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"A little panorama." Taken from Detroit's The Monarch Club: @greatlakesgin/Instagram

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Weather: High 84°, low 60° ☀️

Happy Friday! You made it. We made it. The long awaited weekend has arrived. And the good news is -- the weather is going to be amazing. We're talking all-day pool weather, folks! Enjoy it while it lasts.

Also, if you've noticed your dry lawn, you're not alone. Parts of Oakland and Macomb counties are now considered "abnormally dry." But we do have some rain chances next week.

Check the latest forecast at ClickOnDetroit.com/WeatherCenter.


Traffic: Part of I-94, I-696 closing tonight, through weekend 🚧

🚧 I-94: Road and bridge work will require closing eastbound I-94 from US-12 (Michigan Avenue) to I-75 starting at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2. All lanes of the freeway are expected to reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 5. So, prepare for that if you have Detroit plans. Find a detour here.

🚧 I-696: Eastbound I-696 from I-75 to I-94 will be closed from Friday at 8 p.m. thru Monday at 5 a.m. All ramps will be closed except local access to Mound Road.

Check the live Traffic Map here.

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Early look at Pistons new practice facility 🏀

We're getting our first look at the new Detroit Pistons practice facility under construction in New Center. It will open up in October. It's just a few minutes down the road from Little Caesars Arena.

Detroit Lions Family Fest at Ford Field

Less than a week before the Lions open preseason, fans can get an inside look at how the team is looking this year. Gates open at 4:30 p.m., with all types of fun games, family friendly activities, pictures with Lions players and a Detroit Lions scrimmage, which starts at 6 p.m.

International Beer Day 🍻

International Beer Day is a day to celebrate and savor the world's most popular alcoholic beverage. Raise a glass of beer today to toast both breweries and bartenders. It is truly a global celebration, enjoyed by people over 50 countries around the world. Here's where to find Michigan beer.

Cranbrook Institute of Science unveils Steggy 🦕

After a summer of renovations, we're getting a first-hand look at the Stegosaurus' new style. Updates to Steggy were made possible thanks to the generous donations made to the #SaveSteggy campaign last winter, which helped improve Steggy's look and ability to stay safely on campus for years to come. 

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🗓️ Here's what's on the calendar:

  • Aug. 2 -- The Inaugural Frankenmuth Flower Festival 🌼
  • Aug. 6 -- Primary election for many communities across Michigan 🗳️
  • Aug. 8 -- World Cat Day 🐱
  • Aug. 8 -- Lions open preseason against New England 🏈
  • Aug. 8 -- National Book Lovers Day 📚 ❤️
  • Aug. 11 -- Gladys Knight at Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre 🎶
  • Aug. 12 -- Middle Child Day 👪
  • Aug. 14 -- The Smashing Pumpkins at DTE Energy Music Theatre 🎃
  • Aug. 17 -- ⚔️♞ Renaissance Festival begins!
  • Aug. 17 -- Woodward Dream Cruise 🚗
  • Aug. 29 -- Michigan State Fair begins 🎡
  • Aug. 30 -- Arts, Beats and Eats weekend 🖼️ 🎶 🍔
  • Aug. 30 -- Detroit Jazz Festival kicks off 🎷

Check the Live Guide calendar for more local events, and post your own. 

10 best pizza spots in Metro Detroit in 2019 🍕

We've been rolling out our Vote 4 the Best winner lists, and one of the more popular lists, as always, has been the pizza restaurants category. Did your favorite make the cut? Check it out

John Mayer, Chris Stapleton in town🏀

Two big concerts are happening in Metro Detroit on Friday night! John Mayer is playing at Detroit's Little Caesars Arena and Chris Stapleton is playing at DTE Energy Music Theatre. (Bonus: Loverboy is also playing a free show on the Detroit Riverfront)

Classic Rock Bracket: Vote in the championship round 🎸

Just a few days left to vote in the final matchup: The Beatles vs. Led Zeppelin. The winner will be crowned on Monday.


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50% off tickets to Renaissance Festival ⚔️♞

If you haven't gotten in on this Renaissance Festival tickets discount, do it now! Seriously, you can't lose here, and it's a GREAT time over at the festival. It's available for a limited-time -- you can only buy these tickets for a 50% discount through Aug. 17.

Here's a link to learn more about the 2019 Renaissance Festival. This year's festival runs weekends and Labor Day, Aug. 17 to Sept. 29. The fun all happens at 12600 Dixie Hwy, Holly, MI 48442.

Adventure awaits! Purchase your half-off tickets here!

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📷 Today's Featured Photo: "A little panorama." Taken from Detroit's newest rooftop bar The Monarch Club: @greatlakesgin/Instagram

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