What to know about Detroit’s new entertainment center


DETROIT – Detroit’s newest entertainment hub is set to open this week in the Midtown West.

Beacon Park – a project between DTE Energy and the City of Detroit, will bring music, family activities, food and more to a primarily outdoor venue.

The park area will be located at Cass Avenue and Grand River, near the DTE Energy headquarters and the nearby MGM Casino.

Beacon Park will open to the public on Thursday, July 20, with four days of scheduled events including live music and markets.

The 1.5-acre Beacon Park will feature a restaurant and central lawn with intimate walking paths and areas to sit, relax and rejuvenate; a multipurpose space for scheduled outdoor activities; a site for performances; and areas for food truck vendors and bicycle parking.

Thanks to a grant from the DTE Energy Foundation, more than 600 events will be planned for Beacon Park in 2017 by the Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP), which expects the public space to attract one million visitors each year.

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“The name is fitting,” said DTE Energy Chairman and CEO Gerry Anderson. “From the beginning, we envisioned this public space would light up the western outskirts of downtown Detroit, becoming a beacon for development, a beacon for bringing more visitors and businesses to Detroit, and a beacon for continued progress. for a city in the midst of revitalization. We look forward to seeing young and old, Detroit residents and visitors alike, enjoy Beacon Park and all of the exciting activities and programming it will offer throughout the year.

DDP has planned a stellar lineup for opening weekend. In addition to live music throughout the weekend, each day will feature special activities, including after-work parties on Thursday and Friday, a Saturday night market with 25 unique shops, and a gospel brunch followed by classical music on Sunday.

Here’s the schedule for the opening weekend (more here):

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Thursday July 20


  • Ribbon cutting — DTE Chairman and CEO, Gerry Anderson, Mayor Mike Duggan and City Council Speaker Brenda Jones will officially open the park at the 11 a.m. celebration.

  • Large aperture The park opens to the public at noon with food trucks, live music, games and an interactive exhibition by IMPULSE du Quartier Des Spectacles.

  • Evening after work – Kick-off at 5 p.m. with Happy Hour drink specials

  • Featured Entertainment – Robert Randolph & the Family Band will mix funk, soul and rock ‘n’ roll with pedal steel guitar with Thornetta Davis opening at 8pm

friday july 21

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  • downtown games – Come Play Detroit will pit rival DTE Energy against other downtown employers in fun and active competitions, open to the public, from noon to 5 p.m.

  • beer garden – Griffin Claw craft and specialty beer, live music and games on the lawn, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Musical entertainment – American indie rock band Lord Huron headlines, 8 p.m.

Saturday July 22


  • Aptitude – To baptize the new space and create a community, a Yoga Mala, composed of 108 sun salutations, will begin in the morning. Welcome everyone ! Plus, Detroit’s premier outdoor spinning experience with a LIVE DJ and cardio workout, 9-11 a.m.

  • family day – Fun for all with games, inflatables, face painting and face painting, plus a GVSU Charter School Art Fair, performances by Matrix Theater Company, Ballet Folklorico, Moyocayani Izel, Detroit Youth Volume, Nadanta, Mosaic Youth Theater and Detroit Windsor Dance Academy, 12 p.m.-6 p.m.

  • night market – Detroit’s first-ever Night Market will feature the best in local indie music, food trucks, drinks, lawn games and shopping from up-and-coming local designers and entrepreneurs. Noon until 11 p.m.

  • Salsa, tacos and tequila – Food, drink and entertainment, featuring headliners Plena Libre with their distinctive Puerto Rican musical style, Bomba and Plena with Puerto Rican artists and cultural group, Bombarica, 8pm-11pm

Sunday July 23

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  • Aptitude – An energized morning with Detroit’s first outdoor spinning experience with a LIVE DJ, plus yoga and cardio training, 9-11am

  • Gospel Brunch – Bishop Marvin L. Sapp, Michigan’s award-winning gospel singer, will be joined by local choirs, including Gospel Truth, and dance groups, from noon to 3 p.m.

  • Classical concert – Nationally Recognized, Detroit-based Sphinx Nonet Chamber Orchestra presents an ensemble performance, 3-4 p.m.

  • Spectacular Music Film – A performance by the Michigan Philharmonic leads to a special screening of “Back to the Future” with a Car Display/Photo Opp. for guests to sit down and “time travel” in a “Back to the Future” Delorean with Doc and Marty McFly, 6-8:30 p.m.

The whole weekend


  • IMPULSE of the Quartier des Spectacles – Interactive, illuminated swings provide an audience-activated light and sound experience. Set in motion by its users, the rockers are complemented by LED lights and speakers, which increase light intensity and emit a random sound sequence.

  • Mindfield Lighting Activations – The historic facades around the park will light up after dark.

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