The Friday 5 — May 31-June 2

Your guide to this weekend's events

C&G Newspapers | Published May 29, 2019

1. Ferndale Pride
Saturday, June 1 • Downtown Ferndale

Thousands of people are expected to line the streets of downtown Ferndale to help celebrate the LGBTQ community during the ninth annual Ferndale Pride this Saturday, June 1.

The event will take place on West Nine Mile Road, between Woodward and Livernois avenues. The official opening ceremony for Pride will take place at 12:30 p.m., but plenty of other events are scheduled throughout the day, beginning with the Rainbow Run 5K at 8 a.m. on East Nine Mile Road, near the Ferndale Area District Library. Other events will include wedding ceremonies from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Rust Belt Market, a youth prom for attendees ages 13-20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Affirmations, and comedy shows at Go Comedy! starting at 8 p.m.

For more Ferndale Pride events and other information, visit www.ferndalepride.com.

Related story: Ferndale Pride continues to expand for ninth year


2. Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix
May 31-June 2 • Belle Isle, Detroit

The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix returns to Belle Isle this weekend, May 31-June 2, marking the event’s 30th year in Detroit.

The Grand Prix will offer racing fans a chance to see the cars of the NTT IndyCar Series, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli. Other attractions include the Meijer Fan Zone, autograph sessions, interactive games and displays, a variety of food and beverages, and live entertainment. This year’s event will also feature new seating options, as well as admission to the Fifth Third Bank Paddock for all ticket holders.

Friday, May 31, is Comerica Bank Free Prix Day, which means gate admission is free of charge and all grandstands will be open. Single-day ticket prices for the rest of the weekend start at $45 for general admission, and two-day tickets start at $80. Children 12 and younger are allowed into the general admission areas free of charge with a ticketed adult. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit detroitgp.com.


3. Art on the Grand
June 1-2 • Downtown Farmington

Art on the Grand is returning to downtown Farmington this weekend for its 10-year anniversary.

The free two-day event, which features a diversity of artists and craftspeople selling their homemade products, will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 1, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 2, between Farmington Road and Grove Street in downtown Farmington.

The fair will boast roughly 100 vendors, along with 40 youth artists in grades three to 12 within the Kids Art Alley. A kids zone with programming provided by the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Farmington Community Library and more — including an imagination playground, an art-making workshop, face painting and henna art — will also be available for children and their families.

For more information, visit www.artonthegrand.com.

Related story: Art on the Grand: An art-focused art fair


4. Birmingham Village Fair
May 30-June 2 • Shain Park, Birmingham

The Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber will host the 56th annual Birmingham Village Fair at Shain Park, 270 W. Merrill St. in Birmingham, May 30-June 2.

The event will feature a variety of carnival rides, games, food and more. Fair hours are 2-10 p.m. May 30, noon-11 p.m. May 31, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. June 1 and noon-9 p.m. June 2. Admission to the park is free, and ride vouchers and tickets will be available for purchase.

For more information, call (248) 644-1700 or visit www.bbcc.com.


5. ‘Mamma Mia!’
May 31-June 1 • St. Dunstan's Theatre, Bloomfield Hills

The St. Dunstan's Theatre Guild of Cranbrook will present performances of "Mamma Mia!" at 8 p.m. May 31 and June 1 at the outdoor Greek Theatre, located behind the St. Dunstan's Theatre at 400 Lone Pine Road in Bloomfield Hills.

The hit Broadway musical tells the story of a young girl named Sophie's search for her birth father through the music of '70s pop band ABBA.

Tickets cost $20 for adults and $18 for students and seniors. To order tickets or for more information, visit www.StDunstansTheatre.com or call (844) 386-7826.


Staff Writers Mike Koury and Jonathan Shead contributed to this report.