Everyone from snow-producing states knows alllll about the month of February: it may be the shortest in length, but it’s by far the longest in feel. There’s no sign of the cold letting up, the first 50-degree day is still weeks away, and Valentine’s Day just rubs it in.
So guess what Detroit decided to do? Instead of sulking in its winter misery, it decided to celebrate it – hence the Motown Winter Blast 2013.
Premiering in 2005 in order to welcome Super Bowl XL to Detroit, the festival has been continuing on in true Detroit fashion, with live music, ice skating, snowshoeing, local food, kid-friendly activities, ice sculptures, and of course, booze.
Campus Martius shuts down to become a playground for adults and children alike, offering tons of activities over the course of three days. Brought to us by Quicken Loans (the unofficial sponsor of Detroit’s revival) and produced by Jonathan Witz & Associates, there really is no better way to push through the winter blues than to spend it in the heart of the Motor City.
Featuring three music stages, live acts will be taking over from start to finish on all three days and all three stages. Some acts include Jocaine, Persuasion, White Shag, Citizen Zero, and even a handful of children’s shows on the Meijer stage.
Food vendors will be on hand from some of Michigan’s most prized restaurants, including Keego Harbor Specialty Sausage Company, Mercurio’s Pizza, State’s Cheese Steaks, Bear Claw Coffee and more.
Don’t worry about freezing your well-fed tush off – there will be three huge and heated tents to warm up with, not to mention the Compuware Atrium where the Meijer stage will be.
There will also be ice skating performances, s’more making and dog-sled demonstrations. Beat the Motown winter blues with the Motown Winter Blast!
The festival will be held Friday, February 8 and Saturday, February 9 from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. and Sunday, February 10 from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. The committee can be contacted at (313) 963-8418 or www.winterblast.com.