The Friday 5 — June 15-17

Your guide to this weekend's events

By: Josh Soltman | Online Only | Published June 14, 2018

1. Eastpointe's Cruisin' Gratiot
Saturday, June 16 • Eastpointe

Eastpointe's Cruisin' Gratiot is coming back to Eastpointe June 16 with its 20th annual weeklong celebration of automotive history, tradition, memorabilia and family fun.

Leading up to the cruise, there have been car shows throughout the week. There are still a few more shows left to check out before Sunday:

• Villa Restaurant, 21311 Gratiot Ave.

Thursday, June 14, 3 p.m.

• East Detroit High School, 15501 Couzens Ave.

Friday, June 15, 3 p.m.

• East Detroit High School, 15501 Couzens Ave.

Saturday, June 16, 9 a.m.

Going back to the event's roots, this year's logo is a blast from the past — a logo from 1999.

For more information, visit

Related story: Eastpointe’s 20th annual Cruisin’ Gratiot slated for this June

2. Food truck rally
Saturday, June 16 • Utica Public Library, Utica

The city of Utica will host a food truck rally for the second year in a row from 5 to 10 p.m. June 16 in the Utica Public Library parking lot, 7530 Auburn Road, and in Memorial Park, located next to it.

The event will feature 10 food trucks and live entertainment from guitarist Cliff Erickson and Mike Tocco Music in Memorial Park and Jacqueline K. Noonan Riverwalk Park.

Mike Tocco Music will be performing from 5 to 7:30 p.m. He is a local talent whose music ranges from Al Green to John Mayer.

Cliff Erickson will be the headliner and will perform from 7:30 to 9 p.m. He is a well-known guitarist in the Midwest from Detroit and has performed with everyone from local artists to a list of megastars. Erickson has a big following in the metro Detroit area.

A variety of food trucks are scheduled to be at the event, including vegan options. Some of the trucks that are scheduled to appear at the event are Mean Weenie, Motor City Road Wings, Treat Dreams, Sweetwater Tavern and more.

Attendees are encouraged to bring coolers and lawn chairs to use during the festivities.

For more information, visit the city of Utica Facebook page.

Related story: Utica’s food truck rally to return

3. GermanFest and Father's Day picnic
June 15-17 • Carpathia Club, Sterling Heights

The Carpathia Club, 38000 Utica Road in Sterling Heights, will host a GermanFest and Father's Day picnic this weekend. The festival will take place from 6 to 11 p.m. June 15, from 4 to 11 p.m. June 16, and from noon to 9 p.m. June 17.

The festival will feature domestic and imported beers, German food, live music, dancing and other performances, soccer games, and plenty of activities for kids.

Admission costs $5 for adults and is free for those 18 and younger.

For more information, visit

4. '42nd Street' performances
June 17-30 • Grosse Pointe North High School, Grosse Pointe Woods

To close its 70th anniversary season, Grosse Pointe Theatre is bringing back a beloved classic: The dancing and singing spectacular that is “42nd Street” will be staged June 17 to 30 inside the Christian A. Fenton Performing Arts Center at Grosse Pointe North High School. The show on June 17 will begin at 2 p.m.

The classic tale of a wide-eyed young talent who leaves her small town in search of success in show business, “42nd Street” follows the rise of dancer Peggy Sawyer, who’s tapped to step into the starring role of a Broadway musical after the leading lady, Dorothy Brock, breaks her ankle.

The Christian A. Fenton Performing Arts Center is part of the Grosse Pointe North High School campus at 707 Vernier Road in Grosse Pointe Woods. Free self-parking and free valet parking will be available. Tickets cost $25. For advance tickets or more information, call the GPT box office at (313) 881-4004 or visit

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5. EyesOn Design car show
Sunday, June 17 • The Ford House, Grosse Pointe Shores

The 31st annual EyesOn Design car show caps off a weekend of special events on Father's Day on the landscaped lakeside grounds of the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 17, EyesOn Design visitors will be able to see almost 300 vehicles from 15 different states that fit this year's theme, "Design Inspiration and Influences."

Visitors will rub elbows with current and retired automotive designers, dozens of whom attend each year and who can discuss vehicles and answer questions from visitors. And they can get close to vehicles, which aren’t roped off the way they are at many other car shows.

Tickets to EyesOn Design can be purchased at the gate, and parking is free. To see all of the vehicles, visitors should plan on spending at least two hours or more at the event.

The Ford House is located at 1100 Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe Shores. For more information, visit

Related story: EyesOn Design car show continues to build momentum

Staff Writers Bria Brown, K. Michelle Moran and Kara Szymanski contributed to this report.