Every year, free-spirited hipsters and Indie music enthusiasts gather together at MoPop to experience music, art, and community through live performances and good old-fashioned festival food.
This year, MoPop returns to Detroit, setting up shop on the West Riverfront Park located along West Jefferson Avenue and the Detroit RiverWalk.
The 20-acre, outdoor venue vibes perfectly with the MoPop crowd, an audience that embodies a mixture of Woodstock and Coachella with their music taste and fashion. Speaking of which, check out the MoPop Style Guide on Instagram for examples of MoPop fashion from local tastemakers.
From food trucks to art and arcades, MoPop has it all and with the event just around the corner, we have the information you need to make the most of the two-day festival in the Motor City.
MoPop has two great stages this year with sponsors that do more than contribute to the event: their brand creates a homogenous aesthetic, perfect for the free-spirit festival.
Start your festival off right with an open Yoga Class, hosted by Citizen Yoga on July 24. Lululemon will provide 20 free mats on a first-come first-served basis. The free class starts at 12:15 p.m.
Even if you don’t play an instrument, you’ve heard of Fender, a cultural icon for all things music and performance. As the “world’s largest guitar manufacturer,” Fender is the perfect stage sponsor for the 2016 festival.
Be sure to check out the full Fender Stage lineup on MoPop’s official website. With acts like Twin Peaks and Haim on Saturday and The Head and the Heart on Sunday, 2016 is sure to be a memorable year of performers.
As a MoPop sponsored platform, Grande Stage has exciting, show-stopping artists lined up, including G-Easy closing the show on Saturday and M83 on Sunday.
For a complete list of the Grande Stage performances, check out the schedule on MoPop’s website.
Food Truck Rally Alley
What’s a festival without the food?
This year, MoPop has some great food trucks on site to make your festival experience tasty and enjoyable.
If you’re looking for a great sandwich, check out Concrete Cuisine (get the Sweeties!), Saucy Joe’s, Hero or Villain, The Rolling Stoves, and Slows BBQ.
If you’re looking for Mexican cuisine, like tacos, and burrito bowls, stop by Delectabowl, El Guapo, and Los Dos Amigos.
There are also healthy food alternatives like the Vegan food truck Shimmy Shack and Living Foods.
Need a boost of energy to get through the festival? Bear Claw Coffee is on site, serving up their fresh brews. Treat Dreams Ice Cream will also be there for your sweet tooth cravings.
The food trucks will be lined up on the venue by West Jefferson Avenue, located between the Craft Bazaar and Grande Stage. Check out the map for a reference.
For full information on the list of food trucks, along with their menu and dietary options, check out the MoPop website.
Alcohol aficionados rejoice: the Riverside Biergarten has a great selection of the best craft beers around.
With stands like Pabst, Rochester Mills Brewery, Magic Hat and many more, you have full access to partake in the coolest bars in Michigan, right in the middle of the festival; no really, the tent is conveniently located in the middle of the park, by the Detroit River Walk.
Check out the website for a list of vendors and the brews their bringing to the event.
The best part about MoPop Festival: there’s more than music to enjoy.
Located by the Riverside Biergarten and the Food Truck Rally Alley, The Craft Bazaar is the perfect place to pick up unique clothing, jewelry, and art.
Embrace your inner fashionista and check out Outerspaceways Apparel, for handmade goods, Oh Sew Betty for sewn purses, and Mended for second-hand materials repurposed into clothing and handbags.
What’s clothing without jewelry? Check out Handmade Detroit, Blackenedruby, and Courtney Fischer Jewelry for original accessories.
If art is your thing, you’re in luck! Some of the most unique and quirky artists make up the Bazaar with screen prints by All Things Grow, tiny art and prints from Gingerly Made, stained glass from Glass Action, and few other screen prints and illustrations from Hooray Forever, Jodi Lynn’s Emporium of Doodles, and Paintings By Jason Gibner.
There’s many more hip artists and fun fashion on the MoPop website, so be sure to check out the complete list of crafters at the festival.
More Fun Things
Credit Karma Arcade
There’s something for everyone at MoPop Festival, including an authentic Arcade filled with some great throwback games like Tetris, Galaga, Ms. Pacman, and more!
This air-conditioned tent, sponsored by Credit Karma and Offworld Arcade, is the perfect opportunity to experience a #throwbackthursday with prizes, drinks, and local DJs to keep the fun going.
The arcade is located by the main entrance and positioned next to the Detroit RiverWalk.
Leave you mark on MoPop by “vandalizing” the Pabst Van, an ongoing mobile art experience that tours festival scenes all around the country.
Take a turn at the Ink Addict art wall and check out the live painting going on all weekend.
Opportunity Detroit is proud to be a partner of MoPop Festival.
It’s events like this that bring revenue and interest to Detroit, generating an attraction to the city and contributing to its regrowth and revitalization.
If you haven’t already, get your tickets today (they’re going fast!) and enjoy a weekend unlike any other at the 2016 MoPop Festival.