The Friday 5 — May 19-21

Your guide to this weekend's events

By: Jennifer Sigouin | Online Only | Published May 18, 2017

1. Motor City Comic Con
May 19-21 • Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi

Motor City Comic Con — Michigan’s largest celebration of pop culture — is taking over the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi May 19-21.

More than 300 creators, writers, illustrators and actors are in the lineup this year, and MCCC organizers estimate that more than 55,000 guests will attend the event, which offers autograph and photo opportunities; panel and Q&A discussions; an Artists Alley, featuring comic book creators, writers and illustrators; and a show floor packed with exhibitors, crafters and vendors, including local comic book shops. Visitors can also enjoy a cosplay contest on Saturday and a family-friendly Kids Day on Sunday.

Motor City Comic Con hours are 12:30-7 p.m. Friday, May 19; 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, May 20; and 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, May 21. The Suburban Collection Showplace is located at 46100 Grand River Ave. in Novi. For a complete schedule, parking information or to purchase tickets, visit

2. Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo
May 19-20 • The Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak

Hundreds of dogs, puppies, cats and kittens will be available for immediate adoption to qualified families during Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo this Friday and Saturday in the front parking lot of the Detroit Zoo, located at 10 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue in Royal Oak.

Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo is hosted by the Detroit Zoo and the Michigan Humane Society, and it is one of the largest pet adoption events in the country, with more than 40 local animal welfare organizations participating. The event runs 1-7 p.m. Friday, May 19, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 20.

For more information, visit

3. Apple Island tours
May 20-21 • Apple Island, Orchard Lake

Visitors are invited to explore Apple Island’s 35 acres of natural beauty and to learn more about the island’s history during annual public tours 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday.

Attendees will take a pontoon boat ride across Orchard Lake to Apple Island, and then tour the island at their own pace, with volunteer guides providing commentary at select locations. The Michigan Society of Professional Surveyors Reenactment Group will be on the island to present the story of the original survey of the land and to re-create a surveying camp from the 1820s.

Tours last roughly three hours, round trip, and the last departure each day will be at 3:30 p.m. Attendance is first come, first served. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 5-12. Kids younger than 5 are not allowed, for safety reasons. For more information, visit or call (248) 757-2451.

4. Greater Rochester Heritage Days Festival
May 20-21 • Rochester Municipal Park

Rochester will celebrate its history — a week earlier than usual — during the annual Greater Rochester Heritage Days Festival May 20-21 at Rochester Municipal Park, located along the Paint Creek Trail.

The festival will offer historical exhibits, classic car shows, a craft sale, food, live entertainment and kids activities, including the popular pioneer playground and old-fashioned games. Visitors are encouraged to wear vintage costumes to add to the fun.

The festival is free and open to residents and nonresidents. It will be held rain or shine 11 a.m.-6 p.m. May 20 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 21. For more information, call (248) 656-0999 or visit

5. Celebrate Birmingham Hometown Parade
Sunday, May 21 • Downtown Birmingham

If you love a parade, there’s no need to wait until Memorial Day weekend.

The annual Celebrate Birmingham Hometown Parade — an unofficial summer kickoff event — will make its way through downtown Birmingham Sunday, May 21.

The festivities will kick off at 1 p.m., when residents will line Old Woodward, at Daines Street, for the parade, which will travel north to Maple Road and west to Bates Street, ending in Shain Park. Lots of community groups will be part of the big day, including the Redford Township Unicycle Club, the Harmony Acres Arabian Parade Horses, local high school bands, and of course, Basset Hound Rescue of Michigan.

Once the procession arrives at Shain Park, families can enjoy free children’s activities, inflatables, a DJ, face painting and more until 4 p.m.

For more information on the Celebrate Birmingham Hometown Parade, visit or call (248) 530-1880.

C & G Staff Writers Victoria Mitchell, Sherri Kolade, Mary Beth Almond and Tiffany Esshaki contributed to this report.