After a long workweek, you’ve finally made it to the weekend: a time for relaxation, time with friends and family, and enjoying the last few weeks of summer.
Get ready to make the month of August count as Summer in the Parks brings you Summer Saturday Nights and Sunday Brunch, programs that provide food and drink specials from local restaurants, bars, and breweries along with live music, games, and prizes.
We have all the information you need to send off your summer with a bang. Keep reading for details on event dates, times, and locations along with an interview on the importance of Capitol Park’s partnership with Summer in the Parks.
Summer Saturday Nights
Are you ready for food, fun, and entertainment? Every Saturday starting August 6, Summer Saturday Nights is your go-to hotspot for great food and live concerts.
For a complete list of events, check out the Summer Saturday Night’s event schedule.
Bourbon, Brews and BBQ
August 6 kicks off the Saturday Nights with Bourbon, Brews and BBQ, a night devoted to Detroit’s best BBQ joints.
Located in Capitol Park, this event features endless BBQ samples and delicious desserts from Detroit’s most delectable eateries.
The party keeps going as over a dozen barrel aged bourbons can be sampled throughout the event, including a variety of craft beers.
This event is 21+, and runs form 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased on the Capitol Park website for $15. Register today!
Tacos and Tequila
If you’re looking for a unique dining experience inspired by Mexican and Latin flavors, check out Taco and Tequila on August 13.
The name is self-explanatory: Local restaurant and eateries in Detroit will provide samples of delicious tacos, with bountiful amounts of tequilas, margaritas, and Mexican beer samples.
To set the mood, live Latin jazz will add to the ambiance and theme of the event.
This event is 21+. Located in Capitol Park, the party starts at 7:00 p.m. and ends at 11:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased on the website for $15.
Taste of Italy
Mama Mia! The taste of Italy event will feature samples prepared by local Italian restaurants in the city.
Guests will also be given four drink tickets for some of the most delicious Italian themed wine and cocktails.
August 20 is your date for authentic Italian cuisine. The event spans from 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. and is located in Capitol Park.
The event is 21+. Tickets can be purchased on the website for $15.
Summertime in the City: Detroit Summerfest Finale
August 27 is a celebration of the end of summer with a cookout, cocktails, craft beers, and live music!
The events starts at 7:00 p.m. as samples of summer-themed food and drink will be available to enjoy.
Stick around: starting at 9:00 p.m., The Infatuations get the night going with a live music performance of pure rock & roll.
This event is located in Capitol Park and is 21+. Tickets can be purchased on the website for $15.
Your Saturday nights are not complete without Sunday mornings.
Relax and recharge from your energetic weekend and spend time at Summer in the Park’s Sunday Brunch, occurring every Sunday in August in Capitol Park.
Along with the scheduled events, there will be brunch food provided by specialty food trucks, serving bloody marys, mimosas, tequila sunrises and much more! Check out the complete schedule for more information.
Marianne Audrey Burrows
Sunday, August 7 kicks off local Detroit artist Marianne Burrows.
Located in Capitol Park, join Burrows as she does a performance painting in the park.
This event starts at 11:00 a.m. and is free and open to the public.
Chere Pepper, Al Depree and Audra Kubat
Enjoy a day of live music in Capitol Park with local Detroit artists on August 14.
Chere Pepper starts the day at 11:00 a.m. with her unique contemporary music.
At the same time, you can enjoy work by self-taught artist, Al Depree and his abstract art pieces.
Finally, stick around for Audra Kubat, a songwriting tutor at Detroit Institute for Music Education (DIME) and a self-taught singer-songwriter. Her performance will begin at 1:00 p.m.
The day ranges from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. These events are open and free to the public.
Brandon Christopher, Michelle Held and Deblon Jackson
August 21 kicks off with contemporary and interactive artist Brandon Christopher, who will work with recycled materials to create an art piece that inspires social and civic conversation.
Simultaneously, enjoy music by Michelle Held. Performing at 11:00 a.m., this artist brings a unique sound to the Park.
Last, but not least, enjoy live jazz music by talented flautist Deblon Jackson at 1:00 p.m.
Kenny Watson, Painting with a Twist, The Redwoods
Get ready to send off the summer with Sunday Brunch’s last day of music and art in the park, August 28,
Kenny Watson takes the stage at 11:00 a.m. with his many musical talents in genres like R&B, Jazz, Alternative, Classical and Hip-Hop.
While you’re jamming out to Watson, join Painting with a Twist with a demonstration by a local artist. Participants can take a 10-15 minute, take-home painting session with the artist. There will also be opportunities to win raffled paintings.
Join the Redwoods at 1:00 p.m. as they end the night with an alternative rock performance. As students of DIME, locals will enjoy the talents created and inspired through the city of Detroit.
Summer in Capitol Park
We had a moment to catch up with Ebony Jennings, the Marketing Coordinator with the Downtown Detroit Partnership, on the importance of Capitol Park and the Summer in the Parks.
“Capitol Park is a landmark of liberty; at this site began full self-government by the people of Michigan in the Union of American states,” she explains. “The land was ultimately converted to a park, and it has remained a public space up to the present.”
“The Park is situated in a historic district in Detroit bounded by Grand River Avenue, Woodward Avenue, Michigan Avenue, and Washington Boulevard, listed on the National Register of Historic Places,” Jennings continued.
“Each year the park’s participation in Detroit’s Summer in the Parks season of free-of-charge community events gains in popularity, featuring top music, food tastings, entertainment, culturally themed parties and more in this favorite city center,” said Jennings.
August is the month to celebrate summer: with live music, tasty food, and unique art, be sure check out these events and end your summer right!