Chemical Bank is teaming up with Matrix Human Services to donate to those in need this winter. There is a $3 charge to enter Meridian Winter Blast this year, but the cost will be a donation to Matrix Human Services. 

When planning your festival trip, please note the below policies:

  • Admission is $3 per person.  Children under three are free
  • There are six entrances to the festival:  Fort & South Woodward; southwest corner of Michigan & Campus Martius; northwest corner of Michigan & Woodward; Monroe & Farmer; Outside the Main entrance to the 1 Campus Martius/Meridian Building; Cadillac & Bates.
  • Please note that no one under 18 will be admitted without parent of guardian over 30 years of age after 5:00pm.  
  • All guests under the age of 18 must remain with a parent of guardian at all times during the festival.
  • Please note, dogs are not permitted at this festival
  • Winter Blast reserves the right to ask anyone for ID at anytime.
  • Free admission tickets are available- see special offers below!


Chemical Bank is sponsoring free admission for Meridian Winter Blast!  From January 17-January 26, 2018, all Chemical Bank branches in Southeastern Michigan will be collecting non-perishable food items in exchange for Winter Blast admission.  Simply bring in three cans of food to any Chemical Bank branch and exchange for a free ticket to the festival.  A full list of participating branch locations are below.

Participating Branch Locations:

Birmingham                                            980 South Old Woodward, Birmingham MI 48009

Southfield                                               24805 W. Twelve Mile Road, Southfield MI 48034

Troy                                                       2301 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy MI 48084

West Bloomfield                                      7950 W. Maple Road, West Bloomfield MI 48322

Farmington Hills – 12 & Halsted                37386 W. 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills MI 48331

Farmington Downtown                             33205 Grand River Avenue, Farmington MI 48336

Brighton                                                 8700 North Second Street, Brighton MI 48116

Ann Arbor                                               2950 S. State Street, Ann Arbor MI 48104

Livonia                                                   17900 Haggerty Road, Livonia MI 48152

Shelby                                                   50787 Corporate Drive, Shelby Township MI 48315

Mt. Clemens                                           100 N. Main Street, Mt. Clemens MI 48043

Sterling Heights                                      3801 E. Metropolitan Parkway, Sterling Heights MI 48310

Warren                                                   14801 12 Mile Road, Warren MI 48088

Madison Heights                                      1800 E. 12 Mile Road, Madison heights MI 48071

Auburn Hills                                            1988 Opdyke Rd., Auburn Hills MI 48326

Rochester                                               440 Main Street, Rochester MI 48307

Hamtramck                                             9252 Joseph Campau Street, Hamtramck MI 48212

Detroit                                                    333 Fort Street/Suite 100, Detroit MI 48226

Grosse Pointe Woods                                20276 Mack Avenue, Grosse Pointe Woods MI 48236

Grosse Pointe Farms                                 99 Kercheval Avenue, Grosse Pointe Farms MI 48236


Visitors to the NAIAS on Winter Blast Weekend will receive free admission to the Winter Blast Festival.

The new festival dates are a result of a partnership with the North American International Auto Show, as both events will promote the other in efforts to maximize tourism and positive impact to downtown Detroit. The key aspect of the collaboration will feature free, same day admission to the Meridian Winter Blast for any patron of the NAIAS.  

Visitors to the NAIAS on Winter Blast weekend will be offered a hand stamp upon exit of the show.  Show the hand stamp at any Winter Blast entrance to receive free festival admission!



Matrix Human Services, a 501(c)3 organization, has served the Detroit community and surrounding areas for more than 107 years. The League of Catholic Women led the way in 1906 with a vision and mission to fight poverty.  Today our mission remains the same as we continue to touch hearts and change lives in our community. With 17 programs at 26 locations, Matrix Human Services serves more than 10,000 individuals and families each year.

All Matrix programs are rooted in our Transition to Success (TTS) Model, developed by President and CEO Dr. Marcella Wilson.  This system of care is designed to transition individuals and families out of poverty to a life of economic self-sufficiency. Serving as connective tissue to all programs and services, Matrix offers a strong reliable hand up…not just a hand out.  TTS coordinates care for basic needs, learning to read, getting an education (GED), financial literacy and volunteerism, a core component of Transition to Success. 

Today, Transition to Success is positioned to become a national model. Thanks to an award from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and tremendous support from the community, we are developing a curriculum to teach others in Detroit and around the country the “how to” of TTS.  We are receiving national attention and we are measuring health and economic self-sufficiency indicators.

Matrix programs include Matrix Bridging the Gap, The Matrix Center, Matrix Head Start, Matrix Michigan Prisoner Re-Entry, Matrix Off The Streets, Matrix Partnerships for Housing and Landlord Alliance, Matrix Reuther Older Adult and Wellness Services, Matrix Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, Matrix Youth Assistance Program, Matrix Ways to Work, The Matrix Employment Center and many more.