The Friday 5 — June 16-18

By: Josh Soltman, | Online Only | Published June 15, 2017

1. Cruisin' Gratiot
June 17 •  Eastpointe

Eastpointe is the place to be for car lovers this weekend, as the 19th annual Eastpointe Cruisin' Gratiot returns June 19.

Even before the cruising begins, a car show will take place at 9 a.m. at East Detroit High School, 15501 Couzens Ave., and a 5K fun run will kick off at 9 a.m. from the Eastpointe Odd Fellows Hall, 23322 Gratiot Ave. Registration for the fun run begins at 8 a.m. and costs $20 per adult ages 18 and older, and $10 per child ages 10-18. Kids younger than 10 can register with a parent participant.

Cruisin' Gratiot officially kicks off with an 11 a.m. prayer service, followed by a 1 p.m. VIP parade and cruising from 1:30 to 8 p.m.

For more information on the 5K fun run, visit www.facebook.com/eastwoododdfellows496.

For more information on Cruisin' Gratiot, visit www.cruisin-gratiot.com.


2. Motor City Irish Fest
June 16-18 •  Greenmead Historical Park, Livonia

Irish Heritage will be on display this weekend as the Motor City Irish Fest returns this weekend, June 16-18, to Greenmead Historical Park, 20501 Newburgh Road in Livonia.

Live music and dance will be front and center at the festival, as it will feature 24 Irish bands, six Irish dance groups, pipe and drum bands, tin whistle lessons and Irish dance lessons. 

The festival will also offer traditional food and drink options, including fish and chips from Claddagh Pub, corned beef sandwiches, and whiskey tasting in Dunleavy's Pub.

Motor City Irish Fest runs 5-11 p.m. Friday, June 16, with an opening ceremony beginning at 7 p.m.; noon-11 p.m. Saturday, June 17; and 1-8 p.m. Sunday, June 18, with a traditional Irish mass being held at noon.

Tickets at the gate cost $12 for adults, and $7 for children ages 13-17. Advance tickets cost $10 for adults. A three-day pass can be purchased for $25 per person.

For more information or to find out where to purchase tickets in advance, visit www.motorcityirishfest.com.


3. Dabble in the Farms
June 17 • The Hill, Grosse Pointe Farms

Craft beverages and live music will be on the menu June 17 when the annual Dabble in the Farms craft tasting event returns to the Hill in Grosse Pointe Farms. 

The fifth-annual installment of the summer event will feature local food trucks, craft beer selections, wine and cocktails. Along with food and drink, live music will also be featured, including 1980s tribute band Square Pegs, as well as others.

Tickets cost $40 in advance or $50 on the day of the event, and are only available to those ages 21 and older.

For more information, visit the event's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/events/661984757321906.


4. Craftcom
June 16-17 • Downtown Clawson

Grab your favorite cosplay costume and head to downtown Clawson for the inaugural Craftcom, presented by Black Lotus Brewing Co. 

The event will take place from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, June 16, and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 17, along Main Street from 14 Mile Road to Broadacre Avenue.

Blending craft beer and comic books, the event will include local crafters and artists, comics, collectors, comic and game vendors, a homebrew competition and live music. Most importantly, cosplay is encouraged, and a cosplay contest will be held at 3 p.m.

Detroit School of Rock and Pop and the Clawson High School symphony orchestra will be among those providing live music entertainment.

The event will also feature many family-friendly activities, such as a free Whole Foods Kids Zone with crafts, a bounce house, lawn games and more.

Entry to the event is free.

For more information, visit www.craftcomfestival.com.


5. Improv comedy show
June 17 • Berman Center for Performing Arts, West Bloomfield

The Berman Center for Performing Arts, 6600 W. Maple Road in West Bloomfield, will be hosting an “Evening of Improvised Comedy” at 8 p.m. June 17. 

The event will feature students from the Improv Project and local improvisers, as well as guest Travis Wright. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Detroit Creativity Project and the Improv Project.

Tickets cost $9 for Detroit Creativity Project members and $12 for general admission.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.theberman.org, visit the box office between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, or call (248) 661-1900.

Staff Writers Bria Brown, K. Michelle Moran, Victoria Mitchell and Sherri Kolade contributed to this report.