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Royal Oak, Hamtramck and downtown Detroit aren’t the only places having big festivals this weekend to mark summer’s passing. Novi is again playing host to the MICHIGAN STATE FAIR, which is marking its fifth anniversary as a privately managed affair after its 2012 rescue from the state. It comes with all the old-school attractions generations of fair-going Michiganders have loved and enjoyed, including a midway with 50 rides, the Beginning of Life exhibit of baby animals, pig races and, yes, a butter cow. Also part of the fun: the Detroit Shrine Circus (multiple shows daily), a farmers market, a beer garden and Friday-night beer tasting, and a pavilion devoted to made-in-Michigan food, beverages and crafts. Monday afternoon’s Michigan Music Mega Jam brings together a diverse lineup of local talent that includes Stewart Francke, Liz Larin, Melvin Davis, the Whiskey Charmers and Pierre Anthony.

10 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday, Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi. michiganstatefairllc.com. Fair admission: $ 8, $ 6 children. Wristbands that cover fair admission as well as unlimited midway rides and the circus are $ 30. 

There was a freeze in May, and the summer was rather dry, but neither occurrence is deterring Romeo’s annual celebration of Michigan’s peach crop. The annual MICHIGAN PEACH FESTIVAL OF ROMEO kicks off Thursday with a 5K/10K run and the opening of the carnival midway. Activities throughout the weekend include a classic car show, a Saturday-morning Kidsfest featuring fun for children 14 and younger, an exhibit showcasing Thumb-area artists, bed races and a charity car cruise. You can sample beers from around the world all weekend at the Romeo Lions Club House and catch the festival’s signature Floral Parade, which proceeds down Main Street at 1:30 p.m. Monday. Irresistible peach pie will be plentiful, of course. Check in regarding pie sales at the info booth at the Romeo Lions Fieldhouse and Grounds, 269 E. Washington St.

Thursday-Monday, downtown Romeo. See the event’s Facebook page: Michigan Peach Festival of Romeo

It’s a sure sign that autumn is on the way. The venerable Franklin Cider Mill will be opening this holiday weekend for the 73rd annual LABOR DAY ROUNDUP in the Village of Franklin. The mill, whose history dates to 1837, typically opens on Labor Day weekend for a season of cider and doughnuts that continues through Thanksgiving weekend. The family-friendly Roundup includes a parade at noon Monday, midway games and inflatables, a rock-climbing wall, a car show and magic and juggling shows. It’s being held in conjunction with ART IN THE VILLAGE, a fine art show featuring the work of 75-plus artists. It will be on the village green in picture-pretty Franklin, which is tucked between 13 Mile and 14 Mile roads one mile west of Telegraph Road. 

The Roundup  is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, along Franklin Road in Franklin. Art in the Village continues until 5 p.m. 

Sister Mary Amnesia and company are getting a rest in the new show from Dan Goggin, the composer-writer who gave America “Nunsense” and a heavenly host of “Nunsense” sequels. His “JOHNNY MANHATTAN,” which gets its world premiere Wednesday at Meadow Brook Theatre, is a musical set in the world of New York City nightclubs. The show takes place in 1958, a heady time when clubs like the Copacabana and El Morocco were filled with socialites and showgirls. As it begins, club owner Johnny has summoned his closest friends to a private party for a surprise announcement. Soon afterward, big secrets are revealed and relationship conflicts erupt. Alma native Goggin, who composed the score, collaborated on the show with Robert Lorick, who supplied the book and lyrics.

Opens at 8 p.m. Wednesday and continues through Sept. 24, Meadow Brook Theatre, Auburn Hills. 248-377-3300. mbtheatre.com. $ 28-$ 43.

Longtime “Prairie Home Companion” radio host GARRISON KEILLOR, who turned 75 earlier this month, is celebrating the event with a series of shows he has labeled the Prairie Home Love & Comedy Tour. The quirky and occasionally contrary humorist, who stepped down from his NPR show last year, says on his website that the shows will include stories, song duets, “poetic outbursts” and “our famous singing intermission at which the eager & able-bodied stand and sing around the campfire.” During an early-August appearance at Frederick Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, he invited his audience to join him for an a cappella sing-along that included “My Country ’Tis of Thee” and the Elvis ballad “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” 

7 p.m. Sunday, Meadow Brook Amphitheatre, Rochester Hills. 248-377-0100. palacenet.com. $ 20-$ 79.50.  

IRONCLAD TATTOO CO. will be celebrating five years in business Friday at Tangent Gallery. The tattoo and piercing shop is a favorite of the city’s arts and culture community. The party is circus-themed, and costumes are encouraged but not mandatory. Performing throughout the night will be Aimee Funk, Eric Scott Baker, Shadow and DJ Jeff Tabb.

9 p.m. Friday, Tangent Gallery, Detroit. Free. Ages 21 and older.

THUNDER OVER MICHIGAN will bring the noise this weekend to Ypsilanti’s Willow Run Airport, site of the three-day air show. Visitors can catch flight performances by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and check out classic World War II aircraft and re-enactments. This family-friendly event is a journey back in time that promises lots of excitement for history and aviation buffs. 

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Monday, Willow Run Airport, Ypsilanti.  yankeeairmuseum.com.  $ 40, $ 35 in advance, free to ages 15 and younger. 

Bourbon is the star of a Saturday-night party at DETROIT CITY DISTILLERY. The Butcher’s Cut Bourbon Official Release Party will include a pig roast and bourbon and cocktails from the Whiskey Factory.  Providing the grooves all night long will be Texture and New York City deep house mainstay Anthony Parasole.

7 p.m.- 2 a.m. Saturday, Detroit City Distillery, Detroit. detroitcitydistillery.com. Ages 21 and older. 

The beauty and history of Detroit’s sprawling MASONIC TEMPLE complex on will be revealed during a Sunday afternoon tour. This 2½-hour event will take guests through the 14 floors of the world’s biggest Masonic building, which has a multitude of secret rooms and interesting backstories. You’ll get a chance to see the main lobby, the theaters, the asylum and more. All proceeds will benefit the temple’s library, archive and research center.

3-5:30 p.m. Sunday,  Masonic Temple, Detroit. themasonic.com. 313-832-7100.  $ 15.

— Greg Crawford and Ashley Zlatopolsky, Detroit Free Press

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