The Friday 5 — Sept. 13-15

Your guide to this weekend's events

C&G Newspapers | Published September 12, 2019

1. Barktoberfest
Sept. 14-15 • Memorial Park, Royal Oak

The third annual Barktoberfest will take over Royal Oak’s Memorial Park — 31050 Woodward Ave., north of 13 Mile Road — from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, and Sunday, Sept. 15. 

The Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce encourages people and their leashed dogs to come enjoy the fall festival, which focuses on locally brewed craft beer and music. Approximately 40 vendors will set up booths, selling everything from pet-related products to locally made crafts, and owners will be able to sign up their dogs for a variety of contests, including a costume contest, a look-alike contest, a best trick contest, and wiener dog and Chihuahua races.

Admission costs $5, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Detroit Dog Rescue and the Royal Oak Animal Shelter. Children ages 10 and younger will be admitted for free. For more information, call (248) 547-4000 or visit www.royaloakchamber.com

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2. Troy Family Daze
Sept. 12-15 • Troy

Troy Family Daze is celebrating its 50th anniversary with food, fun, entertainment, cultural attractions and midway rides Sept. 12-15 on the grounds of the Troy Civic Center, located at the intersection of Troy Center and Civic Center drives. 

The four-day, alcohol-free festival will feature food vendors, children’s games, professional wrestling, a petting zoo, pony rides and amusement rides, as well as many special events.

Festival hours are 4-9 p.m. Sept. 12, 4-11 p.m. Sept. 13, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 14 and noon-9 p.m. Sept. 15. Fireworks are scheduled for 9:30 p.m. Sept. 14, with a rain date of 8:30 p.m. Sept. 15.

Admission costs $3 for adults and is free for children younger than 5. Free parking will be available at Zion Church, 3668 Livernois Road, with free shuttles to the festival. For more information, visit troyfamilydaze.org or call (248) 740-7600.

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3. Metro Boat Show
Sept. 12-15 • Lake St. Clair Metropark, Harrison Township

The Metro Boat Show is coming back to Lake St. Clair Metropark, 31300 Metro Parkway in Harrison Township, Sept. 12-15. 

Organizers of the 10th annual event said that regardless of the recent high lake levels, the show will go on with more to see and do. The show will feature hundreds of boats on display, as well as exhibitors offering the latest boating services, accessories, gear and more. The event will also include food trucks, live music, a kids zone and giveaways. 

Boat show hours are from noon to 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission costs $10 for adults. Children 12 and younger enter free with an adult. Parking costs $10, or is free with a Metroparks permit. For more information, visit metroboatshow.net

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4. Lac Ste. Claire Fine Art Fair
Sept. 14-15 • Veterans Memorial Park, St. Clair Shores

The Lac Ste. Claire Fine Art Fair will bring artists of all kinds — including those who work with glass, wood, clay or paint — to Veterans Memorial Park, 32400 Jefferson Ave. in St. Clair Shores, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 14-15. 

The fair, which raises money for the Miss St. Clair Shores Scholarship Program, will feature about 100 artists, along with a variety of food, live entertainment and kids activities.

There’s no admission fee, and parking is free for the event. For more information, call the artist hotline at (586) 298-2788 or find the Lac Ste. Claire Fine Art Fair on Facebook.

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5. Vegan festival
Sunday, Sept. 15 • Riley Park, Farmington

VegMichigan’s free vegan festival will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, at its new location at Riley Park, 33113 Grand River Ave., in downtown Farmington.

The festival will feature approximately 30 plant-based and vegan vendors, entertainment from Sinjon Smith and Clark the Juggler, outdoor games, a craft table for kids, and a chance to stop by neighboring restaurants like Chive Kitchen and others to try the vegan specialty dishes they plan to offer.

For more information, visit vegmichigan.org.

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Staff Writers Sarah Wojcik, Terry Oparka, Kristyne Demske, Julie Snyder and Jonathan Shead contributed to this report.