Spirit of Detroit Plaza

New Spirit of Detroit Plaza

Spirit of Detroit Plaza, a newly designed downtown public space on Woodward at Jefferson, inaugurated on Monday, June 12th, 2017 continuing through Thursday, August 31st, 2017.  Weekday Plaza activities include a rotating schedule of lunchtime food truck service, 11am-2pm, and live performances featuring talented youth and established artists representing the cultural diversity found in our city's neighborhoods, each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 11:30am-1:30pm.  Spirit of Detroit Plaza offers a new way to enjoy downtown Detroit and a new location for civic discourse and community exchange. 

Generously funded by The William Davidson Foundation,  Quicken Loans, and Bank of America

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November 27, 2017


DETROIT - NOV. 27, 2017 – DTE Energy Foundation and the Downtown Detroit Partnership are excited to announce a title attempt for the largest gathering of people wearing holiday (Christmas season) sweaters and jumpers at Beacon Park on December 9. Presented by UglyChristmasSweater.com, the Guinness World Records™ attempt will aim to break the current record of 3,473 set at the Kansas Athletics vs. Montana men’s basketball game on December 19, 2015 in Lawrence, KS.

Participants will be asked to convene at Beacon Park on the corner of Cass and Grand River at 6:30 p.m. to begin the process of getting participants in place for the official count. UglyChristmasSweater.com will also be on site selling an assortment of holiday sweaters to anyone needing approved attire. 

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November 08, 2017

Beacon Park Kicks Off Brand New Winter Programming with ‘Light Up Beacon Park!’ Holiday Party on the Night of Tree Lighting

The November 17 party will feature a performance by “Queen of Blues” Thornetta Davis, a live stream of tree lighting at Campus Martius Park, free shuttles, interactive light displays, visits with Santa, food trucks, bars and more!

DETROIT - NOV 8, 2017 – The DTE Energy Foundation and the Downtown Detroit Partnership are excited to announce that Downtown Detroit’s newest public space will kick off a spectacular and innovative season of winter programming with Light Up Beacon Park on November 17 from

5 p.m. to midnight. The holiday party marks the first time in Detroit Tree Lighting history that the family-favorite tradition will expand its entertainment to two separate Downtown parks with free shuttles between the two public spaces. It also kicks off the beginning of Beacon Park’s winter programming schedule filled with silent discos, a beer and wine festival, visits with Santa and much more.

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November 01, 2017

The Downtown Detroit Partnership and DTE Energy Foundation are proud to present the Detroit Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 17 at Campus Martius Park.

DETROIT, Mich., Nov. 1, 2017 – For the 14th consecutive year, the Downtown Detroit Partnership continues one of the city’s most highly anticipated holiday celebrations - the annual Detroit Tree Lighting Ceremony. Brought to you by DTE Energy Foundation, the event will feature a Michigan-grown, 60-foot Norwegian Spruce wrapped in more than 19,000 multi-colored lights and ornaments. The event begins at 5 p.m. and is free to the public.

“The DTE Energy Foundation has been a proud sponsor of this iconic holiday tradition for 14 years, which helps to showcase the beauty of our city and draw visitors downtown throughout the season,” said Faye Nelson, vice president, DTE Energy, and board chair and president of the DTE Energy Foundation. “Our support of the tree lighting is one of the special ways we show our appreciation to the communities we serve, helping thousands of families create memories that will last a lifetime.”

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