Frequently Asked Questions

A – Admission
Is there an admission fee to the festival?

Yes. Admission is $5. In 2010, the nonprofit Detroit Riverfront Conservancy implemented an admission fee. The fee supplements the sponsorship dollars to help put on the festival. Children ages 3 and under; seniors ages 65 and up; and active and retired service members with their military identification are not required to pay an admission fee.

The Conservancy is offering a "Free Friday" promotion where admission will be free to the festival between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Friday, June 21st.   Once you have been admitted during that time, you can stay through the evening. 

PLEASE NOTE: Any one between ages of 13 and 17 needs to be with a parent/guardian/family member OR an adult 25 or over at all times. 

Any one age 12 and under needs to be with a parent/guardian/family member OR an adult age 21 and over at all times.

C – Canines
Can I bring my dog to the festival?

Yes, the Detroit Riverwalk is pet-friendly year-round.  Please keep your dog on a leash at all times and please clean up after your pet.


A limited amount of chairs will be allowed in at the gates for each show.  Once that space has filled, we will not be allowing any additional chairs in at all entrances.  

Please note, that there is no place to secure and store guests’ chairs at the festival site once capacity for them has been reached.

D-Dates & Times

Friday June 21
Admission is free from 11am-5pm, $5 after 5pm.

Saturday June 22
Admission is $5

Sunday June 23
Admission is $5

Dietary Needs
Can I bring food and drinks into the festival?

There is no outside food and beverage permitted inside the festival. Exceptions will be made to persons with special dietary and/or medical needs, such as small children, elderly or pregnant women. Alcohol of any kind brought in from the outside is not permitted. 

Coolers of any variety are strictly prohibited unless they are needed to support special dietary needs and can fit into a backpack.

E – Event

What is the Detroit River Days Festival?
River Days is a 3-day festival taking place on the Detroit Riverwalk June 21-23, 2019. With all new activities aimed at widening the experience on the riverfront, as well as live concerts, this year’s River Days will take place .

F – Fireworks
Is there an admission fee on Monday, June 24th for the Ford Fireworks?

No, the River Days festival will close this year on Sunday June 23rd and not take place during the Ford Fireworks.

The Ford Fireworks are on Monday, June 24th.  Note of courtesy:  the Riverwalk will remain closed during the festival and through Tuesday morning, June 25th.

H – History
Why was the festival created?

The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy began the 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.

What are the 2019 festival hours?

Friday: 2pm - 10pm

Saturday: 11am - 10pm

Sunday: 11am - 10pm

I – Information
For more information, please contact:

Detroit Riverfront Conservancy 600 Renaissance Center Suite 1720 Detroit, MI 48243-1802 Ph: (313) 566-8200 Email:

L – Location
What is the location of the festival?

The festival is located in West Riverfront Park. You can use the address of 1801 W. Jefferson, Detroit MI 48216. Check out the Event Map

P – Parking
What are the suggested locations to park?

Parking information is available here

R – Riverfront
About the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy:

The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2003 with the mission of bringing public access to Detroit’s Riverfront. Today, more than three miles of the east Riverfront is complete and open to the public.

The Conservancy envisions the transformation of Detroit’s International Riverfront – the face of Detroit – into a beautiful, exciting, safe, accessible, world-class gathering place for all.

The overarching goal remains in place: to develop a total of 5 ½ miles of Riverfront, from the Ambassador Bridge to Gabriel Richard Park, just east of the Belle Isle Bridge connected by Riverwalk, plazas, pavilions, parks, harbors and green spaces.

The Conservancy is responsible for the construction, improvement, operation, maintenance, security, programming and expansion of the Detroit Riverwalk and associated green spaces, including the Dequindre Cut.

W – Wristbands
Can I use the same wristband throughout the weekend?

No, the wristbands will be changed to reflect each new day at the festival.

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 food vendor application process for the 2019 River Days Festival has now closed.   

Be An Event Merchandise 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 2019 River Days, and for every shift you work, entry in the volunteer drawing for great prizes.

For more information please contact or 313.923.8368

Music Submissions 

Submissions for the 2019 River Days Festival are now CLOSED. Thank you to all that submitted.