5-6PM  VIP Reception 
Featuring live music, appetizers & refreshments, and the Shimmer Award Ceremony honoring  Larry McLaughlin & Evelyn Johnston.

6-9PM  Main Event 
Featuring live music from The Spinners, a Food Truck Rally, Adventure Park, refreshments, all ages games and activities, and more!



To cut back on wait-times and minimize contact, guests will be mailed their wristbands to access the event in early September to the address provided when purchasing your ticket(s). If you purchased your ticket(s) after 8/30, 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


Complimentary valet will be provided for all guests. Valet drop-off will be located at Rosa Parks Blvd and W Jefferson Ave.


Shimmer on the River is located at West Riverfront Park, future home to Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park, 1801 W. Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48216. Guests will enter the event at W Jefferson and Rosa Parks.


Dress for the evening is cocktail attire.


The health and safety of our guests, volunteers, and staff is a top priority, and appropriate measures will be in place to ensure a safe and enjoyable event. Masks will be required for all unvaccinated guests and strongly recommended for all attendees while inside the tented areas and on any rides and bounce houses. Guests are asked to physical distance, keeping 6 ft away from anyone who is outside of their household and to avoid crowding. Increase cleaning and other safety measures will be in place. Safety protocols are subject to change based on current local Covid-19 transmission rates. Click here for more information. 


What is included with my ticket?

Main Event Tickets include unlimited access to Detroit’s top food trucks, refreshments, live entertainment, giveaways, all ages games & activities at the Adventure Park, 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?

The Adventure Park, sponsored by Delta Dental of Michigan, will have activities for adults and kids alike. In addition to the zip line that will provide attendees with the chance to soar 300 feet across the sky for an unbeatable view of the scenic Detroit River, the Adventure Park features an inflatable obstacle course, bounce houses, a giant slide, axe throwing, mini golf and more! The event will also feature an interactive letterpress experience with Signal Return, photo opps, Best Riverwalk giveaways, and a cigar lounge.


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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