From Tulip Time to the Eastown Street Fair, check out our annual list of outdoor festivals happening around Grand Rapids and West Michigan in 2013.

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May

Tulip Time - May 4-11, Holland - The annual celebration of Dutch culture and heritage in West Michigan features more than 6 million tulips on display, three parades, a carnival midway, local and national musical acts including The Oak Ridge Boys, plus Tulipalooza and plenty of Dutch dancing. General admission is free; concerts are extra.

Arts in Ada Festival - May 10, Ada - Join the Ada Council for the Arts under the trees on Bronson Street for a day of local artwork, food, live music, children's activities and dance. Free admission; opens at 9 a.m.

Grand Rapids Film Festival - May 15-19, Grand Rapids - The family-friendly film festival returns to a number of locations in downtown Grand Rapids, including the UICA and Rosa Parks Circle. Check out a wide range of local and national films and documentaries, along with workshops, networking opportunities and more.

Great Lakes Kite Festival - May 17-19, Grand Haven - Mackinaw Kites & Toys' hosts the annual event on the beaches of Grand Haven State Park that features giant kites and world-famous stunt kite fliers. Visitors can be bring their own kites or test-fly the newest kites on the manufacturers' fields, plus there are plenty of extra activities for kids. Free admission.

Fruitport Old Fashioned Days - May 22-27, Fruitport - Enjoy six days of carnival games, midway rides, music, fireworks, entertainment and food, just east of Muskegon. This year, check out a wild animals petting zoo, Corvette car show, a horseshoe tournament and more. Admission to most activities is free, with midway wristbands priced at $15 in advance.

Kidz Fun Fest at The Ballpark - May 24-26, Comstock Park - KIDZ BOP Kids will headline the all-new family fun festival at Fifth Third Ballpark. The pay-one-price admission of $12.00 includes live entertainment, rides, games, activities, food and fun.

Memorial Day Rib Fest - May 24-25, Grand Haven - Returning for an 8th year, the outdoor event in downtown Grand Haven will have two days of live entertainment, music and ribs.


June

Local First Street Party - June 1, Grand Rapids - It's the 10th anniversary of the celebration of local food, local beer, and local music held in front of Bistro Bella Vita downtown. Starting at 3 p.m., bands like Step Dad, Crane Wives and The Concussions will take the stage, plus local vendors and food trucks will provide the street cuisine. Free general admission.

Feast of the Strawberry Moon - June 7-8, Grand Haven - Harbor Island in Grand Haven hosts the annual 18th Century living history event that re-creates life from 1760-1820, when fur trading was West Michigan's primary industry. This family event includes games for kids, candle making, a tomahawk throw, military battles and 18th c. food and entertainment.

Festival of the Arts - June 7-9, Grand Rapids - GR's largest annual outdoor event is back for a 44th year to honor the arts in West Michigan. Dozens of food and artist booths stretch from Calder Plaza to Rosa Parks Circle and local musicians and dancers perform on six outdoor stages. This year, the Regional Arts Competition makes the move to the UICA. The completely free community festival is supported by the efforts of more than 20,000 local volunteers.

Hatter Days Street Party - June 8, Holland - New Holland Brewing's annual street party on College between 8th & 9th in downtown Holland will have live music, food specials, beer demos, a daredevil circus and plenty of high-jinx and hilarity.

B-93 Birthday Bash - June 8-9, Martin - B-93.7's annual two-day outdoor concert returns to the US 131 Motorsports Park in Martin. Headliners include Billy Currington, Gary Allen, Hunter Hayes, Uncle Kracker and Lee Brice. Free general admission tickets are available for pick-up at participating locations.

Rogue River Blues Series - June 11-Aug. 13, Rockford - The Garden Club Park Stage in downtown Rockford hosts the local live music series on Tuesday evenings during the summer, beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

Blues on the Mall - June 12-Aug 7, Grand Rapids - Join the gang from 97 WLAV every Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. at Rosa Parks Circle for live blues and classic rock performed by national and regional acts. General admission is free and local vendors provide the food and goods.

Spring Lake Heritage Festival - June 12-16, Spring Lake - The nearly week-long festival hosted by Grand Haven's eastern neighbor will have a classic car show, library book sale, farmers market, live music at the point, flea market, beer tent, village-wide garage sale, fireworks, Civil War Cemetery walk and more. Admission to most events is free.

Waterfront Film Festival - June 13-16, South Haven - Making the move to South Haven this year, one of the nation's biggest film festivals will showcase outstanding independent films from around Michigan and the U.S. The casual and volunteer-run festival routinely attracts well-known actors, producers and directors from L.A., who often host seminars and question-and-answer sessions and debut films. Weekend passes and individual screening tickets available.

Lowell Showboat Sizzling Summer Concert Series - June 13-Aug. 22, Lowell - The ten-week Thursday evening summer concert series at the Riverwalk Plaza in downtown Lowell features local musicians from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m., along wiith free admission and parking. Concessions located nearby.

Muskegon Heights Festival - June 13-15, Muskegon Heights - The community event at Rowan Park kicks off with "Gospel Celebration Day" on Thursday, followed by a parade, food vendors, arts and crafts, the carnival midway and Blues and R & B concerts during the rest of the weekend.

Start of Summer Celebration - June 14-16, Rockford - Downtown Rockford is transformed into an outdoor celebration of summer with a carnival midway, rides, games, food, live music, shopping, a beer tent, a juried arts & crafts show and more. The annual fireworks display always attracts a large crowd. Free admission.

Buttermilk Jamboree - June 14-16, Delton - The music festival returns to Circle Pines Center in Delton near Gun Lake and will celebrate traditional and progressive arts with an emphasis on social justice, cooperation and sustainability. Rusted Root will headline with local performers including The Crane Wives, Drew Nelson and Ralston Bowles. Ticket prices vary.

Taste of Muskegon - June 14-15, Muskegon - Sample selections from some of the best restaurants and bakeries around Muskegon while raising money for Downtown Muskegon Now. General admission is free, food samples are $1-$5 each and craft beer and wine tastes are $1.

West Michigan Chalk Art Festival - June 14-15, Byron Center - Artists of all ages are invited to bring their chalk to 84th & Byron Center and showcase their creativity and imagination while competing for the Chalk Awards. Registration cost is $30 and participants have the opportunity to walk away with $1,000 in cash for winning 1st place.

Rock the Block - June 15, Grand Rapids - The Madison Square neighborhood on GR's SE side will feature local food, live entertainment on the main stage, community resources, giveaways and activities for families and children of all ages. Free.

Reeds Lake Art Festival - June 15, East Grand Rapids - The popular annual festival on Wealthy Street and Lakeside Drive is sponsored by Grand Valley Artists and features dozens of Michigan and Great Lakes-area artist booths from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Admission is free; open rain or shine.

West Michigan Pride Festival - June 15, Grand Rapids - Now in its 25th year, Pride Festival has moved to Calder Plaza and will have local vendors, food, a beer tent and live music from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Admission is $1 for adults, free for kids. The all-new Parade of Pride will follow on Sunday.

Three Fires Traditional Pow Wow - June 15-16, Grand Rapids - Celebrate Native American heritage at Riverside Park with traditional dancing, craft vendors and food booths. Admission is free to the family-friendly and alcohol-free festival.

BizBaz (Eastown Bizarre Bazaar) - June 22, Grand Rapids - The quirky annual Eastown event will have a wide variety of hand-made arts and crafts created by local artists, plus live music and a chance to sample the best of the neighborhood restaurants. Free admission; runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Founders Fest - June 22, Grand Rapids - G. Love & Special Sauce will headline Founders' Celebration of Beer and Music. Eight other bands will also perform throughout the afternoon and evening. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Beach Survival Challenge - June 22, Grand Haven - Participants in this team-driven event spend a day at the Grand Haven State Park playing sand soccer, ultimate frisbee and tug-of-war and running through the Ultimate Beach Survival Obstacle Course, all while learning beach and pier safety. Middle school through adult divisions offered; fee charged per team.

Electric Forest Festival - June 27-30, Rothbury - The evolution of Rothbury returns for a third year to the Double JJ Ranch with headlining musical acts like The String Cheese Incident, Pretty Lights and Krewella, plus state-of-the-art light displays, The Sherwood Forest, a pop-up restaurant, artful touches and more. Weekend passes are $259.

Bikefest on the Grand - June 28-29, Coopersville - Rockers Great White will headline the biker festival held at the Conestoga Fairgrounds, that will also have contests, beer and more live music.

Grand Haven Art Festival - June 29, Grand Haven - The annual juried show lines Washington Avenue with 150 artist booths displaying fine art, drawings, pottery, jewelry, photography and stained glass and more. The event will also have live music and food concessions. Admission is free.


July

Coast West Music Festival - July 1-6, Muskegon - The newest festival at Heritage Landing in Muskegon will feature performances by national bands and singers like Leann Rimes, O.A.R., Chicago, Josh Turner, Buddy Guy and Hinder. Individual show tickets or 6-day all event passes available.

Lakeshore Art Festival - July 5-6, Muskegon - More than 300 artists and crafters will line the shore in downtown Muskegon selling handmade work and fine art pieces. There will also be an activity area for kids and a Michigan food market.

Picnic Pops - July 11-August 2, Cannonsburg - Head to Cannonsburg Ski Area on Thursday and Friday evenings with picnic baskets and camping chairs in hand and enjoy outdoor performances by the Grand Rapids Symphony and special guest collaborators. This year's series includes Classical Fireworks, Celtic Fiddle with Natalie MacMaster, Gotta Dance! and ABBA-The Concert (tribute). Lawn seating tickets are $15+ ($24+ for ABBA).

Riverwalk Festival - July 11-13, Lowell - The three-day family event in downtown Lowell features the $1500 State Farm Duck Race, a parade, concerts, food booth, Kidz Zone and more.

Berlin Fair - July 15-20, Marne - Located halfway between Grand Rapids and Muskegon at the Berlin Raceway grounds, one of Michigan's oldest fairs (dating back to 1855) features rides, carnival games, food, live music, beer tent, a kids show, animal exhibits, 4-H presentations and more.

Barry County Fair - July 15-20, Hastings - Held at the Barry County Expo Center, a 160-acre site that has six barns, three outdoor arenas and a racetrack, the annual fair has plenty of room for carnival rides, elephant ears, a demolition derby, tractor pulls and 4-H shows. Admission charged.

Party in the Park - July 17, Comstock Park - 104.5 WSNX hosts the 5th annual concert party at Fifth Third Ballpark with headliner Jason Derulo, along with Ed Sheeran, Drop City Yacht Club, Classified and Action Figures. Tickets start at $30.

National Baby Food Festival - July 17-20, Fremont - The Baby Food Capital of the World hosts the annual festival that features a kid's expo with free popcorn and snow cones, live national and local music acts, karaoke, the famous Baby Food Eating Contest, arts & crafts and games. No general admission fee charged; headlining concerts are extra.

Town & Country Days - July 17-21, Sparta - "Carnival Lights & Country Nights!" is the theme of this year's fair that hosts the National Lawn Mower Riding contest, along with food, games, concerts, tractor pulls and much more.

Ionia Free Fair - July 18-27, Ionia - Michigan's largest fair stretches for ten days with a carnival midway, live music, tractor pulls, demolition derby, circus performances, Ionia Idol, food, agri-science exhibits, games and more. Free general admission ($6 per car for parking) with fees charged for special events.

Muskegon Bike Time - July 18-21, Muskegon - Downtown Muskegon once again hosts the fastest growing bike event in the country with tens of thousands of bikers and spectators visiting each year. Enjoy four days of motorcycles, food, vendors, beer tents, stunts and live music. General admission is free.

Taste of Grand Rapids - July 19-20, Comstock Park - After being held at John Ball Park for many years, Taste of GR makes the move to Fifth Third Ballpark. The free event attracts up to 30,000 people who can browse and sample food from local restaurants and retailers while catching live music and the BBQ competition. General admission is free; tastes range from $1 and up.

City Lights Music Festival - July 19-20, Grand Rapids - Now expanded to two days, the annual outdoor musical extravaganza on Calder Plaza will feature multiple DJs, along with art and food.

Ottawa County Fair - July 22-27, Holland - The annual fair near Lake Macatawa in Holland attracts 75,000+ people to classic small-town fair attractions like a carnival midway with rides, food booths, 4-H and livestock shows, entertainment, harness racing and more.

Coast Guard Festival - July 26-Aug. 4, Grand Haven - Grand Haven's largest annual event attracts 350,000 people annually to the lakeshore to pay tribute to the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard. Enjoy ten days of ship tours, parades, fireworks, live music, a carnival midway, shopping, food, a kids day and street dance. Free general admission.


August

Red Barns Spectacular - Aug. 3, Hickory Corners - Hundreds of antique, classic and special interest vehicles will be on display at the Gilmore Car Museum's "Grand Daddy" of car shows in West Michigan. Find collector automobiles for sale, campers & RVs, classic boats, bicycles, car parts, tools, literature, pretty much anything related to vehicles. $10 admission includes access to all museum exhibits (kids under 11 are free).

Newaygo County Fair - Aug. 3-10, Fremont - In operation for more than 50 years, the fair and livestock show on M-82 has a petting farm, sheep shearing demonstrations, vendor tents, food, rides, a demolition derby, burn out contests, the 'Farm Olympics' and more. General admission is free; parking is $3.

Coopersville Summerfest - Aug. 5-10, Coopersville - The volunteer-driven festival draws thousands of people each year with the Del Shannon Memorial Car Show (showcasing more than 900 cars), a full week of family-friendly activities, food, museum exhibits, tractor games a 5K run and more. Free general admission.

Kent County Youth Fair - Aug 5-10, Lowell - Celebrating more than 75 years, the family-friendly event at the Kent County Fairgrounds will have parades, the Children's Barn Yard, a talent contest, tractor pulls, a carnival midway with rides, live music, livestock, a rodeo and more. Free.

Stanton Old Fashioned Days - Aug. 7-11, Stanton - It's the quintessential small-town Michigan family festival with a classic car show, talent shows, antique tractors, free entertainment, a farmers market, bingo, food, sports, the Grand Parade and more. Free.

Unity Christian Music Festival - Aug. 7-10, Muskegon - The contemporary Christian music festival at Heritage Landing will feature headlining acts like Casting Crowns, Jeremy Camp, Hillsong LIVE and many more. One day passes are $20 before August 6 and then increase to $25 during the week of the event.

Reading Rocks - Aug. 10, Rockford - Now entering its fifth year, the one-day festival emphasizing the importance of reading is held at a number of downtown Rockford venues. Events include a parade, a visit from Paws with a Cause and fun kids activities.

Danish Festival - Aug. 15-18, Greenville - "The Storks" is the theme of the 49th annual recognition of Danish Heritage in downtown Greenville, which routinely draws tens of thousands of people each year. Visitors can check out food booths, an arts & crafts fair, theater, the Grand Dansk Parade, hot air balloon flights (weather permitting), live music, tractor pulls and more. Free general admission.

GRandJazzFest - Aug. 17-18, Grand Rapids - Back for a second year at Rosa Parks Circle, the free family music event brings together notable jazz performers with up-and-coming artists for two days.

Art on the River Front - Aug. 17, Grand Haven - The one-day juried art fair at the Grand Haven City Marina and Chinook Pier showcases the work of dozens of local and regional artists from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Free admission.

Moosefest - Aug. 17, Muskegon - The all-day acoustic country music festival at Heritage Landing will feature well-known country acts. Tickets are free and can be picked up at local businesses. Schedule to be announced.

28th Street Metro Cruise - Aug. 23-24, Grand Rapids - Now in its 9th year, the event that features 15 miles of cool cars along 28th Street can attract upwards of 15,000 vehicles and 300,000 spectators. Many sites along the route between Grandville and Cascade, like Woodland Mall and Rogers Plaza, host classic car shows, live music, lowrider shows, food booths and special events. Free to participate.

Yassou! Greek Cultural Festival - Aug. 23-25, Grand Rapids - The annual fest at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church on Lakeside (off of Michigan NE) celebrates Greek heritage through dancing, shopping, food, drinks and live music. Admission: $2.

Grand Rapids Polish Festival - Aug. 23-25, Grand Rapids - The celebration of Polish heritage at Rosa Parks Circle returns with authentic food, history exhibits, dancing, live music and more. Free admission.


September

Celebration on the Grand - Sep. 6-7, Grand Rapids - One of Grand Rapids' premier events features fireworks, live music at Ah-Nab-Awen Park and Rosa Parks Circle and a chance to sample the best of local restaurants at the Taste of Downtown. Free admission; food selections are $1-$5 each.

Hispanic Festival - Sep. 7, Grand Rapids - The 35th annual Hispanic Festival at the Calder Plaza celebrates the different Latin American Cultures unified by the Spanish language. Enjoy food, music, fun and free admission from noon to 11 p.m.

Allegan County Fair - Sep. 6-14, Allegan - In addition to midway rides, games and food, national musical acts like Tim McGraw and Austin Mahone will perform at the main grandstand during the nine-day fair. The grandstand area will also host tractor pulls and a demolition derby. Special event ticket prices do not include admission or parking.

Garfield Park Arts & Crafts Fair - Sep. 7, Grand Rapids - Dozens of Michigan artists and artisans visit Garfield Park on Burton St SE for a one-day sale of locally made arts & crafts. Admission is free.

Grand Valley Pow Wow - Sep. 7-8, Grand Rapids - At the 52nd annual family-friendly event held at Riverside Park, there will be Native American dancing, drumming, crafts and food. Admission and parking are both free.

Michigan Irish Music Festival - Sep. 13-15, Muskegon - Irish food, step dancing and music await visitors at Heritage Landing in downtown Muskegon. The cultural village will have Irish-made jewelry, baked goods, gifts, artwork, cedar chests and the Pub will have live entertainment and plenty of beer selections on tap. Three-day passes are available for $30 in advance.

Mexican Independence Festival - Sep. 13-14, Grand Rapids - Celebrate the anniversary of Mexican Independence with one of the largest and oldest ethnic festivals in GR. Enjoy two days of diverse culture, music, art and food at Calder Plaza. Free admission.

Eastown Street Fair - Sep. 14, Grand Rapids - For more than 30 years, the distinct and original street fair on Wealthy Street SE has brought summer to a close with art, food and music on two stages featuring only local bands. Free.




Last Updated 09/11/2013
Published 05/04/2013