5 Things Happening This Weekend in the D

By: Karen Talaski | February 20, 2020

Photo Courtesy of Detroit Roller Derby.

If you or your kids are looking to stretch your legs and have an adventure, then it is time to get out, see a show or do some artwork with other families. You can learn about woodworking and building boats. You can see the wonders of Willy Wonka’s amazing factory during a theater performance. Or you can find out how linocut works and create your personal masterpiece. Everyone is welcome!

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Community – The Art of Wooden Boatbuilding

With the conveniences of modern life and industry, skills such as woodworking and building things with our own hands may be lost. That is why this special event at Detroit’s Filson would be a special outing for kids as well as adults. Randy Torno of TornoBoatworks will show off his canoe and kayak building skills with a special workshop on traditional boatbuilding. You also can see some of his finished work and even win one of his scale models. 

Sports – Detroit Roller Derby

The Detroit Masonic Temple really rocks and rolls with this group of dynamic derby enthusiasts. Join the Detroit Roller Derby as it celebrates its 15th year in the Motor City with a bout between the Devil’s Night Dames and the D*Funk AllStars as well as The Detroit Pistoffs and the Grand Prix Madonnas. This is a ticketed event, and the fun starts around 4 p.m. Saturday and continues through the second bout’s start around 7:50 p.m.

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Entertainment – Roald Dahl’s Charlie and Chocolate Factory

The Michigan Opera Theatre is hosting this children’s classic, which tells the story of poor Charlie Bucket and his trip to Willy Wonka’s magical candy factory. The costumes are bright and full of drama just as much as the story. This ticketed event is open to all ages, and it would be a great introduction to children and teens who are fans of this classic story and its world-famous author. 

Art & Music – Adinkra Linocut Print Workshop 

Join the education team at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History for this special event that will teach participants how to do linocut prints. This ticketed event Saturday morning will teach all about this traditional West African print, which is traditionally worn by royalty and on special occasions. Children are welcome at this family-friendly event. 

Food – Paczki Day Vodka Release

If you’re going to indulge in one of the most calorie-laden foods like a paczki, you may as well add an adult beverage to the mix. Join the good people at Detroit City Distillery Saturday for its annual release of its Paczki Day vodka. This release features raspberry paczki from the New Palace Bakery, which is then distilled into 100 percent potato vodka from Poland. There will also be special eats on hand from Pietrzyk’s Pierogi.

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