The fifth annual Mo Pop Music Festival in West Riverfront Park in Detroit, Michigan features a great lineup with Alt-J, Solange, Foster the People, and more. But music isn't the only thing to enjoy at the festival. The organizers have outdone themselves this year, bringing back many of the elements that made Mo Pop so memorable in the past and adding a few more. Here are five things you can do aside from the music stages at the festival.
Get some Exercise
While dancing and milling around the festival will get you some exercise, if you really want to get your blood flowing the festival has other opportunities as well. If you're staying within biking distance of the festival, the organizers are providing free and secure bike parking at the festival grounds. And Citizen Yoga will be holding an open class on both days of the festival from 1:15 - 2:15 p.m. So bike in and then tune your body and soul with some yoga!
Get an Autograph
The artist interaction at Mo Pop doesn't end at the stage. Certain artists from the lineup will be available each day to sign autographs. The schedules will be released the morning of each day of Mo Pop, and signings are on a first come first serve basis. So watch the schedule for your favorite artists and get a chance to get their signature!
No festival would be complete without the opportunity to taste different food fares and do a little shopping, and Mo Pop is no exception. For food and drink, Mo Pop is outdoing itself. There is the Food Truck Alley with a plethora of food trucks from local vendors, with everything from hot dogs and ice cream to international fare, you've got some serious options to tempt your tastebuds. For adult beverages, there is also the Shipyard and accompanying Sugar House Pop Up to put the proverbial cherry on top of the eating and drinking experience. The Shipyard/Sugar House will feature a variety of craft brews and ciders along with local spirits for the craft drink aficionados.
While there will no doubt be vendors hawking artists gear at Mo Pop, the organizers have also set up a Craft Bazaar featuring handmade goods from twelve of Metro Detroit's local artisans. From patches and jewelry to illustrations and bath and body products, come check out this shopping experience that's unique to Detroit.
Fun and Games
If you need a break from all of the music related festivities and want to blow off some steam, Mo Pop also offers up some good old fashioned fun and games for concertgoers. Cool off in the air conditioned tent of the Mo Arcade, a partnership with Detroit's Offworld Arcade. The tent features classic arcade games, contests, prizes, drinks, and local DJs - and best of all the gameplay is free!