Motor City Pride Festival, Jo Koy Show and more

Comedian Jo Koy takes the stage at the Masonic Temple this Friday. // Photography courtesy of Mandee Johnson Photography

Jo koy

Don’t be fooled by Jo Koy’s penchant for traditional comedy stories. This stand-up comic is anything but mundane. Koy has spent his 30-plus-year career refining this style, to make it as personal and relevant as it is hilarious. In addition to filming a number of specials for Netflix and Comedy Central, Koy’s expansive resume on late night shows includes frequent appearances as a panelist on E! Chelsea lately. $ 45 and more. September 17. Masonic Temple of Detroit, 500 Temple St., Detroit;

Riff Festival

This weekend, local radio station 101.1 WRIF will host its annual Riff Fest, a music festival featuring artists from across the rock-n-roll spectrum. Performers will range from Grammy-nominated heavy metal superstar Rob Zombie and platinum-selling alternative metal band Chevelle, to rising stars of the rock scene like Twiztid, South of Eden and Mac Saturn. $ 30 and more. September 18 and 19. DTE Energy Musical Theater, 33 Bob Seger Drive;

Romulus Pumpkin Festival

The 23rd annual Downtown Romulus Pumpkin Festival kicks off Friday night with the Parade of Lights, where thousands of spectators will watch the parade vehicles, from bikes to cement trucks, glisten on Goddard Road. Outdoor festivities including a vintage car show, craft fair, cornhole tournament, live music and games for all ages will continue throughout the weekend. Free of charge. 17-19 Sep Romulus Historical Park, 11147 Hunt Street, Romulus;


For two full days, Campus Martius Park will become an open-air beer garden, offering a wide selection of craft and seasonal drinks and fall favorites. Parktoberfest guests will enjoy all kinds of entertainment including live music, photo exhibitions and dance performances. Free of charge. September 18 and 19. Martius Campus, 800 Woodward Ave., Detroit;

The Motor City Pride Festival returns to downtown Detroit this weekend. // Photo courtesy of the Motor City Pride Archives

Automobile city pride festival

Each year, the Motor City Pride Festival in downtown Detroit attracts over 40,000 attendees, making it Michigan’s largest pride celebration. This weekend, the local LGBTQ community will come together again to celebrate their unique identity at Hart Plaza, which will be home to a dozen food trucks, local craft beer stalls, vendors, children’s activities and four stages with over 50 performing artists. These acts range from bands and comedians to drag queens. It will all end on Sunday with the quintessential pride parade. $ 5. September 18 and 19. Hart Plaza, 1 Hart Plaza, Detroit;

Strange beautiful music

Strange Beautiful Music is an annual contemporary music marathon by experimental music collective New Music Detroit. The event will come out of its hiatus in 2020 with two cutting-edge productions to be held at Orchestra Hall and Spot Lite Detroit. The concerts will present the far-reaching sounds of contemporary chamber music, European folk, experimental electronics and noise improvisation, among musical varieties. Featured artists will include Kaleigh Wilder, Sophiyah E., Six Mile Strings and New Music Detroit composer Angélica Negrón. $ 15. September 18 and 19. Various places;

Detroit Food Show

All of Detroit’s top chefs, bakers, culinary artisans and food organizations will come together under one roof this Sunday for the Detroit Foodie Fair. When you join them at Eastern Market, you’ll have the chance to vote for Detroit’s best foodie find and walk away with bags full of delicious bites, handcrafted cookware, and other unique food items. Free of charge. September 19. Hangar 5, Eastern Market, 2934 Russell St., Detroit;

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