The Friday 5 — Sept. 22-24

Your guide to this weekend's events

By: Josh Soltman | Online Only | Published September 22, 2017

1. Harvest Moon Celebration
Sept. 21-23 • Riley Park, Farmington

Fall is closing in, and the city of Farmington is ready to celebrate this weekend with the 13th annual Harvest Moon Celebration.

The festival will be held 6-11 p.m. Sept. 21 and 22, with a pancake breakfast 8:30-10:30 a.m. Sept. 23. All events will be held at the Sundquist Pavilion in Riley Park.

Thursday night will feature live music, artisan beer, wine and harvest fare. More than 50 craft beers will be available from local brewers, and more than 30 wines from around the world will be available.

The Harvest Moon Dance will be held on Friday night, with live music by Bugs Beddow and the Good Stuff. There will also be food from local restaurants and businesses offered.

For more information, visit

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2. Rockin' the Shores Beer & Music Festival
Sept. 22-23 • Roy O'Brien Ford, St. Clair Shores

The first Rockin’ the Shores Beer & Music Festival was such a hit in 2016 that it’s been extended to a two-day event with 11 bands, local brews and more.

The event is sponsored by Roy O'Brien Ford and will be held at the dealership, located at 22201 E. Nine Mile Road in St. Clair Shores.

Sponge will be the headline act Sept. 22, with four other bands playing from 5 to 11 p.m. On Sept. 23, country acts join in the mix of six bands playing 1-11 p.m., with country music legend Waylon Jennings’ son, Shooter Jennings, headlining.

In addition to the local bands, a plentiful selection of local craft beers will be on tap.

There will also be food available from Firehouse Pub, Little Z's BBQ, Moto City Hotel and Casino's High-Octane Food Truck and Billy Sims Barbeque.

Bicycle riders have a chance to come join the fun with a special Nautical Ride to the event Sept. 22, and motorcyclists can sign up with sponsor Wolverine Harley-Davidson for a special ride to the event Sept. 23. Proceeds from both rides will benefit the Rainbow Connection.

For the full lineup of musical acts or for tickets, visit

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3. Funky Ferndale Art Fair and DIY Street Fair
Sept. 22-24 • Downtown Ferndale

Art of all different kinds will be featured throughout downtown Ferndale when the Funky Ferndale Art Fair and DIY Street Fair returns this weekend.

The fairs will take place Sept. 22-24, with the art fair running from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22; from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23; and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24.

The street fair will take place from 6 p.m. to midnight on Friday, Sept. 22; from 11 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, Sept. 23; and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24.

The Funky Ferndale Art Fair will feature more than 120 artists. A new addition to the festival is a Mad Libs-style scavenger hunt — where attendees will hunt for clues to win prizes.

Another spotlight of the event is a new mural installation on the wall of the Cupcake Station at the corner of Allen and Nine Mile roads. Madison Heights teenager Heaven Guty designed the mural.

The DIY Street Fair will feature 150 artists and more than 40 musicians throughout the weekend. It will also feature some other fun and games, including a Ferris wheel and a cornhole tournament.

For more information on the Furnky Ferndale Art Fair, visit

For more information on the DIY Street Fair, visit

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4. Mount Clemens Oktoberfest Festival
Sept. 22-24 • Downtown Mount Clemens

The 5th annual Mount Clemens Oktoberfest Festival will return to Mount Clemens Sept. 22-24.

The event will feature traditional German-style activities, including culturally-inspired food, beer, a pub-crawl, a euchre tournament, contests, entertainment and more.

The festival hours are 6-11 p.m. Sept. 22, 2-11 p.m. Sept. 23 and noon-6 p.m. Sept. 24.

Live bands will perform throughout the weekend. Some of the bands slated to hit the stage are The Polish Muslims, 50 Amp Fuse and The Immigrant Sons.

For more information, call (586) 469-4168.

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5. Family Fun Festival 
Sept. 24 • Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Warren

Holy Cross Lutheran Church will be hosting a Family Fun Festival and car show 12:30-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24.

The festival will feature fun for the whole family, including pony and horse rides, a bounce house, a petting zoo and more.

In addition to rides and games, attendees will be able to enjoy a classic car show.

Admission to the festival is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Holy Cross Lutheran Church is located at 30003 Ryan Road in Warren.

For more information, call (586) 751-2550.

Staff writers Sherri Kolade, Julie Snyder, Mike Koury and Kristyne Demske contributed to this report.