Downtown Detroit Partnership Announces 2018 Summer Park Events

June 6, 2018



Highlights include headline concerts at Beacon Park by nationally recognized bands JR JR and Saint Motel, wildly popular beach parties and Oscar-nominated movies at Campus Martius Park, shopping in Cadillac Square and Capitol Park markets and endless food and beverage options.


June 4, 2018 (DETROIT) – The Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP), in cooperation with the City of Detroit, is thrilled to announce an action packed 2018 Summer in the Parksschedule, featuring free events for all ages, interests and abilities. 


Attracting over two million visitors annually to its 1,600 events in Downtown Detroit’s parks and public spaces, DDP is proud to announce the 2018 Summer in the Parks season, continuing the storied tradition of innovative programing in Detroit’s internationally awarded public spaces.


“Downtown Detroit’s parks and public spaces are ready to host another season of free, world-class programming this summer,” said Robert Gregory, Chief Planning and Public Space Officer, Downtown Detroit Partnership. “We’re bringing back crowd favorites like the beach parties and movies at Campus Martius Park, in addition to innovative new programs including Sunset Sessions with Sound Cream Airstream at Beacon Park. There is something for everyone.”




The DTE Energy Beacon Park Foundation is presenting a full season of summer programming at Beacon Park, including the second annual free concert series. The three-concert lineup kicks off with metro Detroit natives JR JR on June 16 at 7 p.m. Originally named Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Joshua Epstein and Daniel Zott’s unique harmonies and mix of folk, indie pop and electronic elements have been compared to the Beatles and Simon and Garfunkel. The Royal Oak duo is perhaps best known for their Top 10 Alternative single, “Gone.”


The three-part concert series will continue on July 21 at 7 p.m. with a show by the internationally recognized group, Saint Motel. The LA-based, indie-pop foursome has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and played main stage at major music festivals, including Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza. The band is currently working on new music to follow their 2012 and 2016 album releases and is set to hit the road shortly after the Beacon Park performance for a fall 2018 headlining tour. The last Beacon Park summer concert will take place on August 18 with an announcement on the performers coming soon.


In addition to headliner concerts, Beacon Park will host a wide range of free, weekly summer events, beginning Friday, June 8:


Downtown Street Eats

Weekdays from 11 a.m to 2 p.m.

A rotation of 75 food trucks throughout Downtown Detroit parks and an eclectic array of cuisines.


Volleyball Leagues

Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6-10 p.m.

Organized sports lovers are encouraged to join Tuesday and Wednesday night volleyball leagues through Come Play Detroit. Sign up at


Market Thursdays

Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

During the week, shoppers can stop by Beacon Park for handmade jewelry, clothing, artwork, bath and body products, cottage foods and fresh fruits and vegetables. 

Sunset Sessions 

Fridays from 4-10 p.m.

New this summer, Sunset Sessions brings the post-work party to Beacon Park, as local DJs spin a high-energy mix of contemporary music. Once a month, Sound Cream Airstream will feature DJs playing from inside a retro Airstream RV. 

The Night Market 

Saturdays at 7 p.m.

Visitors can drink, dance, eat and shop at Beacon Park’s Night Market. A rotating list of local makers and entrepreneurs will showcase their goods as thousands of shoppers enjoy music from live, local acts or a drink and dinner from a variety of food trucks. 

Weekend Outdoor fitness

Spin classes on Saturdays at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Yoga classes on Sundays at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.

For those who prefer movement with their music, Beacon Park will offer outdoor spin classesby Pulse Fitness and yoga classes by Living Waters Yoga. Spin classes require pre-registration at

Family Fun Days

Sundays from 1-5 p.m.

Families wanting in on the action can enjoy entertainment for all ages at Beacon Park’s Family Fun Days. Stop by for putt putt, face painting, inflatables, make and takes, interactive performances and more. 


Visit for a full list of events and more details. 



The Beach at Campus Martius Park

Friday Beach Party

Fridays from 5-9 p.m.

The Beach at Campus Martius Park returns for its sixth season as the only urban beach in the region and an island oasis in the heart of Downtown Detroit. Back by popular demand, the Friday Beach Party, sponsored by One Magnify, will feature live Caribbean-inspired sounds from a rotating lineup of local bands. Beach-goers can grab a frozen daiquiri and guacamole from Detroit’s favorite shipping container restaurant, Fountain Detroit, bury their feet in the sand and let the vacation vibes wash over them.


Adjacent to the Beach is HOUR Detroit 2018 Restaurant of the Year, Parc, offering redefined, contemporary cuisine that blends Detroit and Midwest flavors with French and Mediterranean influences. Wine lovers should stop in for a taste of Parc’s expansive wine list, named one of “America’s Best” by Wine Spectator.


Movie Night in the D

Saturdays at 8 p.m.

Movie lovers can enjoy award-winning films on the big screen at Campus Martius Park every Saturday night during Movie Night in the D, sponsored by Faygo. 

Films to be screened are: 

  • Darkest Hour (June 23 at 8 p.m.)

  • Ferdinand (June 30 at 8 p.m.)

  • The Greatest Showman (July 7 at 8 p.m.)

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi (July 14 at 8 p.m.)

  • The Post (July 21 at 8 p.m.)

  • Coco (July 28 at 8 p.m.)

  • Battle of the Sexes (August 4 at 8 p.m.)

  • Black Panther (August 11 at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.)

For more information visit

Mid Day Music

Thursdays from noon to 2 p.m.

Sponsored by iHeart Media, Mid Day Music enhances the lunchtime experience with live entertainment every Thursday as metro Detroit singers and songwriters perform on stage.

Detroit Petanque Club

Weekdays from noon to 1 p.m.

Often seen in Campus Martius Park is the Detroit Petanque Club, which has been playing the French equivalent of bocce for over 12 years in Downtown Detroit parks. Seasoned vets can be found sharing the art of the game with newcomers every weekday.



Downtown Street Eats

Weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Just east of Campus Martius Park sits Cadillac Square, home to the largest food truck gathering in the state, Downtown Street Eats. Every week 2,500 hungry visitors show up Monday through Friday from to choose from a rotation of 75 food trucks and cuisines.

Lunchtime Acoustics

Wednesdays from noon to 2 p.m.

Lunchtime Acoustics hosts local musicians performing unplugged to crowds as they enjoy lunch in the park.


Market Fridays

Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Shop handmade jewelry, clothing, artwork, bath and body products, cottage foods and fresh fruits and vegetables at Market Fridays.

Outdoor Markets

Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Friday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight

Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

DDP hosts major donor Quicken Loans for another season of shopping at the markets in Cadillac Square. Dozens of local vendors will feature their goods in Bavarian-style glass huts, back by popular demand after making their debut last winter. Shoppers can peruse the stalls with a drink in hand from the seasonal beer garden by nearby Central Kitchen.

Quicken Loans Sports Zone

Daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Whether your game is King of Court, H.O.R.S.E. or 3-on-3, the Quicken Loans Sports Zone at Cadillac Square is the ultimate location to keep your skills sharp and soak up some sun. Basketball courts alongside a number of yard games are available for pick-up or organized activity. 

Workout Wednesdays

Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m.

The ever-popular Workout Wednesdays are back with First Responders for Fitness leading a variety of free weekly fitness classes such as Zumba, core exercises and high intensity interval training.



Change is coming to one of Detroit’s oldest neighborhoods with a Capitol Park redesign planned for 2019-2020. DDP worked with Toronto-based urban design firm PUBLIC WORK, Lear Corporation and business owners, neighbors and community members to develop the plan. 


This summer, park visitors are offered a sneak peak of some of the future design elements, including a natural grass lawn, planters with examples of the envisioned tree canopy, updated seating and umbrellas, and an overall improvement to the park’s lighting. 


DDP will continue to collect input to ensure that improvements reflect the needs and desires of the community. The new park components, made possible by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority and DDP, will be tested, evaluated and refined in consideration of the permanent plan, which will require additional funding. 

Outdoor Markets

Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight

Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Alongside the new Capitol Park elements, visitors can shop at an extension of the Quicken Loans sponsored markets in Cadillac Square and purchase a variety of goods from local vendors.




Just a few blocks north, Grand Circus Park anchors both a growing residential neighborhood and the Downtown Detroit entertainment district. This summer, the park will host a series of free dog park events, yoga classes and a Thursday evening music series.

Summer Street Eats and Sounds

Thursdays from 7-9 p.m.

Savor the old-world feel of the park during Summer Street Eats and Sounds sponsored by the Detroit Entertainment District Association. Detroit’s best jazz, classical, swing and pop entertainers are showcased in a relaxing, outdoor setting. The evening is complete with food available for purchase from a variety of food trucks. 

Grand Circus Dog Park Events

Saturdays from 2-4 p.m.

(Dog park open daily during park hours)

Monthly themed parties for the coolest Detroit dogs and their owners have returned to the Grand Circus Dog Park. The park’s spacious grounds offer room for 50-75 dogs per event to interact in an open and safe environment. Events include Dog Prom, Luau, National Ice Cream Sandwich Day, Back to School Party and Sock Hop. For specific event dates visit

Free Yoga Classes

Mondays, Saturdays, Sundays (times vary)

Novice and seasoned yogis can take time to center themselves with free yoga classes in Grand Circus Park by the YMCA and Citizen Yoga. Participants should bring their own mat and water. For information on specific classes visit


Downtown Street Eats

Weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In addition to Beacon Park and Cadillac Square, hungry Detroiters can find Downtown Street Eats food trucks every weekday in the Woodward Esplanade and Spirit of Detroit Plaza.

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