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GM River Days Festival in Detroit

Take the kids to the Detroit RiverFront June 21-23, 2013 for this seventh annual event with family shows, sand sculptures, tall ships and more

Get the family ready for a weekend packed with tons of fun at the GM River Days festival June 21-23, 2013, formerly known as Detroit International River Days. The annual celebration features many family-friendly events all weekend long!

Check out the Flagstar Kids Zone, located on Rivard Plaza. Grab a free wristband from the Flagstar Bank Booth to participate in the all the fun kids events. The zone features magic and puppet shows – even face and hand painting, compliments of the Detroit Institute of Arts. Gather around the Meijer Kids Stage for some good kid-friendly tunes provided by Radio Disney AM 910.

There will be great entertainment on the water, too! Take in the updated RiverFront with a one-hour cruise on the Diamond Jack River Tour boat down the Detroit River. Discounted tickets will be available as you board the boat at Rivard Plaza. Tickets run $10 for adults and seniors, $5 for children and children under 5 are free. (Cash only, please.)

Are your kids looking to see some action-packed water activities? Jet Ski demonstrations will take place on the Detroit River all weekend featuring flips, underwater dives and jumps performed by Typhoon Tommy and other top freestyle Jet Ski performers.

Listen to some great tunes at The Michigan Lottery National Stage, too, located along the RiverWalk just west of Rivard. The Guess Who, The O' Jays, and George Clinton & the P-Funk All-Stars will be a few of the musical acts you can enjoy.

There are many other features at GM River Days, too, including the Pepsi Taste of Detroit Food Court, the DMC River Days 5K, sand sculptures presented by Quicken Loans and buskers (street performers) delighting the crowds down the RiverWalk.

There is a $3 general admission fee. The festival is free for those ages 3 and under and for seniors ages 65 and up. Admission after 5 p.m. is $5. Don't break the bank – come out Friday between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. for free admission for all!

The festival offers carnival rides, too. Individual ride tickets are 50 cents each. Rides generally require three to five tickets. Or, you can purchase an entire-day wristband for $17.

The hours for the festival are as follows:

  • Friday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
  • Sunday: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

For more information about the 2013 GM River Days festival, visit the Metro Parent calendar listing.

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