The Friday 5 — July 26-28

Your guide to this weekend's events

C&G Newspapers | Published July 24, 2019

1. Sterlingfest Art and Music Fair
July 25-27 • Sterling Heights

The three-day Sterlingfest Art and Music Fair will be held July 25-27 on the Sterling Heights City Center campus, 40555 Utica Road — and this year the festival will start off with a bang. 

For the first time, the festival will host a fireworks show at around 9:30 p.m. July 25. Besides the fireworks, visitors may also visit Restaurant Row, which will be full of meal options; strap into amusement rides; play games; and buy artwork for sale. Among the musical talent this year, the major headliners are the Mega 80’s on Thursday, Sugar Ray on Friday and Motley Crue’s Vince Neil on Saturday. 

Festival hours are 10 a.m.-11 p.m. all three days. For more information, visit

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2. Shakespeare Royal Oak
July 5-Aug. 4 • Starr Jaycee Park, Royal Oak

This weekend, the Water Works Theatre Company will usher in its 19th season of Shakespeare Royal Oak, which runs July 25-Aug. 4 at Starr Jaycee Park, located at 13 Mile and Crooks roads. 

Shakespeare Royal Oak includes three shows this season: “Othello,” directed by Frannie Shepherd-Bates; “The Tempest,” directed by Barton Bund; and “Macbeth,” performed by the group’s teen ensemble. “Othello” kicks off the series, with performances at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and at 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $25.

A special First Friday fundraiser will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 26. For $100, guests will be able to enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres with the cast of “Othello” before the show, and their chairs will be placed in advance for the 8 p.m. performance.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call (248) 399-3727 or visit

Related story: Shakespeare Royal Oak to kick off 19th season


3. ‘DEPTH’ exhibition
Now through Aug. 17 • Michigan Science Center, Detroit

Michigan State University’s Science Gallery Detroit is presenting the exhibition “DEPTH” through Aug. 17 at the Michigan Science Center in midtown Detroit.

“DEPTH” looks at water through more than 25 interactive displays that merge art with science. Admission to “DEPTH” is free, and with it comes free general admission to the Michigan Science Center.

The Michigan Science Center is located at 5050 John R St. in midtown. For reservations or more information, visit or call (313) 577-8400.

Related story: Art and science make waves in exhibition ‘DEPTH’


4. Michigan Fine Arts Competition exhibition
Now through Aug. 22  • Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham

The work of of 67 notable local artists from this year’s Michigan Fine Arts Competition is currently on display at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, located at 1516 S. Cranbrook Road in Birmingham.

The Michigan Fine Arts Competition is now in its 38th year and welcomes submissions from artists in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. Eighty of the works were selected from a pool of 650 as the 2019 winners and will be on display at the BBAC through Aug. 22. 

The exhibition is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. For more information, call (248) 644-0866 or visit

Related story: Michigan Fine Arts Competition winners on display at BBAC


5.  Bel Bagay Lakay Haitian Art & Craft Festival
July 27-28 • Riley Park, Farmington

The Haitian Network Group of Detroit will host the Bel Bagay Lakay Haitian Art & Craft Festival July 27-28 at Riley Park, 33113 Grand River Ave. in Farmington.

This free outdoor event is designed to give metro Detroit residents an opportunity to experience the uniqueness of Haitian culture through arts, crafts, food, music, dance and family-friendly activities. 

Festival hours are 6-11 p.m. July 27 and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. July 28. For more information, visit or call (313) 268-9250.

Staff Writers Eric Czarnik, Sarah Wojcik, K. Michelle Moran and Tiffany Esshaki contributed to this report.