Roar on the River in Trenton

A ‘Tastefest,’ boat races, concerts and more animate Elizabeth Park in Trenton, July 17-19, 2015. Don’t miss this annual

The Detroit River will roar offshore Elizabeth Park in Trenton, July 17-19, 2015, as festival goers gather to eat good food, watch boat races, rock to live music and more during Roar on the River.

The festivities begin with “A Taste of the Races,” 6-8 p.m. Friday night. Twenty-five dollars grants visitors all-you-can-eat access to the region’s best restaurants and caterers all under one tent. This year’s theme is Christmas in July. Dress up in your best “ugly sweater” or Santa garb for the chance to win prizes.

Once you’re full and satisfied, make your way to the stage for a free concert featuring Fifty Amp Fuse. FAF will perform a multimedia tribute to the funk and soul of the ’70s, the rock, punk and new wave era of the ’80s, then the grunge of the ’90s.

But the real excitement kicks off Saturday. Arrive early for the pancake and sausage breakfast, 7-11 a.m., courtesy of Boy Scout Troop 1721. The Children’s Fun Fair opens 11 a.m.-5 p.m., where younger kids can bounce on inflatables, play games, get their faces painted and more.

Vendors will offer burgers, pizza, beer, wine coolers, soft drinks, bottled water and more all weekend long.

The opening ceremony commences at noon on Saturday, then stick around for the boat races, 12:15-6 p.m. The event runs Outboard Performance Craft (SST45 and SST200), Stock Outboards and Superlight Tunnel boats. Don’t miss the intermissions when Typhoon Tommy puts on his Jet Ski shows at 1:50 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5-6 p.m.

Check out the live music that begins at 5:30 p.m. and runs till midnight, featuring Standing Room Only and Boogie Dynomite. Remember to bring your comfiest pair of shoes for a hip-hop Zumba-party intermission at 10-10:45 p.m.

Sunday, sample more pancakes and sausage from 7 to 11 a.m. The Children’s Fun Fair runs noon-4 p.m. Final boat races shred waves noon-3:30 p.m., and the festival ends with the awards ceremony at 5 p.m.

The hours of operation are as follows:

  • Friday: noon-midnight
  • Saturday: 7 a.m.-midnight
  • Sunday: 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

General admission is free. “Tastefest” tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door; plus a $5 parking donation.

Find all the details for the Roar on the River in Trenton – and even more things to do in metro Detroit this weekend – in the Metro Parent calendar.


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