GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — One of the biggest festivals in Grand Rapids is back and bigger than ever.

The 53rd annual Festival of the Arts runs June 3 through June 5. It will feature performances, artists and lots of food. For the first time in the festival’s history, there will also be a beer tent.

The event was canceled for two years because of the pandemic. Chairman Baird Hawkins said they are expecting a huge turnout now that the festival is back.

The festival kicks off at 12 p.m. on Friday and runs through Sunday at 8 p.m. More than 200 performers are scheduled to take part on the four stages set up around downtown.

For the full conversation with Chairman Baird Hawkins, watch the video in the player at the top of this story.