10 Things to Do This Weekend (Aug. 30-Sept. 1)

Ted Nugent, The Michigan State Fair, Arts Beats and Eats, and more to celebrate this Labor Day weekend
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Arts Beats and Eats photograph courtesy of Eighteen Photography

Labor Day Weekend Special with Comic J Will and Friends

Enjoy a classic pub food and specialty cocktails at the Punchline Comedy Lounge, while watching local comedian J Will perform his scandalous material in this adults-only show. Aug. 29-Sept. 1. $10+. Punchline Comedy Lounge, 29555 Northwestern Hwy., Ste. 312, Southfield; 248-955-3016; punchlinecomedylounge.com   

Michigan State Fair

Enjoy equestrian shows, petting farms, eating contests, carnival rides, pig racing, and more at this yearly mitten-state tradition. Aug. 29-Sept. 2. $8+. Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi; 248-348-6941; michiganstatefairllc.com


The Detroit hard rock band is celebrating the 50th anniversary of their album Kick Out the Jams, which they will play in its entirety, along with some of their other songs. Aug. 30. $35+. Saint Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit; 313-961-8961; saintandrewsdetroit.com 

Dave Koz and Friends

The Grammy-nominated saxophonist will be joined by Gerald Albright (saxophone), Rick Braun (trumpet), Kenny Lattimore (vocals), Aubrey Logan (trombone and vocals) and Adam Hawley (guitarist) to play jazz tunes from their album Summer Horns. Aug. 30. $50+. Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill, 4900 Metro Pkwy, Sterling Heights; 586-268-9700; 313presents.com

Soaring Eagle Arts Beats and Eats

The popular local Arts Beats and Eats festival offers a juried fine arts show, food from metro Detroit’s top restaurants, and performances by more than 200 musical acts, including The All-American Rejects. Aug. 30-Sept. 2. $3+. Downtown Royal Oak; 248-541-7550; artsbeatseats.com 

Detroit Jazz Festival

For its 40th anniversary, the Detroit Jazz Festival presents four days of performances by musicians such as Macy Gray, Pat Metheny, the Kenny Garrett Quintet, and four-time Grammy Award-winning multi-talented musician Stanley Clarke. Aug. 30-Sept. 2. No cost. 1 Hart Plaza, Detroit; 313-469-6564; detroitjazzfest.org

Ted Nugent

The Michigan-native classic rock icon has sold more than 40 million records and is returning to the stage for the sequel to his 2018 tour with The Music Made Me Do it Again! Tour. Aug. 31. $25+. DTE Energy Music Theatre, 33 Bob Seger., Village of Clarkston; 800-745-3000; 313presents.com

Erykah Badu

Known for her modern take on soul, this singer-songwriter has been in the music business since 1997, when she released her multi-platinum debut album, Baduism. Aug. 31. $80+. Chene Park, 2600 Atwater St., Detroit; 844-321-4045; detroittheater.org 

Meek Mill and Future

Philadelphia-born rapper Meek Mill joins forces with trap-music artist Future to bring the Legendary Nights Tour to metro Detroit. Sept. 1. $35+. DTE Energy Music Theatre, 33 Bob Seger Dr., Village of Clarkston; 800-745-3000; 313presents.com

Dancing in the Streets

Featuring eclectic dance performances — think Scottish country dancing, flamenco, swing, and belly dancing — this music and dance festival is a family-friendly global celebration. Sept. 1. No cost. South Main Street and Washington Street, Ann Arbor; aactmad.org