Summer Evenings at New Center Park

This summer, New Center Park, Midtown Detroit Inc.’s unique green space, offers free movies and live entertainment the whole family can enjoy from June through August. Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings are offered to the public free of charge (although there is the occasional ticketed event on those nights). You can enjoy a lovely evening out in the unique green space located on the southwest corner of Second Avenue and West Grand Boulevard across from the Fisher Building. New Center Park offers a licensed bar and grill at the park’s concession stand.

Wednesday evenings at the park offer an enjoyable screening of outdoor movies. Thursday night’s music series presents a variety of genres and live outdoor performances. Dust off your dancing shoes and join other guests in thrilling Saturday night dance parties with live music performances.

Upgrade your family nights out and join in on the fun at New Center Park! View the full schedule below, check out or follow them @NewCenterPK on Twitter to keep up to date!

Wednesday Night at the Movies

Doors open at 8:00 p.m. Screening begins at dusk.

July 9

August 6

“Beasts of the Southern Wild”

Giveaway to first 144 people to arrive

“Slum Dog Millionaire”

Trivia contest and candy prizes

July 16

August 13

Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland”

Croquet activity and art project

“March of the Penguins”

Dress in black and white for drink specials

Giveaway for kids

July 23

August 20

“Despicable Me”

 Art project

“Breakfast Club”

Raffle giveaway

July 30

August 27

“Close Encounters of the Third Kind”

Frisbee activity

“2001: A Space Odyssey”

Moonwalk activity


Thursday Night Music Series

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Performances begin at 7:00 p.m.

July 10

August 7

Jazz Off Allstars Band

Detroit’s finest jazz musicians perform the classics and more.

Brock McQuire Band, Corktown Popes

From traditional Irish sounds to Celtic rock, these bands deliver thrilling performances.

July 17

August 14

Audra Kubat

Detroit singer-songwriter performs with her band and a special guest!

Breathe Owl Breathe

Folk-indie band with breathtaking harmonies and lyricism

July 24

August 21

Motown Legends Gospel

Led by Al Chisholm, the MLGC delivers an unforgettable performance.

Black Violin

Hip-hop and classical viola and violin fusion

July 31

August 28

The Ebony Hillbillies

With their rootsy, homegrown style, you’re guaranteed a good time!

The Infatuations

High energy rock n’ soul sounds make for an electrifying performance.


Saturday Night Dance Parties

Doors open at 8:00 p.m. Parties begin at 9:00 p.m.

July 5

August 2

Concert of Colors “Tune-up”

8:00 p.m.: Chicago Afrobeat Project

9:30 p.m.: Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca

African World Festival “Tune-Up”

Featuring Meklit Hadero

July 12

August 9

Shakespeare in Detroit

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Caribbean Festival

Come experience Caribbean culture and dance.

July 19

August 16


Come see this talented lyricist, social activist and renowned emcee.

Detroit Ballroom Dance Party

Featuring Mr. Smooth and dancers

July 26

August 23

Salsa Dance Party

Featuring Duane Wrenn and

energetic soul dancers

Dakha Brakha

A Ukranian sensation, this ecletic group is not to be missed.

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