Detroit Announces WinterFest at Palmer Park Event on tap for Feb 11-13

Palmer Park will come alive with winter activities for the City’s inaugural WinterFest presented by Detroit Parks & Recreation. The event will take place at Palmer Park from Friday, February 11th through Sunday, February 13th and feature a full schedule of outdoor activations for the entire family to enjoy.

The event will feature ice skating, snow shoeing, a sledding hill, horse and carriage rides, food trucks, Detroit-based vendors and entertainment including DJ Righteous, DJ Ray Oshea, 313 The Live Experience Band, Charivari DJ Collective, and The Detroit Youth Choir brought to you by Bedrock, and more.

“Detroiters know we have the gift of having all four seasons so we wanted to provide an opportunity to enjoy winter at one of Detroit’s premier parks, said Brad Dick, Group Executive, Services & Infrastructure, City of Detroit. “This event is a family friendly way to give back to our city and we couldn’t be happier to provide all of it for free. We also want to thank our partner Bedrock for coming onboard to support the Detroit Youth Choir performance.”

“One of Bedrock’s missions has always been to activate public spaces with accessible, family friendly activities and we’re thrilled to be supporting the City of Detroit in their endeavor to do so by activating Palmer Park with the inaugural WinterFest,” said Leona Medley, Director of Strategic Community Partnerships at Bedrock. “We look forward to seeing this winter wonderland come to life for Detroiters and visitors alike through the packed schedule of events, activities and entertainment.”

The City of Detroit WinterFest community partner, People For Palmer Park, is also excited about the City’s support to activate the park this winter.

“We are thrilled that the City of Detroit has selected Palmer Park for its 2022 WinterFest. We appreciate the partnership we have with the City of Detroit and look forward to jointly presenting a wonderful weekend of fun outdoor winter activities in a Palmer Park winter wonderland,” said Rochelle Lento, President of People for Palmer Park.

Located between McNichols and 7 Mile Roads and west of Woodward Avenue in northwest Detroit, Palmer Park has been a treasured nature park and recreation site for more than 130 years. Sen. Thomas Palmer and his wife Lizzie Merrill Palmer donated this land to the City of Detroit in the 1890s with the stipulation that it always remain “a park for the good of everyone.”

WinterFest will take place on the east side of the park between the shelter and tennis courts. For more information, visit

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