Celebrating 12 years of winter family fun, the Meridian Winter Blast takes over downtown DetroitFebruary 12 – 14 around Campus Martius Park. This year the Meridian Winter Blast (MWB) will feature winter activities, live entertainment, and delicious local restaurants for the whole family to enjoy. This year’s festival is sponsored in part by Meridian, Talmer Bank and Trust, Quicken Loans, Bedrock Real Estate Services, The Michigan Lottery, GM Foundation and the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation.
Some of the great winter festivities include the Meridian Health Plan Snow Slide; Meridian Health Plan sponsored Snow Shoeing, free ice skating on Campus Martius rink sponsored by St. John Providence Health System, marshmallow roasting courtesy of MetroPCS, professional skating demonstrations presented by W.H. Canon, and more.
Attendees will experience the best of Michigan’s music scene with more than 50 entertainment acts performing on two stages including Thronetta Davis, SKYrise and Taken Aces. Festival-goers can savor uniquely Detroit eats and treats at the Taste of Detroit food and vendor tent to sample delicious local restaurants, stores and artisans. Meridian Winter Blast will also feature a special Kid Zone!
Throughout the event there will be several comfort stations where guests can warm up.
This year, attendees have several ways they can gain entry into MWB while doing good. Talmer Bank and Trust has partnered with Matrix Human Services to give back to our area’s most vulnerable populations. This year’s patrons can select from three ways to enter the festival, including donating three canned goods, a book or paying a $42 admissions fee, which will be donated to Matrix Human Services. The 46 bands scheduled to play this year’s festival are also giving back to the region. Performers are donating 10 percent of their pay toward the Flint Child Health & Development Fund which will be matched by the Winter Blast Foundation and dedicate their first and last song to Flint kids.
The festival runs each day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. All attendees ages 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over 30 after 5 p. m. For more information on parking, festival details and more, please visit www.winterblast.com or call 313.963.8418.