The annual Meridian Winter Blast returns to Detroit this year. The festival in Campus Martius Park runs from Friday, Jan. 26 - Sunday, Jan. 28. The event features various activities for the whole family to enjoy, including skiing and zip lining, a variety of food trucks and live entertainment featuring Detroit artists and DJs from the Movement Festival.
Jon Witz, the festival's organzier, said this event has something for everybody. “It’s great to bring a unique winter-themed event to Detroit,” said Witz. “We’re the true Detroit signature festival.”
“The festival was first created in 2005 as a sort of practice run for Detroit’s hosting of the Super Bowl in 2006,” said Witz. “That trial run in 2005 went so well, it became almost the legacy of the Super Bowl to continue this festival.”
This year’s event is different from previous years due to some of the new attractions, including the Boyne city slopes.
“Boyne mountains and Boyne highlands are building two snow mountains for people to ski and snowboard. They’re bringing 20 ski instructors and will have snowboards and skis. People will have the opportunity to go skiing and snowboarding on Cadillac Square,” said Witz.
This is a chance for those who haven’t skied before to learn to do so.
This year’s Winter Blast will be larger than before, as it will be expanding down Woodward Avenue a few blocks outside of Campus Martius. Entrance to the event is $3, which includes the Boyne activities, live music that features 50 bands and enjoying the art sculptures. Skating in Campus Martius is free during the event. Attendees can gain free entrances if they donate three items of canned goods to a Chemical Bank location until Jan. 26.
Witz said, “If you haven’t been to the Winter Blast, it really showcases the bars, restaurants, infrastructure and changes to Downtown Detroit. Embrace winter and embrace the city.”