eightWest special: Festival of the Arts


Organizers and volunteers at Festival of the Arts are excited to kick off the event’s 49th year this weekend, with activities taking place on June 1, 2, and 3 in downtown Grand Rapids with official opening ceremonies at Calder Plaza at Noon on Friday. 

There are several new additions in 2018, including a comic book event at Rosa Parks Circle and new food offerings.  The footprint of the event has also changed from years past. 

Festival of the Arts features food, family activities, art and live performances by local musicians and performers.  The majority of proceeds from food sales go directly to local nonprofit organizations, so head downtown hungry and ready to enjoy some music and art.  

All activities are free and open to the public.


  • 49th Annual Festival of the Arts


  • June 1, 2, and 3, 2018


  • Downtown Grand Rapids
  • Calder Plaza
  • Ottawa Ave.   

Food booths: http://festivalgr.org/media/files/default/2018_Food_Booth_Listing_(sort_on_position)-_no_booth_10.pdf 

Performance schedule: http://festivalgr.org/media/files/default/fota_schedule_2018_as_of_5-26-18.pdf

Map: http://festivalgr.org/media/files/default/fota_map_5-20-18.pdf

Full Program: http://festivalgr.org/media/files/default/program-2018.pdf

About Festival of the Arts:

In 1969, Alexander Calder’s La Grande Vitesse was installed in front of City Hall in downtown Grand Rapids. The 43-foot-tall, vibrant red stabile, which became known as “The Calder,” inspired a celebration – one that’s grown to encompass most of downtown Grand Rapids.

Festival of the Arts, always the first full weekend of June, celebrates the arts in 2018 on June 1, 2 and 3 in downtown Grand Rapids.  The three day event family friendly remains free and features several stages of performances taking place all day, a juried arts exhibition, and dozens of food booths run by local non-profit organizations. Festival also offers creative activities for children and adults to enjoy with opportunities to make your own art or purchase art from many West Michigan artists. For more information visit festivalgr.org or check out Festival of the Arts on Facebook,Twitter or Instagram. 

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