From a bustling night market to a mass celebration featuring illuminated lanterns, check out these 6 events happening around Metro Detroit this weekend
By Perry Haselden
Featured photo via @nightlightsevent
June 11 – June 13
Sunday, 12:00 – 5:00 pm
Swiggin’ Pig BBQ is happening on the riverfront in downtown Wyandotte this weekend! From mechanical bull rides and live music to carnival games and, of course, lots of delicious BBQ, this event is packed with fun for the whole family. Admission is free during the day, but a $5 cover charge is required from 5 – 11 pm on Friday and Saturday for anyone 13 years or older. If you are interested in attending the carnival, wristbands can be purchased in advance here, or at the door.
June 11 – June 13
Friday, 4:00 pm – 1:00 am
Saturday, 12:00 pm – 1:00 am
Sunday, 12:00 pm – 12:00 am
8130 Kercheval Ave, Detroit
Serving up beer, wine, cocktails and custard, Two Birds is officially opening its doors in Detroit’s West Village this week. To celebrate the grand opening, The Velvet Tower will be popped up for a vintage clothing sidewalk sale Friday and Saturday, and delicious eats by Pierogi Queen (Friday) and Esto’s Garage (Saturday) will also be on the menu. Check out their Instagram, @twobirdsdetroit for more info!
7:00 – 11:00 pm
15119 Charlevoix St, Grosse Point Park
Head to Grosse Point Park for an evening of dancing, live music, food trucks, cocktails, and more! The “Summer Boogie” party kicks off at 7:00 pm on Charlevoix St, between Maryland and Lakepointe. Attendees must be 18 years or older and are asked to follow all CDC safety guidelines.
The Night Markets at Beacon Park are back for the summer, featuring local vendors, bands and DJs. The markets are free to attend and are scheduled to take place every Saturday night through August with a rotating lineup of food trucks and entertainment. Check out the event’s Facebook page to see who’s on the schedule to perform each week.
5:00 – 11:30 pm
10205 N Saginaw Rd, Clio
The Night Lights Sky Lantern Festival is coming to Michigan! Set to take place at Auto City Speedway (weather permitting), the event will feature thousands of people celebrating life and renewal by releasing illuminated paper lanterns into the night sky. Attendees can also expect games, live music, food trucks and s’mores (kits will be available at the event for $10)! Tickets are $32 and must be purchased in advance.
Lace up your skates and roll down to Monroe Street Midway this weekend. Bedrock and Rollout Detroit — the nation’s oldest Black-owned roller rink — have partnered to create Detroit’s only outdoor rollerskating rink. It’s recommended that you purchase tickets ($13) in advance to reserve a time slot and skate rentals. Don’t have your “skate legs” yet? The Rocket Mortgage Sport Zone is also open for outdoor activities, like basketball and tennis.