Festival of the Arts brings 300K to Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — As the 49th annual Festival of the Arts in Grand Rapids wrapped up Sunday, organizers’ eyes were already on next year’s event.

Held each year during the first full weekend of June, the festival features arts and crafts, live music and, of course, a wide assortment of food.

James Wynn, who said this is his 45th festival visit, said the event is all about “meeting people, eating, enjoying the music, and just having fun.”

“The weather is perfect, and I love the music, and I love the food,” festivalgoer Abe Devries said.

“Love festival. I’d recommend the chicken tamales, and the pork tamales, and the kimchi,” his mother Connie Devries added.

Organizers said the festival brought about 300,000 people downtown over its three days.

“The festival was absolutely incredible this year,” Festival Interim Executive Director David Abbott said. “We’ve had bigger lines than we’ve had in the past few years … because the weather has been absolutely incredible.”

Next year will mark the 50th annual festival, and Abbott has big plans in mind.

“If your parents make it to 50 years of marriage, you better throw them a big party, and we will throw Grand Rapids a big celebration,” he said.

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