thunder e1281121274251 Thunder, Sports And More This Weekend

B-25 (Steven Lewis/Far Photography)

There will be clear skies with definite ‘thunder’ this weekend in Ypsilanti at the Yankee Air Museum. “Thunder Over Michigan” Air Display is the largest gathering of World War II heavy bombers in the world.

Come and meet the legendary WWII veterans who flew and maintained the famous B-17s and B-24s. There will be demonstrations of modern fighter jets flying just under the speed of sound. Gates open at 9 am daily on Saturday and Sunday. More info here.

For jazz, fine arts, and delicious food, visit the Sterlingfest Art and Jazz Fair. It’s Michigan’s premier summer celebrations of the visual and performing arts. The fair will be at Dodge Park in Sterling Heights. Call (586) 446-2489 for details. More details at this link.

Garden City will be holding the 2nd annual Downtown Days event. This event will feature free live entertainment, merchant promotions, garage and crafters sales, and more. The cost is $20 for both Saturday and Sunday. More details here.

More than 250 cars and bikes are expected to be on display at the 3rd Annual Car Show for Vets at the Wayne Ford Civic League. The world famous “Monkeemobile” will also be on display. Prizes will be awarded in each class with a special prize for “Best in Show”.  60’s Detroit DJ, Lee “The Horn” Alan, will make a special guest appearance. He will also sign autographs. The Car Show will take place on Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm. All proceeds from these car shows are used to support Veterans’ activities. Call (734) 994-0444 for info.

The oldest continuous games in North America, the 161st Annual Highland Games will be held on Saturday at Historic Greenmead in Livonia.  There will be highland bagpipes, heavy athletics, highland dancing, vendors and entertainment tents. Click here for details.

Gina Danene Thompson and PURe Dance Ensemble will be performing Saturday 5 pm on the main stage at the Lebanese Festival. In downtown Rochester Hills, this festival is the largest Lebanese Festival in the country. “LebFest” 2010 takes place Aug. 6-8. Get more details here.

For a chance to see your 2010 Detroit Lions for free, the Lions will open their headquarters and training facility in Allen Park to the public for the fourth consecutive year. There’s a free public practice at Ford Field Saturday at 3 pm. Tickets are not required.

The final days for the Wayne County Fair will take place in Belleville this weekend. It will feature a variety of events including food, contests, livestock judging, grandstand events and a carnival until Saturday. Admission is free but there is a $2 charge for parking. Fairgoers can pay $15 to ride all of the carnival rides. More details at this link.

An upbeat celebration, Buy Michigan Now, showcases various Michigan entertainers, businesses, products, and educational opportunities. Buy Michigan Now Festival will take place in Downtown Northville on Saturday and Sunday. Get more information here.

Also, Saturday, Arise Detroit is hosting its 4th annual “Neighborhoods Day” with community events across the city of Detroit. More info here.

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