Live music, food, ice skating, snowshoeing and other frosty fun returns to Campus Martius with the Meridian Winter Blast. Organizers announced Thursday that the outdoor event is set for Feb. 6-8.

Launched in 2006 when the Superbowl XL came to Ford Field, the 2014 Winter Blast drew more than 75,000 people, organizers say.

For the 2015, many of the same activities will return to Winter Blast including live bands in heated tents, free figure skating, carnival, snowshoeing and dogsled demonstrations. Detroit restaurants the Whitney and Mercury Burger Bar have been added to the culinary offerings this year.

“There is going to be a new layout this year that we’ll be announcing in January,” event producer Jon Witz said. “We’re going to have a new tent in Cadillac Square, the exact same tent that’s on display right now for Campus Martius’ Showcase D’Holidays event, and it’s a beautiful new tent, and that’s going to be a part of us rearranging the site.”

Witz added the return of the popular giant snow slide is contingent on whether they can find a sponsor.

This year, admission to Winter Blast is a $2 donation to Matrix Human Services, one children’s book or three canned food items.

“It’s going to have a very positive community impact not only on Matrix Services but on community businesses,” Witz said.

Performers interested in being booked at Winter Blast have until Jan. 10 to apply. Visit for more information.

Meridian Winter Blast presented by Quicken Loans

Feb. 6-8

Campus Martius

800 Woodward, Detroit

(248) 541-7550

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