Detroit is finally getting its first blast of winter, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay snuggled at home. Get out and mingle this weekend with some of the Detroit’s best events.

Free admission

The Detroit Historical Museum in the Cultural Center is offering free admission through Sunday, so get out and collect your cultural fix. The museum is open from each day from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Autoramama arrives at Cobo Center this weekend. It’s America’s Greatest Hot Rod Show with tons of custom cars, including some memorable rides from Kid Rock’s own collection. Chumlee from TV’s “Pawn Stars” will also be there live 5 to 9 p.m. Friday.  General admission is $18, children 5 and under are free. See our guide to Autorama here.


All roads lead to Novi this weekend for Outdoorama, February 23 to 26 at Suburban Collection Showplace. Stop by for great deals on boats and sporting gear, 100 free seminars. The “Ultimate Air Dogs” will be there with Milt Wilcox, who’s hosting daily demonstrations and weekend competition.

The event includes seminars on bird watching, wildlife photography, and family fun activities including a Trout Pond and a free casting contest for kids.

Learn basic bird dog training tips, see demonstrations on building birch bark canoes, making fire with a wooden stick, and seminars on searching for and preserving Morel mushrooms. There’s a turkey calling contest on Saturday.

See a guide to Outdoorama here.

Rock of Ages

The new rock music classic “Rock of Ages” hits the Fisher Theatre and continues through Sunday with a fun — and loud — ’80s nostalgia musical told through the hits of Journey, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Twisted Sister, and more.

See our review and get tickets and showtimes here.

Fire & Ice

The 2012 Fire & Ice Fest in downtown Rochester will add some events to this year’s previously scaled-down festival because of the cold weather and snow.

Festival goers will now be able to enjoy cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, fire pits and marshmallow roasts, and creating snowmen and snow angels.

The festival will take place 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Friday, February 24, and 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, February 25. The fireworks show is scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday, February 24 only. To view the fireworks, festival goers should gather in the Farmer’s Market lot at Third and Water streets. See our guide here.


An amazing masterpiece that was 12 years in the making is being performed this weekend by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at the Max M. Fisher Music Center. It’s “Brahm’s Requiem” with words from Scripture set to gorgeous music. It co-stars the UMS Choral Union.

Shows happen at 8 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday.


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