SHIMMER 2019 Info & FAQ Page 

What is the schedule of the evening?

Thursday, June 20th
5:30-6:30 VIP Reception - Featuring live music, hors d’oeuvres, and the presentation of the Shimmer Award to Nettie Seabrooks.
6:30-8:30 Main Event  - Featuring music from the Four Tops, a Food Truck Rally, refreshments, all ages games and activities, and more.
8:30-10:30 Shimmer Late Night - Featuring Live Piano Karaoke, refreshments, and late-night food truck menu.

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 space for all citizens of Detroit.
The overarching goal remains in place: to develop a total of 5 ½ miles of riverfront, from the Ambassador Bridge to Gabriel Richard Park, just east of the Belle Isle Bridge connected by Riverwalk, plazas, pavilions, parks, harbors, and green spaces.


What should I wear?

Dress for the evening is cocktail attire. The event is along the Riverwalk where it may be chilly/windy, so we suggest bringing a jacket or extra layer. This year Shimmer will take place on grassy terrain, so we encourage guests to wear appropriate footwear.


Will I receive printed event tickets?

Yes, the ticket purchaser will receive ALL printed tickets in the mail within 2 weeks of the event. If you’d like your tickets held at will-call for you or one of your guests, please email us at before June 3, 2019.
*If tickets are purchased June 14, they will be left under your name at will-call.


Will tickets be available for purchase at the door?

Yes, payment by check or credit card will be accepted.


Where is Shimmer on the River 2019 taking place?

This year Shimmer is  moving to West Riverfront Park, future home to Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park, located at 1801 W. Jefferson Detroit, MI 48216.


Where can I park?

Complimentary valet will be provided for all guests. Valet drop-off will be located on W. Jefferson at 10th St. This is also the location of check-in.  


Is Shimmer a family-friendly event?

Yes! We offer entertainment and activities that are fun for all ages. If you have little ones, be sure to check out the Adventure Park, fun for the whole family, featuring a zip line, a mini carnival, inflatable obstacle courses, slides and bounce houses, putt putt golf, and more!
*Reminder: each Main Event  and VIP Reception Ticket comes with free admission for up to two children 12-and-under.


Does the VIP ticket include access to the Main Event and Shimmer Late Night?

Yes! If you are purchasing VIP Reception tickets, you will also have full access to the Main Event which starts at 6:30pm and Shimmer Late Night which starts at 8:30pm. 
*This means you will also have free admission for up to two children 12-and-under.


What activities will there be this year?

⬝ Live Piano Karaoke by Sid Gold’s Request Room
⬝ Live screen printing
⬝ Interactive letterpress printing with Signal Return
⬝ Photobooth with retro-inspired costume closet and props
⬝ Pedicab rides up and down the riverwalk
⬝ Kid’s Corner and Adventure Park


What do I need to know about Live Piano Karaoke?

At Shimmer 2019, we are giving our guests a chance to enjoy two-and-a-half minutes of fame during our Live Piano Karaoke.  Take the stage and sing your favorite song, from Motown to rock to pop to punk, backed by a live pianist. This unique experience will be hosted by Sid Gold’s Request Room, a contemporary take on the classic piano bar opening this spring at the Siren Hotel.


Guests will sign up for a karaoke time slot during the event at the Live Piano Karaoke Stage on a first-come first-served basis.
Live Piano Karaoke will run from 8:30-10:30pm during Shimmer.
Check out Zagat's Tips for Singing Live on Karaoke Night and Sid Gold's Instagram to learn more about this unique experience.

What is included in the strolling dinner?

Shimmer 2019 will feature a preview of the River Days Food Truck Rally, giving guests unlimited access to over a dozen mobile restaurants as well as summer refreshments.
Click here for more information on who will be there!


If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us by phone or email:

Phone : 313.566.8215


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