For seven years, River Days has served as the official kickoff to summer for many Metro Detroiters. In 2013, GM River Days presented by Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort drew 150,000 people to the shores along the Detroit River for a family-friendly three-day weekend of music, activities, food and fun.
Forty national and local musical acts, including headline acts The Guess Who, the O’Jays and George Clinton and the P-Funk All Stars, offered a wide variety of music for all tastes. The festival also featured our returning Kids Zone which featured live theatre, music, face painting and arts and crafts, outdoor activities from the Michigan DNR more than 25 rides and games along our midway, a Taste of Detroit food court, buskers/traveling entertainers, a Friday night bike night and several water-related activities, including popular tours on the U.S. Coast Guard cutter, the one-of-a-kind Tall Ship, Appledore IV, rides on the Diamond Jack River Boat tours and live jet ski demonstrations.
In its second year, the Detroit River ArtScape competition held during River Days featured more than 25 pieces of large-scaled art displayed outdoors along the RiverWalk between River Plaza and GM Plaza with artists from around the region competing for cash prizes and working in such media as sculpture, glass, paint and photography. Winners were judged by a juried panel, while a People’s Choice winner was awarded to the artist who received the most on-line votes by event visitors.
Dates for the 2014 River Days event are June 20-22. Visit the websites for River Days and ArtScape below.