The Friday 5 — Aug. 23-25

Your guide to this weekend's events

C&G Newspapers | Published August 21, 2019

1. Hydrofest
Aug. 24-25 • Detroit Riverfront

Fans of professional hydroplane racing won’t want to miss the 2019 Hydrofest, which hits the Detroit Riverfront Aug. 24-25. 

This year’s event will feature three different classes of racing: Grand Prix, H-350 and Jersey Skiff. The races are scheduled to start at noon and end at 4:30 p.m., with heats running every 15 minutes. 

Hydrofest offers a variety of ticket options, including grandstand seating, as well as pit passes for fans who want a behind-the-scenes experience. 

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

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2.  Hazel Park Art Fair
Aug. 24-25 • Green Acres Park, Hazel Park

The annual Hazel Park Art Fair returns Aug. 24-25 to Green Acres Park, 620 W. Woodward Heights Blvd.

Around 70 artists are expected to participate in the two-day event, which is organized by the Hazel Park Arts Council and presented by My Town Properties.

Attendees can look forward to a wide range of family-friendly artwork spanning all mediums — 2D and 3D, decorative and functional — including drawings, paintings, photography, ceramics, metalworking, jewelry and more. The event will also include food trucks, live music, strolling performers and a craft beer tent. 

The event will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25. For more information, visit

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3. Art in the Elements
Aug. 22-25 • Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester Hills

Floral artists from around the country will share their talent at Meadow Brook Hall Aug. 22-25 during a unique floral exhibit and tour called Art in the Elements.

Art in the Elements visitors can stroll through the woodland paths of the Meadow Brook Hall to view over 20 large-scale floral art sculptures and displays by designers from all over the United States and Canada. Attendees can also step inside the estate for a self-guided tour complete with floral designs inspired by Meadow Brook’s vast collection and unique spaces.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23; from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24; and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25. Tickets will be sold on-site the days of the event only, and the tour will occur rain or shine. Admission costs $20 for adults, $17 for seniors 62 and older, $15 for Oakland University affiliates, and $12.50 for youths ages 6-12. 

Meadow Brook Hall is located at 350 Estate Drive in Rochester Hills, on the campus of Oakland University. For more information, visit or call (248) 364-6252.

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4. Warren’s Birthday Bash
Aug. 22-25 • Warren’s City Square

Warren’s Birthday Bash is coming back this year with music, a carnival, family activities and entertainment for people of all ages Aug. 22-25 at Warren’s City Square, located along Van Dyke Avenue, north of 12 Mile Road.

The event will kick off with Country Music Night on Thursday; Friday will feature music from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s; Saturday is Rock Night; and Sunday is a Kids Day. An expanded fireworks display is scheduled for dusk on Saturday night.

The carnival will run from 4 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Sunday, and from 4 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Wood-carving demonstrations, the Detroit Institute of Arts Drop-In Workshop, the Sterling Heights Nature Center and the Michigan Disc Dogs will be there on all four days. A “fire show” performance will take place between live music acts on Friday and Saturday, and fire juggling is scheduled from 7:45 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.

For more information, visit

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5. Slovak Festival
Aug. 23-25 • Ss. Cyril and Methodius Roman Catholic Parish, Sterling Heights

Ss. Cyril and Methodius Roman Catholic Parish, 41233 Ryan Road in Sterling Heights, will hold its 29th annual Slovak Festival Aug. 23-25.

According to organizers, Friday will specifically be a family night complete with a talent show, and the rest of the festival will include music and Slovak folk dancers. In addition, a Slovak Mass will take place at 11:30 a.m. Sunday. The festival will also include kids activities; inflatables; raffles; and plenty of homemade cuisine, including halusky potato dumplings, pierogi known as pirohy, fasirka meatloaf, holubky stuffed cabbage and klobasa sausage. 

The festival runs from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, from 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday, and from noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit or call (586) 726-6911.

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Jacob Herbert, Andy Kozlowski, Mary Beth Almond, Brian Louwers and Eric Czarnik contributed to this report.