Summer in Detroit has been nothing short of a blast this year and with the new Beacon Park opening up downtown, it’s only getting better.

The idea behind DTE’s Beacon Park is that the park will bring light, energy and motion to downtown Detroit. The new public space is located at Cass Avenue and Grand River and it opens to the public officially on Thursday, July 20. Beacon Park’s opening weekend is packed with programming as part of DTE and the Downtown Detroit Partnership’s effort to draw in visitors who will feel welcome and entertained at the park. The Downtown Detroit Partnership has planned over 600 events in the park in 2017 and they expect the space to attract one million visitors each year.

For the first weekend at Beacon Park (July 20-23), there are over 50 events planned, and we want to outline some of the biggest ones for you in our Guide to Beacon Park’s Opening Weekend.

11 a.m. / Ribbon cutting with DTE Chairman and CEO, Mayor Duggan, City Council President Brenda Jones

12 p.m. / Park opens to the public with food trucks, live music, an interactive exhibit from IMPULSE, games

5 p.m. / After Work Party with happy hour drink specials

8 p.m. / Headline act Robert Randolph and the Family Band (funk, soul, rock ‘n’ roll) with Thornetta Davis

12 p.m. to 5 p.m. / Downtown Games with Come Play Detroit featuring DTE Energy employees and other downtown employers in an active competition, open for public to watch

5 p.m. to 8 p.m. / Beer Garden featuring Griffin Claw beer and other specialty beers, live music and other lawn games

8 p.m. / Lord Huron, American indie rock band, takes the stage

9 a.m. to 11 a.m. / Yoga Mala (108 sun salutations) + Detroit’s first outdoor spinning experience w/ live DJ

12 p.m. to 6 p.m. / Family Day with games, inflatables, make and takes, a GVSU Charter School art fair, face painting and performances by Matrix Theatre Company, Ballet Folklorico, Moyocayani Izel, Detroit Youth Volume, Nadanta, Mosaic Youth Theatre and Detroit Windsor Dance Academy

12 p.m. to 12 a.m. / Night Market with local indie music, drinks, lawn games, food trucks, shopping from local makers

8 p.m. to 11 p.m. / Salsa, Tacos and Tequila with food drinks, headline entertainers Plena Libre (musical style of Puerto Rico, Bomba and Plena) and Bombarica

9 a.m. to 11 a.m. / Fitness event with spinning and a live DJ, yoga, cardio workout

12 p.m. to 3 p.m. / Gospel Brunch with Michigan’s own Bishop Marvin L. Sapp and local choirs like Gospel Truth and dance ensembles

3 p.m. to 4 p.m. / Classical concerts featuring nationally recognized Detroit-based chamber orchestra Sphinx Nonet

6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. / Michigan Philharmonic performance “Movie Music Spectacular” to lead up to a screening of Back to the Future with a photo op and car display


All weekend different art installations, light up seesaws and other exciting attractions will dress up the park and number of local entertainers will keep you on your toes all opening celebration.

To see a full schedule and for more information, visit DTE Energy’s blog here. Check out the Facebook event page for opening weekend here

Photo credit: DTE render

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