Motown on the River at Elizabeth Park in Trenton

Relive the golden-record days of Detroit's Motown music scene on July 27, 2019 when Trenton's Motown on the River returns for a day of family fun.

A vintage megaphone in front of the Detroit River and skyline

Nothing beats some outdoor concerts with the family and southeast Michigan has plenty of those. But put that right by the water and mix in tons of recognizable, danceable hometown Motown music? Now that’s music to our ears.

And that’s what you’ll find at Motown on the River at Elizabeth Park in Trenton July 27, 2019.

This event, which replaced the long-time New Country on the River festival, shakes it up with a variety of Motown tunes set against the backdrop of the scenic Detroit River.

Prepare to be star struck, kids. Motown music hit makers including The 313 Band, Carolyn Crawford and Carl Carlton are all set to grace stage. There’s also a revue featuring Mark Scott, the lead singer of The Miracles.

Rain or shine, the show must – and will – go on. Be sure to pack umbrellas and ponchos for little ones just in case. Also, guests are asked to bring their own chairs or blankets, as the music festival is outdoors and seating is not provided.

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Expect an array of food for sale provided by vendors, ranging from chicken and fish to carnival eats. If you have a picky eater on your hands, you’re welcome to bring in a cooler into the park; just note alcoholic beverages are not permitted.

Admission for Motown on the River is free for all ages, but there’s a $5 parking donation fee.

While park officials anticipate enough on-site parking for all attendees, free parking is available in downtown Trenton. There’s no shuttle service provided for that option, though, so be prepared to stroll.

Elizabeth Park opens to the public beginning at noon. The tunes start at 2 p.m. and the show closes after the final performance, around 8 p.m.

For more information on Motown on the River event in Trenton and other family fun things to do this weekend in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor, check out the Metro Parent calendar.

This post was originally published in 2017 and is updated regularly. 

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