Holding an Event on the Riverfront

Thank you for your interest in hosting an event along the beautiful Detroit riverfront. Weddings, private events (non-conservancy sponsored) and rentals are not permitted at any of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy managed parks and public spaces including but not limited to - Valade Park, Cullen Plaza, Gabriel Richard Park, Mt. Elliott Park, and Dequindre Cut.

We are no longer taking applications for Public Programming partnerships and walks/runs/events to be held in 2022. A new application will be available in early fall of 2022 for those wanting to plan 2023 events. The deadline to submit an application for a 2023 event will be December 1, 2022. 

The Detroit Rivefront Conservancy is a non-profit organization that relies on public-private funding to operate and maintain the RiverWalk and its associated green spaces (“Conservancy Grounds”). All events are subject to approval by the Conservancy. Upon approval, a deposit, the certificate of insurance and hold harmless agreement are required (see attached) in order to secure your date.

Events must be either walks/runs or open to the public, we do not permit weddings or private event rentals. Applications must be submitted between January 1 and November 1 the year before the event will be held. 

Individuals submitting applications will be notified in December if the event is approved or denied.  This policy allows the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy to plan its annual calendar prior to the start of the New Year.  To be fair to all organizations interested in hosting an event along the riverfront, the Conservancy does not accept multiple-year applications.  Please note that the month of June and the first two weeks of September have been reserved for Conservancy-hosted events and programming.

For requests that also utilize Milliken State Park, a separate application form must be filled out.

Weddings, private events, or gatherings of more than 50 people are not permitted on the Detroit Riverwalk.

Valade Park is not available for rentals, and use of the community grill area is first come first serve, you may not hold tables. There is no outside alcohol allowed at Valade Park, or on the Detroit Riverwalk.

Starting a club or group on the riverfront

The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy is committed to presenting an active and engaging riverfront and Dequindre Cut to the public. As part of this commitment, the Conservancy is proud to present a full calendar of events - both large and small - for you to enjoy.

If you are interested in starting a club or group along the riverfront, or would like more information about programming opportunities, please send a detailed proposal to [email protected]. Our programming schedule is set in the fall of the year before an event or program will be held and all requests for next year will be evaluated in late fall.

For information about current programming, visit the Things to Do portion of our website.