The Friday 5 — Feb. 9-11

Your guide to this weekend's events

By: Josh Soltman | Online Only | Published February 7, 2018

1. Utica Ice Festival
Feb. 9-11 • Utica

The Utica Ice Festival, Utica's premier winter event, will return to the downtown district this weekend with a large crop of new activities.

The festival will take place Friday, Feb. 9, through Sunday, Feb. 11, in the area of Auburn Road and Cass Avenue and, on Saturday, inside Jimmy John's Field, 7171 Auburn Road.

The public is invited for a Friday night pub crawl, with live music downtown from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday is slated to be more of a family day, with an amateur ice carving contest at Hogs Hollow Smokehouse from 1 to 4 p.m. and kids activities inside Jimmy John's Field.

Also on Saturday, the Utica Public Library will host its annual Big Book Sale, featuring a variety of adult and children's books, DVDs and more. Some other activities taking place will include inflatables, a giant slide, an ice skating rink, a screening of the movie “Frozen,” face painting, food trucks and a fireworks spectacular that will close out Saturday night.

Utica City Hall, 7550 Auburn Road, will serve as a warming center throughout the entire festival.

For a full schedule of events, visit For more information about the event, call the city of Utica at (586) 739-1600.

Related story: Ramped-up Ice Festival to return to city

2. Eastside Jazz Quartet anniversary performance
Feb. 10 • Watermark Bar and Grill, St. Clair Shores

The Eastside Jazz Quartet will be celebrating its first anniversary with a show Feb. 10 at the Watermark Bar and Grill, 24420 Jefferson Ave. in St. Clair Shores.

The Eastside Jazz Quartet consists of local musicians. The group has been the house band at the Watermark for roughly the last year.

The concert will start at 7 p.m. For more about the band or other upcoming shows, visit its website,

Related story: Eastside Jazz Quartet to celebrate first anniversary with a show

3. Belle Isle valentine celebration
Feb. 10 • Belle Isle Nature Center, Detroit

The Belle Isle Nature Center, located at the east end of Belle Isle, will host its second annual family-friendly valentine celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10.

The event, titled “The Birds and the Bees,” will feature music, photography, crafts, zookeeper talks and other educational activities for the whole family. Guests will have an opportunity to learn about Detroit Audubon.

There will also be a musical performance by singer/songwriter Joe Reilly, which will complement an art exhibition featuring works by bee photographer Joseph Ferraro.

For more information, visit

4. Musical revue benefit
Feb. 9 • Bloomfield Hills High School, Bloomfield Hills

Bloomfield Hills High School, 4200 Andover Road in Bloomfield Hills, is hosting a Broadway revue to benefit the nonprofit Camp Casey, which helps and comforts kids suffering from cancer and rare blood disorders. The revue, which takes place at 7:30 p.m. this Friday, Feb. 9, will feature students from the school performing selections from various Broadway classics.

The revue will feature plenty of selections from different Broadway shows, including scenes, monologues, song performances and dance numbers. In additions to the broadway selections, there will also be a silent auction in the lobby. The auction will include items such as tickets to Tigers, Pistons and Red Wings games; theater tickets; and restaurant gift certificates.

Tickets can be purchased at by searching for “BHHS.” They cost $20 for adults and $10 for students.

For more information, visit

Related story: Musical revue to benefit Camp Casey

5. Astronomicon
Feb. 9-11 • Wyndham Garden, Sterling Heights

Astronomicon — metro Detroit's newest pop culture convention — takes off this weekend at the Wyndham Garden in Sterling Heights, 34911 Van Dyke Ave.

The event will feature tons of activities for the whole family, including scavenger hunts, free-play video games, celebrity photo ops, cosplay contests for kids and for adults, tattoo contests and more.

The convention will be chock full of vendors and special guests as well. Wrestling stars, musicians and hip hop icons, actors and directors, and comic book writers are just some of the guests who are slated to appear at the convention. Vendors will be on hand selling goods, so make sure to have some cash on hand.

For adults, tickets cost $30 for Friday only, $35 for Saturday only and 25$ for Sunday only. A weekend pass costs $60. Children aged 6-12 cost $15 and children 5 and younger get in for free.

For more information, visit or email

Staff writers Brendan Losinski, K. Michelle Moran and Sarah Wojcik contributed to this report.