The Friday 5 — Oct. 6-8

Your guide to this weekend's events

By: Josh Soltman | Online Only | Published October 5, 2017

1. Camper and RV Show
Oct. 4-8 • Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi

The 28th annual Fall Detroit Camper and RV Show has returned to the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, running from Oct. 4-8.

More than 280 RVs and 50 brands will be displayed. Folding campers, motorhomes, travel trailers and truck campers are just some of the types that will be displayed.

Exhibitors will be selling parts and accessories, and will be providing information on campgrounds and RV financing. There will also be information seminars open to show attendees.

Tickets cost $10 for general admission and $9 for seniors. Children 12 and younger get in for free. Parking fees are not included in the admission price.

For more information, call (517) 349-8881 or visit

2. Down on the Farm
Oct. 7 • Cranberry Lake Farm, Oakland Township

Find family fun, activities and demonstrations of old and new farming methods during the free Down on the Farm event Oct. 7 at the historic Cranberry Lake Farm in Oakland Township.

The event will feature plenty of farm fare, such as tractors, pumpkins, cider, chickens, goats, games, hayrides and classes. All are invited to enjoy pumpkin painting while supplies last, as well as spinning and quilting demonstrations, a horse grooming and ferrier demonstration, and a display of local art.

Old-fashioned games and activities, such as butter churning, giant Lincoln Logs, stilts, a hoop roll and rutabaga bowling, will take place.

Attendees will also be able to learn about vintage and antique tractors, beekeeping and new farming techniques.

Down on the Farm will be held 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 7 at Cranberry Lake Farm, located at 388 Predmore Road, east of Rochester Road. The event will be held rain or shine, with activities moved indoors into the farmhouse in case of rain.

For more information, visit

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3. Ferndale Fall Festival
Oct. 7 • Activity Center at Martin Road Park, Ferndale

The Ferndale Fall Festival will once again usher in the season when it returns this weekend.

The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m Oct. 7 at the Activity Center at Matin Road Park in Ferndale.

The event, organized by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, costs $5 for children ages 2-15 and $2 for people ages 16 and older. Children younger than 2 get in free.

The festival will feature attractions for the whole family, including hayrides, pony rides, carnival games, face painting, sack races, inflatables, arts and crafts, prizes, a live band, a pumpkin patch and more. The event will conclude with a trick-or-treat trail for kids.

For more information about the event, visit the Parks and Recreation Department Facebook page at or call (248) 544-6767.

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4. Zombie Festival
Oct. 7 • Downtown Utica

Utica is amping up for its fifth Zombie Festival this weekend. The event will be begin at 11 a.m. — with a spooky storytime at the Utica Public Library — and have events featured throughout the afternoon.

From noon to 8 p.m., there will be “zombification” stations where anybody, for a nominal fee, can transform — with the help of a bit of theatrical makeup — into a member of the undead.

From noon to 2 p.m., high school volunteers will escort children along a trick-or-treat route to downtown Utica businesses.

From 2 to 4 p.m., the public can rent canoes and kayaks for a creepy cruise down the Clinton River, and a DJ will spin tunes at the park.

At 3:30 p.m., participants can register for the Zombie Walk/Run 5K and 1-mile fun run along the city’s new hike-and-bike trail. The actual event, which will be certified and timed with custom T-shirts and medals, will take place from 5 to 7 p.m.

From 4 to 6 p.m., Jimmy John’s Field will host a haunted home run derby, featuring a zombie pitcher and gameplay categorized by age group for children up to 12 years old. Registration in advance is required.

From 7 to 9 p.m., the band Zombie High Tops will perform in the library parking lot.

From 7:15 to 9:15 p.m., the city will host an outdoor showing of the movie “Night of the Living Dead” in the park.

The event will conclude with a pub crawl, beginning at 9 p.m. at the JKN Riverwalk Park.

For more information, visit or, or call the city at (586) 739-1600.

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5. Cemetery Walk
Oct. 7 • Clinton Grove Cemetery, Clinton Township

The Crocker House Museum and the Macomb County Historical Society's annual Cemetery Walk will take place Oct. 7 at Clinton Grove Cemetery in Clinton Township.

Guided tours inside the cemetery will be given from 12:30 to 6 p.m., with buses leaving the museum every 15 minutes. Six historical figures from Macomb County's past will highlight this year's tour.

The day starts with a lesson in Victorian mourning and funeral customs during the Funeral Tea at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 168 Cass Ave. The event includes full tea, tea sandwiches and desserts. Ticket cost $35 for members of the Macomb County Historical Society and $40 for nonmembers.

Tickets to the event cost $15 for members of the Historical Society and $20 for nonmembers.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call (586) 465-2488.

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