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We welcome you to enjoy the Downtown Detroit Parks — Campus Martius Park, Cadillac Square, Capitol Park, Grand Circus Park and Paradise Valley's Beatrice Buck Park — as we host a wide array of lively and culturally diverse programs and activations each year. Join us in "The Parks"!

• For a detailed list of programs, see the 2016 Summer in the Parks Brochure
• For a snapshot of the summer schedule, see the 2016 Summer in the Parks Calendar.

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Weather permitting. Events are subject to change
July 28 2016
5:30 PM
Mix & Mingle Presented by Channel 955

CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK BEACH
THURSDAYS, 5:30 -8:30 p.m.
Come socialize and relax with iHeartMedia’s Boji at a weekly Downtown happy hour featuring delicious food and drink specialties each Thursday.

July 28 2016
6:00 PM
PARADISE VALLEY'S BEATRICE BUCK PARK
Shane McKeever

6-8 P.M.

Shane McKeever was born in Detroit, Michigan on July 30, 1991. At the age of four, he began studying piano under the direction of Mrs. Nanette Sonneman where he studied the lives of classical pianists such as Beethoven, Handel, Lizst,and Chopin. It was also under Sonneman's direction that Shane not only performed piano in recitals and studied the lives of countless composers, but also composed his first two songs. After three years with Mrs. Soneman, Shane began studying with his school music teacher Mr. Gervacio Brondial. It was under his strict tutelage that Shane learned discipline and technique.

At age 10, Shane began taking flute lessons at the Music Center Conservatory (now Music Authority),founded by Ms. Lana Gore, and organ lessons under the direction of organist Mr. Kenneth Bruenger. It was at the Music Center Shane met and began studying with Ms. Gore's protégé Mr. Pavel Vasilev. Under Mr. Vasilev's direction, Shane has performed the music of the likes of Chopin, Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, and others. Vasilev began entering him into the annual American Guild of Music Regional Competition where he has won numerous awards.

In 2005, after studying classical music for nine years, Shane was introduced to jazz under the influence of bassist Trent Mitchell, and jazz organist Chris Codish. That summer, he enrolled in the Arts League of Michigan Jazz Camp, which was headed up by the Michigan State Professors of Jazz. It was here that he met and studied with jazz pianist Rick Roe. From that summer on, Shane fell in love with jazz music and never looked back. Shane has gone on to play in his high school jazz band, the Detroit School of Arts Jazz Ensemble. In his school jazz band, he has been able to perform in Atlanta, and also take part in a high school play adaptation of Dreamgirls. In July of 2007, Shane was accepted into the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Civic Youth Ensemble. In 2008, Shane began participating Rebirth Community Jazz Band,studying with pianist Pamela Wise, and saxophonist Wendell Harrison. Shane now attends music at Wayne State University studying under jazz vibraphonist and pianist, Robert Pipho.

Shane McKeever has been blessed to meet and play with some of Detroit's premiere musicians such as Wendell Harrison, Marcus Belgrave, Rodney Whittaker, and many others. Shane is now proud to present his crowning achievement of fourteen years of dedication to the art of music, the release of his first CD, Finding My Way. Look for more to come from this aspiring young talent.

July 28 2016
6:30 PM
CADILLAC SQUARE
Strength & Cardio Bootcamp

THURSDAY, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Don’t miss the Healthy Moves program at the Strength & Cardio Boot Camp with Bedrock Wellness Center, as participants work up a sweat and build muscle.

part of HEALTHY MOVES
July 28 2016
7:00 PM
GRAND CIRCUS PARK
Violin Divas

Formed in 2005 by violinist Michelle May, the Violin Divas are an all-woman group of professional and recreational string players.

part of RHYTHM & STAGE
July 28 2016
7:30 PM
GRAND CIRCUS PARK
Michigan Opera Theatre “Opera in the Park”

7:30 P.M.

Michigan Opera Theatre (MOT), the State of Michigan’s premiere opera company, which, through its commitment to producing and presenting the very best professional productions of opera, dance, musical theater, and arts education programming, serves as a statewide cultural resource.  The vision of Founder and Artistic Director Dr. David DiChiera, and led by President and Chief Executive Officer Wayne S. Brown,  MOT offers an essential, vibrant contribution to the quality of life for Detroit area residents and to communities throughout the region.  This dynamic cultural resource exemplifies artistic excellence.  Since its founding in 1971, MOT has offered southeast Michigan the finest arts and cultural performances, concerts, education, and  entertainment.  By presenting culturally significant productions relative to the diverse populace of the region, such as “Porgy and Bess,” “Anoush,” “King Roger,” “Dead Man Walking” and the world premiere production of “Margaret Garner,” MOT has brought the magic of live theatre to thousands of people.

part of RHYTHM & STAGE
July 29 2016
9:00 AM
CADILLAC SQUARE
QUICKEN LOANS SPORTS ZONE

DAILY, 9 A.M. - 9 P.M.

Detroiters of all ages and abilities can join in the fun at the FREE Quicken Loans Sports Zone this summer, featuring four outdoor basketball half-courts, painted with artistry led by local artist Jesse Kassel and a sand volleyball court.

Downtown employees, residents and visitors from across the city and region are invited to play a pick-up volleyball or basketball game, join a Monday night volleyball league organized by Come Play Detroit starting May 23, or participate in one of the three organized basketball events: 

Summer ’16 Series Challenges
Nightly events include 3 on 3 Challenges, 3-Point Shooting Challenges, King of the Court, H-O-R-S-E and Sevens. On weekdays, come to the Sports Zone ready to play at 6 p.m. 

Lunchtime Lightning
Recess-style classic shooting game where participants are arranged one behind the other, with the goal of the second player making a basket before the first player does. The last player standing wins. Visit the Sports Zone on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. to play.

Fundamental Camps
On Saturdays, the Sports Zone hosts Fundamental Camps for kids, ages 8-13. Instructors focus on basic skills and drills for youth to learn and improve their game. Fundamental Camps begin the first week of June.

Please visit http://www.detroitsportszone.org/ for further details about Sports Zone events and signup.

July 29 2016
11:00 AM
CADILLAC SQUARE
FARMERS MARKET FRIDAYS

11 A.M. - 2 P.M.
Shop a great selection of fresh produce and cottage foods from an array of local growers.

part of FARMERS' MARKET
July 29 2016
11:00 AM
CADILLAC SQUARE
DOWNTOWN STREET EATS

Monday - Friday
11 A.M. - 2 P.M.

Downtown Street Eats boasts a revolving choice of great lunchtime food choices from your favorite food trucks and a variety of local restaurants and start-ups.

This week's lineup: Buffy's Mexi-Casian • MacShack • The Pita Post • Stockyard • Jerry's Grill • Amicci's Pizza

July 29 2016
12:00 PM
CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK
J.C. Heard Jazz Week @ Wayne Jazz Combos

J.C. Heard Jazz Week combines the artistic and educational forces of three jazz entities, the Wayne State University Department of Music, the Detroit Jazz Festival and the J.C. Heard Legacy. The program nurtures students with a time-tested curriculum that blends formal academic discipline with the historic models of the Street-School.

July 29 2016
12:00 PM
CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK
ART & ARCHITECTURE WALKING TOUR

Detroit is a city rich in history, grand buildings and vibrant art surrounding public places. Walk with Detroit Experience Factory through the downtown area as we explore some of the great contributions of prolific architects and emerging artists.

On this one-hour tour, you will travel through The Belt, step inside One Campus Martius, wave to the Spirit of Detroit and end at the PureDetroit shop inside the grandeur of the majestic Guardian Building.

The start location for this tour will be in Campus Martius Park next to the fountain, on the side facing Cadillac Square. Please see the red X on this map. Also, your tour guide will be holding a blue umbrella to help you find the group! If you arrive early at the DXF Welcome Center (a 5-minute walk away), we will happily guide you to the start location in the park.

Visit detroitexperiencefactory.org for more information.

part of HEALTHY MOVES
July 29 2016
12:00 PM
CADILLAC SQUARE
Carly Bins

NOON - 2 P.M.

The current Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair star, Carly Bins is a 16-year-old metro Detroit singer-songwriter known for her striking appearance and powerful vocals. Her debut EP – “3 A.M.” – was released March 22, 2016.

July 29 2016
12:00 PM
CADILLAC SQUARE
Outdoor Games

MONDAY - FRIDAY, NOON - 7 P.M.
SATURDAYS, NOON - 4 P.M.

Enjoy a day in the park with a few fun games that everyone can play! Table tennis, bocce ball, bean bag toss, washer toss, chess, backgammon, checkers, and more.

part of OUTDOOR GAMES
July 29 2016
5:30 PM
THE BEACH @ CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK
THE FLEX CREW

The Flex Crew has redefined Reggae music. The seven members of The Flex Crew hail from a variety of musical backgrounds, resulting in a versatile and high energy band with a genius array of musical styles. Nowhere else will you hear a comparable mix of Funk, Rhythm and Blues, Soul, Hip Hop and Reggae’s Lover’s Rock, Roots and Dancehall styles.

July 30 2016
9:00 AM
CADILLAC SQUARE
QUICKEN LOANS SPORTS ZONE

DAILY, 9 A.M. - 9 P.M.

Detroiters of all ages and abilities can join in the fun at the FREE Quicken Loans Sports Zone this summer, featuring four outdoor basketball half-courts, painted with artistry led by local artist Jesse Kassel and a sand volleyball court.

Downtown employees, residents and visitors from across the city and region are invited to play a pick-up volleyball or basketball game, join a Monday night volleyball league organized by Come Play Detroit starting May 23, or participate in one of the three organized basketball events: 

Summer ’16 Series Challenges
Nightly events include 3 on 3 Challenges, 3-Point Shooting Challenges, King of the Court, H-O-R-S-E and Sevens. On weekdays, come to the Sports Zone ready to play at 6 p.m. 

Lunchtime Lightning
Recess-style classic shooting game where participants are arranged one behind the other, with the goal of the second player making a basket before the first player does. The last player standing wins. Visit the Sports Zone on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. to play.

Fundamental Camps
On Saturdays, the Sports Zone hosts Fundamental Camps for kids, ages 8-13. Instructors focus on basic skills and drills for youth to learn and improve their game. Fundamental Camps begin the first week of June.

Please visit http://www.detroitsportszone.org/ for further details about Sports Zone events and signup.

July 30 2016
9:30 AM
CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK
Yoga - Boll Family YMCA

SATURDAYS
9:30 - 10:15 A.M.

part of HEALTHY MOVES
July 30 2016
10:30 AM
CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK
BEACH BODY WORKOUTS WITH WHITNEY HARRISON

10:30 - 11:15 A.M.
THE BEACH @ CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK

Certified Fitness professional, Nike Detroit employee, and Detroit Native. 

part of HEALTHY MOVES
July 30 2016
12:00 PM
CADILLAC SQUARE
Outdoor Games

MONDAY - FRIDAY, NOON - 7 P.M.
SATURDAYS, NOON - 4 P.M.

Enjoy a day in the park with a few fun games that everyone can play! Table tennis, bocce ball, bean bag toss, washer toss, chess, backgammon, checkers, and more.

part of OUTDOOR GAMES
July 30 2016
2:00 PM
CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK
BEST OF DOWNTOWN WALKING TOUR

Billions of dollars in development have happened along the Woodward Corridor in recent years and Downtown is at the epicenter of it all. On this tour you’ll see all the major developments as well as unique shops, one-of-a-kind restaurants and recently renovated residential options. You’ll also see some of Detroit’s great historical spots and its world renowned architecture. Depending on the tour, the group will either walk for the entirety or utilize the People Mover, so please dress accordingly.
 
Highlights include:
• Campus Martius Park
• Guardian Building
• Theater District
• Second Baptist Church/Greektown
• The New Paradise Valley District
• Recent Developments
 
Tour begins promptly at 2pm. The start location for this tour will be in Campus Martius Park next to the fountain, on the side facing Cadillac Square. Please see the red X on this map. Also, your tour guide will be holding a blue umbrella to help you find the group! Please allow yourself a sufficient amount of time to find parking and arrive at the location. If you arrive early at the DXF Welcome Center (a 5-minute walk away), we will happily guide you to the start location in the park. Visit detroitexperiencefactory.org for more information.

part of HEALTHY MOVES
July 30 2016
8:00 PM
THE MARTIAN

Tonight's film: The Martian

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring "the Martian" home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney's safe return. Based on a best-selling novel, and helmed by master director Ridley Scott, THE MARTIAN features a star studded cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover. (C) Fox 

July 31 2016
9:00 AM
CADILLAC SQUARE
QUICKEN LOANS SPORTS ZONE

DAILY, 9 A.M. - 9 P.M.

Detroiters of all ages and abilities can join in the fun at the FREE Quicken Loans Sports Zone this summer, featuring four outdoor basketball half-courts, painted with artistry led by local artist Jesse Kassel and a sand volleyball court.

Downtown employees, residents and visitors from across the city and region are invited to play a pick-up volleyball or basketball game, join a Monday night volleyball league organized by Come Play Detroit starting May 23, or participate in one of the three organized basketball events: 

Summer ’16 Series Challenges
Nightly events include 3 on 3 Challenges, 3-Point Shooting Challenges, King of the Court, H-O-R-S-E and Sevens. On weekdays, come to the Sports Zone ready to play at 6 p.m. 

Lunchtime Lightning
Recess-style classic shooting game where participants are arranged one behind the other, with the goal of the second player making a basket before the first player does. The last player standing wins. Visit the Sports Zone on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. to play.

Fundamental Camps
On Saturdays, the Sports Zone hosts Fundamental Camps for kids, ages 8-13. Instructors focus on basic skills and drills for youth to learn and improve their game. Fundamental Camps begin the first week of June.

Please visit http://www.detroitsportszone.org/ for further details about Sports Zone events and signup.