Fall into the new season with autumn-themed, family-friendly community events, a funky art fair, a pair of film fests or the final weekend of the Detroit auto show.
The auto show, including new outdoor elements at Hart Plaza where admittance is free, runs through Sept. 25 at Huntington Place and surrounding areas.
Here are a few other options for things to do the weekend of Sept. 23:
Detroit Black Film Festival
This third annual film festival presented by the Ford Foundation will feature 86 screenings featuring voices and stories of Black independent filmmakers from 14 countries, including 12 made by metro Detroiters.
The screenings will take place at two venues: Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren Ave., and Marlene Boll Theater, inside the downtown Detroit YMCA, 1401 Broadway St.
Virtual screenings are also expected to be made available Thursday through Saturday via Eventive.
Tickets are available via Eventbrite.
A screening schedule and more information available at filmfreeway.com/DETROITBLACKFILMFESTIVAL.
Funky Ferndale Art Fair and Ferndale DIY Street Fair
The Funky Ferndale Art Fair, in its 18th year, is known for edgy art and will include paintings, sculptures, jewelry, mixed media and functional art.
More than 100 juried artists, 30 authors, live music, selfie stations, chalk art and street musicians will be featured.
3-7:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday along Nine Mile Road, west of Woodward Avenue in Ferndale. Free admission.
Ferndale DIY Street Fair – Those who live and die by a do-it-yourself ethic will converge for a celebration that will include more than 150 local artists and makers bringing a diverse array of original, handcrafted art and products. There’ll also be live music and offerings from Michigan breweries, wineries, distilleries, restaurants, food trucks and nonprofits.
6 p.m. to midnight Friday, 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday and 11 a.m-9 p.m. Sunday on the east side of Woodward Avenue between east Nine Mile and East Troy Street in Ferndale.
Autumn festivities and family fun are planned at this Detroit park gathering, including free pumpkins for decorating to the first 300 attendees, free donuts and cider, a free corn on the cob roast, hayrides, petting zoo, pony rides, games, arts and crafts, storytelling, dance, music with the Acropolis Reed Quintet, hands-on fun with the Huron Clinton Metropark Mobile Learning Center and more.
1-4 p.m. Saturday at Palmer Park, near the splash park and playground, west of Woodward Avenue between McNichols and Seven Mile roads in Detroit.
Detroit Film Noir Festival
This 5th annual Noir City: Detroit event is a celebration of 1940s/1950s crime and detective films hosted by Eddie Muller, Film Noir Foundation founder and host of TCM’s Noir Alley. There will be eight films total in four double features; five of the titles will be shown in 35mm film prints.
Friday-Sunday at the Redford Theatre, 17360 Lahser Road in Detroit. $10 per double feature; $40 all-access pass.
Cheers to 20 Years – The Village of Rochester Hills Shopping Center
A day of family-fun to celebrate the center’s 20th anniversary will include free donuts and cider, free kid’s activities, food trucks, a beer garden, giveaways, live entertainment by Trio Grande and Mega 80’s and more.
Noon to 9 p.m. Saturday at The Village of Rochester Hills, 104 N. Adams in Rochester Hills. Free.
Brendel Hightower is an assistant editor at the Detroit Free Press. Contact her at email@example.com. To subscribe, go to freep.com/specialoffer.
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