The Friday Five — Sept. 30-Oct. 2

Metro | Published September 27, 2022


1. Grand Raven Festival
Starting Sept. 30 • Downtown Farmington

The Grand Raven Festival in downtown Farmington comprises multiple events and activities during October: the displaying of raven themed-scarecrows; Victorian walks and story time hosted by the Farmington Community Library; a pumpkin carving contest and exhibition; movie nights, including one sponsored by a funeral home; trick or treating; a haunted farmers market; and more. To set the mood just night — er, we mean right — the city will welcome back its favorite spirit animal, Edgar the Grand Raven, for an opening celebration from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30. Participants are encouraged to wear feathers and raven attire, grab their Syndicate beverage, and wind through the streets to Masonic Plaza with Detroit's Gabriel Brass Band. For all the details, visit

Other Halloween-themed events this weekend include:

Ferndale Fall Festival: Featuring face painting, pony rides, roller skating, hayrides, photo booth, climbing wall and trick-or-treat trail, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 1, Martin Road Park, 1615 E. Lewiston Ave.,

Hope Is Stronger Than Fear: Halloween-themed fundraiser for 3-year-old girl battling rare brain cancer, 5 p.m. Oct. 1, Emerald Theatre, 31 N. Walnut in Mount Clemens,

Haunted Weekends: Zombie paintball, three-story haunted barn, spookyland 3D maze and haunted hayride, Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 30, Blake’s Big Apple, 71485 North Ave. in Armada, advanced tickets at

‘Ghosts on the Balcony’: Haunted theater attraction Oct. 1-30, The Birmingham 8 Powered by Emagine, 211 S. Old Woodward Ave.,

Hay Ride Central: Friday evenings until Nov. 4, Heritage Park, 24915 Farmington Road in Farmington Hills, register by calling (248) 473-1870

Corn maze and hayrides: 5-9 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sundays, Maybury Farm, 50165 Eight Mile Road in Northville, (248) 374-0200

See more: Fall into autumn with these festive, spooky activities

2. Walk to Raise Awareness of Domestic Violence
Oct. 2 • Southfield Municipal Campus

The 2022 Walk to Raise Awareness of Domestic Violence will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Southfield Municipal Campus, 26000 Evergreen Road. Now in its third year, the free event coincides with October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The 2-mile walk will be preceded by a press conference where officials will discuss the impact of domestic violence on the community and the resources available to address it. There will also be testimony by survivors of abuse. To register, visit

Read the story: ‘Domestic violence is the No. 1 crime in Southfield’

Other local fundraisers this weekend include:

Night of Hope Celebration
Event for Cystic Fibrosis hosted by The Bonnell Foundation, 7–11 p.m. Sept. 30, Royal Oak Farmers Market, 316 E. 11 Mile Road,

Walk to fight world hunger
1 p.m. (12:30 p.m. check in) Oct. 2, Raintree Park shelter, 3775 John R in Troy, register at

3. ‘Little Shop of Horrors’
Sept. 30-Oct. 2 • Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak

See Audrey II and Seymour during Stagecrafters' opening weekend of “Little Shop of Horrors” at the Baldwin Theatre, 415 S. Lafayette Ave. in Royal Oak. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets costs $38 and can be purchased at or by calling (248) 541-6430. Future performances will take place on select dates until Oct. 23.

Editor's note: Meadow Brook Theatre, on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester, will also be staging “Little Shop of Horrors,” but shows won't begin until Oct. 5. For full dates and tickets, visit or call (248) 377-3300.

4. Oktoberfest
Sept. 30-Oct. 1 • Carpathia Club, Sterling Heights

Enjoy authentic German food and drinks, live music and entertainment, and partake in "Ein Prosit" singalongs and beer stein holding and sauerkraut eating competitions during Oktoberfest Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at the Carpathia Club, 38000 Utica Road in Sterling Heights. Hours are 5-11 p.m. Friday and 4-11 p.m. Saturday. Admission will cost $5, but ages 21 and younger can enter for free. For more information, call (586) 978-2292 or visit

5. Pet events
Oct. 1 • Rochester Hills

Bring your four-legged companions to PetPalooza from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at University Presbyterian Church, 1385 S. Adams Road in Rochester Hills. The annual event will feature photo booths, food, a petting zoo, bounce house, raffles, crafts, a blessing of pets and more. For additional information, call (248) 375-0400.

Hound Hike
Leave your furry friends at home so you can focus your attention on adoptable dogs, cats, puppies and kittens during Hound Hike, scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, 333 N. Hill Circle in Rochester Hills. Take the animals for a walk in the woods; browse the pop-up shop for dog and cat beds, pet toy boxes, dog and cat holiday ornaments, and more, with all proceeds going to Paws For Life; learn the benefits of positive reinforcement by playing a training game; and bring a photo of your pet — or email one to in advance — and purchase a portrait for $10. For more information about this and other pet events, visit

For more Community Calendar, sponsored by Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, visit To advertise an event in print, call (586) 924-9193.