About The Festival

The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy began the River Days festival in June 2007 to introduce the community and visitors to the transformed Detroit International Riverfront. The festival marked the opening of significant portions of the new Detroit RiverWalk and the festival has continued each year to spotlight our magnificent resources and this new destination in the city of Detroit.

Now entering its tenth year, GM River Days will take place June 24-26, 2016. The festival's $3 admission fee supplements the sponsorship dollars to help put on the festival. Children ages 3 and under as well as seniors ages 65 and up are not required to pay an admission fee.  

Admission to the festival will be free between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Friday, June 24th.   Also, if you participate in the RiverFront Run you will recieve a free admission coupon.

Event Information - 313.566.8235

Media Information - 313.832.2210 

Sponsorship Information - 313.566.8200


Friday - 11am-10pm
Saturday - 11am-10pm
Sunday - 11am-10pm


Get Involved

Be An Event Sponsor

There are a multitude of options for corporations and organizations to gain exposure and recognition as a River Days sponsor. Please contact the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy at 313.566.8200.

Be An Event Food Vendor

The application for the 2016 Taste of Detroit Event at Detroit River Days is available for download here:

2016 Food Vendor Application


Email Food and Beverage Director Shannon Ferrante

Be An Event Vendor

There is still time to be a part of this great event. Interested event vendors should call 248.541.7550.


Hundreds of volunteers are needed to make this festival a success. A variety of positions are available from greeting guests to crowd control.

In exchange for your time and talents, you will receive a River Days Festival Volunteer T-shirt, complimentary parking (with shuttle service to the festival), first priority for volunteer opportunities for the 2016 River Days, and for every shift you work, entry in the volunteer drawing for great prizes.

The 2016 Volunteer Application is available here

For more information please contact volunteers@theparade.org or 313.923.8368

Music Submissions

Music submissions are being accepted for the 2017 festival.  Deadline March 1, 2017.  Click here to apply