The Friday 5 — June 21-23

Your guide to this weekend's events

C&G Newspapers | Published June 19, 2019

1. Rock ’N’ Rides
June 20-23 • Downtown Royal Oak

Royal Oak’s newest festival, Rock ’N’ Rides, comes to the city’s downtown this weekend, with an 18-ride carnival, a block party, bands, food, a kids stage and more.

The carnival will include the Cliffhanger, Ring of Fire, Scrambler, Star Dancer, Vertigo, Tornado, Red Baron, Tilt-A-Whirl, Flivver, Century Wheel, State Fair Slide, Traffic Jam Fun House, Monster Truck, Toon Town, Wet Boat, Jumpin’ Jumbos, Tinsel Town and a zip line. The festival will also feature a block party on Fifth Avenue, with beer tastings from two Royal Oak breweries: ROAK Brewing Co. and River Rouge Brewing Co.

Festival hours are 2-10 p.m. Thursday, June 20; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 21-22; and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday, June 23. Admission will be free all day June 20 and until 5 p.m. June 21. After that, the admission fee will be $5 and will be good for the entire weekend. Carnival wristbands can be purchased during the festival for $15 per person on June 20 and for $25 per person June 21-23. Individual tickets for rides range from $3 to $6, and the zip line will run June 21-23 for $10 per person.

For a full schedule of events, bands and kids activities, visit www.rocknridesro.com.

Related story: New Rock ’N’ Rides festival coming to downtown Royal Oak
 

2. Front Porch Music Festival
Saturday, June 22 • Ferndale

More than 50 artists and bands will perform on porches of homes across Ferndale during the third annual Front Porch music festival from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 22.

This year’s lineup includes the Reefermen, the Polish Muslims, Jill Jack, Miss Paula and the Candy Bandits, the Luddites and many more. Following the day of music, and afterparty will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. on Vester Avenue, with additional bands playing throughout the evening.

For more information on the Front Porch and for a performance schedule and map, visit www.thefrontporchmi.com.

Related story: Front Porch music festival to expand in third year


3. Roseville Art Stomp
Saturday, June 22 • Utica Junction, Roseville

The Roseville Downtown Development Authority will present Roseville Art Stomp from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 22, in the Utica Junction area, located around the intersection of Utica Road and Gratiot Avenue.

The event will include artwork from local artists, live music, vendor booths, a beer tent at the Stonewood Bar, kids activities, food and more.

“We have paintings, arts and crafts, and everything else you would see at an art festival,” said Eric LaFata, the DDA chair. “We’re trying to get businesses to put out displays for the day of the event. There will be a kids area with a bounce house and some other attractions. … People should come down and see downtown Roseville and see everything we’re doing to improve things and make the community a better place and enjoy the art, the music and all the other attractions.”

Related story: Roseville Art Stomp to once again rock Utica Junction


4.Opa! Fest
June 21-23 • St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. Troy

The sights, sounds and tastes of Greece will come to Troy this weekend during the annual Opa! Fest at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, located at 760 W. Wattles Road, between Crooks and Livernois roads, in Troy.

Opa! Fest will take place from 4 to 11 p.m. June 21-22 and from noon to 7 p.m. June 23. The festival will include a wide array of Greek cuisine, live music, Greek dancers, cooking demonstrations, a marketplace, church tours and more.

Admission costs $2 or a donation of three canned goods for Gleaners Community Food Bank. Children younger than 12 and veterans will be admitted for free. For more information, visit www.opafest.org.


5. Grosse Pointe Pride March
Saturday, June 22 • Grosse Pointe Farms

Welcoming Everyone Grosse Pointe — better known as We GP — will host the third annual Grosse Pointe Pride March on Saturday, June 22.

The march, which coincides with National Pride Month. Is a family-oriented event that aims to raise awareness and show support of the LGBTQ+ community in the Grosse Pointe area.

Participants are asked to gather for the march at 9:30 a.m. June 22 at Grosse Pointe South High School’s J parking lot on Fisher Road in Grosse Pointe Farms. The march, which will begin at 10 a.m., will head from the lot down Fisher and along Kercheval Avenue into the Village, ending at Maire Elementary School in Grosse Pointe City. A brief rally in the Maire parking lot will include food trucks, a peace meditation, a community choir presentation, vendors, activities such as rock painting for kids, and a performance by 2011 Grosse Pointe South graduate Evan Wittstock, an actor in New York who does drag performances under the name Sierra Misst.

For more information, visit the We GP website at we-gp.org or its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/wegrossepointe, or email the organization at contact.we.gp@gmail.com.

Related story: Grosse Pointes to hold 3rd annual Pride March


Staff Writers Sarah Wojcik, Mike Koury, Brendan Losinski and K. Michelle Moran contributed to this report.