The Friday 5 — Sept. 20-22

Your guide to this weekend's events

C&G Newspapers | Published September 18, 2019

1. Funky Ferndale Art Fair/DIY Street Fair
Sept. 20-22 • Downtown Ferndale

No matter what side of Woodward Avenue you’re on, there will be plenty of handcrafted items to peruse along Nine Mile Road in Ferndale during the DIY Street Fair and the Funky Ferndale Art Fair.

The DIY Street Fair — taking place on on East Nine Mile Road — will feature dozens of artists and bands, along with a kids zone, food trucks, and a variety of craft beer, cocktails and wine.The hours for the DIY Street Fair will be 6 p.m. to midnight Sept. 20, 11 a.m. to midnight Sept. 21, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 22.

The Funky Ferndale Art Fair — taking place on West Nine Mile Road — will feature over 100 juried artists selling their work to the public. The event will also include music, food and the installation of a new inclusivity mural on the wall of The Cupcake Station, located at Nine Mile and Allen roads. The hours of the Funky Ferndale Art Fair will be 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept 20; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22.

For more information on the events, visit www.funkyferndaleartfair.com and www.ferndalediy.com.

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2. Fork and Cork Festival
Sept. 20-22 • Utica

Food, wine and craft beer will be in the spotlight during the Fork and Cork Festival Sept. 20-22 in Memorial Park, located adjacent to the Utica Public Library, 7539 Auburn Road in Utica.

The Fork and Cork Festival will highlight food from local restaurants and food trucks, offer a selection of wine and craft beer tents, provide music from local and national performers, and feature art and handcrafted items for sale from local artists and artisans.

The festival runs from 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20; from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21; and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 22, rain or shine. 

For more information on the event, visit www.ForkAndCorkFestival.com.

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3. Detroit Foodie Fair
Sunday, Sept. 22 • Eastern Market, Detroit

The first-ever Detroit Foodie Fair is coming to Eastern Market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22. 

The event will take place in Shed 5 of Eastern Market, located at 2934 Russell St. in Detroit. It will be a celebration of Detroit’s cooking and food culture and will offer attendees a variety of treats and attractions. The festival will include food trucks, as well as vendors selling artisan foods, handmade kitchenware and other food-related items. 

For more information, visit www.detroitfoodiefair.com.

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4. Festival of the Senses
Sept. 21-22 • Clinton Township

‘Listen to your art’ is the theme of this year’s Festival of the Senses, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, and Sunday, Sept. 22, on the grounds of the Clinton Township Civic Center, 40700 Romeo Plank Road.

The two-day art festival celebrates all mediums and will feature more than 100 artists and vendors. The event kicks off with a dog parade, with registration at 9 a.m. Sept. 21, and the actual parade beginning around 10:15 a.m. There will be contests for best costume, best trick and more. 

The festival will also feature food trucks, including Detroit Panzerotti Company and Big Boy, as well as specialty vendors that serve carnival-type food and drinks, such as lemonade, pretzels, popcorn and jerky.

Parking will be available on-site, while shuttles will take attendees to and from Erie Elementary, 42276 Romeo Plank Road. For more information, visit clintontownship.com/festival-of-the-senses or call (586) 286-9336.

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5. By the Lake flower show
Friday, Sept. 20 • Grosse Pointe Farms

The Garden Club of Michigan will hold its By the Lake flower show from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at the Grosse Pointe Club, located at 6 Berkshire Place, behind Grosse Pointe Memorial Church in Grosse Pointe Farms.

Free and open to the public, the event will include floral arrangement competition entries, photography, jewelry made from plant material, locally grown horticulture samples, lake-themed needlework, a swallowtail exhibition, a gift shop and more. Visitors will be greeted at the entrance by mannequins attired in dresses made from fresh flowers, and groups such as Bees in the D and Detroit Abloom will have representatives on hand.

The Grosse Pointe Club will also be offering meals for sale throughout the day, but reservations should be made by calling the club in advance. For dining reservations, call the club at (313) 885-0400. For more information about the flower show, visit www.gardenclubofmichigan.org.

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Staff Writers Mike Koury, Kara Szymanski, Brendan Losinski, Nick Mordowanec and K. Michelle Moran contributed to this report.