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Top 10 Things To Do at Detroit River Days

Pretty little girl in green windbreaker and her elder sister riding on carousel while their cheerful parents standing behind them and posing for photography

Get Ready For Family Fun and Festivities at GM River Days!

GM River Days presented by the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, returns June 22-24, 2018.  This one of a kind festival  takes place along the Detroit Riverfront and includes activities on land and water.  Experience all the Riverfront has to offer, from the jet-ski demos to live music, sand sculptures, delicious eats and much more!


Here are the 10 things you don’t want to miss, including a giveaway for 4 passes and carnival wristbands:



Flagstar Bank Kids Zone at Rivard Plaza (by the carousel) offers family fun from 11am to 8pm each day. Kids will love the monster mural, craft stations, sand art, face painting and a series of live stage events including magic shows, puppet shows and themed fun brought to you by the Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan Science Center and the Detroit Children’s Museum.


Learn how to fish, fire, and climb with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Stop by Milliken State Park for exciting outdoor adventures.


Take to the water and go for a ride on the Tall Ship Appledore and Diamond Jack River Boat Tours.


See the city from new heights and go zip-lining on the Riverfront (at St.Antoine and Beaubien) – ride for $15 and two for $25.


Walk the riverfront and see how many unique performers you can find. From living statues to cultural dancers and circus performers the Riverwalk

Buskers will capture the interest of kids of all ages.


Go for a spin on the ferris wheel and have some good old fashion fun at the carnival.


Get inspired, stop by the Sand Sculptures and find ideas for your own summer sand castles.


The Detroit River turns into a stage for the USA Jet-Ski Freestyle Champions. All weekend long, pilots will preform air jumps, backflips, corkscrew spins and underwater dives for the crowds along the riverfront.


Watch the Tuskegee Airmen pilots preform a thrilling aerial show with gravity defying maneuvers and stunts. Catch the show at 1pm on Friday and at 3:30pm on Saturday and Sunday.


Have a dance party! From reggae to R&B and timeless Rock and Roll, introduce your littles to a variety of music at one of four stages along the Riverfront.


BONUS: Make it a long weekend and close out the Riverfront fun with the Ford Fireworks display on Monday, June 25th.


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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..

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