Roar on the River in Trenton

A ‘Tastefest,’ boat races, concerts and more animate Elizabeth Park in Trenton, July 14-16, 2017. Don’t miss this annual.


The Detroit River will roar offshore Elizabeth Park in Trenton, July 14-16, 2017, 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.

Once you’re full and satisfied, make your way to the stage for a free concert featuring The Hines Drive Band and The Phoenix Theory — with a Zumba party in between.

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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.

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, 12:45-5 p.m. and Jet Ski performances by Typhoon Tommy at 1:50 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5-6 p.m.

Check out the live music that begins at 6 p.m. and runs till midnight, featuring The Toppermost Beatles and Fifty Amp Fuse. At the same time, from 6-9 p.m. stop by the Detroit Fire Boat for a tour and at 7 p.m. swing by the Big Tent for a memorial service dedicated to Fred Miller, the man that made all of this happen.

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

General admission is free. “Tastefest” tickets are $25; 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 has been updated for 2017.