The Friday 5 — Feb. 17-19

By: Jennifer Sigouin | Online Only | Published February 16, 2017

1. Aqua Freeze
Feb. 18-19 • Blossom Heath Park, St. Clair Shores

St. Clair Shores is ready to celebrate winter — with or without snow — during the annual Aqua Freeze Festival Feb. 18-19, at Blossom Heath Park on Jefferson Avenue, south of 10 Mile Road.

The Mardi Gras themed festival will offer dozens of activities, including live ice sculpting demonstrations, a petting zoo, free horse-and-buggy rides, a Polar Plunge, a craft fair, musical acts, face painting, food and more.

The festival will be open 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Feb. 18 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 19. Children’s activities are scheduled for 11 a.m.-2 p.m. each day, and the craft fair will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. both days. A full schedule, including information about the Polar Plunge at 2 p.m. Feb. 19, is available on the event’s website,

2. Fire & Ice with Spice
Saturday, Feb. 18 • Downtown Clawson

Downtown Clawson is turning up the heat with its Fire & Ice with Spice event 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18.

Fire & Ice with Spice will include ice carvings on display and demonstrations throughout the day; fire-eating performers and jugglers; bonfires and heated tents; live music; and the famous chili cook-off, featuring local restaurants. This year’s chili cook-off lineup includes Clawson Grill, Mojave Cantina, Moose Winooski’s, Black Lotus Brewing Co., Montage Grill and Clawson Steak House.

Admission to the event is free, but there is a charge for food and drinks. The event takes place in the city’s southeast municipal parking lot on South Main Street. For more information, visit the Fire & Ice with Spice Facebook event page.

3. Whiskey Business
Saturday, Feb. 18 • Royal Oak Farmers Market

More than 100 varieties of whiskey, bourbon and scotch from around the world will be available for sampling during Whiskey Business from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Royal Oak Farmers Market, 316 E. 11 Mile Road.

Brands such as Dewar’s, Campari, Jack Daniel’s, Jim Beam, Knob Creek, Woodford Reserve, The Lost Distillery Co., Maker’s Mark and more will offer tastings, while brand ambassadors will be on hand to provide insight on the products. In addition, attendees can enjoy live music along with whiskey-inspired appetizers.

General admission costs $45 and includes a tasting cup and 10 samples. VIP tickets — which include early admission at 7 p.m., a meet-and-greet with brand specialists, and 15 samples — are available for $65.

For more information, visit

4. ‘Hairspray’
Feb. 18-19 • The Berman Center for the Performing Arts, West Bloomfield

The Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit’s Performing Arts in the J Players will perform “Hairspray” this weekend at The Berman Center for the Performing Arts, 6600 W. Maple Road in West Bloomfield.

The Tony award-winning musical takes place in the early 1960s and tells the story of Tracy Turnblad, a teen who dreams of dancing on the popular “Corny Collins Show.” 

The group will stage the musical at 8 p.m. Feb. 18, and at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Feb. 19. To purchase tickets, call (248) 661-1900 or visit

5. Detroit Boat Show
Feb. 11-19 • Cobo Center, Detroit

Local boaters can start planning for their next summer on the water during the final days of the Detroit Boat Show this weekend at Cobo Center.

The show features hundreds of boats on display, including yachts, runabouts, personal watercrafts, pontoons, fishing boats, ski boats and inflatables. Other exhibitors will offer information on services, accessories, fishing gear, marinas, charter trips, maintenance, insurance, on-site financing and more.

Additional highlights include seminars, a kids zone, giveaways, and the History of Boats and Bathing Suits exhibit.

Show hours are 3-9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Admissions costs $13 for adults and is free for children 12 and younger. Cobo Center is located at 1 Washington Blvd. in Detroit. For tickets or more information, visit

For more local events, check out our Community Calendar.

C & G Staff Writers Kristyne Demske, Victoria Mitchell and Sherri Kolade contributed to this report.