The Friday 5 — April 7-9

Your guide to this weekend's events

By: Jennifer Sigouin | Online Only | Published April 5, 2017

1. Detroit Tigers Opening Day
Friday, April 7 • Comerica Park, 2100 Woodward Ave., Detroit

The weather hasn’t been ideal for baseball so far this spring, but that won’t stop thousands of Detroit Tigers fans from making their way downtown for the home opener at Comerica Park on Friday.

The annual Opening Day celebration is an all-day affair, with downtown streets, bars and restaurants packed with metro Detroiters who are ready to kick off the season. The Tigers will take on the Boston Red Sox at 1:10 p.m., and tickets are still available at

If you’re not going to the game, there’s still plenty to do near Comerica Park. Check out the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Experiences in the D blog for some Opening Day tips. 

2. Great Lakes Art Fair
April 7-9 • Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi

Nearly 200 artists from metro Detroit will display and sell their work during the annual Great Lakes Art Fair April 7-9 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

According to organizers, it’s the largest Great Lakes Art Fair to date and will include paintings, sculptures, ceramics, textiles, apparel, photography, metal, woodworking and jewelry, with live demonstrations and other specialty items.

The event will run 1-8 p.m. April 7, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 8, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. April 9. Admission costs $7 for adults, and it’s free for children 12 and younger. For more information,  visit

3. Easter ‘egg’-citement
April 8-9 • Metro Detroit

The Easter Bunny will be hopping into metro Detroit a week early to make appearances at several local events this weekend.

Festivities include the annual Clawson Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. April 8 in City Park; Easter egg scrambles April 8 at the Stony Creek Metropark Nature Center in Shelby Township, at River Bends Park in Shelby Township, and at Grant Park in Utica; the Egg’-citing Easter event April 9 at the Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center in Shelby Township; The Recreational Authority of Roseville and Eastpointe’s annual Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. April 8 at Huron Park; and the Southfield Parks and Recreation Department’s EGGS’travaganza at 2 p.m. April 8 at the Southfield Pavilion.

There will also be an EGGstravaganza event April 8 at four different park locations in Ferndale, and a Breakfast with the Bunny event April 8 at the Berkley Community Center. 

4. ‘Lilies of the Field’
Saturday, April 8 • A.D. Hinds Performing Arts Theatre & Auditorium, Detroit

Ferndale resident Phil Elam will bring to life the role of Homer Smith, which won Sidney Poitier an Academy Award, in a local adaptation of the book and film “Lilies of the Field.”

The stage production will be performed twice, at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., on Saturday, April 8, at the A.D. Hinds Performing Arts Theatre & Auditorium, located at 8801 Woodward Ave. in Detroit. It is presented by the Detroit Lighthouse Community Theatre.

5. Bacon Bash
Saturday, April 8 • Royal Oak Farmers Market

Bacon lovers can get their fill at the annual Bacon Bash April 8 at the Royal Oak Farmers Market, 316 E. 11 Mile Road.

The event will feature sweet and savory bacon treats along with craft beer, wine and cocktails. Weekend Comeback will provide live entertainment. All guests will receive a commemorative pint glass, a keepsake photo, complimentary coat check and bacon-themed food samples. General admission tickets cost $50 and include 10 drink tickets.

For tickets or more information, visit

C & G Staff Writers Sherri Kolade, Mike Koury and Victoria Mitchell contributed to this report