10 things to do this weekend in Metro Detroit

Events for weekend of April 12-14

Astronomicon 6 at Burton Manor (Joe Maroon Photography, 2023)

DETROIT – Greenfield Village returns for the season plus a chance to celebrate the NFL Draft early.

10 things to do this weekend in Metro Detroit

Astronomicon 7 (Burton Manor), Friday to Sunday: Pop culture enthusiasts from all over Michigan gather for a star-studded convention all about comics, toys, horror, wrestling, film and animation. This year’s line-up includes WWE Hall of Famers Mick Foley and Kane, Skeet Ulrich and Jamie Kennedy from Scream and so much more. Come dressed in your best and enter the cosplay contest for cash prizes or battle it out for the best tattoo contest. Tickets start at $30. Tickets and more info here.

Breaking the Waves (Detroit Opera House), Friday & Sunday: Based on the film by Lars von Trier, Missy Mazzoli’s modern opera explores the emotional experience of love and what it means to break the boundaries set by society. Breaking the Waves will be the first opera by a female composer presented on the Detroit Opera mainstage. Tickets start at $30. Showtimes and tickets here.

Jeff Dunham (Fox Theatre), Friday & Saturday: America’s favorite ventriloquist and his cast of puppets are back on the road for the “Still Not Canceled” tour. With 11 record-breaking specials and nine international tours, Dunham’s unique comedy has been enjoyed by millions around the world. Due to popular demand, a second show was added. Limited tickets available. Get tickets here.

Greenfield Village (Henry Ford Museum), opens Saturday: As the weather warms up, the Henry Ford Museum reopens the 80-acre venue filled with historic districts and one-of-a-kind artifacts that have been inspiring families for decades. New this year is Stand 44, the latest restaurant to be added to the museum’s collection highlighting local and seasonal ingredients. The Greenfield Village Store also got a refresh with new merchandise and art. Reserve tickets here.

Michigan Makers Spring Craft Market (Suburban Collection Showplace), Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Head to Novi for one of the largest craft markets in the state. You’ll find over 400 small businesses and vendors with unique products you won’t find anywhere else. From art and candles, to ceramics and florals, there’s something for everyone. Admission is free. More info here.

Draft Fest: The Ultimate Sports Zone & Pep Rally (Lasky Recreation Center), Saturday 1 to 5 p.m.: The draft may still be a few weeks away, but you can start celebrating the big weekend now. Join the fun for a free day of activities including ziplining, a rock-climbing wall, bungee runs, inflatables, face painting and more. Grab a picture with Roary and the Detroit Lions cheerleaders and stick around for Lions giveaways and games. More info here.

Detroit Greek Independence Day Parade (Greektown), Sunday 3 p.m.: Head on over to the historic Downtown district for a family-friendly celebration of the Greek community in Detroit. Over 60 groups will share the Hellenic heritage in the parade including traditional dance groups, churches and community leaders. Due to the NFL Draft, the parade will now begin at the Old County Building and end in Greektown. Stick around for traditional food, drinks, a post-parade ceremony and more. The parade and street festival are free to attend. More info here.

Andrea Bocelli (Little Caesars Arena), Sunday 7:30 p.m.: The beloved Italian tenor celebrates 30 years of his illustrious career with his latest tour. From his most iconic songs to new favorites from his latest album Believe, fall in love again with voice that has been the soundtrack for many couples. Get tickets here.

Freep Film Festival, through Sunday: If you’re a documentary afficionado, be sure to check out this year’s lineup of prestigious presentations featuring stories that impact both Detroit and Michigan. With over 50 events and 20 feature-length documentaries, discover the rich storytelling of talented directors through unique perspectives. This year’s films include “23 Mile,” “Frida,” “The Best of the Best: Jazz from Detroit,” and more. Single tickets start at $15. Movies, showtimes and tickets here.

Bookstock (Laurel Park Place), through Sunday: Detroit’s largest used book and media sale is back for its 20th year! Bookstock has over 300,000 donated books and media items for sale with proceeds benefiting education and literacy in the community. Give a gently used book a new life while giving Detroit students a new hope. Donation and volunteer info here.

Find more events with our Live Guide calendar here.

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