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Dequindre Cut Freight Yard Series

  • Dequindre Cut Freight Yard 1905 Alfred Street Detroit, MI (map)

The Dequindre Cut Freight Yard will be the go to destination for outdoor libations and merriment this summer! Head to the Dequindre Cut for this  retail, entertainment and gathering space built from nine repurposed shipping containers. 

Freight Yard features a beer and wine garden, entertainment, food trucks headed up by the folks from Brut Detroit and Yum Village and a Detroit-based vendor market curated by Build Institute.

The Freight Yard features nine shipping containers that are installed in a pattern designed to be visually stimulating, yet functional as well.  The “Hub” is the centerpiece of the installation and features five shipping containers stacked on top of each other to house a DJ booth and retail space.  Interesting lighting treatments, creative site furnishings and the colorful work of local artists combine to create a fun, festive environment.

Freight Yard Food and Beverage will be open to the public starting May 19th on Friday 4-10 PM, Saturday 11-10 PM and Sunday 12- 9 PM with the Freight Yard Retail Bazaar open every Saturday and Sunday from 11-3PM starting June 1. For a full list of hours, entertainment, food trucks and vendors visit us on facebook at

Freight Yard is located on the Dequindre Cut between Wilkins and Division street with the closest entrance located at Wilkins Street. Parking is available in the Eastern Market District. 

The Dequindre Cut Freight Yard project is a partnership between the Conservancy, Build Institute, Lawrence Technological University (LTU), Western International High School, Ponyride and Groundswell Design Group funded by the Knight Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Ford Motor Company, Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan and other local partners. 

The Dequindre Cut Greenway is a non motorized path that opened to the public in May of 2009. The 1.65 mile greenway offers a pedestrian link between the East Riverfront, Eastern Market and several residential neighborhoods in between.

Formerly a Grand Trunk Railroad line, the Dequindre Cut is a predominately below-street level greenway that runs parallel to St. Aubin Street, between Mack Avenue and Atwater Street, just north of the riverfront. Well-known for its examples of urban artwork and graffiti, the greenway features a 20-foot-wide paved pathway, which includes separate lanes for pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

Earlier Event: July 19
Cupcakes & Conversation
Later Event: September 2
Dequindre Cut Freight Yard Series