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The Detroit Winter Blast brings FREE frozen fun to downtown Detroit February 7th to 9th – here’s everything you need to know!
Need a reason to embrace the cold and get out of the house – the Detroit Winter Blast is back and better than ever! Head to Campus Martius (800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226) for winter fun, live music, ice performances by local talent and more. This family-friendly event is great for all ages.
- Friday: 5pm to 11pm
- Saturday: 11am to 11pm
- Sunday: 11am to 8pm
Thanks to Delta Dental ice skating at The Rink is FREE, if you need to rent skates it costs $5. On Friday from 4:30pm to 7pm you can watch (and even meet!) Olympic Figure Skater Meryl Davis and America’s Got Talent finalists the Detroit Youth Choir at Skating With The Stars.
Even if there’s no snow, that’s no problem! Mt. Brighton is bringing the snow hills, the gear and the trainers so you can go down a beginner-level slope!
Winter Blast will showcase live, local musicians on two stages throughout the weekend. The TCF Bank Stage located in Cadillac Lodge will feature kids programming from 11am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday. The line-up for both days is below:
- Jason Hudy: Mesmerizing Magic @ 11am
- Michigan Science Center @ 12pm + 4pm
- The Fairy Godmother of Music @ 1pm
- Detroit Circus @ 2:30pm
- Detroit School of Rock and Pop Music @ 5pm
Soar through the air and fly over the Winter Blast. Thrill-seekers (who weigh at least 30 pounds) will be lining up to experience the ultimate rush of flying 300 feet across the sky and 34 feet above the ground. It costs $10 per ride.
A 30-foot high slide will whisk riders through a pitch-black tube and quickly drop them at a steep, 40-degree angle. Children, and less adventurous types, can ride down a 30-degree drop slide that is still bound to excite. It costs $3 per ride.
Get your picture with Sonic! He’ll be at the TCF Stage in Cadillac Lodge on Saturday and Sunday at 2:00pm and 3:30pm
Buy a Marshmallow and S’more Kits that includes everything you need to roast tasty treats over the open fire puts. (Cost $3)
The Ice Garden will feature a variety of expertly crafted and lighted ice sculptures. The beautifully carved and lighted sculptures will make for festive scenery, perfect for memorable family photos. On-site ice carving demonstrations also will take place during the festival.
WHERE TO PARK
You need to know what to do with your car in the Motor City! Here are some places to park when you’re downtown.
- Z Lot // 225 Gratiot Ave
- One Campus Martius // 1188 Farmer St
- City of Detroit (underground) // 1206 Woodward Ave
- Kennedy Square // 720 Griswold St
Street Parking: Downtown Detroit has a pay by plate system for street parking. Pay with a credit card at the parking machine located on street. Download the Park Detroit app to extend your time without having to go back to your car. Parking is FREE on Sundays!
FAST Bus: The FAST bus by SMART is a great and safe way to get downtown and back if you park along the Woodward, Gratiot or Michigan Ave corridors. Kids under 6 are free.
DINING OPTIONS (near Campus Martius):
- Food Truck Rally // grab food at the festival from a food truck!
- Central Kitchen + Bar // all-American dining
- Checkers Bar // burger bar
- POP + Offworld // 80’s inspired pizza bar arcade
- Avalon Cafe + Bakery // salads, sandwiches and pizza
- Calexico // Mexican-inspired dining
- Mootz Pizzeria // All-new authentic New York pizzeria in Detroit
- Shake Shack // burgers and signature shakes
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About Carrie Budzinski
Carrie Budzinski is the Vice President of LittleGuide Detroit. She grew up in Livonia and Detroit and continues to live life in both cities. Carrie loves exploring the city and finding hidden gems in the suburbs..