Shimmer on the River - Here Comes the Sun

Shimmer on the River - Here Comes the Sun

Thursday, Jun 21, 2018 - 5:30pm to 10:00pm
Event Type : Festivals

THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2018  |  DETROIT RIVERFRONT                                                

This year, Shimmer on the River is getting nostalgic for the decade of flower power, daisy chains, and far-out fun. Guests of all ages are invited for an exclusive preview of GM River Days, where they will be transported back to the 1960s with entertainment from BeatleMania Live!, retro-inspired drinks and fare from Detroit’s favorite establishments, the grooviest photo opps, and free, unlimited carnival games & rides.

For the 8th annual fundraiser, we are proud to honor Karen & Matthew Cullen’s commitment and support to our organization with the Shimmer Award as well as as a special unveiling at Rivard Plaza during the VIP Reception.

Guests are encouraged to put on their hippest threads and travel back in time to kick off summer in the most fabulous fashion. Dig it?


  • 5:30PM  VIP Reception & Special Unveiling, honoring Karen & Matthew Cullen
  • 6:30PM  Main Event featuring strolling dinner, open bar, live music, and unlimited carnival rides & games.
  • 7PM  Musical entertainment from BeatleMania Live!
  • Carnival will remain open until 10PM

Located at the Detroit Riverfront, enter at Rivard Plaza


Event Information


Questions? Contact or call 313.566.8215



Detroit Riverfront Run

Detroit Riverfront Run

Saturday, Jun 09, 2018 - 8:00am to 12:00pm
Event Type : Sports Activities

The much-anticipated Detroit Riverfront Run to support the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy will be held on June 9, 2018,  this 5K & 10K run and walk showcases the Detroit RiverWalk and Milliken State Park, and provide a healthy, fun experience for participants. Proceeds benefit the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, the stewards of Detroit’s historic and international RiverWalk and Dequindre Cut Greenway.

The Detroit Riverfront Run includes both a 5K run/walk and a 10K run. All participants will receive a performance T-shirt, a commemorative medal and a one-day admission pass to the Conservancy’s upcoming Detroit River Days festival. Early Bird Registration for the 5K run/walk is $30 per participant.  The 10K run is $40 per person. (if registered by 5/9/18) Registration will increase to $35 for the 5K and $45 for the 10K after 5/9/18) 

View 2018 Results Here

Can't make the race but still want to participate? Check out our Virtual Race option. 

How it works-

  • Step 1- Register online for the 5K or the 10K. There is an option for choosing the Virtual Run on the registration website.
  • Step 2 -  Your shirt, bib, & finisher medal will be mailed to you between June 10 - June 17. Virtual run participants not eligible for packet pick up. 
  • Step 3 -  Run your Virtual 5K or 10K  anytime/anywhere between June 1 - June 17.    (Ex. treadmill, favorite park, on the RiverWalk on a different day)

Note - Virtual Racers are not eligible for race awards and there is an additional $5 shipping and handling fee to mail your packet. 

Additonal Race info -

Winners: The top female and top male participants in each age group will receive a special award!  Award grouped by age: 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+

Parking: Free parking will be provided to all race participants at River East Garage located at 1000 Franklin Street. This garage is directly across from the race start and finish at Rivard Plaza. Parking will be available from 7am-12pm.

Race Route: 

10k Course Map

5k Course Map

Packet Pick up:  Pre race day packet pickup will be Thursday, June 7th from 12-7PM at the Run Detroit store located 441 W. Canfield, Detroit MI 48201. For parking suggestions, please view the parking map below. Packet pickup will also be available on race day at the race start and finish, Rivard Plaza, from 7:30-8:30 for the 10k and 7:30-8:50 for the 5K. 

2018 Race Photos


Detroit Touch-A-Truck

Detroit Touch-A-Truck

Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Event Type : Family/Kids

West Riverfront Park will feature some heavy-duty metal on Saturday, May 12th as the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy hosts the 4th annual Touch-a-Truck!

Touch-a-Truck is a FREE hands-on family event that will provide children with the opportunity to explore large vehicles of all types, including those used by professionals in construction, public safety, transportation, landscaping and other industries.

Children will be allowed to get behind the wheel of these vehicles and meet the people who help to build, protect, beautify and serve our community. Crafts, and games will also be part of the day’s entertainment.


Click here for an event map and event details. 

 Click here for directions to West Riverfront Park

Touch-A-Truck will take place at  West Riverfront Park, located just west of Joe Louis Arena at 1801 W. Jefferson. The new West RiverWalk, located between 8th street and Rosa Parks along Jefferson and the Detroit River’s edge, features 20 plus acres of lush greenspace, a 30-foot extra wide path, benches, security call boxes and our iconic marine railing. This location is ideal for large events or recreation activities such as fishing and biking.

  • More than 25 vehicles on display
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Free family fun
  • Get up close to large vehicles
  • Meet emergency and service personnel 

All children must be accompanied by a parent grandparent or legal guardian who will be required to sign a Release & Waiver on-site for each participating child. 


West Riverfront Park Design Competition: Public Exhibition

West Riverfront Park Design Competition: Public Exhibition

Saturday, Feb 10, 2018 - 11:00am to 8:00pm
This event occurs every day until Fri Feb 23 2018.

From February 10 - February 22nd at 1001 Woodward, we invite you to join us for the public exhibit of the West Riverfront Park Design Competition from the 4 design team finalists. These conceptual drawings will help guide the Conservancy in the redevelopment of West Riverfront.

The West Riverfront Park Design Competition was announced in June of last year, and has since drawn interest nationally and internationally from leading landscape architects and design professionals. After receiving 22 responses to the request for qualifications and shortlisting eight teams for interviews, four teams have been selected as finalists to advance to the Competition round.

The West Riverfront Park Design Competition incorporates a unique community-led design process in which the public has been encouraged to share their ideas and input all throughout the project. In addition to hosting several community meetings, the Conservancy assembled a Community Advisory Team (CAT) made up of every-day Detroiters who visited public places in world-class cities like Chicago, New York and Philadelphia so that they could report back on their experiences.  CAT members will be on hand to engage with visitors when the public gets another chance to see the renderings and models during a public exhibition from February 10- 22.  The exhibition takes place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 1001 Woodward in downtown Detroit. 

The four design firms, whose notable projects include Maggie Daley Park in Chicago, the Lurie Garden at Millennium Park, also in Chicago, the High Line in New York City and de Young Museum Gardens in San Francisco, are among the most well-respected and innovative firms in the world.  Numerous Detroit or Michigan-based firms are represented among the teams as well.  The four principal firms include:

Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN), in collaboration with Arup and Guy Nordenson and Associates. Local partners include Rossetti (Detroit), Conservation Design Forum (Grand Rapids), Building Community Value (Detroit), Salonnière (Detroit), and Mannik Smith Group (Detroit). GGN is a landscape architecture firm based in Seattle. Notable projects include the National Museum of African America History and Culture (Washington, DC) and the Lurie Garden at Millennium Park in Chicago.

Hood Design Studio (HDS), in collaboration with Diller Scofidio + Renfro, West 8, Richter, Arup, Fluidity, Ken Greenberg, Lotus Water, Altus and Culture Lab (Detroit).  HDS is based in Oakland, California. Notable projects include the de Young Museum Gardens in San Francisco and the Coastlines in Wilmington, California.

James Corner Field Operations, in collaboration with nArchitects, Sherwood Design Engineers, Milton Fearn, HR&A Advisors, Ann Zoller / Strategy Design Partners, ETM Associates and CMS Cost Management Services.  Local partners include Austell Associates (Bloomfield Hills), Detroit Collaborative Design Center (Detroit), Giffels Webster (Detroit) and AKT Peerless (Farmington). James Corner Field Operations is a landscape architecture, public realm and urban design firm based in New York City. Notable projects include the High Line in New York and South Park Plaza at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.

Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA), in collaboration with Utile and Mobility in Chain (MIC).  Local partners include LimnoTech (Ann Arbor), PEA (Detroit) and NTH Consultants (Northville).  MVVA is a landscape architecture based firm based in Brooklyn, New York. Notable projects include Brooklyn Bridge Park in Brooklyn and Maggie Daley Park in Chicago.

The site where West Riverfront Park is located was privately owned and closed to the public for nearly 100 years until the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy purchased the property and opened the park in 2014.  Since then, the park has become a popular destination for people to enjoy the outdoors and striking views of the Detroit and the Windsor skylines.  The park has also been the site of several large-scale concerts. 

A $345,000 grant from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation made the West Riverfront Park Design Competition possible.  The grant comes from the foundation’s “Livable Communities” focus area that seeks to create strong and sustainable communities by supporting parks, trails and green design. 

In addition to the support received from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation for the design competition, riverfront planning is made possible by the Michigan Department of Transportation, the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation, Fifth Third Bank, FORD/UAW, the City of Detroit, Hudson Webber Foundation, the Knight Foundation, the Kresge Foundation and the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Click here to access a gallery of design renderings 

Click here to access the #FutureParkDetroit video