Exit Times Square Station for September’s Beacon Park Experience
Beacon Park is livening up the western portion of downtown with enough family-friendly activities and diversity for all.
This month, the 1.5 acre green space is saying goodbye to summer in a a big way.
Adults get to come out and play for several day and evening events. The park opens weekdays from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. for Downtown Street Eats, which is a rotation of some of the area’s most innovative food trucks. You can cop-a-squat on the lush grass or enjoy the outdoors at one of the many available tables. The food trucks are joined by local vendors on Market Thursdays where after your midday meal, shopping for goods and produce is steps away.
Driving by Beacon, the thumping bass greeting you all this summer was courtesy of Sunset Sessions with Sound Cream Airstream. The skills of Detroit’s hottest DJ’s are put to work spinning from a 1970’s Airstream trailer. The outdoor dance floor will be christened with house music on September 7 and 8 by DJ Ted Krisko (Friday, 6-10 p.m.) and DJ Bruce Bailey (Saturday, 7 p.m.-midnight).
Sports and fitness are always in play at Beacon Park, whether it’s weekly league volleyball or a weekend exercise class. Bring the entire family for Lions Tailgates, featuring lawn games, giveaways and food. The fun begins two hours before kickoff, so on September 10, see you Monday at 5 p.m. before the Lions vs. Jets and Sunday, September 23 at 6 p.m. before the face-off with the Patriots.
The 4th Annual Parktoberfest moves from Campus Martius to Beacon Park on September 21-23. The celebration adds an extra day to serve up – well, beer (or bier) of course – and an authentic Oktoberfest experience courtesy of a “Biergarten, fall food favorites, live music, kids activities, traditional games, dancing and a stein hosting competition,” according to event materials. The party goes from noon to midnight on Friday and Saturday, and from noon to 11 p.m. on Sunday.
Don’t forget indoor/outdoor dining are served well at Lumen Detroit. More than a on-site restaurant, the natural wood and glass design blends into the city landscape that illuminates the corner of Beacon Park. The full menu and expansive bar have been crowd-pleasers since opening and for that reason, reservations are required.
Located on Cass Ave. and Grand River, Beacon Park was created in partnership with DTE Energy, the City of Detroit and managed by the Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP). DDP programs innovative activities year-round in each of the five downtown parks and public spaces including Grand Circus Park, Capitol Park, Cadillac Square and the granddaddy of them all, Campus Martius. Every park is within super-short walking distances from Detroit People Mover stations, leaving you no reason not to show up to at least one. For more information, visit DTEBeaconPark.com.