DDP Signature Events

Downtown Detroit Partnership Signature Events are produced in their entirety by the DDP team throughout the year to convene more than 2,000 business executives, corporate partners, thought leaders, change-makers and government officials annually to share DDP's impact across Downtown Detroit and beyond.

Fall Forum: A Real Estate Update

DDP's 2023 Fall Forum: A Real Estate Update was an insightful and engaging gathering that provided a sneak peek at new and emerging real estate development updates in Downtown Detroit. Attendees also received the latest Downtown Detroit Community and Development Update produced in collaboration between the DDP and Downtown Detroit BIZ. 

Detroit Tree Lighting

The 20th Annual Detroit Tree Lighting is on Friday, November 17 from 5:00 p.m. to midnight at the award-winning Campus Martius Park! Enjoy spectacular live entertainment, ​Olympic figure skaters, and award-winning local performers and skating clubs. The night also features amazing lighting attractions, horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday shopping, hot chocolate giveaways, food trucks, visits from Santa and much more! Click for 2022 recap video.

Detroit Aglow

Join us on Monday, November 20, starting at 5:30 p.m. for DDP's signature fundraising dinner at MGM Grand Detroit. For nearly 40 years, this event has kicked off the holiday season with a celebration of our city and DDP’s work. Detroit Aglow provides an unforgettable experience and exclusive networking with a dynamic audience of community, business and government leaders. Funds raised at Detroit Aglow strengthen DDP’s mission to foster a more sustainable, equitable and vibrant Downtown Detroit. We hope you’ll consider making an investment in our work and dynamic city and celebrate with us. 2022 Aglow recap video.

Annual Meeting

DDP holds its Annual Meeting to showcase the accomplishments and contributions of the staff, board members, sponsors and community members. This popular event, that has welcomed as many as 900 attendees, allows the DDP to celebrate its members and our collective commitment to Downtown Detroit.

Party in the Park

On August 3, 2023, the Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP) hosted more than 300 people at Party in the Park, a fundraiser to benefit the parks and public spaces that are managed by DDP. The evening also kicked off the 20th Anniversary celebrations for Campus Martius Park, named the #1 Public Square in the U.S. by USA Today for 2023. Read more in this recap.

Downtown Detroit BIZ Events

The BIZ hosts regular events and meetings to bring together Downtown businesses, organizations, and institutions and to tell the story of Downtown Detroit.

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