The Friday 5 — April 28-30

Your guide to this weekend's events

By: Jennifer Sigouin | Online Only | Published April 27, 2017

1. VegFest
Sunday, April 30 • Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi

Whether you’re vegan or simply want to learn more about healthy food options, you can get a taste of plant-based eating during VegFest from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 30, at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave. in Novi.

According to organizers, VegFest has become “Michigan’s biggest vegan event,” and this year’s expo will feature more than 150 restaurants, vendors and exhibitors offering samples, products and services. The event will also include cooking demonstrations, family activities and speakers discussing the health, environmental and ethical aspects of a plant-based lifestyle.

Admission costs $12 in advance or $15 at the door. VegMichigan members are admitted for free. To learn more or to purchase tickets, visit or call (877) 778-3464.

2. Warren Big Brew Craft Beer Festival
Saturday, April 29 • Halmich Park, Warren

Craft beer lovers can help Dragonmead Microbrewery celebrate its 20th year during Warren’s Big Brew Craft Beer Festival April 29.

The festival runs from noon to 6 p.m. April 29 at Halmich Park, on Chicago Road between Ryan and Dequindre. On the menu are a homebrew competition and a chance to taste an array of speciality beers brewed through the collaborative efforts of local breweries. There will also be a live performance by the Orbitsuns, sponsored by the Warren Kiwanis.

Admission for the general public costs $5, which includes a glass. Tasting tickets will be sold in increments of $1, and participation is limited to those 21 and older. For more information, visit

3. Community Kite Day
Saturday, April 29 • Prince Drewry Park, Clinton Township

In celebration of the Month of the Young Child, local families are invited to the annual Community Kite Day from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at Prince Drewry Park, 21845 Quinn Road in Clinton Township.

The event will feature free family-friendly fun, including refreshments, a petting zoo, train rides, giveaways and a DJ. Kids will also have a chance to take an up-close look at Clinton Township fire trucks and police cars, as well as climb into MedStar ambulances. Each family that attends will receive one free kite, which they can keep after the event.

Though the event is free, families must register at the park the day of the event in order to obtain free food, kites and train tickets.

4. Madison Family Spring Carnival
April 27-30 • Madison High School, Madison Heights

After a successful debut last year, the Madison Family Spring Carnival is returning to Madison Heights April 27-30.

The carnival will be held at Madison High School, 915 E. 11 Mile Road. It opens at 3 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and at noon on Saturday and Sunday, typically closing around 10 p.m. The carnival itself will be set up in the main parking lot east of the high school, with large-scale rides, a huge midway and other fare suitable for all ages. There will also be food and refreshments.

Skerbeck Entertainment Group is the carnival organizer, and the event benefits Madison District Public Schools. Tickets cost $20 and can be purchased at the carnival or online at

5. ‘Extra! Extra! Skate All About It!’
April 29-30 • John Lindell Ice Arena, Royal Oak

Nearly 100 skaters will hit the ice during the 38th annual Royal Oak Ice Show April 29 and 30 at John Lindell Ice Arena, 1403 Lexington Blvd.

This year’s show — “Extra! Extra! Skate All About It!” — will feature performances representing various sections of a newspaper, including headlines, sports, weather and entertainment. Attendees will recognize many familiar tunes, including “Smooth Criminal,” “We Will Rock You,” “Singin’ in the Rain” and “Cabaret.”. All skaters are members of the New Edge Figure Skating Club or are enrolled in the city’s Learn to Skate program.

Show times are 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 29, and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 30. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $8 for ages 6-12; they are free for those 5 and younger. For more information, call (248) 246-3950.

C & G Staff Writers Victoria Mitchell, Brian Louwers, Nick Mordowanec and Andy Kozlowski contributed to this report.