Beacon Park Brings Back its Popular Night Markets

By: Karen Dybis | May 14, 2021

Beacon Park soon will host its next round of Night Markets, a series of evening events that will feature local makers and Detroit-area entrepreneurs who will show off their creativity for shoppers in one of the city’s most vibrant community parks, located in the heart of downtown Detroit along with live music, food, drink and more. 

Beacon Park’s Night Markets are sponsored by DTE Energy Beacon Park Foundation, programmed and managed by Downtown Detroit Partnership and curated by Ask Jennyfer, the small-business business created by Jennyfer Crawford to illustrate and expand locally owned solopreneurs and companies that create specialty products, home goods, fashion and services that appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds. 

“What makes the Night Markets great is people can come up and talk to the businesses to learn about their products,” Crawford said. “We also offer curbside pickup and delivery for people who are looking to social distance.”

Each week starting in June, Beacon’s Night Market will showcase food trucks, food from nearby Lumen Detroit restaurant as well as a rotating list of businesses that have ranged in the past from sweet treats, boutique-style clothing, specialty cosmetics, haircare and perfumes. Crawford said she is looking for more vendors to join the Night Markets at Beacon Park as well as other parks that she is working with this summer.

  

Night Markets are every Saturday this summer from 7 p.m. to midnight. The events are family friendly and admission is free for everyone. 

Within five to ten minutes walking distance to major downtown Detroit attractions, including Woodward’s entertainment corridor and central business district, the park is a place for friends and family to gather on workdays, and on weekends.

What makes this location unique is that Beacon park is the ultimate Detroit gathering space, Crawford said. DTE Energy, which is located across the street, developed the park to offer expansive green space, interactive light installations and a restaurant featuring rooftop seating with panoramic views of the park and city skyline. 

Beacon Park also offers year-round programming, which ranges from fun sporting events to fitness classes to family-orientated activities. The space also hosts entertainment such as musical performances, lunch and after-work parties, concerts, lighting spectacles, games and other special events. More information about these events is coming as summertime programming ramps up, officials said. 

Crawford said she also will be working with DDP on its Cadillac Square markets, which will take place on Fridays. Once the site of the Detroit Central Market, Cadillac Square is a re-established park that lies immediately to the east of Campus Martius Park. Cadillac Square Park is home to the relocated Bagley Memorial Fountain, seasonal basketball courts and a variety of seating along with the array of food trucks that regularly post in the area during the week.

Downtown Detroit Partnership whose portfolio of award-winning parks and public spaces include Campus Martius Park, Cadillac Square, Capitol Park, Grand Circus Park and Spirit of Detroit Plaza. These six DDP downtown Detroit Parks attract more than 3 million visitors annually through cultural experiences, programs, events, and activations.