The Friday 5 — Feb. 26-28

Your local guide to the weekend

By: Jennifer Sigouin | Online Only | Published February 25, 2016

1. Celebrate Leap Year
Feb. 28, Southfield

A day that only happens once every four years calls for a celebration.

The city of Southfield will hold its first-ever Leap Year Winter Festival 2-6 p.m. Feb. 28, the day before Leap Day, at the Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen Road. The event will include family-friendly, winter-themed activities at the pavilion and will conclude at 6:15 p.m. with fireworks that will be shot off from Evergreen Hills Golf Course.


2. Cruise into Autorama
Feb. 26-28, Cobo Center, Detroit

The 64th Meguiar’s Detroit Autorama will be held at Cobo Center in Detroit Feb. 26-28. Over 800 hot rods, custom cars, trucks and motorcycles from across the country will be on display.

Autorama will be held noon-10 p.m. Feb. 26, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Feb. 27 and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Feb. 28 at Cobo Center.

Autorama costs $19 for adults, $6 for children 6 to 12, and is free for children under 5 at the gate. Discount tickets are available at O’Reilly Auto Parts. For more information and celebrity appearance details, call (248) 373-1700 or go to www.autorama.com.


3. Explore comics and pop culture
Feb. 26-27, Macomb Community College Sports & Expo Center, Warren

Comic book collectors, toy lovers, cosplayers and pop culture enthusiasts of all ages will unite this weekend at the Great Lakes Comic-Con Saturday and Sunday inside the Sports & Expo Center at the South Campus of Macomb Community College, 14500 E. 12 Mile Road.

The annual comic, toy and collectible event will feature more than 100 toy and comic book vendors, along with guest appearances, a costume contest and a special tribute to the comic books, toys and characters of the 1970s and 1980s.

Comic-Con hours are 5-9 p.m. Feb. 26 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 27. Admission costs $10 per person per day, or $15 for both days.


4. Participate in Black History Month
Feb. 26, Motown Museum, Detroit  |  Feb. 28, West Bloomfield Library

• As Black History Month concludes, the Motown Museum will offer its final Black Forum Friday event at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 26.

The event, held in partnership with the University of Michigan Detroit Center, will offer guests a chance to listen to a portion of an album from the Black Forum Label, a spoken-word label created by Berry Gordy and the Motown Corporation in the 1970s as a platform for black expression and education. The presentation will be followed by a moderated community dialogue.

Admission requires a minimum donation of $5, which will also allow visitors access to the museum before and after the program. The Motown Museum is located at 2648 W. Grand Blvd. For more information, call (313) 875-2264.

• Learn more about the history of African-Americans in the U.S. Marine Corps during an educational presentation at 2 p.m. Feb. 29 at the West Bloomfield Township Public Library, 4600 Walnut Lake Road in West Bloomfield.

The event, which is sponsored by the Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society, is free and open to the public. For more information, call (248) 682-2120.


5. Take a walk on the royal side
Feb. 26, Lamphere High School, Madison Heights

The Lamphere High School Drama Club is inviting kids and adults of all ages to its Royal Prince and Princess Sing-A-Long Fundraiser 7-8:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at Lamphere High School, 610 W. 13 Mile Road in Madison Heights.

Participants can come dressed as their favorite prince or princess for a royally fun evening of sweet treats, crafts, dancing and singing. Members of the drama club will be in costume for photo opportunities.

The cost is $10 for children and $5 for adults, and all proceeds benefit the drama club.


For more events, see our Community Calendar.

C & G Staff Writers Kayla Dimick, Maria Allard and Andy Kozlowski contributed to this report.