5-6PM  VIP Reception 

6-9PM  Main Event 

Featuring a Riverfront Boardwalk filled with summer activities, a family-friendly Adventure Park, a lineup of Detroit’s favorite food trucks, riverfront themed prizes, a performance from the Shadows of the 60s, and more!  



To cut back on wait times, guests will be mailed their wristbands to use as entry to the event. These will arrive within two weeks of the event to the mailing address used when purchasing tickets. If you purchased your ticket(s) after 5/27, 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


There will be free self-parking for guests at the Chene Lot located at the intersection of Chene Street and Atwater Street, entering off of Chene. The parking lot is located across the street from Robert C. Valade Park, where Shimmer will be taking place.



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


Dress for the evening is cocktail attire. The event is rain or shine, so 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 from the Shadows of the 60s, and activities for all ages at the Adventure Park and Riverfront Boardwalk. Tickets also include free admission for up to two children twelve-and-under.

VIP Tickets include all Main Event benefits as well as access to the exclusive VIP Reception.


What activities will there be this year?

Find tons of fun for all ages at our activity spaces! This year Shimmer on the River features an Adventure Park sponsored by Delta Dental of Michigan, a Riverfront Boardwalk, and a Kids Beach Dance and Karaoke Party sponsored by Piston Group. At the Adventure Park, you can explore a rock wall, an inflatable obstacle course, a giant dart board, skee ball, and more! On the Boardwalk, you can play carnival games, pose for a commemorative 360 photo opp, make your own friendship bracelets, and find other boardwalk inspired activities. The evening of Shimmer, a giant chess board will be unveiled at Valade Park with members of the Wise Guys Chess Club on-hand to help teach or coach guests. With lawn games, musical entertainment, and s’mores, there is something for everyone! 


Is Shimmer a family-friendly event?

Yes! Entertainment and activities will be fun for all ages. Each event ticket comes with free admission for up to two children twelve-and-under, so be sure to bring them along for an evening of celebration!


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. 


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