It’s a mixed bag of community events this weekend in Metro Detroit. The Maker Faire brings over 260 makers with DIY wonders to the Henry Ford Museum on Saturday. This two-day festival is a display of unbridled creativity and discovery.

Attractions include a giant Etch-a-Sketch, a dog house that tweets, and the Coke and Mentos guys. Visitors will also get to see the famous Life-Size Mousetrap, which is just like the game.  Among the creative projects coming to the Faire is the gloriously pedal-powered BigDog (pictured at left). More event info here.

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Another fun family event can be found at St. Clair Shores. The annual Aqua Fest will be held along the Nautical Mile through Saturday. The Aqua Fest offers three days of concerts, two casino nights, a car cruise, and a special celebration marking the 100th anniversary of the Bob-lo Boat, the S.S. Ste. Claire. More info here.

Need a bat education? Well bat lovers, skeptics, and curious visitors can attend the ninth annual Great Lakes Bat Festival at Cranbrook Institute of Science on Friday and Saturday. Details here.

Cash into great deals at the annual Village Sidewalk Sale and Street Festival on Friday and Saturday. This festival will take place at Grosse Pointe’s Village shopping district. Apart from markdowns, food and entertainment will be plenty in stock. More info here.

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Come hungry to the West Oakland Rib Cook Off at “Novi Palooza” for a chance to win prizes totaling $4,000. This family friendly event will include live music, a casino tent, volleyball tournament, and more. Details here.

The 8th Annual Orchard Lake Fine Art Show has been voted top 100 art shows in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine. This high quality juried fine art and craft event will take place in West Bloomfield from Friday to Sunday. More info here.

A stellar line-up of international jazz artists will thrill music lovers on the banks of the Detroit River. “Jazz on the River” is a free, public event that will take place at Elizabeth Park in Trenton on Saturday and Sunday. More info here.

Check out digdowntown.com for more weekend ideas.

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