We highlighted some of the best winter festivals in Metro Detroit last month, and one of the biggest family-friendly winter festivals takes place at Campus Martius starting next weekend. The Quicken Loans Winter Blast Weekends starts Friday, January 19 and is expanding to four weekends through February 17. Here’s what your family can expect from the festival, along with special events taking place each weekend.
There are tons of activities taking place each weekend at this year’s Winter Blast, from the beautiful Ice Sculpture Garden, to the marshmallow roasting, and even a food truck rally; you’ll never leave bored (or hungry). Every weekend will also feature a Family Fun Activities area where you and your family can experience interactive fun and performances on the kids stage.
The first weekend of this year’s Winter Blast will feature everything mentioned above, along with free ice skating at Campus Martius Park Ice Rink. Throughout the weekend you and your family can enjoy ice skating for free! If you need to, you can rent skates for $5 at the rink.
The second weekend of Winter Blast will feature City Slopes and Buskers for all three days. Michigan’s two largest ski resorts, Boyne Highlands of Harbor Springs and Boyne Mountain in Boyne Falls, will bring their skiing and snowboarding experts to downtown Detroit for lessons and a unique skiing and snowboarding experience in the city. Buskers will also be on-hand during the weekend as the strolling entertainers will entertain families throughout the festival.
The penultimate weekend at this year’s Winter Blast will feature a special event benefiting a terrific cause. The Polar Plunge welcomes festival goers to take the “plunge” into a pool of freezing water to raise money for the Special Olympics of Michigan. If you are interested or want to donate, be sure to find more information here.
The final weekend of Quicken Loans Winter Blast will see the return of free ice skating along with a zip line adventure. Enjoy the exciting ride 300 feet across the sky and 34 feet in the air as you ride over the festivities at the Winter Blast. For more information on the zip line, be sure to visit the official website.