9/16: THE BIRMINGHAM HOUSE TOUR features homes (one is showecased in this issue on page 62) in Birmingham and beyond, along with an optional lunch. Hours: 9:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Tickets: $40 in advance, $45 the day of tour; $55 for tour and lunch in advance, $60 the day of tour. The Community House, 380 South Bates, Birmingham. 248-644-5832, tchserves.org.
9/23–28: THE DETROIT DESIGN FESTIVAL spans all design disciplines and brings together commerce, culture, education, and entertainment. Now in its fourth year, the six-day festival is putting Detroit’s creative community on display at more than 20 design events in six core clusters along Detroit’s Creative Corridor, downtown Detroit, New Center, Eastern Market, and in neighborhoods throughout the city. This year, the festival is joining forces with Midtown Detroit Inc.’s DLECTRICITY nighttime festival of art and light. detroitdesignfestival.com.
9/26–28: THE AMERICAN SEWING EXPO is the largest independent sewing expo in the United States and includes classes, demonstrations, make-and-takes, contests, give-aways, and shopping. Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Pre-show workshops are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday. Tickets: $14, children 16 and under free with paying adult. One-hour seminars, $14; all-day workshops, $130. Parking: $5. Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi. 248-348-5600, americansewingexpo.com.
9/27–28 & 10/4–5: FALL FLAVOR WEEKENDS celebrate the glories of traditional American food, from farm to table. Watch cooking demonstrations, browse the delights at the Saturday Local Roots Farmers’ Market, and tour the apple orchard. Hours: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets: Free with Village admission ($24 adults, $22 seniors, $17.50 youth). Parking: $5. Greenfield Village, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn. 313-982-6001, thehenryford.org.
10/4–5: THE MICHIGAN ANTIQUE AND COLLECTIBLE FESTIVAL takes place in five buildings, including the historic Elllis Barn, and features unique displays and vintage items. Hours: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, rain or shine. Tickets: $6, free for children 11 and under. Springfield Oaks County Park, 12451 Andersonville Rd., Davisburg. 989-687-9001, miantiquefestival.com.
10/8–11: THE OUR TOWN ART SHOW AND SALE showcases works created by Michigan artists in all media types, and sales benefit The Community House Student Art Town Art Workshops. The Opening Night “Art in Vogue” party includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts, as well as models wearing fashions inspired by Our Town artwork. Hours: Wednesday Opening Night Art in Vogue party 6:30- 9 p.m., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Tickets: $200-$1,000 for Opening Night Art in Vogue party ($75 friend ticket), art show free. The Community House, 380 South Bates, Birmingham. 248-644-5832, tchserves.org.
10/10–11: THE SAMPLE SALE AT MICHIGAN DESIGN CENTER opens the holiday shopping season with exceptional savings on furnishings and accessories for every room in your home. For two days only, customers will enjoy deeply discounted prices on luxury items in the center’s showrooms. New this year are on-site consultations with an interior designer. Bring photos, measurements, and fabric/paint swatches to help guide your complimentary design session. Plus, designers will be on hand in showrooms to offer advice and tips about your purchases. Hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: Free, but nonperishable food items will be accepted to benefit Gleaners Community Food Bank. Michigan Design Center, 1700 Stutz Drive, Troy. 248-649-4772, michigandesign.com.
10/10–12: THE NOVI HOME REMODELING SHOW is the perfect venue to find everything you need to remodel and redesign your home. Browse exhibits, talk with local home improvement specialists to get advice on your project, and see the latest trends to inspire your indoor and outdoor décor. Hours: 2 -9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $9 adults, $8 seniors (55 and older), under 12 admitted free. Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi. 248-348-5600, suburbancollectionshowplace.com, novihomeshow.com.
10/18–19: THE ANN ARBOR ANTIQUES MARKET has something for everyone! Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $6 (admission pays for both days). Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Ann Arbor. 734-662-0496, annarborantiquesmarket.com.
11/2: ENGLISH GARDENS’ ANNUAL CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE is a beloved family tradition that includes refreshments, beautiful themed trees, and visits with Santa — a sure sign the season has arrived! Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Metro Detroit English Gardens locations. englishgardens.com.
11/20–11/23: HOLIDAY TABLES ‘ILLUMINATE THE SEASON’ as Cranbrook House features magnificently decorated tables in the elegant and festive setting, a formal buffet tea, an evening cocktail party, and, of course, holiday cheer! Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon- 4 p.m. Sunday. Formal Tea Thursday, evening Cocktail Party Friday. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 day of event (tea/cocktail party tickets additional price). Cranbrook House and Gardens, 380 Lone Pine Rd., Bloomfield Hills. 248-645-3147, housegardens.cranbrook.edu.
11/28–12/23: THE MEADOWBROOK HALL HOLIDAY WALK is a perennial favorite, with the 110-room Tudor-revival style mansion aglow with historic and holiday treasures. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (last ticket sold one hour prior to closing). Tickets: $20 adults, $5 ages 17 and under with adult admission. 480 South Adams Rd., Rochester. 248-364-6200, meadowbrookhall.org.
— Tanya Zager Chisholm