Hour Detroit Magazine presents the inaugural GrillFest presented by Kowalski Companies at Campus Martius Park on Saturday, July 13th, and Sunday, July 14th. You can savor a variety of grilled delicacies, listen to live music and have a great time.

This is more than just an event; picture the Hour Detroit Family Barbecue in the heart of Detroit. Mark your calendars, tell your friends, and prepare for a weekend of taste and fun!


Don’t miss the chance to get the early bird prices, ticket prices will increase on June 15, 2024.

General Admission EARLY BIRD tickets are $25. These tickets include 20 food vouchers that you can redeem with the food exhibitors for samples, small plates, and full meals.

VIP Admission EARLY BIRD tickets are $65. These tickets include 30 food vouchers that you can redeem with the food exhibitors for samples, small plates, and full meals. VIP passes also grant you access to the special VIP Beach, where there will be exclusive VIP activities and gifts.

You can buy more Food Vouchers as an add-on to your ticket, or at the event.

This event will sell out, so grab your tickets in advance to guarantee your spot!

Tickets are LIVE!! 


Event Location

Campus Martius Park, downtown Detroit

Event Hours

Saturday, July 13: 1 PM – 7 PM
Sunday, July 14: 1 PM – 5 PM

Ticketing Software (EventsPass)

To redeem your tickets and food vouchers at the event, you will need your ticket’s bar code visible on your phone. Food Exhibitors will scan this bar code when you buy their food, which will deduct the number of vouchers you have used from your ticket voucher balance.

Phone Charging Stations

You don’t have to worry about your phone running out of battery at the event, as we provide both fixed and portable charging options for you. We only request that you bring your own charging cable to ensure that your phone is compatible.



The anticipation is building, and we’re thrilled to introduce you to the culinary stars who will be setting the grills ablaze at GrillFest! From renowned chefs to local grill masters, get ready to be wowed by their skills and creativity.

This inaugural year is all about bringing together the best in the grilling community. Stay tuned for more announcements as we shine the spotlight on the talents that will make GrillFest an unforgettable experience.

Save your appetite and get ready for a feast of flavors!

Exhibiting restaurants will be charging set prices for the food.

3 Vouchers = Taste
7 Vouchers = Small Plates
15 Vouchers = Full Portion

Food exhibitors include:

  • Besa
  • Blis
  • Hamilton’s Detroit
  • I/O Rooftop Lounge at the Godfrey
  • Katherine’s Catering & Special Events
  • Kowalski’s
  • Mucky Duck Mustard
  • Sidecar Slider Bar

Plus, many more signing on every day…


This event will have signature cocktails, beer, and non-alcoholic options. The drinks are not included in the event ticket price. On-site bars accept cash or credit.

You must be 21+ to consume alcohol. IDs will be checked at the bars.


Hour Detroit is bringing you a variety of Grill providers, spices, rubs, cooking utensils, clothiers, and everything you might need to host a fabulous Barbecue in your own backyard.

Retail exhibitors include:

  • Heidi D Cosmetics / The Beauty Club
  • Shade Cigar Lounge

Drinks/Retail purchases are not included with ticket price. 

Cash and/or credit card payments will be accepted on-site. 


The Main Stage presented by Hoop Tea will feature live bands and DJs.

Entertainment exhibitors include:

  • The George Montrelle Band

Interested in performing? Contact events@hour-media.com to submit your EPK.

Cornhole Tournament

30 teams per day will compete for a chance to win cash and prizes. These team slots will go quickly, so make sure to add the cornhole registration to your ticket purchase.


I’m having difficulties with the Ticketing Software (EventsPass), how can I troubleshoot?

For issues involving the Ticketing Software, please refer to the software’s FAQ/support page on their website.