The Friday 5 — May 18-20

By: Josh Soltman | Online Only | Published May 16, 2018

1. Motor City Comic Con
May 18-20 • Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi

Motor City Comic Con will return this weekend, May 18-20, to the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave. in Novi.

The show will run from 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, frk\om 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The convention will feature over 250 comic book creators, writers, artists, and more than 50 actors from television shows and movies.

Dozens of vendors will also be on hand with plenty of merchandise for sale, including comics, collectible toys, anime, movies, pop culture crafts and gaming merchandise.

Tickets for adults cost $25 for Friday, $30 for Saturday and Sunday, and $75 for a weekend pass. Tickets for children cost $10 for a day pass or $20 for a weekend pass.

For more information, visit

2. Berkley Days
May 17-20 • Berkley

Berkley Days will return this weekend to help kick off the summer in metro Detroit. The celebration, which will run May 17-20, has been around for more than 90 years.

In addition to the main carnival featuring fair rides, Berkley Days will include many other events, such as the 40th annual Berkley Days 10K, 5K and 1 Mile Run Run/Walk; a kids cake decorating contest; a beer arena; pony rides; and the Taste of Berkley.

Tickets cost $18 for Thursday, Friday and Sunday, and $23 for Saturday.

For a full list of events or to purchase tickets, visit

Related story: Berkley Days to celebrate the city May 17-20

3. 'Play Ball' exhibit at the DIA
Through Sept. 16 • Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit

The Detroit Institute of Arts is offering a baseball-themed exhibit through Sept. 16. “Play Ball: Baseball at the DIA” features baseball art, baseball cards and memorabilia — much of which is related to the Detroit Tigers.

At the heart of “Play Ball” is a high-quality, complete T206 White Border Set of cards that features early baseball legends. The cards were issued by the American Tobacco Company in cigarette packs from 1909 to 1911, and as a result, they’re smaller than modern baseball cards. There are only about to or three T206 sets in the world.

The exhibition also features a commissioned work by Guatemalan artist Dario Escobar, whose installation — “Urban Landscape (Detroit)” — was created with 150 Detroit Tigers baseball bats, either cut or used whole, to create the city’s skyline.

The exhibit is included with regular museum admission, which means it is free for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.

The DIA is located at 5200 Woodward Ave. in Detroit.

For more information, visit or call (313) 833-7900.

Related story: DIA invites public to ‘Play Ball’

4.  Relay for Life
May 19-20 • River Bends Park, Shelby Township

The 12th annual Relay for Life in Shelby township will kick off at 10 a.m. May 19 at River Bends Park, located off Ryan Road just south of 22 Mile Road. It is taking a global approach to the event this year, and organizers are hoping to raise more than $160K.

The Relay for Life will go on through 8 a.m. May 20, with closing ceremonies taking place at that time. For the 22 hours that the relay is going on, there will be vendors, a silent auction throughout the day, activities for kids, food, a dunk tank and a cancer survivor luncheon at noon May 19.

In addition, there will be an entertainment stage that will be used for the opening and closing ceremonies, local musicians playing throughout the day, a DJ and karaoke. The event is open to the public, even if people don't have a team.

For more information, visit

Related story: Local Relay for Life hopes to raise more than $160K

5. Perennial plant exchange
Saturday, May 19 • Salter Park, Harper Woods

The Beautification Commission of Harper Woods is inviting the community to join it for its annual perennial plant exchange, which will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 19, at Salter Memorial Park, 19430 Harper Ave. in Harper Woods.

Plants that are welcomed to be exchanged are flowers, garden plants, herbs and ground cover. Trees and shrubs are not allowed.

The organizers ask those in attendance to adhere to the rules and bring only individually packed and labeled perennial plants in containers. Those who wish to bring plants home must bring at least one to the exchange and are limited to taking 10 plants per person.

Complimentary refreshments and raffle prizes will be provided by local retailers, although those receiving the prizes must be present to win. Businesses such as English Gardens, Lowe’s and Home Depot are providing raffle prizes.

Related story: Perennial plant exchange to return to Salter Park