After a brief postponement due to frigid temperatures, Winter Blast is returning this weekend with an exciting lineup of winter activities.
Taking place Feb. 17-19 in and around the Royal Oak City Center and Centennial Commons, the festival will feature plenty of family-friendly music, food, and entertainment.
This year’s Winter Blast musical headliners include local groups Uc3Acoustic Trio, The Ruiners, and Gridiron and Friends. DJs will also be spinning each evening, and a Kid’s Stage will offer entertainment like Magic with Randyl Lee and Natspinz Hula Hoops. Plus, live ice carving demonstrations in the festival’s ice sculpture garden.
For drinks and eats, the festival has put together a food truck rally, which will include Detroit Hot Sandwich Co., Fork in Nigeria, Island Noodles, The Little Donut Factory, Egg Roll Diva, and more. Marshmallow roasting stations will also be located throughout the festival. S’mores kits start at $3.
There are also some thrilling attractions, including a 300-foot long, 34-foot-high zip line that offers panoramic views of the Winter Blast. Tickets are $10 per ride. A giant slide, which drops riders down at a 40-degree angle, will also be on site. Tickets are $5 each.
Additionally, the festival will offer free ice skating, with a $5 charge for rental skates, at the M3 Rink in Centennial Commons, along with a climbing wall, and carnival rides in the Kids Adventure Zone.
Finally, Mt. Brighton will be joining in on the fun again this year. Beginner skiers and snowboarders will have the opportunity to grow their skills while riding on snow made by the resorts snowmaking system.
Winter Blast will be open from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Feb. 17, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Feb. 18, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Feb. 19. Admission is free.