Drink like a Mad Hatter and watch monkeys riding dogs

Detroit Event of the Week
The Stars and Stripes Festival will be in full swing this weekend at Freedom Hill, and if you’re at all hesitant about attending, here’re three reasons why you should go: 1) The Banana Derby. This involves capuchin monkeys "riding dogs like jockeys while the dogs race". 2) Three music stages where you can see Josh Gracin, Bret Michaels, Fuel, Alien Ant Farm, and many more. 3) Fireworks. Because America.

Thursday, June 26th: The Bird and the Bread in Birmingham is teaming up with New Holland Brewery to bring you Hatter Days -- a celebration of New Holland’s Hatter beers (i.e. Mad Hatter, Black Hatter, White Hatter, etc.). They’re also whipping up a specialty four-course dinner to complement the brews. Continue Reading

Thursday June 26th: If you’re feeling ritzy, historic, or just plain hungry, The Whitney is hosting one of their Thursday Garden Parties, complete with oysters, shrimp, Champagne, and the rest of the Whitney dinner lineup.

Friday, June 27th: Hour Detroit once again brings their Best of Detroit issue to life with their Best of Detroit Party at MotorCity Casino. More than 30 restaurants will be there providing top-quality drinks and eats.

Friday, June 27th: PJ’s Lager House is hosting its Second Annual Motor City Songbirds Festival -- a two-day event featuring 12 acts and some of Detroit’s finest female musicians and songwriters.

Sunday, June 29th: Show your favorite local businesses some love at All Things Detroit II, hosted by Bert’s Warehouse in Eastern Market. There will be local music, artists, authors, and business owners on hand showcasing their talents, and they’ll also be handing out... free goodie bags!