Alright, y’all. The weekend is almost here and it’s time for your weekly dose of fun from your pals at Daily Detroit. This weekend is packed with events to satisfy each and every taste. From salsa dancing in the park to beers and bikinis on boats, we’ve got you covered. And remember, these are just five of the great events going on this weekend. If you don’t find what you’re looking for on this list, head over to our events calendar to find the cure for what ails you!
So here it is. Your City 5.
Thursday thru Sunday – The Stars And Stripes Festival – This annual festival is has made a name for itself by providing consistently well rounded entertainment for all ages, with free admission to boot. It kicks off today at 12pm and runs through Sunday night at 11pm. Each day doors open at 12pm and close at 11pm. The festival boasts a number of local and national bands including as Buck Cherry, POD, Hoobastank, and Scott Weiland. If that’s not your thing, you can grab some suds at the craft beer tent, hit the art, fair, go for a monster truck ride, or check out the banana races. If you’ve never heard of a banana race we don’t want to ruin the surprise, but click here to see what it’s all about. That’s only a fraction of the great entertainment available at Stars and Stripes, so check out their website for more info.
Friday – JobbieNooner – If you’ve never heard of JobbieNooner, you may want to listen up. This annual event brings summer debauchery to a new level, and has rightfully been named the Mardi Gras of the Midwest – yes, beads and all. It goes down on Gull Island on Lake St. Clair, which is only accessible by boat, so if you don’t own your own you might want to finally befriend that annoying coworker who keeps asking you to go fishing. The details of the event are pretty loose, and it’s definitely for the more adventurous, but you can ask any questions in the public group on Facebook. Also, we highly recommend checking out this survival guide. Oh, and for the love of all things sacred, DO NOT bring your children to this event, or risk scarring them for life. This one isn’t for the kiddos.
Saturday Option One – Latin Night at New Center Park – This first one seems like a blast, and it’s free! Midtown Detroit, Inc. and Soluciones Onda Latina are hostng a Latin Night in New Center Park. DJ X/S spins spicy Salsa, Merengue, Bachata jams, as well as some crazy new dance craze called Kizomba. Don’t risk looking like a fool on the dance floor, as free lessons are available beginning at 8pm. The training wheels come off and full on dance party goes from 9p-11p. More Info available here.
Saturday Option Two – Your next best option for Saturday? One word – D’Angelo. Well, technically, it’s D’Angelo and The Vanguard now. Anyway, the smoothest man alive is back promoting his fabulous new record, Black Messiah. It’s been 14 years since his last release and who knows when he’ll be back, so this one is certainly worth the $65.00 ticket price. Event details and tickets available here.
Sunday – Gospel Brunch at UFO Bar – By Sunday morning you’ll have worked up serious appetite, so we recommend heading over to the UFO Factory in Corktown for a Holy S%&$ level brunch. From 12p-4p you can choose from an array of classic soul food style breakfast options like shrimp and grits or fried chicken and sweet potato waffles, all prepared by the chefs of local pop-up Spice Rack. Main dishes start at $10 and there are a variety of vegan friendly sides available for an additional $2 each. You can smash your grub while enjoying the soulful sounds of DJ YETI aka Mike McGonigal. Amen.
BUT WAIT… THERE’S MORE!!
Sunday – If you didn’t have the chance to enjoy the St. Paddy’s festivites back in March, have we got the solution for you! This Sunday from 1p until 9 p.m., enjoy the best Irish singing, dancing and playing in Detroit – plus food, drinks, raffles, games, old and new friends, and the brand new Midtown Beer Tasting at St. Patrick’s Senior Center in Midtown. Event proceeds will benefit the Senior center by providing enhanced services to its residents. Get out on the dance floor with some charming old folks and have a blast! For tickets and info call 313.833.7080.