, jewelry, photography, and mixed media. Live music, food vendors, hands-on art projects for kids, and a chance to meet with some of the artists. June 22. No cost for admission. Next door to NINE Design + Homes, 17170 Burgess, Detroit; theguild.org.

Hank Williams Jr.

After starting his career by following in his father’s classic country footsteps, this singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist evolved into a unique performer in his own right, releasing a stunning 56 studio albums and 25 compilation albums over the course of his 60-year career. His best-known singles include “A Country Boy Can Survive,” “Family Tradition,” and “Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound.” June 22. $44+. Pine Knob Music Theatre, 33 Bob Seger Drive, Clarkston313presents.com.

Pride in the Park, Rochester

Formerly known as Rochester Pride, Pride in the Park offers food stalls and other vendors, guest speakers and special presentations, food, live music, and of course, a march. No cost for admission. June 22. Rochester Municipal Park, 400 Sixth St., Rochesteractionnetwork.org 

World Ballet Festival

This ballet event will feature performances by Tyler Peck and Roman Mejia from New York City Ballet, Aaron Robinson and Sasha De Sola from San Francisco Ballet, Ramus Ahlgren of Boston Ballet and many other talented dancers. June 22-23. Tickets start at $40. Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, 350 Madison St., Detroit; musichall.org. 

Pride Afternoon Tea

As part of the Daxton Hotel’s seasonal afternoon tea series, this event will feature an elevated teatime featuring the Mad Hatter and Alice in Wonderland décor. Local LGBTQ+ organizations will receive $5 from each booking. Seatings at 2 p.m. 2:15 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Reservations required. Fees apply. June 23. Daxton Hotel, 298 S. Old Woodward Ave., Detroit; daxtonhotel.com

Ford Fireworks

The Ford Fireworks is bringing a world-class firework show to downtown Detroit for the 66th year on Monday. Any spot near the Detroit River is the best seat in the house. June 24. Free. On the Detroit River, Detroit; theparade.org.

Ella, First Lady of Song

Follow the inspiring 60-year career of jazz great Ella Fitzgerald at the Michigan premiere of this biographical musical by Lee Summers. Grammy-nominated artist Freda Payne will star in the titular role, performing some of Fitzgerald’s greatest hits along the way — including “Sweet Georgia Brown” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing).” Now-June 23. $37. Meadow Brook Theatre, 378 Meadow Brook Road, Rochestermbtheatre.com.  

Dracula: A Comedy of Terrors

This new theater show puts a hilarious and modern twist on Bram Stoker’s horror classic. Select days June 7-July 1. $15-$25. The Ringwald Theatre at Affirmations, 290 W. Nine Mile Road, Ferndaletheringwald.com

Angkor Complex

In the four-year period between 1975 and 1979, roughly a quarter of Cambodia’s population died of disease, wounds, and malnutrition under the brutal rule of the communist Khmer Rouge regime. This exhibition at the University of Michigan Museum of Art will display more than 80 works that aim to illustrate the changes in the country’s visual culture in the face of inconceivable upheaval. Featured artists include Amy Lee Sanford, Sopheap Pich, Pete Pin, Maline Yim, and Ouk Chim Vichet. Now-July 28. No cost. University of Michigan Museum of Art, 525 S. State St., Ann Arborumma.umich.edu.  


Michigan First Credit Union and the Detroit Zoo have teamed up to bring back this display of 25 animatronic lifelike dinosaurs including a Brachiosaurus, and a T-rex. It also offers a hands-on fossil dig site, and dinosaur gifts and merch for sale to commemorate your visit. Now-Sept. 8. This experience is a $6 upcharge to regular zoo admission, which runs $14-$24 and varies by day. Parking fees apply. Detroit Zoo, 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oakdetroitzoo.org

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