Festival of the Arts Kicks Off Summer
Festival of the Arts is always the first full weekend in June and is widely known as the unofficial kickoff of summer in Grand Rapids. Festival is a FREE three-day community event that features several performance stages, a juried Regional Arts Exhibition, and a wide variety of food booths. It also includes creative activities for children and adults as well as the option to purchase art from West Michigan artists.
In this, the 48th year of Festival, visitors will celebrate the history of the last 4 decades with the theme “Make It a Family Tradition.” Dates for Festival 2017 are June 2, 3, and 4.
Visit the NEW Kids’ World Stage at Rosa Parks Circle
This year, organizers are revamping the children’s activities and performances to create a “Kids’ World,” which will be located at the Rosa Parks Circle stage during all three days.
Friday stage performances at Rosa Parks Circle stage include the Gemini Brothers, Kevin Kammeraad, and Miranda of “The Miranda Show.” Saturday features Jim the Spoon Man, John Ball Zoo, Dilly Songs, and the Grandville Avenue Arts and Humanities.
There’s Cool Stuff at the Other Stages, Too
Hands-On Activities for All Ages
SEE ALSO: Grand Rapids Summer Camps Guide – 2017
And Don’t Forget the Food!
Tips from a Mom who Went Last Year
- Last year, Parking at the Van Andel Arena was easiest for us and only $5. This year, you can find a good place to park using this interactive tool.
- Last year there was free face painting for kids behind the Calder/federal building
- There is Paint-In (free painting for just the kids) before you reach the Calder stage
- Booth #3 will be selling popsicles.
- There is an indoor changing/feeding area for infants with regular bathrooms too. You go into the Festival headquarters behind the Calder and take the elevator downstairs
- Georgetown United Methodist Church (booth #14) sells Hudsonville Ice cream in waffle cones! It’s a yearly staple for so many people who visit Festival.
- Kids can get a festival balloon near the Calder.