SOIRÉE On the greenway, presented by citizens


6PM-10PMExperience the Dequindre Cut transformed into a mysterious night circus with entertainment and food in every corner, including: 

  • The Top Food Trucks from Harvest Fest 2022!

  • Daring performances from the Motley Misfits, a premiere circus-style performance troupe of Michigan. From contortionists to stilt walkers, our guests will be in for a thrilling evening of entertainment.

  • Royal Oak Psychic will be providing Tarot Card and Crystal Ball readings to our Soirée guests.

  • Our thrill-seeking guests can try out the Mechanical Bull 

  • We are bringing the petting zoo to the Cut with our roaming exotic animals, featuring an alpaca, a mini cow, a camel, and a wallaby. Take pictures with and pet these unique guests as they stroll around Soiree.

  • Old-style carnival games at the Cirque de Freight Yard Arcade, sponsored by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation

  • One-of-a-kind custom masks created by a local artist are provided to the first guests to arrive.


7 PM A special bizarre musical performance from the Aston Neighborhood Pleasure Club featuring the Flames N' Dames fire dancers, presented by our Entertainment Sponsors, Team Rehabilitation Physical Therapy 



To cut back on wait times, guests will be mailed their wristbands within two weeks of the event to the address provided when purchasing your ticket(s) or sponsorship. If you purchased your ticket(s) after 9/22, 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]


Guests arriving by car can park in the large lot off of Wilkins St between Orleans St & Riopelle St in Eastern Market. 

For guests biking to Soirée, complimentary bike valet will be provided by Wheelhouse Detroit




Soirée is located at the Freight Yard on the Dequindre Cut between Wilkins and Division street with the closest entrance located at Wilkins Street. 

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Dress for the evening is Festive Attire; come masked and dressed to impress! You can join us in fall cocktail attire with a simple mask or fully embrace the theme of the evening with a festive suit, cloak, and ornate mask. Early arrivals will receive hand-made masks designed by local artists. Covered seating will be available, but be prepared for an evening outdoors. We encourage our guests to wear layers if the evening calls for chilly weather and flat shoes since the event will be partially on grass and gravel.

Every year our Soirée attendees outdo themselves with ornate costumes and masquerade masks, fully embracing the excitement and pageantry of the evening, and this year we will be celebrating the creativity of our best-dressed guests with a costume contest. Attendees interested in participating can enter the contest at the event, with a chance to win a prize of $500 plus a weekend stay at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort.


Soirée on the Greenway is the only time of year new art is revealed on the Dequindre Cut Greenway. This year, local artist, Joel Grothaus, is drawing inspiration from his Anniversary letterpress print to commemorate twenty years of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy on the Cut. Signal Return’s anniversary print can be found on their website


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?


Includes entry for 1 guest, 3 meal vouchers, 3 drink vouchers, live musical entertainment, fall activities, and more! 


Includes 4 VIP tickets, unlimited access to food trucks & refreshments, access to the private VIP lounge, and souvenir masquerade masks!

What activities will there be this year?

Come one come all to the Cirque de Freight Yard. Experience unique carnival performances and activations throughout the Dequindre Cut. Look into the future using a mystical crystal ball with the guide of psychics, enjoy an interactive letterpress experience with Signal Return, and challenge your friends to see who can defeat the Mechanical Bull. Special performances include the Aston Neighborhood Pleasure Club, Flames 'N Dames fire dancers, the Motley Misfits circus troupe and more!  

Is Soirée a family-friendly event?

Soirée is a 21+ event, so it is not one of our family-friendly events on the Riverfront. However, Harvest Fest, on the same weekend, October 7th and 8th, is certainly family friendly!  If you are hoping to bring your children along to one of our upcoming fundraisers, be on the lookout for information on our summer fundraiser Shimmer on the River.  

What is the fundraiser in support of?

Soirée on the Greenway 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]