Kick off the summer at the Detroit River Days Festival

Detroit Riverfront

It’s finally that time of year again … the sun is always shining, the days are getting longer and the River Days Festival is back in Detroit. From Friday, June 22 through Sunday June, 24, thousands of visitors will kick off the summer season on Detroit’s Riverfront. This year’s festival offers many attractions for adults and children alike to enjoy a weekend of fun together.

Kids Zone

All weekend long, families can bring their children to the Kids Zone where the theme is all things boating and fun. With activities centered on an “All Aboard” theme, kids can create crafts, enjoy face painting and participate in puppet and magic shows throughout Rivard Plaza and Milliken State Park.

River Days Run

This year’s River Days Run takes place on Saturday, June 23 beginning at 8:30 a.m. This is a great event for anyone interested in getting some exercise while also raising money for a good cause. The proceeds from the event benefit the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy. As participants run the 5K, they will pass the Detroit RiverWalk and Milliken State Park. Also on Saturday morning is a Kids Fun Run along the riverfront. Each registered runner will receive four complimentary wristbands to the Detroit River Days festival.

Pooch-a-Palooza Pet Walk

On Sunday, River Days visitors and their pets can come out to the Pooch-a-Palooza Pet Walk at the GM Plaza. The event includes guided walks along Detroit’s RiverWalk, pet portraits, pet massages and “pet”icures, a pet fashion show and many contests with prizes.


The sixth annual festival also features more than 75 musical acts and street performers. With a mixture of artists ranging from Detroit’s own music scene to Grammy-winning performers, the River Days Festival will welcome Boyz II Men, Kansas and the Whispers, along with many local musical acts. Families and children of all ages are invited to join Radio Disney AM 910 for a special live appearance with Leo Howard, the star of Disney’s “Kickin’ It”. Throughout the weekend visitors can also head to the GM Fountain Area to check out the street performers show off everything from magic to fire, a capella singing and juggling. For a complete list of performances and musical acts visit the Detroit River Days official performance schedule.

The annual three-day festival is presented by the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, a partnership with the mission of developing public access to Detroit’s riverfront property. The sixth annual festival takes place along the Detroit Riverfront stretching from west of the GM Renaissance Center, to the Rivard Plaza and the William G. Milliken State Park. The festival celebrates Detroit’s RiverWalk combining activities on both land and water.

I can’t wait to check out Detroit’s beautiful riverfront this weekend. What event are you looking forward to most?

Photo Credit: Michigan Municipal League



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