Detroit RiverWalk, Detroit, MI, USA
Fri.-Sun. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
FREE before 5 p.m. on Friday; $3 before 3 p.m., $5 after
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Detroit River Days presented by Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort returns to the beautiful riverfront this summer.
This one-of-a-kind festival, now in its 13 year, takes place along the Detroit River in West Riverfront Park. River Days is a celebration of the city’s waterfront funscape with activities on land and water. Experience all the RiverWalk has to offer, from the jet-ski demos to live music, sand sculptures, air shows, zip lines, boat tours, delicious eats and much more!
Admission to GM River Days will support the non-profit Detroit RiverFront Conservancy. GM River Days is FREE to enter on Friday between 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Headlining National Music Acts:
In partnership with Motown Museum, Detroit River Days will feature headlining music on the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort National Stage including the “King of Motown,” Grammy-winning Smokey Robinson and R&B Group Mary Jane Girls on Friday. Funk and R&B group Luther Re-Lives will also perform on the national stage on Friday night. Grammy-winning R&B singer Brandy and Grammy-nominated R&B singer Brian McKnight will perform on Saturday night along with local band Notorious. Grammy-winning R&B Singer Faith Evans and Grammy-nominated R&B singer Carl Thomas will perform on Sunday night along with local singer Brielle Lesley.
Festival Family Favorites:
The Flagstar Bank Kids Zone returns with programming produced by The Parade Company. Families are invited to “step right up” into the Kids Zone action, which will include story time, magic shows, strolling River Walk buskers, as well as activities with the Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan Science Center and more. Additionally, an entertaining lineup will perform on the Meijer Kids Stage. Rivard Plaza will also be the site of a 50-ton sand sculpture.
The Great Outdoors:
The Metro PCS Zip Line returns, offering a 300-foot long zip line ride for two people straight through the festival. Tickets will cost $15 for one ride or two for $25. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will once again provide a rock climbing wall for children and adults. Festivalgoers are also invited to try their hand at archery and to experience learn more about park’s natural resources by talking with wildlife and fish experts, foresters and conservation officers who will be on hand.
The celebrated Tuskegee Airmen National Historical Museum will present an aerial, and educational, thrill with performances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Festival goers can expect lots of gravity-defying maneuvers with pilots flying upside down and sideways, an airplane flown by the Tuskegee Airmen in World War II, and a demonstration of precision formation flying by the museum’s own four-aircraft demo team. The airshow will feature emcees at all festival stages. This is one of the very few airshows in all of North America that features mostly local performers.
All Things on the Water:
Festival-goers can also take to the water with Diamond Jack River Tours. Typhoon Tommy, a festival favorite, and his world-class jet-ski team will turn the Detroit River into their stage. Pilots will use a variety of freestyle jet-skis and hydroflight devices to perform big air jumps, backflips, corkscrew spins and underwater dives for the crowds along the riverfront. The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary will add to the fun with rescue demonstrations and the opportunity to tour a Coast Guard cutter.
Pepsi Taste of Detroit Food Court:
The Soaring Eagle Cuisine Machine will headline the Pepsi Taste of Detroit Food Court with more than a dozen local eateries and waterfront dining options.