Help Sustain Detroit’s Riverfront at Shimmer on the River

Join the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy for an evening of music and activities
Shimmer on the River
An artists works on a sand sculpture at last year’s Shimmer on the River. // Photograph courtesy of PC Detroit Riverfront Conservancy

Kicking off this year’s Detroit River Days, the nonprofit Detroit Riverfront Conservancy takes its annual Shimmer on The River fundraiser to West Riverfront Park on June 20. The summer celebration, which takes place from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m., will feature a performance by legendary Motown quartet The Four Tops, a sneak peak of the “world’s largest” food truck rally, and late-night piano karaoke hosted by Julian Velard of Sid Gold’s Request Room, a New York City piano bar that’s opening a location in Detroit this summer.

Guests and their kids will also get a first glimpse of the Detroit River Days festival, which is open to the public from June 21-23. They’ll have full access to inflatable games, private pedicab rides along the river walk, and customized flags and tote bags by local printshop Signal Return. The Shimmer Award, which recognizes someone who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the preservation of Detroit’s riverfront, will be presented to Nettie Seabrooks at the event. She is a founding member of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy.

Various ticket packages are available. Late night tickets are $75 and include access to Shimmer on the River from 8:30-10:30, while main event tickets are $150 and include the Shimmer Award presentation and as well as access to the late-night portion of the event. VIP packages, which include an exclusive reception, are available for $250. Proceeds from ticket sales will support the ongoing maintenance of the riverfront.

“We are excited this year to host Shimmer at West Riverfront Park and to introduce some new guests to this part of the river,” says Mark Wallace, president and CEO of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy. “The funds raised at Shimmer will help us to achieve our goal of five-and-a-half miles of riverfront from the Ambassador Bridge to the Belle Isle Bridge.”

Since its founding in 2003, the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy has been dedicated to expanding public access to Detroit’s riverfront and being an “anchor for economic development.”For more information about the nonprofit and to purchase tickets packages for Shimmer on the River, visit

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