New Center Park's Special Event series presents theatrical performances, dance parties, and more throughout the summer (times vary). Check out the full line-up below!

June 15

2nd Annual AMC Kids Party

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Join the 20th annual Allied Media Conference as they throw their second AMC Kids Party at New Center Park! This dazzling event for kids, caregivers and community of all ages will feature DJ Mother Cyborg and Kristy La rAt, face painting, coloring stations and more. The AMC believes that creating dynamic content for kids is critical to a more just, creative and collaborative world. They also love a great party.

Friday, June 15th, 7:00-10:00 p.m.

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June 30

La Cenerentola (Cinderella)


Doors at 7:00 PM | Performance at 8:00 PM

Opera MODO’s upcoming production of La Cenerentola (Cinderella) will be a one-of-a-kind event. Retelling this classic fairy tale as a modern reflection on the relationship between art and artifice in designer/director Monika Essen, who will create new works of art for the set, as well as props and costumes for this production. To give this story a truly modern voice, Opera MODO will present this Italian opera using a hilarious new English translation. Local singers, musicians, cast and crew will collaborate to tell this timeless story with a chorus of cater-waiters, and one fierce drag queen fairy godmother.


What this APP will do for you:

  1. Provide you with LOVE scene breakdowns before each scene!
  2. Provide you with information about this show.
  3. Provide you with information about the cast.

The Opera MODO APP is now available on iTunes and the Google Play Store.

July 18-22

In the Heights

Music Lin-Manuel Miranda; Lyrics Lin-Manuel Miranda; Book Quiara Alegría Hudes

Performed by The Detroit Actor's Theatre Company


The story explores three days in the characters' lives in the New York City Latino neighbourhood of Washington Heights. The score features hip-hop, salsa, merengue and soul music. 

In the hispanic community of Manhattan's Washington Heights, bodega owner Usnavi is dating Vanessa, who works in a beauty salon. He dreams of opening a bar in his home country, the Dominican Republic. Nina loves Benny, a shy young man who has worked for Nina's parents for years, but her father opposes their union because he wants Nina to finish her education at Stanford University. She doesn't want her father to bankrupt himself paying for the expensive school, but her father is prepared to sell his car-service business. "Abuela" Claudia, who raised Usnavi after the death of his parents, wins $96,000 in a numbers game.

Performance Times:

  • Doors at 7:00 p.m. | All performances at 8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 18
  • Thursday, July 19
  • Friday, July 20
  • Saturday, July 21
  • Sunday, July 22

Rain Dates for In The Heights
In the situation that any of these performances need to be re-scheduled, the rain dates are Saturday, July 21 at 2:00 p.m., and Sunday July 22 at 2:00 p.m.

Sponsored By:


July 27-29

Wanda and Winky Go To California

Performed by CMAP


Adapted from the children's book Wanda and Winky by Commerce Township author Linda McLean, this performance tells the story of the Detroit Zoo's last two elephants who made headlines in 2005 when they were retired to an animal sanctuary in California, making the Zoo the nation's first major animal facility to retire an animal solely on ethical grounds. Wanda and Winky Go To California will use spectacular, life-sized elephant puppets to narrate the poetic journey of these Asian elephants, fostering a greater understanding and appreciation of this endangered and beautiful animal.

Performance Times:

Friday, July 27 | 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 28 | 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m
Sunday, July 29 | 2:00 p.m.

Sponsored By:


August 11 - 12

Detroit Caribbean Cultural Festival

Saturday, August 11 | 12:00-11:00 PM
Sunday, August 12 | 1:00-10:00 PM

A family festival featuring live performances, dancers, Caribbean food and drink, vendors and more.

Produced by:  The Caribbean Cultural and Carnival Organization (CCCO)

This event has an entry fee ($). Call (313) 255-2226 for more information.

For a full calendar of events, click here.

Any film cancellations due to inclement weather will be announced on Facebook and Twitter.