The Friday 5 — Aug. 9-11

Your guide to this weekend's events

C&G Newspapers | Published August 7, 2019

1. Shelby Township Art Fair
Aug. 10-11 • Shelby Township

The annual Shelby Township Art Fair will return to the township’s municipal campus, 52700 Van Dyke Ave., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11.

Exhibitors will offer artwork, crafts, unique Michigan-made products, family-friendly entertainment and fair food. Live music will be playing at the township band shell, located across from Township Hall. There will be crafts and activities in the kids corner, strolling circus performers, and Brouhaha’s Imagination Playground. The “playground” is new this year and has different foam shapes for kids to play with and build.

Parking and entry to the event will be free, and a complimentary shuttle bus will also be available at the Community Center at 51670 Van Dyke Ave.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page or www.shelbyartfair.orgor call (586) 731-0300.

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2. Down on Main Street car show
Saturday, Aug. 10 • Clawson

Now in its 21st year, the Clawson Lions Club’s Down on Main Street car show will take place along Main Street, from 14 Mile Road to Chippewa Street, on Saturday, Aug. 10. The free event is open to all and is the Clawson Lions Club’s largest fundraiser of the year.

The cost to register a vehicle is $20, and all of the proceeds will benefit charitable organizations, including Leader Dogs for the Blind, the Beaumont Silent Children’s Speech Fund and the Penrickton Center for Blind Children. Show vehicles should enter at the Clawson city parking lot 200 feet west of Main Street on the south side of 14 Mile Road. Registration will take place 8-11 a.m., and judging will begin at 9 a.m.

Throughout the day, a DJ will spin tunes from the 1950s and ’60s, and the Clawson Lions Club will dole out approximately 300 trophies. New this year, The Church at Clawson, 655 S. Main St., will host a variety of children’s activities in its parking lot and will also sell food, including hot dogs and brats.

For more information, email or visit

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3. Gasoline Alley car show
Saturday, Aug. 10 • Utica

The annual Gasoline Alley car show will roll into downtown Utica from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, along Auburn Road, from the Utica Public Library to Cass Avenue.

The car show, hosted by the Utica Parks and Recreation Commission, will feature many different types of cars, including dragsters and hot rods. In addition, a gas show and swap meet will be located in the Utica Fire Department parking lot. The event also will feature beer and wine, entertainment, food trucks and vendors.

For more information, visit

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4. Kimmie Horne Jazz Festival
Aug. 9-10 • Southfield

The city of Southfield will host the annual Kimmie Horne Jazz Festival from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, and from 3 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, on the front lawn of the city's municipal complex, 26000 Evergreen Road in Southfield. 

The festival will feature performances by Kimmie Horne as well as other local jazz musicians, including Ben Sharkey, Charles and Gwen Scales, Ralphe Armstrong, Tricia Jones, Eric Watson, 496 West Band, Calvin Brooks, Dave Bennett and DJ Vernon English. 

For more information, visit or call the Community Relations Department at (248) 796-5130.

5. World Lion Day at the zoo
Saturday, Aug. 10 • The Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak

The Detroit Zoo will celebrate World Lion Day on Saturday, Aug. 10, with learning activities and zookeeper talks throughout the day. 

The king of the beasts will take center stage at the zoo’s lion habitat, with zookeeper talks scheduled at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Visitors will learn more about the decline of lions in the wild, as well as some fun facts about the species. The event will also offer hands-on activities, including an opportunity to examine lion claws and teeth.

The Detroit Zoo is located at 8450 W. 10 Mile Road in Royal Oak. For more information, call (248) 541-5717 or visit

Staff Writers Kara Szymanski and Sarah Wojcik contributed to this report.