The Friday 5: Sept. 14-16

Your guide to this weekend's events

By: Josh Soltman | Online Only | Published September 13, 2018

1. Barktoberfest
Sept. 15-16 • Memorial Park, Royal Oak

Barktoberfest, a dog-friendly Oktoberfest-themed event, will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 15-16 at Memorial Park, 31050 Woodward Ave. in Royal Oak.

The event features craft beer, live music, pet-related shopping and contests. All dogs brought to the event must be leashed.

Live bands at Barktoberfest will include the Orbitsuns, the Gasoline Gypsies, Joe Jaber & the Last Divide, and Mad Rabbit, as well as the Highland Travelers, which is a Tennessee-based bluegrass band.

Participants can register their dogs for the pug run, costume contest, weiner dog races or the brand-new ugliest dog contest at the chamber information booth, with prizes donated by sponsors and exhibitors.

Admission costs $5 per person and is free for children ages 10 and younger.

For more information, call (248) 547-4000 or visit

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2. Troy Family Daze
Sept. 13-16 • Troy Civic Center, Troy

Troy Family Daze will return to the grounds of the Troy Civic Center this weekend, Sept. 13-16.

The festival will feature midway rides, live entertainment, children's games, a naturalization ceremony, wrestling shows, Troy police K-9 unit demonstrations, a chili cook-off, and a water battle between the Troy and Clawson fire departments.

The festival will host International Day entertainment from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 15 and from 12:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 16.

Free parking will be available at Zion Church, 3668 Livernois Road, with free shuttles to the festival. For event times and other information, visit or call (248) 909-0977.

Admission costs $3 for adults and is free for children younger than 5. Parking is free.

Fireworks are scheduled to be launched at 9:30 p.m. Sept. 15, with a rain date of 8:30 p.m. Sept. 16.

Troy Family Daze will be held at the intersection of Troy Center and Civic Center drives 4-9 p.m. Sept. 13, 4-11 p.m. Sept. 14, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 15 and noon-9 p.m. Sept. 16.

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3. Michigan Boating Industries Association Metro Boat Show
Sept. 13-16 • St. Clair Metropark, Harrison Township

The Michigan Boating Industries Association Metro Boat Show will come to Lake St. Clair Metropark, 31300 Metropolitan Parkway in Harrison Township, this weekend. The show, which runs Sept. 13-16, is in its ninth year.

The boat show features hundreds of watercraft and boats up to 60 feet in length on display and for sale. Featured boats will include fishing boats, sailboats, cruisers, yachts, pontoon boats, personal watercraft, ski and wakeboard boats, canoes, kayaks and paddleboards.

Metro Boat Show hours are from noon to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13-14, 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 16. Admission costs is $10. Children 12 and younger attend free of charge with an adult. Parking costs $10 for those without a 2018 park permit.

For more information, visit

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4. Lac Ste. Claire Fine Art Fair
Sept. 15-16 • Veterans Memorial Park, St. Clair Shores

The 31st annual Lac Ste. Claire Fine Art Fair will come to St. Clair Shores this weekend. The fair returns to Veterans Memorial Park, 32400 Jefferson Ave., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 15 and 16.

Many artists, including a chainsaw artist, will be demonstrating their crafts at the fair. Other artists who will be present include painters, jewelers and many more.

In addition to artist demonstrations, many other activities are planned. Children will be able to make hands-on pottery with Jax Pots. There will also be henna artists and caricatures, and children can make fairy gardens as well as take part in other crafts provided by the Detroit Institute of Arts.

The annual event benefits the Miss St. Clair Shores Scholarship Program, and Miss St. Clair Shores Hannah Dell and St. Clair Shores Outstanding Teen Isabella Vesprini will be on hand throughout the weekend as well. Dell will sing the national anthem Sept. 15, and Vesprini will sing it Sept. 16.

Parking and admission to the fair are free.

For more information, call (586) 298-2788.

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5. Birmingham Street Art Fair
Sept. 15-16 • Downtown Birmingham

The Birmingham Street Art Fair will place Sept. 15-16 with more than 150 juried artists selling original work in a wide range of mediums.

Local artists will be the highlight of the show, with many of the makers donating pieces to be auctioned off to benefit Common Ground, Oakland County's nonprofit agency that helps families through mental health and substance abuse issues.

The fair will also feature a hands-on activity tent for children.

The Birmingham Street Art Fair will take place 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16 in downtown Birmingham.

For more information, visit

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Staff Writers Tiffany Esshaki, Kristyne Demske, Terry Oparka, Sarah Wojcik and Julie Snyder contributed to this report.