Since 2007, the Detroit Riverwalk has been home to one hell of a party. If you’re still looking for something to do this weekend, head down to Detroit’s 9th Annual GM River Days. This three day family friendly event will have everything from an air show staged by the Tuskeegee Airmen to a zip line for the most daring attendees.

Literally fun for all ages – except maybe the little ones who have no idea what a mime is – the GM River Days festival has it all. Live music will be performed and will serenade you as you walk up and down the Detroit River. Mimes, living statues, hula hoop performers, and ballet dancers will be performing for passersby.

Friday night is the fourth annual “Bike Night” Rally. Anyone who arrives on a motorcycle will enjoy free parking and free admission wristbands for the evening. Bad Company’s Paul Rogers will be on the DTE Energy National Stage. As it says on the River Days website, “GM River Days’ Friday Night Bike Night is all about you, your ride, the music, and the river!”

As previously mentioned, there is going to be a 300 foot zip line that will make you feel like you’re flying 34 feet above the ground. Tickets for this attraction will be on sale inside Milliken State Park near Rivard Plaza. The cost will be $15 for one ride or $25 for two.

Other attractions at River Days this weekend:

  • Diamond Jack River Boat Tours
  • Boat tours on the Coast Guard’s Cutter
  • A Taste of Detroit Food Court presented by Pepsi
  • Local music (Click here for the full line up)
  • Sand sculptures
  • Activities at Milliken State Park
  • Tuskeegee Air Show
  • Jet Ski Demonstrations
  • Kids Zone, presented by Flagstar Bank
  • Meijer Kids Stage

This weekend, you’ll be able to enjoy all of this and so much more including rides, great food, and the great Michigan weather (fingers crossed) at the Detroit Riverwalk.

GM’s River Days starts this Thursday night with a $50 ticketed preview event with a concert from Detroit-made R&B artists The Spinners.  The festival opens officially on Friday at 11 a.m. and runs through Sunday at 10 p.m.. Tickets will be $3 per person, plus ride tickets and food. Daily wristband passes can be purchased for $20 and can only be used for that day.

To find out more and get advanced tickets, go to