What’s Going on at the Monroe Street Midway This Summer

The outdoor recreation space in downtown Detroit is open through Labor Day Weekend in 2023.
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Photograph courtesy of Bedrock Detroit

The Monroe Street Midway has officially opened for the season with a full lineup of summer events and activities.

Originally opened in 2021, the outdoor “summer playground” in the heart of downtown Detroit opened for its third season on May 18 with the return of some fan-favorite attractions including the nine-hole mini golf course, and the Rocket Mortgage Sports Zone, which offers two half- and one full-court basketball courts and a sports area for basketball and pickleball, along with the Rollout Detroit skating rink.

Rollout Detroit is an outdoor roller skating rink that’s operated in collaboration with Detroit’s oldest continuously open, Black-owned roller rink, RollerCade. Skating sessions on the rink are available Thursday-Sunday for $13, including skate rental.

Use of the mini golf course and the Rocket Mortgage Sports Zone are free to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

The midway is also bringing back food and beverage concessions as well as art displays that double as selfie backdrops created by area artists. This year’s artists include Sheefy McFly, Olivia Guterson, Marlo Broughton, and others.

In addition to these returning attractions, the Monroe Street Midway will also have several new offerings for the summer of 2023.

Among those offerings is the Playground-Style Activations — a series of LED swings and seesaws open to guests — and a new lineup of live programming and events including Fitness Fridays, Silent Disco Saturdays, and Dino Sundays. Plus, performances by local DJs, giant versions of your favorite table games, and more.

The Monroe Street Midway is located at 32 Monroe St., Detroit. It opened for the season on May 18, 2023, and will remain open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through Labor Day Weekend. Admission to the midway is free but some fees apply for certain events and activities.

For more information, visit DeckedOutDetroit.com — and find even more attractions and things to do in metro Detroit at HourDetroit.com.