The annual three-day concert is known as the world’s largest free country concert. The Hoedown includes music from local bands, as well as from established performers and newcomers.
May 13-15. Hart Plaza, 1 Hart Plaza, downtown Detroit.
Different by Design, an exhibit in the Gate Lodge Garage saluting the design flair of Edsel Ford, includes a 1934 Brewster Town Car, a 1938 Lincoln K Brunn Brougham, and a 1941 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet. These cars were owned by the Ford family and customized to Edsel’s specifications. Also on display are two miniature gas-powered, one-cylinder Custer race cars used by Edsel and Eleanor’s children William and Josephine in the 1930s. Home movies, artifacts, and family photographs are included, as well as multimedia experiences. Runs indefinitely.
During the exhibition, guided tours of the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House are available Tue.-Sat. every half-hour from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and on Sundays every half-hour from noon until 4 p.m. Admission for tours is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors, and $8 for children over 5. Under 5 are free.
1100 Lake Shore Rd., Grosse Pointe Shores; 313-884-4222.
Kick the weekend off with a night of art, drinks, and hors d’oeuvres in downtown Northville. On the first Friday of each month, select art galleries are open late, and guests can shop and enjoy art demonstrations.
6-9 p.m. May 6.
Utica Antiques Market
Considered one of the largest and oldest outdoor shows in the tri-county area, the event has hundreds of dealers.
May 7-8. $5.
The Knights of Columbus Grounds, 21 Mile Road, one mile east of Van Dyke, Utica; 586-254-3495.
The National Association of Remodeling Industry (NARI) is expanding its home tour to include not only stops in Ann Arbor and Dexter, but also displays in Royal Oak, Beverly Hills, and Bloomfield Hills. The new tour features 13 professionally remolded homes, and guests will have the chance to speak with industry professionals.
Noon–6 p.m. May 14-15. $10.
Visit narisemich.org for locations and ticket information.
This is one of the largest flowers show in the country; an estimated 150,000 people attend each year. Hundreds of growers from Michigan, neighboring states, as well as Canada, are at the market offering more than 15 acres of annuals, perennials, foliage, shrubbery, trees, exotics, tropical plants, and flats.
May 15. Detroit Eastern Market, 2500 Russell, Detroit.
Organized by Jeff and Sandy Kopelman, along with their daughter Lisa Fenberg, this walk is in memory of Rachel, their daughter/sister who lost her life to Rett Syndrome. This one-mile walk is wheelchair accessible, and ends with lunch and activities for kids and adults. All funds go to the International Rett Syndrome Foundation.
11 a.m., registration at 10 a.m. May 15.
Marshbank Park, Commerce Rd., West Bloomfield Township.
For more than 40 years, the show has offered a wide selection of antiques and collectibles from buyers throughout the United States and Canada. Items range from early American to Art Deco, and are sold throughout seven buildings and numerous tents.
May 14-15. $6.
Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor Saline Rd., Ann Arbor.
The Motor City Comic Con comes around once a year, and is a multi-media event with more than 1 million comics and collectibles for sale and trade.
Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River, Novi.
Originally known as the Birmingham Fine Art Festival, this annual event is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Located in Shain Park, the weekend features 190 juried artists.
In and around Shain Pak, downtown Birmingham.