The Friday 5 — Jan. 19-21

Your guide to this weekend's events

Online Only | Published January 18, 2018

1. North American International Auto Show
Open to public Jan. 20-28 • Cobo Center, Detroit

The North American International Auto Show opens to the public on Saturday, Jan. 20. The show, as always, takes place at Cobo Center in Detroit.

The show features new cars, interactive displays and updates on the state of the auto industry.

During the press preview days, several new vehicles were unveiled that the public will be able to check out. Awards for the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year Awards were also announced.

For ticket prices or fore more information, visit

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2. Fire and Ice Festival
Jan. 19-21 • Downtown Rochester

The annual Fire and Ice Festival will return to downtown Rochester this weekend. The event will take place 5-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20; and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21.

The festival will feature tons of winter activities for the whole family, including zip line rides, dog sled rides, ice skating, cross country skiing, carriage rides, face painting, an ice carving competition and show, fireworks and more. The Big Bright Light Show is still going on in downtown Rochester as well.

The event certainly won't be lacking a bevy of food options. There will be a food truck rally and taste fest tent, marshmallow roasting, and a spaghetti dinner and pancake breakfast.

Admission and all events at the festival are free.

For more information, visit

Related story: Discover Michigan: Outdoor festivals embrace winter

3. Royal Oak Toy Show
Jan. 20 • Royal Oak Farmers Market

The Royal Oak Toy Show, which runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., will return to the Royal Oak Farmers Market, 316 E. 11 Mile Road, Jan. 20 for its 15th year. Tickets cost $5 for adults, and children ages 12 and younger will be admitted for free.

The show will feature about 180 tables and about 50 dealers. Items for sale will include anything from trains, dolls, cartoon and movie memorabilia, sports memorabilia and more. This year, special emphasis will be placed on toys manufactured in the 1980s and 1990s, including Transformers, Thundercats, Hot Wheels and Legos.

Other nostalgic items at the show include pinup posters, early advertising posters for products like Coca-Cola, children’s books, games and more.

For more information, call (248) 246-3276 or visit

Related story: Toy Show to return to Royal Oak Farmers Market

4. Holocaust Memorial Center exhibit
Jan. 21-March 27 • Holocaust Memorial Center, Farmington Hills

The Holocaust Memorial Center, 28123 Orchard Lake Road in Farmington Hills, will have a a new exhibit opening this weekend. The exhibit, “Sifting Through Ashes,” will run from Jan. 21 to March 27.

The exhibit will present the horrors of the Holocaust through artist Bruce Gendelman’s series of nine large-scale textural oil paintings and 20 photographs. It is geared toward promoting the education and artistic expressions around the Holocaust in the upcoming “post-witness” era. It aims to provide insight after all living Holocaust survivors pass away.

The exhibit is free with museum admission or membership.

For more information, call (248) 553-2400.

Related story: HMC exhibit to feature artist who conveys Holocaust in post-witness era

5. Michigan Winter Dog Classic
Jan. 18-21 • Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi

The Michigan Winter Dog Classic will roar into the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River in Novi, this weekend.

The dog show will feature over 7,000 dogs from more than 160 breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club, the Oakland County Kennel Club and the Livonia Kennel Club.

The event will also feature interactive demonstrations and exhibitions including duck herding, police K-9 demos, dock diving dogs and more.

The show will run 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18; 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19; and 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. over the weekend, Jan. 20 and 21.

For ticket prices or for more information, visit

Staff Writers Sarah Wojcik, Maddie Forshee, Sherri Kolade and Brendan Losinski contributed to this report.