5-6PM  VIP Reception 

Featuring live music, appetizers & refreshments, and the Shimmer Award Ceremony honoring the Hudson Family and Pamela Rodgers.

6-9PM  Main Event 

Featuring live music from Alise King, a Riverfront Boardwalk filled with summer activities, a family-friendly Adventure Park, a Sunset Boat Tour, a lineup of Detroit’s favorite food trucks, refreshments, giveaways, and more! 

8-9PM Sunset Boat Cruise 

End the night with an unforgettable sunset cruise from our friends at Diamond Jack’s River Tours. Available to the first 150 guests.



To cut back on wait times, guests will be mailed their wristbands to access the event in early June to the address provided when purchasing your ticket(s). If you purchased your ticket(s) after 6/13, your wristbands will be under your name at Will Call. If you would like to make alternate arrangements for your wristbands, please contact us at [email protected]


Complimentary valet will be provided for all guests. Valet drop-off will be located on Atwater between Chene and Jos Campau.


Shimmer on the River is located at Robert C. Valade Park 2670 Atwater St, Detroit, MI 48207. 


Dress for the evening is cocktail attire. Be sure to dress for an evening outdoors.


The health and safety of our guests, volunteers, and staff is our top priority. Please stay home if you are feeling sick or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. Guests are encouraged to wash or sanitize their hands frequently and to respect the comfort levels of those around them while at the event.


What is included with my ticket?

Main Event Tickets include unlimited access to Detroit’s top food trucks, refreshments, live entertainment, giveaways, games & activities for all ages at the Adventure Park and Riverfront Boardwalk, and free admission for up to two children 12-and-under.

VIP Tickets include all Main Event benefits as well as access to the exclusive VIP Reception and Shimmer Award presentation.


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. 


What activities will there be this year?

Find tons of fun for all ages at our activity spaces! This year Shimmer on the River is featuring an Adventure Park, sponsored by Delta Dental of Michigan, a Riverfront Board Walk,  sponsored by Arn & Nancy Tellem, and a Sunset Cruise, sponsored by Diamond Jack River Tours. At The Adventure Park, you can explore a rock wall, an inflatable obstacle course, connect four, inflatable axe throwing, skee ball, and more! On the Boardwalk you can enjoy an interactive letterpress experience presented by Signal Return, custom air-brushed hats from Aired Out Customs, face painting, sand art activities, a souvenir beach gift shop,  boardwalk buskers, roller skater performers, and commemorative photo opp. Sunset Cruise will begin at 8PM lasting about an hour long, 150 Shimmer guests will be able to enjoy a relaxing picturesque cruise along the Detroit River.


What is the fundraiser in support of?

Shimmer on the River raises essential funds to support the ongoing maintenance and operations that keep the Detroit Riverfront a safe, clean, and beautiful oasis for all citizens of Detroit. 


Questions? Contact us at [email protected]