What is the schedule of the evening?

5:30PM  VIP Reception & Special Unveiling at Rivard Plaza, Honoring Karen & Matthew Cullen
Featuring retro cocktails, tastes of Detroit, and a live performance from Persuasion

6:30PM  Main Event at GM River Days Carnival
Featuring a strolling dinner, open bar, live music, and free, unlimited carnival rides & games

7PM  Musical entertainment from BeatleMania Live!
With an opening performance from Larry Lee and the Back in the Day Band

Carnival Rides & Games will be open until 10PM


Where can I park?

Complimentary valet will be provided for all guests, as well as an option to self-park. Valet drop-off will be located at the corner of Rivard St and Atwater St. 

Guests can self-park in River East Garage, located at 1000 Franklin Street, Detroit, MI 48207, enter from Rivard St. 

Where do I check-in and enter the event?

Shimmer check-in and entrance is located at Rivard Plaza, 1340 Atwater St, Detroit, MI 48207. 

Is Shimmer a family-friendly event?

Yes! Entertainment and activities for the evening will be fun for all ages, and don't forget each event ticket comes with free admission for up to two children 12-and-under. 

Does the VIP ticket include access to the Main Event?

Yes! If you are purchasing VIP Reception tickets, you will also have full access to the Main Event, which starts at 6:30pm. 

What should I wear?

Dress for the evening is cocktail attire / '60s chic. 


What activities will there be this year?

  • Everyone's favorite carnival rides, including the State Fair Fun Slide, Ferris Wheel, Rio Grande Train, Tilt-A-Wheel, Monster Truck Ride, Toon Town, Screamer, and More!

  • Free, live, custom screen printed t-shirts & totes

  • Mod and floral face painting for all ages

  • Personal pedicab rides along the RiverWalk from Motor City Pedicab

  • Floral-covered pedicab photo-opps and decor, designed by Pot & Box

  • Jet-ski performers, carnival buskers, & ‘60s-inspired sand sculptures


What is included in the strolling dinner?

  • Local and fresh Michigan flavors from Coriander Kitchen & Farm

  • BBQ from Famous Dave’s

  • Gourmet sandwiches and desserts from Soaring Eagle

  • Hand Dipped ice cream and hot fudge sundaes from Besties Frozen Treats

  • Open bar, featuring beer, wine, and retro cocktails and mocktails

  • And carnival staples, including burgers, hot dogs, cotton candy, and more


I purchased multiple tickets, where do I submit my guests' names?

Please email your guests’ names to events@detroitriverfront.org


Will I receive printed event tickets?

Printed tickets will not be provided for Shimmer 2018. If you purchased tickets, your name or organization will be on our guest list at check-in. 


Will tickets be available for purchase at the door?

Yes! Tickets can be purchased by credit card or check at the Rivard Plaza entrance.


What is the fundraiser in support of?

Shimmer on the River raises funds to support the ongoing maintenance and operations that keep the Detroit Riverfront a safe, clean, and beautiful oasis for all citizens of Detroit. We are excited to share that every sponsorship and ticket purchased this year will also assist in bringing families from our local non-profit partners, Black Family Development Inc, to attend the fabulous event. 

I’d love to learn more about Karen and Matt Cullen’s support of the DRFC.

The Conservancy is thrilled to honor Karen & Matthew Cullen with the 2018 Shimmer Award. Matt, who serves as the Conservancy’s founding chairman, principal of Rock Ventures, and CEO of Jack Entertainment, with his wife Karen, have been instrumental in transforming the Detroit Riverfront. They played a pivotal role in bringing the vision for public spaces along the riverfront to life by banding together with fellow philanthropist to establish the Conservancy in 2003. Matt and Karen have fiercely advocated on behalf of the organization, giving endless time and energy to securing the funding that has made life-changing transformations on the East Riverfront possible. They remain our strongest allies as we charge west to complete the 5.5-mile, bridge-to-bridge riverfront vision, which the Cullens set into motion 15 years ago.


If your questions were not answered above, please call 313.566.8215 or email events@detroitriverfront.org