Hello all you lovely readers. I’m sure that some of you might have been wondering where in the world the City 5 has been lately.

I had an unexpected loss in my family that has really thrown me for a loop. The City 5 is one of my favorite things to write every week, and I take pride in curating my top 5 things to do every weekend.

Let’s just say, it’s good to be back and feeling like going out again.

Chevrolet Rockin on the Riverfront – Starship Featuring Mickey Thomas

Nothing is going to stop me from suggesting this concert.

Ok, I’ll stop.

But seriously, how could I not pick the Starship concert? This is gold entertainment. Plus, I have the same birthday as Grace Slick, so it’s a given.

All I can say, is I hope they play “Sara,” because that was my JAM when I was younger. Funny story, I use to sing that song to my neighbor’s dog who was named Sarah.

This is an all ages, free show.

Like all Rockin on the Riverfront Concerts, it is free to attend. So it’s a steal of a deal if you’re trying to save some cash.

When: Friday, August 3 from 7:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

Where: GM Plaza along the Riverfront

Belle Isle Art Fair

It’s one of my favorite times of year, art fair season!

I love walking around art fairs and checking out different forms of art. The Belle Isle Art Fair is one of my favorites, because I love that island and I love art. But I digress.

This year there will be 100 juried artists including a performance art tent set up next to the Scott Fountain. 

There will also be live music and theatrical performances throughout the two days. I’m psyched to see the Detroit Actors Theatre Company is one of the participating theatre companies.

Festival goers will have a chance to make their own art with the help from the The Detroit Institute of Arts and Arts and Scraps. You can even paint your own picture of the Scott Fountain.

Because this is a festival, there will be plenty of food truck options if you get hungry. Though I’m sure no one will look at your twice if you decide to bring a picnic along.

It’ll be a good time.

The event is free to attend, but just remember to have your State Park Passport.

When: Saturday, August 4 from 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 5 from 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Where: Belle Isle, Next to the Scott Fountain

Floating Halfpipe and Art Show

We covered this event over on the Daily Detroit News Byte podcast. So I’m going to take this time to remind you to listen to the Daily Detroit News Byte podcast. It’s free, and a great daily podcast. Ok I’m off my soapbox now.

So what makes this event so cool?

The Detroit Princess Riverboat will have a halfpipe on the deck. Professional skateboarders  will be doing all kinds of crazy tricks on it while cruising down the Detroit River. Um, that’s pretty freaking sweet if you ask me.

Anyway, there will be two cruises on Saturday. One will be family friendly and the other will be adults only.

Tickets are $25 for the afternoon cruise and $35 for the sunset cruise. You can purchase them here.

When: Saturday, August 4 the afternoon cruise is 11:30-2:30 p.m., evening cruise is from 5:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Where: Detroit Princess Riverboat 20 Civic Center Drive Detroit, Michigan 48226

Backyard Nature: Beekeeping Basics

This event might not be for everybody, but if you have ever wanted to get into beekeeping you should totally take this workshop at the DNR Outdoor Adventure Center.

Brian Peterson from Bees in the D will be the one teaching the workshop, and he knows his stuff about beekeeping. We got a chance to meet the fella’s from Bees in the D when they put the new hives on the former Detroit News Building, and it was super cool.

During the workshop you’ll learn about the basics of beekeeping and  what tools you need to do it. You’ll also have the chance to visit active hives and collect and taste the honey.

You should wear comfortable clothes, close toed shoes or boots and bring a water bottle. They will provide protective gear for you to wear. Just a heads up, you’ll have to sign a waiver to attend.

The workshop will run you $80 bucks, you can register for it here.

When: Sunday, August 5 from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Where: DNR Outdoor Adventure Center 1801 Atwater St Detroit, Mi 48207 Detroit, Michigan 48207

Michigan Renaissance Festival at Eastern Market

It’s almost August, so that means it is time to pull out those codpieces and corsets for the kick off event for the Michigan Renaissance Festival at Eastern Market.

There will be stage acts, food trucks, wine tasting, artisans, and tickets to the Ren Fest availible for purchase. I hear they will have BOGO tickets.

This event is free to attend and is family friendly.

When: Sunday, August 5 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Where: Eastern Market Shed 5 2934 Russell Street Detroit, Michigan 48207

P.S. Don’t forget that the Sunday Market is taking place at Eastern Market. Be sure to go say hi to our friends at Motor City Creations.



I know, I know technically this show is at the Magic Bag in Ferndale. But I have a soft spot for the Risk!  podcast and live show.

As a matter of fact, Sven interviewed Kevin Allison the host of Risk! for the Happy Hour. If you haven’t listened to it yet, I suggest you do.

Tickets for Risk! Are $20 and you can buy them here. Just a head’s up, this is an 18 and over show.

When: Friday, August 3 doors open at 8:00 p.m.

Where: The Magic Bag 22920 Woodward avenue Ferndale 48220

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