Detroit Summerfest Celebrates Quicken Loans Summer in the Parks 2016 with Vibrant Season-Ending Downtown Street Party

Detroit Summerfest 2016
Detroit Summerfest presented by the Detroit Free Press and supported by aloft Detroit Hotel features four days of excitement, August 25 – 28, with live performances, dancing and special activities for all!
Thursday, August 25

The Meridian Mid-Day Music Series performance features Justin Alexander & The Modern Classics presented by iHeart Media and Embarco Entertainment at Campus Martius Park, noon-2 p.m.

Alexandria Lintner performs her blend of rock and soul from country to blues to modern and southern rock at the Downtown Street Eats Stage, noon-2 p.m.

Mix and Mingle presented by Atwater Brewery and Channel 955 is a Caribbean style party at The Beach! Food and drink choices from the region will be featured along with music by Bahamian recording artist, Ya Tafari at Campus Martius Park and a live DJ mix from iHeartMedia’s Boji, 5:30-8:30 p.m. There will be contests, special guests, giveaways and more!

Closing out Rhythm & Stage Thursdays presented by Detroit Entertainment District Association and The Detroit News will be the amazing public art performance SeeSaw” from Wise Fool New Mexico, which combines theatre, circus and puppetry into a must-see outdoor spectacle featuring aerial acrobatics and stilts that will dazzle spectators, at Grand Circus Park. Showtimes are 7 p.m., 8:30 p.m., and 10 p.m. A musical performance by Brian “Javonntte” Garrett will take place at 7:30 p.m. and artists from Go Forth will create an amazing fire show at 9 p.m.               

The season’s final Evenings in Paradise, hosted by The Carr Center, at Paradise Valley Beatrice Buck Park will feature Music of Statin, Tucker and Uesaka, 6-8 p.m.

From 8-10 p.m., enjoy the musical talents of Geri Allen. Detroit native, the first Lady of Soul recipient for jazz and the newly appointed creative director of The Carr Center in Detroit, Geri Allen is an artist that transcends the standard of all things jazz.

Friday, August 26

The legendary masters of funk George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic presented by Absopure Water Company will take over the Campus Martius Park main stage, singing famous hits such as, “Flashlight” and “Atomic Dog”, as headliner for the 4th Fridays season finale at 9 p.m.

At 7 p.m., creative talent and world-renowned bassist, Nik West will utilize her smooth voice and electric bass to deliver an incredible live funk, rock and soul performance that only she could, while local Detroit rock trio The Strange performs at 5:30 p.m., and D. Sorrel & S. World gets the funk going at noon.

Soulful songstress Alise King performs at the Cadillac Square Acoustic Stage, noon-2 p.m.

Campus Martius Park will also have an Interactive Art Activity with artist Brian Lewis creating large musical mosaic notes, noon-8 p.m.

Saturday, August 27

 The 19th annual Breast Cancer Walk, Sista Strut presented by MIX 92.3 with support from iHeartMedia Detroit and the American Cancer Society, gets underway at Grand Circus Park, 8 a.m.

 Grand Valley Charter Gallery – Youth Artist Exhibition features youth artists from 9 metro Detroit schools and over 500 pieces of art, chartered by Grand Valley State University Detroit Center, Campus Martius Park, noon – 8 p.m. 

Mammoth Follies presented by Hudson Vagabond Puppets explores the wonders of evolution in an old fashioned revue of original songs, witty jokes, and earth-smashing dances performed by giant dinosaur puppets for the Kidz Show at Campus Martius Park. Following the 1 p.m. performance participants can create Model Magic Dino Sculptures.

Pets can get dressed up and get social for Grand Circus Park’s very own Dog Party & Parade! A Dog Social from 2:30-3:00 p.m. will get things started, followed by a Dog Parade around East Grand Circus Park from 3:00-3:30 p.m. and a Dog Party from 3:30-4:00 p.m.

Faygo Movie Night in the D at Campus Martius Park closes with a Star Wars Spectacular supported by Honigman and WRCJ 90.9 FM.

The Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra presents “Star Wars & Sci-Phonic Favorites” featuring live, classical renditions of musical scores from a variety of science-fiction favorites at 7 p.m. followed by the screening of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at 8 p.m. Fans are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Star Wars character.

Summer Saturday Nights Finale at Capitol Park closes out Detroit’s hottest summer festival with Summer in the City, 7-11 p.m. This end of summer celebration will feature a summer cookout themed menu and samples of refreshing summer cocktails and craft beers. The Infatuations will be playing funk, soul and Detroit rock and roll live. Tickets are required for this event and are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, visit This event is 21+.

Sunday, August 28

Sunday Brunch at Capitol Park features Detroit’s favorite food trucks including specialty cocktails such as Bloody Marys, mimosas and tequila sunrises. Live entertainment from Kenny Watson featuring genres of R&B, jazz, alternative and classical; the alternative rock band The Redwoods from Detroit Institute of Music Education (DIME); and an interactive art opportunity with Painting with a Twist 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

2016 Summerfest
2016 Summerfest - Part 2 (8-27 & 8-28)



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