GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (ABC 4)- Sunshine, clear skies and warmer weather are favorable aspects of summer, but so is the opportunity to explore many festivals in West Michigan! If you’re looking for fun and affordable ways to get outdoors amongst your community by feasting on delicious food, jamming along to diverse music, celebrating the season and immersing yourself in various cultures, then attend any of these local fests happening this week and weekend before the season ends.

Upcoming festivals in West Michigan this week, Aug. 21-Aug. 27, 2023:

Monday, Aug. 21 to Saturday, Aug. 26 | Hudsonville Community Fair Week

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Deemed the “biggest little fair in Michigan,” the Hudsonville Community Fair has plenty of family-friendly activities to enjoy. From Monday through Saturday, attendees can delight in fair foods, exhibits, livestock shows, vehicle pulls and grandstand events. Learn more here.

Friday, Aug. 25 | Lansing Flo-Fest (Hip Hop)

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From 6-9 p.m., jam out to live rap and hip-hop performances from Samsun DemonSlayer, Joe Brown & TBAR, Marqus Anthony, Bendito and Kevi, all on the Riverfront for free! Learn more about the festival here.

Friday, Aug. 25 to Sunday, Aug. 27 | Polish Heritage Festival in Grand Rapids

The 2022 Polish Heritage Festival was hosted for three-days at Calder Plaza in Grand Rapids. A photo captured in August 2022 shows musicians performing live music on stage. Photo captured by Mike Buck.
The 2022 Polish Heritage Festival. Photo courtesy of Mike Buck.

Celebrate Polish heritage with a three-day event in downtown Grand Rapids! The Polish Heritage Festival features kid activities, live music, eating contests, dance demonstrations and fun for the entire community. Find additional details here.

Saturday, Aug. 26 | Lansing Bless Fest (Variety)

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Held from 1- 9 p.m. at Adado Riverfront Park, Lansing’s Bless Fest showcases a variety of live music at no cost. Attendees can also participate in free giveaways and raffles. Learn more here.

Saturday, Aug. 26 | Burning Foot Beer Festival in Muskegon

Don’t miss Michigan’s “only barefoot beer festival” at Pere Marquette Beach in Muskegon! Sip on craft beer, explore local art, dance along to music and eat delicious food from 3-10 p.m. View additional details here.

Saturday, Aug. 26 | Backyard Burgers & Brews Festival in Battle Creek

The 8th Annual Backyard Burgers & Brews Festival kicks off from 6-11 p.m. in Battle Creek this Saturday! Stroll through the streets of downtown Battle Creek to explore local food truck vendors, restaurants, bars and the area’s awesome social district! More details here.

Grand Rapids Ballet Summer Dance Festival

Images from the Grand Rapids Ballet Jumpstart 2022 program. (Courtesy)
Courtesy of the Grand Rapids Ballet

Grand Rapids Ballet is hosting its second annual free summer dance festival at the Peter Martin Wege Theatre. This Saturday and Sunday, show your appreciation for diverse dance styles like classic, contemporary, hip hop, and ballroom by witnessing incredible performances from talented dancers and ensembles across Michigan. Find more information here

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