The Friday 5 — Oct. 12-14

Your guide to this weekend's events

By: Josh Soltman | Online Only | Published October 11, 2018

1. Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival
Saturday, Oct. 13 • Van Hoosen Farm, Rochester

As the weather cools and the leaves start falling from the trees, there is plenty to do at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm to celebrate the harvest season. The 17th annual Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, 1005 Van Hoosen Road in Rochester.

The festival will offer many fall-oriented activities for families to partake in. Some available activities include pumpkin carving, pumpkin bowling, a farm animal show, musical entertainment, a Rochester Hills firetruck and more.

The Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival is open to the public. Tickets cost $5 for museum members and $8 for nonmembers. Children 2 and younger can attend the festival for free.

For more information and a complete list of scheduled festival activities, visit

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2. Zoo Boo
Oct. 12-14, 19-21 • Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak

The Detroit Zoo's annual Zoo Boo event, which brings Halloween-themed fun for the whole family, will return this month. The event takes place Oct. 12-14 and 19-21 at the Detroit Zoo, 8450 W. 10 Mile Road in Royal Oak.

Highlighting the Zoo Boo event is a 13-station trick-or-treat trail that will task attendees with securing candy while exploring the entirety of the zoo's grounds.

Other activities at the event include live acrobatics, magic acts, jugglers, storytellers, live music and a pumpkin carving demonstration. The “haunted” reptile house will also be available for attendees to explore.

Prices for advance tickets to Zoo Boo start at $10 per person. For full ticket pricing or to purchase tickets, visit

3. Novi Home Show
Oct. 12-14 • Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi

The Novi Home Show will return to the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi this weekend, Oct. 12-14. The show's hours are 2-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13; and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14.

The Novi Home Show provides information on home improvement products and services for every type of project imaginable, decorating and landscaping exhibits, as well as experienced businesses available for consulting or hire. Exhibitors present at the show will include siding professionals, landscapers, builders, kitchen and bathroom remodelers, waterproofing experts, countertop installers, basement finishers and more.

The show will also host the Michigan Manufactured Housing Association Home Showcase, which will feature five fully furnished model homes from member manufacturers. Representatives will be on hand to lead guests on tours of the model homes.

Admission to the Novi Home Show costs $10 for adults, and $9 for seniors ages 55 and older. Children 12 and younger will be admitted for free.

The Suburban Collection Showplace is located at 46100 Grand River Ave. in Novi.

For more information, visit

4. Michigan Craft Beer Stroll
Saturday, Oct. 13 • Downtown Royal Oak

The Royal Oak Restaurant Association will host its annual Michigan Craft Beer Stroll from noon to 5 p.m. in downtown Royal Oak.

The event will feature beer samples from top Michigan breweries, food samples from local restaurants, and a tour of downtown Royal Oak. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland and Macomb Counties.

Tickets cost $40. For more information, visit

5. Greater Detroit Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show
Oct. 12-14 • Macomb Community College, South Campus, Warren

Every year, the Michigan Mineralogical Society hosts one of the largest events in the state, the Greater Detroit Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show, which features dealers and displays from all over the world. This year's show will take place at Macomb Community College's South Campus Oct. 12-14. Show hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 12; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 13; and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 14.

The event will feature more than 80 display cases from world-renowned museums, including the Smithsonian, the Royal Ontario Museum and the A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum. Lecturers and experts will also be on hand to provide information and to educate guests attending the show.

Macomb Community College's South Campus is located at 14500 E. 12 Mile Road in Warren.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit


Staff Writers Mary Beth Almond and Kara Szymanski contributed to this report.