Festival celebrates 50 years


The countdown to Festival of the Arts is on! This year the beloved Grand Rapids tradition will celebrate 50 years! Here to talk to us more about Festival and how you can get involved are Allison Palm, Madeline Dells and Becky Richard.

Festival of the Arts Celebrates 50 Years

  • June 7-8-9
  • Downtown Grand Rapids
  • Live music, art, family activities, food and more
  • Festivalgr.org

About Festival of the Arts

Festival of the Arts began on what’s known as “Calder Plaza” with just a few art displays, two stages and a few food booths.  Over the years, Festival’s popularity grew, eventually encompassing most all of downtown with several stages of continuous performances, a Regional Art Exhibition featuring some of the best artists in West Michigan, dozens of food booths all run by nonprofit organizations, and creative activities for children and adults to enjoy!

Festival of the Arts draws hundreds of thousands of people downtown each year to celebrate the arts. The three day event serves as the kick-off to summer in West Michigan.

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