The Friday 5 — Aug. 10-12

Your guide to this weekend's events

By: Josh Soltman | Online Only | Published August 9, 2018

1. Shelby Art Fair
Aug. 11-12 • Municipal campus, Shelby Township

The Shelby Township Art Fair is returning for its 35th annual event Aug. 11 and 12 on the municipal campus, 52700 Van Dyke Ave., and there will be more than 100 artists participating from all over Michigan and neighboring states.

The fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 11 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 12.

Artists will display work from a range of artistic mediums, including painting, pottery, jewelry, wood and glass.

In addition to artwork for sale, there will also be live music and a Kids Corner, with strolling circus performers and a scavenger hunt for kids.

The Shelby Township Solid Waste and Recycling Committee’s Trashy Treasures Art Competition is also returning this year, giving people a chance to see trash turned into art and vote for the winner. The winner will take home up to $75 in prizes.

The Shelby Township Fire and Police departments will be in attendance with a smokehouse and a bounce house. Police officers will showcase a mobile education unit that educates the community on narcotics.

Parking and entry will be free. A complimentary shuttle bus will take guests from parking at the Community Center, 51670 Van Dyke Ave., to the event.

For more information, visit www.shelbyartfair.org.

Related story: Shelby Art Fair returns for 35th anniversary


2. Down on Main Street car show
Saturday, Aug. 11 • Main Street, Clawson

On Saturday, Aug. 11, the Clawson Lions Club will welcome all makes and models of vehicles to participate in the 20th annual Down on Main Street car show. The city will close off a half-mile of Main Street, from 14 Mile Road to Chippewa Street, and cars will line both sides of the road for the free family-friendly event.

Show registration will take place from 8 to 11 a.m., with judging beginning at 9 a.m. and spectators expected to arrive after 10 a.m. All types of vehicles are welcome to register. 

The cost to register for the car show is $20 per vehicle, and the proceeds benefit approximately 20 different charities, including Leader Dogs for the Blind, the Penrickton Center for Blind Children and the Beaumont Silent Children Fund.

For more information, email info@clawsonlions.org.

Related story: Clawson Lions Club’s 20th annual car show to hit Main Street


3. Utica KidFest
Sunday, Aug. 12 • Grant Park, Utica

The city of Utica will host its first KidFest this Sunday, Aug. 12, in Grant Park, 8243 Hahn St. in Utica. The festival will be held from 1 to 5 p.m.

KidFest will feature four bounce houses, two water obstacles, a petting zoo, food trucks, face painting, Home Depot youth kits and more. Utica police and firefighters will be on hand for a visit as well.

Admission to the event is free.

For more information, call (586) 739-1600.

Related story: Utica to host first KidFest


4. Made in the Mitten Festival
Saturday, Aug. 11 • Berkley Community Center, Berkley

A new arts and crafts festival is coming to Berkley and will be held outside the Community Center and Ice Arena. The Made in the Mitten Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Community Center, 2400 Robina Ave.

The festival will feature plenty of vendors selling Michigan-made products. Items that will be for sale include pieces of art, crafts, jewelry, home décor and other gifts.

The event will also offer food trucks and some attractions geared towards kids.

For more information, visit www.fairsandfestivals.net/events/details/2018-made-in-the-mitten-festival.

Related story: New craft vendor festival coming to Berkley


5. Fine Art Fair
Saturday, Aug. 11 • Old Miami Bar, Detroit

Appreciators of local art can swing through Detroit on Saturday, Aug. 11, to visit the seventh annual Fine Art Fair, which will take place at the Old Miami Bar, 3930 Cass Ave. in midtown Detroit.

The Fine Art Fair focuses on maintaining the aesthetic of a community art fair by only featuring local artists and not big studios. The  fair is funded entirely through artists’ space rental fees, so organizers don’t need to worry about allowing sponsors to guide the event or bring in non-art-related attractions.

Local artists will show off creations in a variety of mediums, including sculpture, photography, fine art, metals, wood, textiles, ceramics and more.

Live music will be performed by Bruce Farrell and the Laughing Madmen.

For more information, visit www.detroitfaf.com.

Related story: Fine Art Fair to return to Detroit


Staff writers Brendan Losinski, Mike Koury, Kara Szymanski, Sarah Wojcik and Joshua Gordon contributed to this report.