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Winter can be a bummer sometimes: the cold weather, the shorter days, the snow-turned-slush on the roads. But there are also some things about winter that we really love: snowman making, hot chocolate drinking, catching snowflakes on your tongue and cozying up by a fire. On those days, winter seems pretty awesome.
Meridian Winter Blast showcases all the fun parts of the season – the ice skating, the s’mores making…the heated beer tents. This Friday through Sunday, Campus Martius and Cadillac Square will be taken over by this winter festival jampacked with indoor and outdoor amusements.
When we’re not roasting marshmallows on one of the outdoor fire pits, you’ll find us inside the Taste of Detroit tent where some of our favorite restaurants will be serving up a smorgasbord of deliciousness. Hudson Cafe, El Asador, Slow’s To Go, La Dolce Vita, (revolver), El Barzon and Detroit Seafood Market are all scheduled to be on hand with some seriously good eats. Sip on a craft beer while you graze your way around the tent.
There’s two tents, actually. They need two to contain all the activities including live music from 50 local performers throughout the weekend, and interactive shows for kids. The tents are heated to a cozy 60-degrees.
Outside, the headlining attraction is a towering 200-foot snow slide. Zipping down the hills on an inner tube is awesomely fun for kids and grownups alike. Tickets for the snow slide cost $3, and $1 of every ticket will benefit the Flint community.
If you’re thinking that the scant snowfall this season will make for a rather gray event, don’t worry. They’ve actually brought in snow from up north, so there will be plenty of fresh, white powder for snow-sliding and snowshoeing (oh yea, there’s free snowshoeing, too).
Thrill seekers can get a one-of-a-kind, bird’s eye view of downtown on the Bedrock Zip Line Adventure, where you’ll glide through the sky on an aerial ropeslide, traversing 300 feet in 20 seconds.
Admission for Winter Blast costs just $2, or you can donate three canned food items or a children’s book in lieu of a cash payment. All proceeds will benefit Matrix Human Services.
If you live or work downtown, stop by on Friday between 4:30-6 p.m. for Happy Hour specials offered exclusively for downtowners. Score $3 craft beers like Bell’s Two Hearted and Goose Island IPa, and $1 off cocktails. Be sure to bring your ID so you can take advantage of the deals. Admission to the festival is also free before 5 p.m. on Friday.
Here’s the schedule for Meridian Winter Blast, presented by Quicken Loans:
Friday, February 12, 11:00 am-11:00 pm
Saturday, February 13, 11:00 am-11:00 pm
Sunday, February 14, 11:00 am-9:00 pm