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We welcome you to enjoy the Downtown Detroit Parks — Campus Martius Park, Cadillac Square, Capitol Park, Grand Circus Park and Paradise Valley's Beatrice Buck Park — as we host a wide array of lively and culturally diverse programs and activations each year. Join us in "The Parks"!

• For a detailed list of programs, see the 2016 Summer in the Parks Brochure
• For a snapshot of the summer schedule, see the 2016 Summer in the Parks Calendar.

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Weather permitting. Events are subject to change
July 22 2016
5:30 PM
CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK
Detroit Social Club

Detroit Social Club, classic blues in a funky, soul style! An 8-piece unit that also plays country blues, traditional country and folk as well as soul and R&B classics!

part of 4TH FRIDAYS
July 22 2016
7:00 PM
CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK
Kaliedo
part of 4TH FRIDAYS
July 22 2016
9:00 PM
CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK
AMERICAN AUTHORS

Most known for their triple-platinum #1 hit "Best Day Of My Life", indie rock band American Authors will offer Detroit an exhilarating summer night of musical storytelling. Their album, ‘What We Live For,’ is the long-awaited follow-up to 'Oh, What A Life,' American Authors' RIAA certified Gold debut album of 2014, which rose to #3 on the Billboard Top Rock Albums chart and #15 on Soundscan. In addition to "Best Day Of My Life," a #1 Hot AC and Top 5 Pop hit, the album also spun off "Believer," another Top 15 at Hot AC.

part of 4TH FRIDAYS
July 23 2016
9:00 AM
CADILLAC SQUARE
QUICKEN LOANS SPORTS ZONE

DAILY, 9 A.M. - 9 P.M.

Detroiters of all ages and abilities can join in the fun at the FREE Quicken Loans Sports Zone this summer, featuring four outdoor basketball half-courts, painted with artistry led by local artist Jesse Kassel and a sand volleyball court.

Downtown employees, residents and visitors from across the city and region are invited to play a pick-up volleyball or basketball game, join a Monday night volleyball league organized by Come Play Detroit starting May 23, or participate in one of the three organized basketball events: 

Summer ’16 Series Challenges
Nightly events include 3 on 3 Challenges, 3-Point Shooting Challenges, King of the Court, H-O-R-S-E and Sevens. On weekdays, come to the Sports Zone ready to play at 6 p.m. 

Lunchtime Lightning
Recess-style classic shooting game where participants are arranged one behind the other, with the goal of the second player making a basket before the first player does. The last player standing wins. Visit the Sports Zone on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. to play.

Fundamental Camps
On Saturdays, the Sports Zone hosts Fundamental Camps for kids, ages 8-13. Instructors focus on basic skills and drills for youth to learn and improve their game. Fundamental Camps begin the first week of June.

Please visit http://www.detroitsportszone.org/ for further details about Sports Zone events and signup.

July 23 2016
9:30 AM
CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK
Yoga - Boll Family YMCA

SATURDAYS
9:30 - 10:15 A.M.

part of HEALTHY MOVES
July 23 2016
10:30 AM
CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK
BEACH BODY WORKOUTS WITH WHITNEY HARRISON

10:30 - 11:15 A.M.
THE BEACH @ CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK

Certified Fitness professional, Nike Detroit employee, and Detroit Native. 

part of HEALTHY MOVES
July 23 2016
12:00 PM
CADILLAC SQUARE
Outdoor Games

MONDAY - FRIDAY, NOON - 7 P.M.
SATURDAYS, NOON - 4 P.M.

Enjoy a day in the park with a few fun games that everyone can play! Table tennis, bocce ball, bean bag toss, washer toss, chess, backgammon, checkers, and more.

part of OUTDOOR GAMES
July 23 2016
1:00 PM
CAMPUS MARTIUS MAIN STAGE
Dot & Ziggy

Presented by Matrix Theatre Company
Stage Show, 1 p.m.

"Dot and Ziggy" by Linda Hartzell and Mark Perry
Dot and Ziggy may be neighbors, but they aren’t yet friends. After all, what could a ladybug and a skunk possibly have in common? One likes up, one likes down. One flies, one runs. But neither of them know how to share. With the help of a wise spider, and the encouragement of the audience, they might just find their way."

Make & Take Session, 2 p.m.

Hand Puppet and Ladybug
Create your own hand puppet and ladybug with multimedia artist, Dionis.

part of Kidz Show
July 23 2016
2:00 PM
CAMPUS MARTIUS MAIN STAGE
Make A Hand Puppet and Ladybug with Dionis Curtis

Hand Puppet and Ladybug - Make & Take Session, 2 p.m.

Create your own hand puppet and ladybug with multimedia artist, Dionis.

part of Kidz Show
July 23 2016
2:00 PM
CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK
BEST OF DOWNTOWN WALKING TOUR

Billions of dollars in development have happened along the Woodward Corridor in recent years and Downtown is at the epicenter of it all. On this tour you’ll see all the major developments as well as unique shops, one-of-a-kind restaurants and recently renovated residential options. You’ll also see some of Detroit’s great historical spots and its world renowned architecture. Depending on the tour, the group will either walk for the entirety or utilize the People Mover, so please dress accordingly.
 
Highlights include:
• Campus Martius Park
• Guardian Building
• Theater District
• Second Baptist Church/Greektown
• The New Paradise Valley District
• Recent Developments

Tour begins promptly at 2pm. The start location for this tour will be in Campus Martius Park next to the fountain, on the side facing Cadillac Square. Please see the red X on this map. Also, your tour guide will be holding a blue umbrella to help you find the group! Please allow yourself a sufficient amount of time to find parking and arrive at the location. If you arrive early at the DXF Welcome Center (a 5-minute walk away), we will happily guide you to the start location in the park. Visit detroitexperiencefactory.org for more information.

part of HEALTHY MOVES
July 23 2016
2:30 PM
GRAND CIRCUS PARK
WAG ‘N TAILS PRESENTS: BARK AND BURN

2:30 - 4 P.M.
Dog and owner exercise class featuring doughnut, fit bone, tunnels and wobble board.
Please note: Dogs must be leashed for this program.

part of DOG PARK
July 23 2016
3:00 PM
CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK
T'AI CHI WITH WU'S TAI CHI CHUAN ACADEMY

3 - 4:30 P.M.

Tai Chi is an ancient health maintenance routine with unparalleled results in modern medical studies. Wu's Tai Chi Chuan Academy Detroit atwustyledetroit.com is a branch of the one of the original Tai Chi Chuan family schools.

part of HEALTHY MOVES
July 23 2016
8:00 PM
SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN

Tonight's film: Searching for Sugar Man

Searching for Sugar Man is a 2012 Swedish–British documentary film of a South African cultural phenomenon directed and written by Malik Bendjelloul which details the efforts of two Cape Town fans in the late 1990s, Stephen "Sugar" Segerman and Craig Bartholomew Strydom, to find out whether the rumoured death of American musician Sixto Rodriguez was true and, if not, to discover what had become of him. Rodriguez's music, which had never achieved success in the United States, had become very popular in South Africa although little was known about him in that country.
On 10 February 2013, the film won the BAFTA Award for Best Documentary at the 66th British Academy Film Awards in London and two weeks later it won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 85th Academy Awards in Hollywood.

July 24 2016
9:00 AM
CADILLAC SQUARE
QUICKEN LOANS SPORTS ZONE

DAILY, 9 A.M. - 9 P.M.

Detroiters of all ages and abilities can join in the fun at the FREE Quicken Loans Sports Zone this summer, featuring four outdoor basketball half-courts, painted with artistry led by local artist Jesse Kassel and a sand volleyball court.

Downtown employees, residents and visitors from across the city and region are invited to play a pick-up volleyball or basketball game, join a Monday night volleyball league organized by Come Play Detroit starting May 23, or participate in one of the three organized basketball events: 

Summer ’16 Series Challenges
Nightly events include 3 on 3 Challenges, 3-Point Shooting Challenges, King of the Court, H-O-R-S-E and Sevens. On weekdays, come to the Sports Zone ready to play at 6 p.m. 

Lunchtime Lightning
Recess-style classic shooting game where participants are arranged one behind the other, with the goal of the second player making a basket before the first player does. The last player standing wins. Visit the Sports Zone on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. to play.

Fundamental Camps
On Saturdays, the Sports Zone hosts Fundamental Camps for kids, ages 8-13. Instructors focus on basic skills and drills for youth to learn and improve their game. Fundamental Camps begin the first week of June.

Please visit http://www.detroitsportszone.org/ for further details about Sports Zone events and signup.

July 24 2016
4:00 PM
GRAND CIRCUS PARK
Community Yoga Sessions

SUNDAYS, 4 - 5 p.m.

Each Sunday, come out for the Community Yoga Session with Citizen Yoga to end your weekend with a relaxing activity.

part of HEALTHY MOVES
July 25 2016
9:00 AM
CADILLAC SQUARE
QUICKEN LOANS SPORTS ZONE

DAILY, 9 A.M. - 9 P.M.

Detroiters of all ages and abilities can join in the fun at the FREE Quicken Loans Sports Zone this summer, featuring four outdoor basketball half-courts, painted with artistry led by local artist Jesse Kassel and a sand volleyball court.

Downtown employees, residents and visitors from across the city and region are invited to play a pick-up volleyball or basketball game, join a Monday night volleyball league organized by Come Play Detroit starting May 23, or participate in one of the three organized basketball events: 

Summer ’16 Series Challenges
Nightly events include 3 on 3 Challenges, 3-Point Shooting Challenges, King of the Court, H-O-R-S-E and Sevens. On weekdays, come to the Sports Zone ready to play at 6 p.m. 

Lunchtime Lightning
Recess-style classic shooting game where participants are arranged one behind the other, with the goal of the second player making a basket before the first player does. The last player standing wins. Visit the Sports Zone on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. to play.

Fundamental Camps
On Saturdays, the Sports Zone hosts Fundamental Camps for kids, ages 8-13. Instructors focus on basic skills and drills for youth to learn and improve their game. Fundamental Camps begin the first week of June.

Please visit http://www.detroitsportszone.org/ for further details about Sports Zone events and signup.

July 25 2016
11:00 AM
CADILLAC SQUARE
DOWNTOWN STREET EATS

Monday - Friday
11 A.M. - 2 P.M.

Downtown Street Eats boasts a revolving choice of great lunchtime food choices from your favorite food trucks and a variety of local restaurants and start-ups.

This week's lineup: Buffy's Mexi-Casian • MacShack • The Pita Post • Stockyard • Jerry's Grill • Amicci's Pizza

July 25 2016
12:00 PM
CADILLAC SQUARE
EMMA GUZMAN

NOON - 2 P.M.

Emma Guzman is a singer-songwriter from Detroit Michigan. Billed by the Metro Times as a "songwriting prodigy", she released her 1st album of original material at just 13 years old. She is currently recording her second album to be released on Backburner Records this fall.

July 25 2016
12:00 PM
CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK
Pete 'Big Dog' Fetters

PETE 'BIG DOG' FETTERS AND THE BOURBON STREET BLUES BAND - 4 Piece Band playing New Orleans style blues. www.bigdogblues.com

July 25 2016
12:00 PM
CADILLAC SQUARE
Outdoor Games

MONDAY - FRIDAY, NOON - 7 P.M.
SATURDAYS, NOON - 4 P.M.

Enjoy a day in the park with a few fun games that everyone can play! Table tennis, bocce ball, bean bag toss, washer toss, chess, backgammon, checkers, and more.

part of OUTDOOR GAMES