The Southfield Lifestyle is the premier community resource guide for Southfield and Lathrup Village Michigan. Based on information content, not articles, Lifestyle provides all the information you need to navigate the Greater Southfield area. It's easy to use format also lends itself to being the locally focused visitors guide and relocation guide for Greater Southfield.
When You’re in the Greater Southfield Area and Oakland County When you are in the Greater Southfield Area you’re just a hop, skip or a jump away from the many attractions to be found in the Metro Detroit area. Be it the arts, theatre, music, history or science, indoor or outdoor activity, fully active or mostly passive, there is always something to do, somewhere to go, some place to call your favorite. Check for hours and fees before you go because they are subject to change. But most of all make sure you go and ENJOY! Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center 1516 S. Cranbrook • Birmingham 48009 (248) 644-0866 • www.bbartcenter.org The center offers studio classes, workshops, art history classes for all ages, artcamps for children, juried exhibitions, the Michigan Fine Arts Competition and Fine Arts Festival and more. Works may be purchased at the Gallery Shop. Closed Sundays. Cranbrook Educational Community 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills 48304 www.cranbrook.edu Cranbrook Art Museum – (248) 645-3323. This contemporary art museum built by Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen in 1942 houses permanent and changing exhibitions feature a state of the art Collectors Wing, as well as a store selling works by students, faculty, books, prints, giftware, etc. Cranbrook House and Garden (248) 645-3147 Designed by Albert Kahn in 1908 for the founders of Cranbrook (George and Ellen Booth), it is the oldest survivin manor home in Metro Detroit. The 40 acres of diverse gardens were originally designed by Mr. Booth. Open May thru October. Cranbrook Institute of Science (248) 645-3200. Explore science, technology and natural history through exhibits, hands-on activities and planetarium. For hours, ticket prices and other information you may need log on to www.science.cranbrook.edu Saarinen House Built in 1930, it is considered an Art Deco masterwork. It was the home and studio of Eliel and Loja and their son Eero. Open May thru October for public walk-in and private tours. Call for exact dates and times. (Art Museum) Smith House Frank Lloyd Wright “Smith House” located in Bloomfield Hills, this classic Usonian home is open for tours from May through October. Call the Art Museum at 645-3323 for exact dates and times. Chamber Music Society of Detroit Office (313) 335-3350 Tickets (313) 335-3300 Series concerts are offered at the Seligman Performing Arts Center at Detroit Country School, Midtown at the Schaver Music Recital Hall and at Oakland University Varner Recital Hall in Rochester. For more information, log on to www.chambermusicdetroit.org Detroit Zoo www.detroitzoo.org, Woodward Avenue at 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak, (248) 541-5717. Open Daily – April-Labor Day, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; September- October, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; November-March, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Admission charge. Featuring a Wild Adventure Simulator, the Arctic Ring of Life, National Amphibian Conservation Center, Penguin Conservation Center, railroad, and 4-D theater. DTE Energy Music Theatre www.ticketmaster.com/venue/65563, Sashabaw Road off I-75, Clarkston, (248) 377-0100. May through September. Outdoor, 15,000 seat concert venue. Both pavilion and lawn seating available. Major national tours and concerts. Holocaust Memorial Center 28123 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills (248) 553-2400 • www.holocaustcenter.org, Sun., Tue. & Thurs. 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Mon 9:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.; Fri 9:30 p.m. - 3:00pm. This is an opportunity to learn about the Holocaust, European Jewish communities and Jewish visitors can research their roots in the world’s largest collection of books and resources. There are lecture series, travel opportunities, teacher seminars and a speakers’ bureau. Numerous exhibits and gift shop. Inglenook Park Twelve Mile Rd. between Evergreen and Lahser Part of the City parks system, this park has extensive play structures for children of all ages, fitness trail, ball fields, picnic area, and restrooms. Jewish Ensemble Theatre 6600 W. Maple Rd., West Bloomfield 48322 (248) 788-2900 • www.jettheatre.org JET is a professional equity theatre that produces programs that explore ideas and confronts issues from a Jewish perspective. Named an anchor organization by the Michigan Council of the Arts in recognition of its multi-level programming. Mark Ridleys Comedy Castle www.comedycastle.com 310 S. Troy, Royal Oak 48067, (248) 542-9900. The best comedy in town! Offers six week long comedy classes and Wednesday is open mic night. Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum 31005 Orchard Lake Rd., Farmington Hills (248) 626-5020, www.marvin3m.com Listed as one of the most unusual museums in the country, there are thousands of toys, machines, and one of a kind collectibles. Meadow Brook Adams and Walton, Rochester (on Oakland University campus) Festival - (248) 377-0100 www.palacenet.com May through September serves as a popular outdoor entertainment venue. Pavilion and lawn seating. Home to Meadowbrook Gardens as well. Meadow Brook Hall - (248) 364-6200 www.meadowbrookhall.org The Matilda Dodge Wilson Estate (widow of auto baron John Dodge) is a beautiful 100-room Tudor revival style mansion built in 1929. It boasts 24 fireplaces, 39 chimneys and 13 kitchens. It is the 4th largest historic house museum in the country. For special events and tours please call. Open daily year round. Fee. Meadow Brook Theatre (on Oakland University campus) Adams and Walton, 207 Wilson Hall, Rochester, 48309 (248) 377-3300 www.mbtheater.com Meadow Brook Theatre is Michigan’s largest professional theatre company. For 48 years it has won awards and critical acclaim for the high quality of its comedies, mysteries, dramas and musicals; from its accomplished actors to its lavish sets and beautiful costumes. They also have a series for children. Located on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester Hills, MBT’s theatre provides an intimate experience. Handicapped seating and free parking. Michigan Renaissance Festival 12600 Dixie Highway, Holly, 48442 (800) 601-4848 • www.michrenfest.com A truly unique entertainment experience with knights in armor, joisting, strolling musicians, themed feasts and weekends, specialty acts and active marketplace. Runs from mid August through September. Check the website for information about activities, events and festival fees. 10 Farmers Markets Lathrup Village Farmers Market 27400 Southfield Rd. (248) 557-2600 x224 firstname.lastname@example.org Every Wednesday 2:00 - 7:00 p.m. June through October (at the Village Municipal Complex) The Birmingham Farmers Market www.birminghamfarmersmarket.org Open every Sunday from May until Mid- October. Hours of operation 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Located off N. Old Woodward in the parking lot across from Booth Park. Features local produce, flowers, handcrafted items, entertainment and special events. Oakland County Farmers and Flea Market 2350 Pontiac Lake Rd., Waterford, 48328 (248) 858-5495 • www.destinationoakland.com Open year round, the market offers food specialty items, farm and garden produce and flea market booths on site. Log on for hours and links to vendor websites.
“Summer in the Village” This Michigan First event is held each year in Lathrup Village to celebrate all that makes summertime in Michigan so special. BBQ and beer, live music, art fair, local food venders, kids crafts and special clinics for all interests and ages. Tons of fun and something that should not be missed. Log on to www.summerinthevillage.com for the dates and schedule of activities. Oakland County Pioneer and Historical Society 405 Cesar Chavez Ave., Pontiac, 48342 (248) 338-6732 • www.ocphs.org Pine Grove Historical Museum includes the Governor Moses Wisner Mansion, Drayton Plains one room schoolhouse and carriage house, research library and Pioneer Museum. Call Tuesday and Wednesday for information and hours. Olde World Canterbury Village 2369 Joslyn Ct., Lake Orion, 48360 (248) 391-5700 • www.canterburyvillage.com A designated historical landmark, the Village extends over 21 acres on the old Scripps Farm. There are 18 specialty shops displaying one of the worlds largest Department 56 and nativity collections. Restaurant on site. Open daily – its always Christmas! Palazzo di Bocce www.palazzodibocce.com, 4291 S. Lapeer Rd, Orion Township (north of the Palace of Auburn Hills), (248) 371-9987. Open 7 days a week. Largest and most elaborate bocce facility in the United States, a unique venue and comfortable atmosphere for all ages. Play bocce on one of 10 indoor tournament-sized courts. Courtside snacking and cocktails. Reservations recommended. Soft-soled shoes and appropriate casual attire required for bocce play. Stagecrafters www.stagecrafters.org, at the Historic Baldwin Theatre, 415 S. Lafay ette, Royal Oak, (248) 541-6430. September through July. This theatre group presents musicals, comedies and dramas. Also special youth theatre programs. Seligman Performing Arts Center (at Detroit Country Day School) 22305 W. 13 Mile Road, Beverly Hills 48025 (248) 646-7717, ext. 1601 Auditorium available for rent. Exclusive home of Chamber Music Society of Detroit. Sea Life Aquarium 4316 Baldwin Rd (Great Lakes Crossing), Auburn Hills (866) 622-0605 • www.visitsealife.com Opened in 2015, this 35,000 square foot underwater world features 5,000 creatures in 20 themed displays. Come explore the interactive touch pool, walk through the ocean tunnel, watch the sharks feeding, and listen to the fun programs about “why” and “how”. Log on to the website for pictures and discount tickets. The Southfield Pavilion Part of the Southfield Civic Center, 26000 Evergreen Rd., Southfield 48076 • (248) 354-1000 www/cityofsouthfield.com/CityDepartments The Southfield Pavilion is one of metro Detroit's premier exposition center. The Pavilion can host conferences for over 2,000 people and trade shows featuring close to 200 exhibition booths. Break out space is also available in seven additional rooms located in the Parks & Recreation Building. Free parking for over 1,000 vehicles. Log on to the City of Southfield’s website for the calendar of events. Upland Hills Farm 481 Lake George Rd., Oxford 48370 (248) 628-1611 • www.uplandhillsfarm.com Hayrides, camps and special events. Southfield International Festival This annual event is held in the Southfield Pavilion reflecting a partnership between the City of Southfield and the International Institute of Metro Detroit. The International Festival welcomes and celebrates new citizens of the United States with a swearing in ceremony and a weekend of music, food, entertainment and special events. Everyone is invited to participate and support this very special occasion! Greater Southfield Area www.gsalifestyle.com 11