Weekend Planner: Street Art Fair, 5K, Classical Brunch and More
Also happening this weekend: the fourth annual Rail Jam sponsored by Don Thomas Sporthaus and Our Shepherd's Oktoberfest.
It’s Thursday, and you’ve got no idea what you’ll do this weekend. Birmingham Patch is coming to the rescue. We’ve got the best bets for your done-work-outta-here time.
- When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
- Where: South Old Woodward and Merrill south of Maple
- Cost: Free
- Why Go: Common Ground wll hold the 38th annual Street Art Fair this weekend in downtown Birmingham. Produced in association with the Guild of Artists and Artisans, the fair will spotlight artwork from more than 160 juried artists and artisans, most of which will be available for purchase. The fair is a major fundraiser for Common Ground, a nonprofit emergency help line for adults, youths and families in crisis.
- When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday
- Where: Begins at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church
- Cost: $10-$45
- Why Go: In conjunction with Our Shepherd Lutheran Church's Oktoberfest celebration, the church and Birmingham's Torry Neighborhood Association will be hosting a 5K fun walk this Saturday. The walk will wind throughout the surrounding neighborhoods, with all proceeds going toward the Community Food Bank and Our Shepherd Lutheran School's Financial Aid ASSIST Fund. Registration is $10-$15 for individuals and $30-$45 for families, depending on if you want a t-shirt.
- When: Friday-Sunday
- Where: Our Shepherd Lutheran Church
- Cost: $5 for adults 21 and over
- Why Go: Celebrate German food and music during the annual Our Shepherd Oktoberfest. This family-friendly event began as a simple way to celebrate all things German and has since blossomed into one of southeast Michigan's most authentic and best-attended Oktoberfests. All three days of Oktoberfest include German food, a selection of German beers and wine, carnival rides and games, and visits from various musicians and performers, including Herb Langegger on the accordian and the Bavarian Park Dancers.
- When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 22
- Where: Median between South Old Woodward and Woodward Avenue
- Cost: $5
- Why Go: In anticipation of the upcoming winter sports season, the fourth annual Rail Jam will return to downtown Birmingham this Saturday. Sponsored by Don Thomas Sporthaus, spectators are invited to come out and watch skiers and snowboarders of all ages and skill levels compete. The Rail Jam also will feature a special appearance and demo at noon by Big Mountain Ripper and ex-Park Rat Rebecca Selig, one of the top females skiers in the world. All proceeds will benefit the High Fives Foundation, an organization that improves the quality of life for athletes seriously injured in sports-related accidents.
- When: 11:30 a.m. Sunday
- Where: The Community House
- Cost: $15-$50
- Why Go: The Classical Brunch series returns this weekend with a performance by Theodore Oien on clarinet, Alexander Mishnaevski on viola and Pauline Martin on piano. The trio will perform a program featuring the works of Mozart. Brunch will also be served, though concert-only tickets are available.