Concerts and small business markets highlight summer programming plans for downtown Detroit parks

What is happening: A lot. The Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP) recently released its summer programming plans for the six downtown Detroit parks and public spaces under its stewardship, a group that includes Beacon Park, Cadillac Square, Campus Martius Park, Capitol Park, Grand Circus Park and The Woodward Esplanade. It’s a schedule that includes everything from outdoor movie nights to dog balls at dog parks, fitness classes and family events — and there’s no shortage of live music.

A day at the beach: The beach at Campus Martius is getting a makeover with the open-air BrisaBar bar and restaurant replacing The Fountain Detroit. And from Friday June 10 to Friday August 26, the Friday Night Beach Parties series features live music and DJ sets from Brett Lucas, Root Vibrations, One Love Reggae Band, DJ Bruce Bailey. , and DJ Eddie Riot. This series runs from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. every Friday in the summer.
Overlooking Campus Martius Park Beach
Support for small businesses: The DDP has made it a point to support local small businesses through marketplaces and more. The returning Downtown Street Eats program is billed as Michigan’s largest weekly gathering of food trucks, and this year includes more than 80 food trucks running weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Cadillac Square and Woodward Esplanade . Market Fridays also returns to Cadillac Square, the weekly pop-up market that takes place every Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. And in Beacon Park, it’s the Night Market, which showcases wares from Detroit-based stores every Saturday night from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. with live music and DJ sets throughout.

But wait, there’s more: Family Fun Days return to Beacon Park each Sunday from 1-5 p.m. and feature storytelling, arts and crafts, music and more. Yoga classes and other fitness classes are scheduled at a number of downtown parks. And Movie Nights in The D presents movies for the whole family at Campus Martius Park every Thursday at 7 p.m.

Live music abounds in downtown Detroit this summer.Special Events: Notable special events include a pre-Juneteenth screening of “Summer of Soul,” the Oscar-winning 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival documentary directed by Questlove and presented in partnership with the Motown Museum (6 p.m. Thursday, June 16, at Campus Parc Martius); Hot Sam’s Presents Detroit’s Black Wall Street event will include a fashion show, live performances, food trucks and more (6-8 p.m. Saturday, July 23 at Campus Martius); and the Beacon Park End of Summer Concert features performances by Grammy-nominated artists Etana and Skip Marley (Saturday, August 27 at Beacon Park).

Visit the Downtown Detroit Partnership online for a full schedule of events.

What they say : “Downtown Detroit is famous locally and nationally for having so many wonderful and active parks and places,” says David Cowan, Director of Public Spaces for the Downtown Detroit Partnership. “With 100 years of care for our downtown, the secret to success has always been to offer a diversity of iconic events while preserving opportunities to explore our city’s vibrant cultural, shopping and entertainment scene. We invite everyone to celebrate our milestone by joining us this summer in the heart of Detroit. »

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James C. Tibbs