Trenton Roar on the River

PNC Bank and the Trenton Rotary Club team up to present boat racing, live music and more at Trenton Roar on the River in Elizabeth Park, July 20-22, 2018.

The Detroit River will roar offshore Elizabeth Park, July 20-22, 2018, as festival goers gather to eat good food, watch boat races, rock to live music and more during Trenton Roar on the River, presented by PNC Bank and the Trenton Rotary Club.

The festivities begin with “A Taste of the Races,” 6-8 p.m. Friday night. Thirty dollars grants visitors all-you-can-eat access to the region’s best restaurants and caterers all under one tent.

Once you’re full and satisfied, make your way to the stage for a free concert featuring Wisteria and Atomic Radio.

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 noon-5 p.m., where younger kids can bounce on inflatables, play games, get their faces painted and more.

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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, 12:15-5 p.m. and Jet Ski performances by Typhoon Tommy at 1:50, 4 and 5 p.m.

Check out the live music that begins at 6 p.m. and runs till midnight, featuring The Phoenix Theory and Fifty Amp Fuse. At the same time, from 6-8 p.m. stop by the Detroit Fire Boat for a tour.

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 12:15-3:30 p.m., and the festival ends with the awards ceremony at 4 p.m.

The hours of operation are as follows:

  • Friday: 2 p.m.-midnight
  • Saturday: 7 a.m.-midnight
  • Sunday: 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

General admission is free. “Tastefest” tickets are $30; 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.

This post was originally published in 2015 and is updated regularly. 

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