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Fifty-two world-class acrobats, musicians, singers and characters, plus spectacular costumes, breathtaking artistry and a heartwarming story to boot, are everything you’d expect from a Cirque du Soleil performance, and Quidam does not disappoint. Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 2-5. $35-$100.

Joe Louis Arena, Detroit. (800) 745-3000; or

Cardboard sled races, dog-sled rides, pictures with reindeer, snowshoeing, a snowman-building contest, frozen bowling, a frozen-pie eating contest, frozen golf, Jack Frost s’mores and so much more will be on hand at Marshbank Park’s second annual Winter Fest. Light snacks will be available to purchase; everything else is free. 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4.

Marshbank Park, Hiller Road, West Bloomfield Township. (248) 451-1900;

Since its debut for the Super Bowl XL in 2006, the Motown Winter Blast has been working hard to make being cold cooler. More than 50 entertainment acts will perform on two stages, the Quicken Loans Taste of Detroit will offer samplings from favorite Detroit-area eateries, and you can warm up in Comfort Zones every 150 feet. Plus, of course, a variety of Winter Experience events that will include free ice-skating at Campus Martius Park, snowshoeing, the Greektown Casino Ice Garden, professional skating demonstrations, dog sledding, marshmallow roasting and a perpetual fan favorite — the Arctic Blast, a thrilling ice ride at the Rink at Campus Martius Park. Check out the Kids Zone, too. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Feb. 10-11; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12.

Centered around Campus Martius Park, Detroit. (313) 963-8418;

Two times a year, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Fisheries Division waives all fees for free fishing fun. The 2012 Winter Free Fishing Weekend will be held Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 18-19, and there are a handful of ice-fishing events taking place throughout the region, including Chelsea’s Ice Fishing Festival, where kids can make a jig stick, learn to fish with the Waterloo Recreation Area rangers, ice-skate and warm up at the campfire.

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It may not be Beatlemania, but count on plenty of screaming girls nonetheless. The four best buds — Kendall, James, Carlos and Logan — who set out to follow their musical dreams on Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush hit the stage at Detroit’s historic Fox Theatre with songs from their new album, Elevate. 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25. $20-$45.

Fox Theatre, Detroit. (313) 471-6611 or (800) 745-3000; or



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