Metro Detroit entertainment Aug. 5 and beyond (2023)

Note: Events are subject to change; check with venues for updates. Some events require masks, proof of vaccination or negative COVID test within 72 hours prior to event. Tickets on sale at,, or the XFINITY Box Office at Little Caesars Arena.

On sale 10 a.m. Aug. 5

The TakeOver 3 featuring Gucci Mane, E-40, Plies and Rich Homie Quan: Oct. 29, Fox Theatre, Detroit, $69+.

On sale 10 a.m. Aug. 12

Raheem DeVaughn: Oct. 20, Sound Board at MotorCity Casino, Detroit, $47+.


• Rock Never Stops-Tributes to Ratt, Poison and Def Leppard: 7-10 p.m. Aug. 5, Wildwood Amphitheater, 2500 Joslyn Ct., Orion Twp., gates at 6:30 p.m.,, $15+.

• Antighost, Johnny Football Hero: 7 p.m. Aug. 5, The Loving Touch,, $10+.

• Live Wire: Aug. 5, live music Fridays and Saturdays, Boat Bar, 2000 South Ortonville Road, Ortonville,

• Carnegie Hall’s NYO Jazz: 8 p.m. Aug. 5, Orchestra Hall, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 313-576-5111,, $20+.

• Mr. B (Mark Braun) Piano Man: 6 p.m. Aug. 5, corner of Detroit & Catherine Streets, next to Kerrytown Farmers Market, Ann Arbor,

• Manifest Daze featuring Sterl Gotti, Dae Money and more: 7 p.m. Aug. 5, El Club, 4114 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit,, $26.

• Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets with Tommy McLain and CC Adcock: 7 p.m. Aug. 6, The Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, 248-544-1991,, $40+ adv.

• Hanson: 7 p.m. Aug. 7, Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 West 4th St., Royal Oak,, $39.50+.

• Ferndale Library Summer Concert Series- Klezundheit is 6:30 p.m. Aug. 9, outside the library (weather permitting), 222 E. Nine Mile Road, 248-546-2504,

• Meadow Brook Concert Series-Collision Six- Aug. 11, Meadow Brook Hall Garden Tent, 350 Estate Drive, Rochester, doors at 6 p.m.,, $35 each, cash bar, hor d’oeuvres. Reservations required at


• Michigan Philharmonic: 7 p.m. Aug. 13, Ford House, 1100 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Shores,, $25 for gen adm., $10 for ages 12 and younger, grounds open at 5 p.m.

Concerts in the Park

Participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on at these outdoor concerts.

• LOLive! Gazebo Concert Series: 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays and the first Fridays of July and August, at the Children’s Park gazebo, 201 S Broadway, downtown Lake Orion,, free.

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• Music in the Park Concert series: Sonic Freeway-6 p.m. Aug. 7 and Foster & Lewis-6 p.m. Aug. 11, at Washington Township Gazebo, 57900 Van Dyke Road, Washington Township, 586-752-6543 ext. 6,

• Nine on Nine Concert Series: 4-5 p.m. Sundays, through Aug. 7, Schiffer Park, at Nine Mile and Planavon Street, Ferndale,

• Belgian American Association Band: 7 p.m. Aug. 8, Wahby Park, 24800 Jefferson Ave, St. Clair Shores,

• Free Concerts in the Park-Beatles Tribute – Dig A Phony: 7-8:30 p.m. Aug. 9, Wildwood Amphitheater, 2500 Joslyn Ct., Orion Twp., gates at 6:30 p.m., free admission and parking,

• Concerts in the Parks series-Cancel Monday: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 9, at Catalpa Oaks County Park, 27705 Greenfield Road, Southfield,

• Wag the Dog: 6-8 p.m. Aug. 10, Inspiration Park, 56730 Grand River, New Hudson,

• City of Walled Lake Summer Concerts: 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays, through Aug. 10 at Hiram Sims Park, 1299 Quinif Drive,

• Troy Summer Sensation Concert Series: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thornetta Davis-Aug. 11; The BackBeats-Aug. 25, at Boulan Park, 1898 Boulan (at Crooks Road between Big Beaver and Wattles Road). Food truck starting at 5:30 p.m.,

• Sounds Like Summer Concert Series: 7 p.m. Tuesdays, through Aug. 16, Veterans Park, 200 W Livingston Road, downtown Highland,

• Music on the Lake Concert Series: 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 17, at Veterans’ Memorial Park, Jefferson at Masonic Blvd. St. Clair Shores, food trucks or bring a lunch,

• Downtown Oxford Concerts in the Park: 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, through Aug. 18, opening act 6-7 p.m. and food sales start at 5:30 p.m.

• Music in the Park: 7-9 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 25, Dodge Park, 40620 Utica Road, Sterling Heights,

• Friday Nights Downtown Music Series: 7-8:30 p.m. Fridays, through Aug. 26, Knight Amphitheater, Riverside Park, 3311 Squirrel Court, Auburn Hills,

• Uptown Friday Night Concert Series is 7-9 p.m. Fridays, through Sept. 30, Fountain Stage, Macomb Place, Mt.Clemens,

• Summer Concert Series: 5-8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, through season, Festival Park Gazebo, The Village of Rochester Hills, Rochester Hills, Bring lawn chair, blanket, free.

• Live at The Pavilion: Live music, 6-10 p.m. Saturdays through the summer, Hotel Royal Oak Pavilion, 811 E. 11 Mile Road, Royal Oak,


• Rockin’ Under the Stars: 4:30 to 11:30 p.m., Aug. 6, Itchycoo Park at 5:30 p.m., Power Play Detroit at 8:30 p.m., on the grounds of the Multi-Lakes Conservation Association, 3860 Newton Road, Commerce Twp., $6 admission, free for children 12 and younger, bring lawn chairs or blankets, food concessions, beer, wine and soft drinks to purchase.

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• Kimmie Horne Jazz Festival: 6-10:30 p.m. Aug. 12 and 3-10:30 p.m. Aug. 13, with Randy Scott & Band and more, Southfield Civic Center, 26000 Evergreen Road, Southfield,, free.


• Shakespeare in the Park: “Romeo and Juliet”-July 28-Aug. 7, $30 each; Starr Jaycee Park 1321 W 13 Mile Road, Royal Oak, 248-399-3727,

• “You’ve Got Male” gay rom-com musical parody: Through Aug. 8, The Ringwald Theater at the Affirmations Community Center, 290 W. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale. $25 for performances Fridays-Sundays and $15 for Monday performances,


• Automotive Concept Art Exhibit: Opening reception is 7-9 p.m. Aug. 5, exhibit Aug. 6-Sept. 10, Royal Oak Historical Society Museum,, $10+ donation.

• Curator Tour: “Whatever Gets You Through the Night”: Selections from the Mott-Warsh Collection is 6 p.m. Aug. 11, Cranbrook Art Museum, 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills,

• Artist Tour-Tyrrell Winston “A Tiger’s Stripes”: 3 p.m. Aug. 13, Cranbrook Art Museum, 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills,

• BBAC’s 2022 Michigan Fine Arts Competition Exhibition: Through Aug. 18, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, 1516 S. Cranbrook, Birmingham,

• Michigan Water Color Society: Top 30 Traveling Show: Through Aug. 30, Anton Art Center, 125 Macomb Place, Mount Clemens,

• “Waste Not Want Not” by Deborah Hecht: Exhibit through Aug. 31, Woods Gallery, Huntington Woods Library, 26415 Scotia, Huntington Woods, 248-543-9720,

• Photo Prize: Annual City of Southfield competition public exhibition and online voting, through Sept. 2, Southfield City Hall, 26000 Evergreen Road, Southfield. Vote at The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in September and featured in the City’s 2023 calendar.

• Summer Exhibitions: Through Sept. 25, Cranbrook Art Museum, 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills, 248-645-3323,

• Tyrrell Winston- “A Tiger’s Stripes”: Through Sept. 25, Cranbrook Art Museum, 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills, 248-645-3323,

• Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit Detroit, digital art exhibition: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. through Oct. 16, (extended) at Lighthouse ArtSpace Detroit (Harmonie Club), 311 E. Grand River Ave., Detroit, 1-844-307-4644,, $39.99+; 24.99+ for ages 16 and younger.

• “Conscious Response-Photographers Changing the Way We See”: Through Jan. 8, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, advanced reservations are required to visit the museum, 313-833-4005,

• Van Gogh’s Artistic Roots-The Hague School and French Realism: Exhibit through Jan. 29, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, 313-833-4005, advanced reservations are required,

• Farmington Hills Public Art Program featuring 61 local artists: Farmington Hills City Hall, 31555 W. Eleven Mile Road, Farmington Hills,, 248-699-6709. On exhibit during business hours 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

• “Community, Love, and Family”: Swords into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery, 33 East Adams Ave. Detroit,

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• Centennial Ceramic Tile Mural: 350 community members crafted ceramic tiles depicting their love of community parks, 4.5 feet high and 20 feet wide, on exhibit at Thelma Spencer Park, 3701 John R Rd, Rochester Hills, Michigan Mosaic Artist Michelle Sider designed, assembled tiles for this community art project to celebrate 100 years of park service in Rochester Hills, Paint Creek Center for the Arts,

Call for artists

• Canvas Pontiac regional art competition: Submissions accepted for murals in downtown Pontiac. Artists can submit drawings, paintings, photographs, and digital art into any of four categories: photography, handcrafted, which includes digital art and NFTs, automotive themed, and mural proposals. Entries accepted through Aug. 31, $50 after July 15, with proceeds to benefit Canvas Pontiac’s mission of fostering the arts in Pontiac, The 2021 Canvas Pontiac awardees will be displayed on 8’x10’ canvasses throughout downtown.


• Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle: Daniel Eachus-Aug. 4-6; Mary Lynn Rajskub-Aug. 11-13, at 310 S. Troy St., Royal Oak,, 248-542-9900, ages 18+, prices vary.

• One Night Stans: Maher Matta-Aug. 4-5, Kirk Bogos-Aug. 11-13, at 4761 Highland Road, Waterford Twp., OneNightStans.Club, 248-249-1321, prices vary.


• “DC League of Super-Pets”: Through Aug. 11, Milford Independent Cinema, Milford,, $7+.

• Movies in the Moonlight: movies begin at dusk, 9:15 p.m. in the parking lot at the corner of E. Third & Water, one block east of Main. “Encanto “(PG)- Aug. 6; Pre-show activities start at 8:30 p.m., with Encanto singalong on Aug. 6, concessions available,, 248-656-0060, free.

• Flashback Cinema Series: “My Neighbor Totoro” (1988)- Aug. 7, Aug. 10, Emagine Theatres, for complete list and locations,

• “DC League of Super-Pets”: July 29+, Farmington Civic Theater, 33332 Grand River Ave., Farmington,, 248-474-1951, $8.50+ gen. Adm., $5.75 matinees.

• City of Troy Movie Night Under the Stars: “Encanto”-Aug. 17 at the new Jeanne M. Stine Community Park (241 Town Center, west of Livernois), concessions, bring lawn chairs or blankets, free admission,

• “Puss in Boots” sensory-friendly screening: Aug. 6, Emagine Theatres,

“Il Buco”: Aug. 6-7, Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of Arts,, $11+.

• 007 Film Series: Select dates through Aug. 25, The Maple Theater, 4135 W. Maple Road, Bloomfield Twp., 248-855-9091,, $6+.

• Friday Night Films: Through Aug. 26, outdoors at New Center Park. Gates open at 8 p.m. and the movies start at dusk, 2998 W Grand Blvd., Detroit, 313-420-6000,, free.

• Movie Nights in the D, a free outdoor movie series: 7 p.m. Thursdays through August at Campus Martius Park, 800 Woodward Ave., Detroit,


• Corvettes America Charity Corvette Show: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Aug. 13, Everest Collegiate High School & Academy, 5935 Clarkston Road, Clarkston, participant fees and online registration at Spectators: $10 per car.


• Beacon Park’s Summer Events: Night Market dates are 6-11 p.m. Saturdays, through Aug. 27, vendors sought, visit; Family Fun Days are 1-5 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 28, free activities for all ages, music, arts and storytelling to fitness, crafts and stage performances.

• Cranbrook on the Green-Artist-Designed Mini-Golf: Through Sept. 25, Cranbrook Art Museum, 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills, 248-645-3323,, $15 adults, $8 for ages younger than 12.

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• Dinosauria exhibit: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through Sept. 5, $14+ zoo admission plus $6+ exhibit admission, parking is $8,

• “Pulse” illuminated forest trail: Most nights, Thursdays to Sundays, through Sept. 11, Glenlore Trails, 3860 Newton Road, Commerce Twp., purchase tickets at, gen. adm. $25+, $15 ages 4-12, free for younger than 3, $20 for 65+.


• Ford House Poolside Party after restoration of historic lagoon and pool: 7 p.m. Aug. 4, at 1100 Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe Shores, featuring live music, light hors d’oeuvres and summery cocktails. Admission is $60, $45 for members, and includes one drink ticket. A cash bar will be available,

• 10th Annual Car Show: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 6, at Royal Oak Historical Society Museum, 1411 W Webster Road, Royal Oak,, car registration is $15+.

• Bank of America customers get free admission: Aug. 6-7 and the first weekend of each month to museums and cultural institutions all over the country, including Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History, Michigan Science Center, Arab American National Museum and Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation,

• Motortown Revue outdoor art installation: Through Oct. 31, walkable installation along the Detroit Riverwalk, presented by Motown Museum in partnership with the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy. Guests must bring a headset or earbuds to hear about the installation,

• Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Permanent exhibits include the famous Streets of Old Detroit, the Allesee Gallery of Culture, Doorway to Freedom: Detroit and the Underground Railroad, Detroit: The “Arsenal of Democracy,” the Gallery of Innovation, Frontiers to Factories, America’s Motor City and The Glancy Trains,, gen. adm. is $10.

• Self-guided tours of Cranbrook Gardens summer hours, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. daily through September, self-guided garden tours are free. House tours are 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays, through Labor Day weekend, $20+ gen adm.,

• Michigan Science Center, 5020 John R. St., Detroit,, 313-577-8400, museum gen. adm. is $18+. POPnology exhibit, Hollywood science fiction artifacts, including a DeLorean and R2-D2, through Aug. 11. Participates in Museums for All and Blue Star Museums. With Museums for All, patrons show their SNAP EBT card and picture ID, general admission tickets are only $3/person for up to four people in their party, in-person only. Blue Star Museums is a program that provides free admission to currently-serving U.S. military personnel and their families through Labor Day, Sept. 5, in-person only.

• The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation and Greenfield Village: 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, Ford Rouge Factory Tours Monday-Saturday, purchase tickets online, prices vary,

• Ford House: Historic estate of Edsel and Eleanor Ford, 1100 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Shores. Timed entry, COVID-19 precautions,, 313-884-4222. Ticket prices vary.

• King Tutankhamun-“Wonderful Things” from the Pharaoh’s Tomb exhibit: Through Aug. 22, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit, 313-494-5800, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., reserve timed tickets at, $25+ gen adm.

• Meadow Brook Hall, 350 Estate Drive, Rochester, Timed tours beginning at 11 a.m. Friday to Monday. Adult $18, seniors, military $15, youth (6-12) $10. Members, OU Students, free for children ages 5 and younger, reservations at

• Orchard Lake Museum: 1-4 p.m. first, second, fourth and fifth Sundays and third Fridays, or by appointment, 3951 Orchard Lake Road Orchard Lake, 248-757-2451, Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society,

• Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm is open for public drop-In hours and tours, noon-3 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 1005 Van Hoosen Road, Rochester Hills,, $5/adults; $3/seniors and students.

• University of Michigan Museum of Art, 525 South State St, Ann Arbor, 734-764-0395,

• Sloan Museum of Discovery: 1221 E. Kearsley St., Flint,, 810-237-3450, admission prices vary.

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• Michigan Activity Pass: Available for card holders of all Michigan public libraries, for free or discounted admission to more than 450 locations, including historic sites, cultural attractions and state parks,

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