The Friday 5 — July 19-21

Your guide to this weekend's events

C&G Newspapers | Published July 17, 2019

1. Appetite for Art and Kids Fest
July 20-21 • Grant Park, Utica

The city of Utica is offering two festivals in one this weekend with Appetite for Art and Kids Fest, taking place July 20-21 at Grant Park, 8243 Hahn St.

The annual Appetite for Art festival — formerly known as the Old Mill Arts and Crafts Festival — will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 20 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 21. The event will include an art sale, live entertainment, face painting, a children’s play area, a food truck rally and approximately 50 vendors with a variety of items. Admission to the event is free.

The family-friendly Kids Fest will open at noon each day during Appetite for Art and will feature attractions including bounce houses, water obstacles, food trucks, face painting, Home Depot youth kits and more. Entry to the bounce houses will cost $5 per family to help raise money for the equipment in the park.

For more information, visit www.cityofutica.org.

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2. Founders Festival
July 18-21 • Shiawassee Park, Farmington

The Greater Farmington Area Founders Festival returns for its 55th year July 18-21 with a new home base at Shiawassee Park, located at Shiawassee Street and Power Road in Farmington. 

The festival will run 5-8 p.m. July 18 with a soft opening of the beer tent, followed by open festival hours 10 a.m.-8 p.m. July 19-20 and noon-5 p.m. July 21.

The event will include the Fido Festival — featuring a variety of dog shows and activities — the LOC Federal Credit Union 5K color run, beer and bingo tents, live music throughout the weekend, a parade along Grand River Avenue, the Vintage and Crafters Marketplace, a food court, a pig roast, a children’s carnival and more. The festival will also include fireworks starting at 9:30 p.m. July 20. 

For more information, including a festival schedule, visit www.foundersfestival.com or call (248) 957-9585.

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3. Detroit Zoo Photo Safari
July 20-21 • Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak

Photographers of all ages are invited to hone their skills and compete to win prizes as part of the second annual Photo Safari from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 20-21 at the Detroit Zoo, 8450 W. 10 Mile Road in Royal Oak. 

The two-day event is a partnership between the Detroit Zoological Society and Woodward Camera. Photos taken during the event will be eligible for prizes, and each participant may submit up to five images to the Woodward Camera team for consideration. Suggested photo themes include animal welfare/rescued animals/conservation species, human-animal connection, mammals, amphibians/reptiles and birds/butterflies, according to a zoo press release.

Photos taken during Photo Safari must be submitted to www.woodwardcamera.com by July 24 to qualify for prizes. Participation is free with zoo admission, and DZS members and guests who pay $20 for early admission may enter at 8 a.m. For more information, call (248) 541-5717 or visit www.detroitzoo.org.

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4. Germanfest
July 19-21 • Carpathia Club, Sterling Heights

Get a taste of German cuisine and culture all weekend long during Germanfest at the Carpathia Club, 38000 Utica Road in Sterling Heights. 

The festival will include authentic German food — such as bratwurst, potato salad and schnitzel on a stick — German beers, a beer stein holding contest, a sauerkraut eating contest, live entertainment and more. 

Event hours are 6-11 p.m. Friday, 4-11 p.m. Saturday and noon-9 p.m. Sunday. General admission costs $5, and minors will be admitted for free. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.carpathiaclub.com or call (586) 978-2292.

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5. Inspirations Garden Tour
Saturday, July 20 • Harrison Township

Six gardens will be featured during the Harrison Township Beautification Commission’s Inspirations Garden Tour from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 20.

Commission Chairperson Sue Keehn said this year’s highlights include a breathtaking passion flower vine that’s climbing the side of one local gardener’s home, a community fairy garden with a double-sided view of the water, a meticulous garden created by a landscape architect who was featured on the tour six years ago, and a garden on the water that mixes artwork and color.

The Inspirations Garden Tour will go on rain or shine. Tickets cost $15 the day of the tour and can be purchased at the Tucker Senior Center, 26980 Ballard St., between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Advance VIP tickets are also available for $20, and include a guided bus tour and lunch stop. Registration forms and tour maps will be handed out at the Tucker Senior Center on July 20. For more information, call (586) 242-3868.

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Staff Writers Kara Szymanski, Jonathan Shead, Sarah Wojcik, Eric Czarnik and Julie Snyder contributed to this report.