Looking for things to do in Rochester and Rochester Hills this month? The area is full of events, including shows at Meadow Brook Theatre, wine and cheese tastings, a cooking class with Food Network’s Giada De Laurentiis, Earth Day festival and more.
By Karleigh M. Stone
April 1-15, April 25-May 5
“The Snow Geese” and “The All Night Strut”
Show times vary based on date
Meadow Brook Theatre
378 Meadow Brook Road, Rochester
Check out, “The Snow Geese,” a moving commentary on American foreign policy and financial crisis. Follow Ms. Elizabeth Gaesling in the aftermath of her husband’s death, which leaves her in financial ruin as she awaits the deployment of her son. This show plays Wednesday-Sunday from April 1-15. Tickets start at $52.
Then, listen to the sounds of “The All Night Strut” from April 25-29, with songs and dances from the 1930s and 1940s that take audiences through the Depression, World War II and the optimism of the post-war boom. Music includes jazz, jive, blues and bebop. Tickets start at $46. Purchase both here.
Bridal Open House
Meadow Brook Hall & Gardens
350 Estate Drive, Rochester
Brides-to-be can tour the historical Meadow Brook estate, talk with event coordinators about the Meadow Brook wedding experience and enjoy complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres. The open house is free to attend and no advance reservations are needed. Read more information here.
Relevé for the Cure
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
637 N. Main St., Rochester Hills
Burn for the cure with this 90-minute barre workout. Proceeds go toward funding breast cancer research. A $20 donation is requested to reserve a spot. Barre classes mix elements of Pilates, dance, yoga and functional training and use a ballet barre and light hand weights to sculpt, slim and stretch the entire body. Contact ReleveForTheCure@gmail.com with questions. Read more information here.
Williams-Sonoma Village of Rochester Hills
352 N. Adams Rd., Rochester Hills
Learn how to cook Culinary Hall of Fame’s, Giada De Laurentiis,’ acclaimed dish, Cacio e Pepe, with pancetta and arugula, and salted dark chocolate chunk brownies for dessert in this cooking workshop. De Laurentiis’ hosts “Giada at Home” on the Food Network, is the founder of GDL Foods catering and is a regular contributor on NBC’s “Today Show.” All attendees will receive a copy of her new book. Call 248-375-5891 to reserve a spot. Cost is $60 per person.
Wine & Cheese Tasting
The Cheese Lady
302 W. University Drive, Rochester
Join special guest, Sonja Magdevski, a Farmington Hills native and owner of Casa Dumetz Wines in Los Alamos, California, as she takes you on a unique wine tasting journey with her boutique selection. Event cost is $50 per person. Read more information here.
Noon to 11 p.m.
2265 Crooks Road, Rochester Hills
Odd Side Ales, a Grand Haven brewery, is taking over Clubhouse BFD. They’re bringing unique-flavored craft beer that ranges from sweet and fruity, to citrusy and bitter, to spicy, with a wide range of IPAs, stouts and pale ales.
MI Earth Day Fest
4-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday,10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday
Rochester Municipal Park/City Center
Paint Creek Trail, Rochester
Spend the weekend leading up to Earth Day exploring green and healthy living. This festival will highlight the environmental efforts of local businesses and community organizations and feature over 100 exhibits, live entertainment, food and activities for all ages. Standard admission and parking are free. VIP admission is $10 and includes a reserved table, goody bag, entry in door prize drawing and a $5 donation to a participating nonprofit. Read more information here.
Kids in the Kitchen
1994 Star-Batt Drive, Rochester Hills
Make cooking dinner a family affair. Bring your kids to help you assemble meals for a month at Dream Dinners Rochester Hills. Packages are available in 18 or 36 servings. Call 248-852-3400 or visit dreamdinners.com to register using the password “KIDS.” Read more information here.
Take Root: I Have a Story to Tell You
8 p.m. April 20, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on April 21
Oakland University – Varner Studio Theatre
371 Varner Drive, Rochester, Room 207
Take Root is a professional, contemporary modern dance company, co-founded and directed by Oakland University dance faculty. Their annual concert is known for its thought-provoking details, intricate partnering and unrestricted vision. Tickets are $14 for general admission and $8 for students. Purchase tickets here.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
1835 S. Rochester Road, Rochester Hills
Spring is here! Enjoy the season with garden displays, 40 booths with garden experts, seminars, a petting zoo, sweet treats, a food truck and giveaways. Admission is free.