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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
August 27 2016
8:00 AM
GRAND CIRCUS PARK
Sista Strut

8 A.M.

The 19th annual Breast Cancer Walk, Sista Strut presented by MIX 92.3 with support from iHeartMedia Detroit and the American Cancer Society, gets underway at Grand Circus Park.

part of Enjoy The Parks
August 27 2016
9:00 AM
CADILLAC SQUARE
QUICKEN LOANS SPORTS ZONE

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.

August 27 2016
12:00 PM
CADILLAC SQUARE
Outdoor Games

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
August 27 2016
12:00 PM
CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK
Grand Valley chARTer Gallery

Chartered by Grand Valley State University Detroit Center

12 - 7 P.M.

The GVSU chARTer Gallery will feature about 500 pieces of art specifically created by students who attend a Grand Valley State University charter school. The students displaying their work will represent 9 different charter schools located in metro Detroit. The students also represent a wide range of grade levels, spanning from kindergarten to high school upperclassmen, many of whom worked for multiple months creating their masterpiece. Their submissions will showcase a variety of mediums and artistic styles.

Grand Valley State University has been committed to the growth of Detroit since it opened its first charter school in the city in 2000. GVSU fully solidified its presence in Detroit in 2013 with the opening of the GVSU Detroit Center, located next to the D.A.C. and Comerica Park. The GVSU Detroit Center serves as a hub designed to house teachers and students looking to meet, work, and learn outside of their school. The GVSU chARTer Gallery is the first time the university will be represented in this celebration of art, but it also marks another step forward in GVSU’s mission to be an active entity in the continued growth of the Detroit community.

part of Enjoy The Parks
August 27 2016
12:00 PM
CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK
Stencil Spray Art

NOON - 8 P.M.

part of Enjoy The Parks
August 27 2016
12:00 PM
CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK
Creation Station

NOON - 7 P.M.

part of Enjoy The Parks
August 27 2016
12:00 PM
CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK
Face Painting

NOON - 3 P.M.
4 - 7 P.M.

part of Enjoy The Parks
August 27 2016
12:30 PM
CAMPUS MARTIUS
Model Magic Dino Sculptures with Abrakadoodle

12:30 - 3:30 P.M.

Abrakadoodle is all about creativity for kids, which since it was founded in 2002, has delivered the very best in visual arts classes for kids, summer art camps, holiday art camps, art parties and art events to more than one-million children in schools, community sites and Abrakadoodle art studios for kids around the world! Abrakadoodle brings art onsite to kids in schools and community sites through our mobile art program. Well-trained teachers help inspire kids to immerse in learning and creating art – sometimes getting messy but always having a blast! Their expansive art lesson plans are unrivaled, exceeding national standards for visual arts education.

Abrakadoodle believes in hands-on, active discovery and exploration in art classes for kids. This encourages a love of art, learning and innovation! Abrakadoodle embraces “process art”, which simply means that kids learn best as they explore art materials and the creative process of taking ideas from within and bringing them into existence. 

part of Kidz Show
August 27 2016
1:00 PM
CAMPUS MARTIUS MAIN STAGE
Mammoth Follies

Presented by Hudson Vagabond Puppets
Stage Show, 1 P.M.

Mammoth Follies explores the wonders of evolution in an old-fashioned revue of original songs, witty jokes, and earth-smashing dances performed by giant dinosaur puppets. This program dramatizes historic and scientific facts (as well as some myths) about the great age of the dinosaur. Enormous puppets populate the stage, including your host Willie Mammoth, Smiley the Saber-Toothed Tiger, Bessie the lovable 27-foot long Apatosaurus, Tony and Trixie Triceratops, Terry the Pterodactyl, and the 11-foot tall T. Rex in a musical trip through pre-history.

part of Kidz Show
August 27 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
August 27 2016
2:30 PM
GRAND CIRCUS PARK
DOG PARTY AND PARADE

2:30 - 4 P.M.
Come out and enjoy barks and talks with Detroit’s dog community at our dog social, followed by a quick parade around the eastern side of the park to show off those paws. Once we return, we’ll close the afternoon with a party to celebrate!

Dog Social - 2:30-3:00 p.m.
Dog Parade - 3:00-3:30 p.m.
Dog Party - 3:30-4:00 p.m.  

part of DOG PARK
August 27 2016
3:00 PM
CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK
T'AI CHI WITH THE GREAT LAKES TAIJI ASSOCIATION

3 - 4 P.M.

The Great lakes Taiji Association helps to promote, teach and inform the public about the cultural, health, and exercise benefits of Taiji practice, including sponsoring classes, performances, and news information. The GLTA members will demonstrate, and give short lessons,and information, about the many styles and local clubs for learning Taiji.

part of HEALTHY MOVES
August 27 2016
4:00 PM
CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK
Hands-On Science

The Michigan Science Center will be providing exciting activities to get you in the mood for our evenings festivities of the Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra's presentation of "Sci-Phonic" and Faygo Movies in the 'D' "Star Wars: The Force Awakens".Try your hand at one or both of these activities... Free and fun for all ages.

·         Alka Seltzer Rockets – create unique wings, nosecones and bodies for your rockets powered by a simple chemical reaction.

·         Gravity Well – Experiment with gravity and learn how objects orbit one another within our solar system.

Located in Midtown, Detroit, the mission of the Michigan Science Center is to inspire curious minds of all ages to discover, explore and appreciate science, technology, engineering and math in a creative, dynamic learning environment.

part of Enjoy The Parks
August 27 2016
5:00 PM
Youth Ensembles and Professional Dance Companies

5 - 6 P.M.
Presented by Detroit Dance City Festival and ArtLabJ Y

part of Enjoy The Parks
August 27 2016
6:30 PM
CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK
STAR WARS SPECTACULAR! Star Wars & Sci-Phonic Favorites - The Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra

Supported by Honigman and WRCJ 90.9 FM
6:30 P.M.

Michigan Philharmonic will take Campus Martius Park to another galaxy with a performance of “Star Wars & Sci-Phonic Favorites” featuring live, classical renditions of musical scores from a variety of science-fiction favorites. The screening of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will follow at 8 p.m.

Fans are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Star Wars character!

August 27 2016
7:00 PM
CAPITOL PARK
Summertime in the City - Detroit Summerfest Finale

7 - 11 P.M.
CAPITOL PARK

Event is 21+ Only

Part of our Detroit Summerfest weekend extravaganza, this end of summer celebration features a summer cookout themed menu & samples of refreshing summer cocktails & craft beers. The Infatuations will be playing live!

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Tickets ($15 in advance/$20 at the door) include scrumptious food samples by Detroit restaurants, 4 cocktail/beverage samples, live entertainment, commemorative glass & keepsake photos. Additional beer & cocktail samples available for purchase. Visitwww.capitolparkevents.com to purchase tickets.

August 27 2016
8:00 PM
STAR WARS SPECTACULAR! Feature Film: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Supported by Honigman and WRCJ 90.9 FM

Fans are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Star Wars character!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
In this thrilling continuation of the epic space opera, ex-stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega), scrappy desert dweller Rey (Daisy Ridley), and droid companion BB-8 get caught up in a galactic war when they come across a map containing the whereabouts of the vanished Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill). They soon embark on an epic adventure that brings them face-to-face with heroes from the past, as well as new villains such as Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and the First Order, a fascist regime that has emerged from the ashes of the old Empire. Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Peter Mayhew, and Anthony Daniels return to reprise their roles as, respectively, Leia Organa, Han Solo, Chewbacca, and C-3PO. Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Gwendoline Christie co-star. J.J. Abrams directed from a script he co-wrote with Lawrence Kasdan and Michael Arndt. The film also features new contributions from composer John Williams and sound designer Ben Burtt, whose familiar palette of sounds have helped define the Star Wars universe. 

August 27 2016
9:00 PM
CAPITOL PARK
The Infatuations

9 - 11 P.M

The Infatuations are simply… Detroit. This band is a genre-bending mash-up of Funk, Soul and Detroit Rock & Roll with the well-crafted-pop-soul of Motown, to the sheer in-your-face bravado of Parliament Funkadelic, to the raw untamed energy of Detroit Rock & Roll. The Infatuations live performance has been described as electric, energetic, and euphoric. Leadsinger Kendrick Hardaway, guitarist Christian Draheim, bassist The Wolf, guitarist Nick Behnan and drummer Robert Myers draw more and more fans into their #InfatuNation during every set. “Consistently fun and always drawing new fans” according to concert promoters, “they keep the ladies dancing and the fellas drinking".

August 28 2016
11:00 AM
CAPITAL PARK
Free Painting Classes - Painting with a Twist

11 A.M. - 3 P.M.

Painting with a Twist - Detroit/Downtown studio will be onsite with a painting demonstration by one of their very own local artist. Participants may also partake in a 10-15 minute painting session with the artist. This is your chance to see what PWAT has to offer. In addition, to painting you will have the opportunity to win paintings being raffled off by Painting with a Twist. 

August 28 2016
11:00 AM
CAPITOL PARK
Kenny Watson

11 A.M.

Kenny Watson is a Motor City native, carved out of musical excellence and is equipped with the message of Love for one's self, Love for mankind and Love for God. With the vocal versatility that spans across the genres of R&B, Jazz, Alternative, Classical and Hip-Hop, Kenny Watson comfortably and confidently offers a unique musical experience.