The Friday 5 — Jan. 26-28

Your guide to this weekend's events

Online Only | Published January 25, 2018

1. Novi Home Show
Jan. 26-28 • Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi

The Novi Home Show will return to the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave. in Novi, this weekend. The show hours are 2-8 p.m. Jan. 26, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Jan. 27 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 28.

The Home Show will feature special exhibits by the American Society of Interior Designers, or ASID, Michigan Chapter; Kohler Bold Experience; and IKEA.

Celebrity appraiser Lori Verderame, who is known from the History Channel program “The Curse of Oak Island,” will be at the show. In addition to giving bargaining tips, she will also appraise audience items. The first appraisal will be free, with additional items costing $25 each. For objects too large to bring to the show, she can appraise them by looking at images. Her appearances will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, and from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets cost $10 for people ages 13 and older, and $9 for seniors. Tickets are free for children ages 12 and younger, and tickets are discounted to $5 when bought after 5 p.m. Jan. 26-27.

For more information, visit

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2. Meridian Winter Blast
Jan. 26-28 • Campus Martius Park, Detroit

The Meridian Winter Blast returns to Campus Martius Park, 800 Woodward Ave. in Detroit, this weekend, Jan. 26-28.

The event will run 4-11 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27; and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28.

The winter festival will feature many winter activities, including a winter slide, free ice skating on the Campus Martius rink, marshmallow roasting, professional skating demonstrations, a zip line and more.

There will be more than 50 musical acts performing throughout the weekend, and plenty of vendors will be around to provide samples from metro Detroit restaurants and stores.

For more information, visit

Related story: Discover Michigan: Outdoor festivals embrace winter

3. 'Peter and the Starcatcher' performances
Jan. 21-Feb. 3 • Pierce Middle School, Grosse Pointe Park

Grosse Pointe Theatre is putting on a production of the Tony Award-winning “Peter and the Starcatcher,” which runs through Feb. 3 at Pierce Middle School, 15430 Kercheval Ave. in Grosse Pointe Park.

The play shows how Peter Pan and the other characters in his life came to be. It is based on the novels by Dave Berry and Ridley Pearson.

Free parking is available for the show, as is complimentary valet parking. Tickets cost $20. For advance tickets or more information, call the GPT box office at (313) 881-4004 or visit

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4. Shelby Township Winter Fest
Jan. 27 • Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center, Shelby Township

A full day of seasonal games and activities will be on the docket this weekend when the Shelby Township Winter Fest returns. The event will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center, 4101 River Bends Drive in Shelby Township.

The event will feature a discussion about how different cultures around the world survive the freezing elements, a survival contest, winter-inspired crafts and hot chocolate. Guests can bring their own food and snacks.

Admission to the family-friendly event costs $3 per person.

For more information, visit

5. North American International Auto Show
Now through Jan. 28 • Cobo Center, Detroit

The North American International Auto Show continues this weeknd. 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

Related story: Auto show roars into Detroit

Staff Writers K. Michelle Moran, Brendan Losinski, Jennifer Sigouin and Nick Mordowanec contributed to this report.