Looking for things to do in Farmington Hills and Farmington this month? Check out live Irish music on Friday nights, author talks, movie screenings, dancing lessons and the Farmington Farmers Market.
By Karleigh M. Stone
The Great Jewish Family Festival
24915 Farmington Road, Farmington Hills
Celebrate Jewish identity, community, friendship and unity in Metro Detroit. This festival is in honor of the Jewish holiday Lag B’omer which commemorates the anniversary of the passing of the great sage and mystic, Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, and the disciples of Rabbi Akiva and his message of brotherly love. The party will kick off with a Kosher pizza dinner from Jerusalem Pizza at 5:30 p.m., along with activities like archery tag, a 27-foot slide and bounce house, foam machine pit, face painting, a hockey tournament, nature hike and crafts. From 6:45-8 p.m., enjoy Rufus the Dufus’ stunt and juggling show and then a bonfire with s’mores. More info: jewishfamilyfestival.com/
May 3, 10, 17 and 24
Ideal Bite at the Farmington Brewing Company
Farmington Brewing Company
33336 Grand River Ave., Farmington
On Thursdays, Ideal Bite Community Kitchen brings their unique upscale street food dishes to pair with the Farmington Brewing Company’s selection of signature craft beers. Kids are welcome between 6-8 p.m.
Ford Ballroom Dance Club Spring Event
Costick Activities Center
28600 W. 11 Mile Road, Farmington Hills
Dance the night away with family and friends! From 8-9 p.m., take part in an American rumba dance lesson taught by Louis Johnson, and then join in the open dance party after. The Tango Showcase at 9 p.m. is also sure to impress. More information.
May 4, 11, 18 and 25
Class Rock Live Music
John Cowley & Sons
33338 Grand River Ave., Farmington
Head over to downtown Farmington’s classic Irish pub for live music and a good meal every Friday night in May. The Shawn Riley Band will perform on May 4, Phoenix Theory on May 11, Serious Jack on May 18 and Sinjon Smith will rock the house on May 25. More information.
24915 Farmington Road, Farmington Hills
Spend a Sunday afternoon hiking the park and welcoming the birds back from the South. Learn about the tools and tips needed to find birds, and then enjoy refreshments at the Nature Center. Cost is $3. Register here.
“Flying Couch” Book Talk
Holocaust Memorial Center
28123 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills
Join “Flying Couch” author Amy Kurzweil, a New Yorker cartoonist, for a reflection on the Holocaust and the history of her family. Her memoir tells an inherited narrative of the Holocaust from her grandmother and how she coped with what she learned about her family’s past. It investigates how memories and stories shape who we become. This event will feature a Q&A, book signing and light refreshments. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for students and free for members. RSVP by May 3 to 248-536-9612 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot.
Mother’s Day Brunch
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
35450 Grand River Ave., Farmington
Take mom out to a Farmington hot-spot for her special day. Enjoy brunch for $19.99 for adults and $11.99 for ages 5-12. Kids 4 and under eat free. This neighborhood hangout offers a variety of classic American dishes.
International Film Series: “The Handmaiden”
Farmington Community Library
32737 W. Twelve Mile Road, Farmington Hills
Experience something new with a foreign film and international snacks at Farmington Community Library. “The Handmaiden” takes place in 1930s Korea, in the period of Japanese occupation. A young girl is hired to work for a Japanese heiress, but she has a secret. She is actually part of a plot to seduce the heiress into eloping with a crook, posing as a Count, so he can rob her fortune. This film will be presented in Korean and Japanese with English subtitles and is suggested for those 18 and older. Registration is required. Sign up here.
Opening Day of the Farmington Farmers and Artisans Market
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Walter E. Sundquist Pavilion
Grand River Avenue and Grove Street
Spend a Saturday browsing fresh, Michigan-grown produce and locally crafted treasures. In addition to fruits and vegetables, visitors will find fresh bread and croissants, sweets, jams and jellies, honey, spices and oils, salsas, as well as Michigan lake fish, locally butchered meat and artisan cheeses. Additionally, guests will enjoy music and live entertainment, speaking with local chefs and farmers and children’s activities. The market is open every Saturday from May 19 until the end of October. More information.
Abhi Shah Foundation’s Walk For Kids
32340 Shiawassee St., Farmington
Walk with the Abhi Shah Foundation to help provide hope, happiness and opportunities to children in need. All proceeds from the event benefit Vista Maria and Methodist Children’s Home Society, two groups that provide foster care and educational, clinical and therapeutic services for homeless or abused children. The foundation was created to honor the legacy of Abhi Shah, a young man who exemplified compassion and empathy for others throughout his 20 years of life. “Walk For Kids” is a 5K event that features a warm-up with BollyBurn dancers, a cool-down yoga session with Chaula Thacker and live music by DJ Chinta. Participation is $10 and includes a T-shirt and light refreshments. Register here.