First Year for Founders Fest E-mail
Join in the celebration as Founders Brewery hosts its inaugural festival from 3-11pm on Saturday, June 21. Grandville Avenue between Williams and Bartlett will be blocked off for a day of beer, food and music that the brewery has aptly named Founders Fest.

The outdoor event will feature seven local and regional bands on the center stage beginning at 3 pm, and the lineup includes Grand Rapids' own Oracle, Chance Jones, UV Hippo, Total Blam Blams and Winter/Sessions. Muskegon's Four Finger Five and headliner, Chicago Afro-beat Project, will end the festival.

GRNow Weekly Preview June 16-22 E-mail
Founders Brewing highlights another weekend of festivals with its first-ever outdoor celebration of beer and music Saturday. B93's Birthday Bash in Ionia will have top country acts both Saturday and Sunday and Grand Rapids' southeast side will have both the Reeds Lake Clothesline Art Festival and Eastown Bizarre Bazaar.

Rockwell's and Republic now open on South Division

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40th Annual Rockford Start of Summer Celebration E-mail
The Rockford Start of Summer Celebration runs June 13-15 and features carnival rides, food, games, contests, crafts, music, beer tent, and much more. Don't miss the parade Saturday at 11am and fireworks starting at dusk Saturday night. Also be sure to check out Karaoke Friday night at the Pavilion and the Bedlam in Rockford Bed Race starting at 1pm Sunday on Bridge Street. Free admission and shuttle service to downtown Rockford.

Start of Summer Celebration Calendar Listing
Fifth Annual Street Party Celebrates Local Fare E-mail
Local restaurants, musicians, and beer are the focus of the Local First Street Party taking place Saturday, June 14 in front of Bistro Bella Vita. The largest local party in the Midwest is expected to draw over 12,000 this year alone. The free celebration starts at 5:00 p.m. and lasts until midnight at the corner of Weston and Grandville in downtown Grand Rapids.

Seven local restaurants will provide entrees and sample menu items for $1-$5, including Ritz Koney Island, Don Rafav's Mexican Restaurant and Erika's. Several local bands are lined up including Mighty Narwhale at 5-6 pm, Lynn Thompson Band at 6:30-7:30pm, Chance Jones at 8-9pm, and La Familigia from 9:30-Midnight. Founder's Brewing returns for the fifth year, this time with their own specially crafted "Local First Street Party Brew".

GRNow Weekly Preview June 9-15 E-mail
The week kicks off with the Whitecaps taking on the Lansing Lugnuts on Monday and Tuesday evening. The 2008 Waterfront Film Festival in Saugatuck begins on Thursday. Friday, Rockford begins celebrating the Start of Summer. Local First takes it to the street on Saturday with local food, bands and beer. On Sunday Charlton Park celebrates Father’s Day with a classic car show.

Rockwell's and Republic now open on South Division

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GRNow Weekly Preview June 2-8 E-mail
The week kicks off with Van Halen at Van Andel Arena and Bret Michaels' Rock of Love Tour at The Orbit Room. Festival of the Arts takes over downtown Grand Rapids Friday, Saturday and Sunday with more than 30 food vendors, 6 stages of local music and dozens of artist booths and activities.

Rockwell's and Republic now open on South Division

Community and Culture Come Together for Festival of the Arts E-mail
Don't miss the largest all-volunteer festival in the U.S. June 6-8 in Downtown Grand Rapids. This celebration of the arts will have six stages that will feature music from local bands and hundreds of pieces of art will be on display throughout the festival.

Food vendors from more than 30 non-profit organizations around Grand Rapids will be lined up along Ottawa Avenue selling everything from Bosnian to Vietnamese food. It's a coming together of cultures that continues with the opening ceremony Friday June 6 on Calder Plaza.

Complete Festival Schedule
Event Calendar Listing
Official Festival Map (PDF)
Facebook Festival Page

GRNow Weekly Preview May 27-June 1 E-mail
This week, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers visit Van Andel Arena with special opening guest Steve Winwood...The Spring Parade of Homes continues through May 31...Grand Rapids' Memorial Day Parade takes place Friday evening...Both the Whitecaps and Rampage are in town this weekend.

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