Detroit Riverdays Festival Set For June 21-23

DETROIT (WWJ) – Already thinking about summer?

So is the team at Riverdays host organization, the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, that’s busy planning this year’s event.

The concert lineup is still being finalized, but Michelle Marine, Director of Programs, said festival-goers can expect more than 50 musical performances, maritime and ecological exhibits, carnival rides and family-friendly activities.

“We’ve had live entertainment  musical acts, live puppet theater, wonderful arts and crafts — very hands on … face painting, balloon art — the kids just have a ball,” Marine said. “So anyone with little ones out there, we encourage them to come down and really enjoy our kids’

(credit: Detroit RiverFront Conservancy)

(credit: Detroit RiverFront Conservancy)


Marine told WWJ Newsradio 950’s Pat Sweeting said the annual event has transitioned over the years to include activities recommended by River Days visitors.

“One of the things that we incorporated last year was an artscape program …an idea for folks to come down and really engage on a very personal level with art along the riverfront,” Marine said. “We also have some permanent art structures along the riverfront for people to enjoy, and then our temporary competition artscape where folks will be competing for about $15,000 in prizes.”

Last year, more than 150,000 people attended the three-day festival, this year set for June 21-23.

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