Winter at Valade is back for another season. Visit the Detroit Riverfront for FREE family fun on weekends in January and February.

Bundle up and head to the Detroit Riverfront for Winter at Valade Park! On select weekends in January and February, visitors can warm up by oversized outdoor fires, enjoy hot seasonal drinks, make s’mores on the custom marshmallow roasters, grab a sled from the Sled Shed (featuring free sleds when it snows), and more.

Plan your visit for a themed weekend!

  • Fire and Ice (Jan. 5 – 7): All weekend enjoy oversized fires, turkey legs and an ice carving competition. Try your hand at archery and ax throwing, or take your picture on our Iron Throne – made of ice, of course! Frozen’s Elsa and Renaissance Fair performers will be wandering the park for additional photo opportunities. The signature moment of the weekend is Fire and Ice Tower – a 7 foot ice structure that will become a giant bonfire once lit at 6pm on Friday.
  • Motown Magic (Jan. 19 – 21): Celebrate everything you love about Detroit at Motown Magic weekend at Valade Park! We’ll have a local vendor market, a Detroit Pistons park takeover, and a classic Motown soundtrack courtesy of local DJs and dance groups.
  • Mardi Gras At Valade (Feb. 9 – 11): Mardi Gras comes to the Detroit Riverfront!  Enjoy the best of Caribbean Carnival and a New Orleans style Mardi Gras with Carnival outfits, big heads, steel pan drums and second line parades and more!   
  • Lunar New Year (Feb. 23 – 25): There’s no better place to experience winter celebrations from around the globe than on Detroit’s international riverfront. Join us for Lunar New Year celebration, featuring an international food truck rally and dance performances showcasing a variety of styles and genres by Detroit artists. Stay tuned for more details!

Weekend event hours are Fridays 4pm to 9pm, Saturdays 12pm to 9pm and Sundays 12pm to 7pm.

FREE parking is available across from the park in a gravel lot located at the corner of Atwater and Chene. There are also public restrooms!