From Tulip Time to the Eastown Street Fair, check out our annual list of outdoor festivals happening around Grand Rapids and West Michigan in 2014.

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May 2014

Tulip Time - May 3-10, 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, Dutch dancing and entertainment. National comedy and musical acts this year include Bill Cosby and FiddleFire. General admission is free; concerts are extra.

Big Brew on the Calder - May 3, Grand Rapids - Siciliano's Market will host the second annual event where more than 50 teams of homebrewers will be brewing up batches of "Beer City Brown." Live music and free admission.

Kickstand Kickoff - May 3, Grand Rapids - Bring your family and your bikes to The Spoke Folks located on Logan SW for demos, games, live music and beer. Runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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.

Great Lakes Kite Festival - May 16-18, Grand Haven - Mackinaw Kites & Toys' hosts the annual event on the beaches of Grand Haven State Park that features giant kites, stunt kite fliers and the World's Largest Outdoor Kite Store. 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.

Downtown Fiesta - May 17, Grand Rapids - The Arena District's first annual Downtown Fiesta at Rosa Parks Circle celebrates Latino culture and contributions in Grand Rapids with live music, dance, traditional food, family activities and festive drinks. Free general admission; cover charged for the cantina.

Art in the Park - May 17, Grand Rapids - The annual event at GR Montessori School at Lyon & College will have up to 50 local artist booths from 10 a.m to 4 p.m., with proceeds benefiting the school.

Fruitport Old Fashioned Days - May 21-26, Fruitport - Enjoy six days of carnival games, midway rides, music, fireworks, entertainment and the popular Ox Roast, just east of Muskegon. Attendees can also check out a car show, kiddie parade, motorcycle run and more. Admission to most activities is free, with midway wristbands priced at $15 in advance.

Memorial Day Rib Fest - May 23-24, Grand Haven - Celebrating its 10th year, West Michigan restaurants will showcase their best ribs and sides for sampling and the Entertainment Tent will have Michigan craft brews, live music and more. Proceeds benefit veterans and veteran programs.


June

Lowell Showboat Sizzling Summer Concert Series - June 5-Aug. 28, 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.

Festival of the Arts - June 6-8, Grand Rapids - GR's largest annual outdoor event is back for a 45th 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. The completely free community festival is supported by the efforts of more than 20,000 local volunteers.

Local First Street Party - June 7, Grand Rapids - Now in its 11th year, the celebration of local food, local beer and local music in front of Bistro Bella Vita gets underway around 3 p.m. Admission is free; tickets can be purchased for food & beverages at the local vendors' booths and food trucks.

Hatter Days Street Party - June 7, 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.

B-93 Birthday Bash - June 7-8, Martin - B-93.7's annual two-day outdoor country concert returns to the US 131 Motorsports Park, this time with headliners Dierks Bentley, Justin Moore, Colt Ford and Lucy Hale. Free general admission tickets are available for pick-up at participating locations.

Spring Lake Heritage Festival - June 9-14, 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.

Start of Summer Celebration - June 12-15, 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 on Saturday evening always attracts a large crowd. Free admission.

Waterfront Film Festival - June 12-15, South Haven - Back again at 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.

The Carnival of Chaos - June 12-15, Stanton - Enjoy three days of rock, metal, electronic music and entertainment at Moreland's Motocross Supercross Park, located about halfway between Grand Rapids and Mt. Pleasant. Ages 18+ welcome.

Buttermilk Jamboree - June 13-15, Delton - The music festival at Circle Pines Center in Delton near Gun Lake is back for a 4th year with live bluegrass and folk music all weekend. Ticket prices vary with proceeds benefiting Circle Pines.

Rock the Block - June 14, Grand Rapids - The free annual festival in GR's Madison Square neighborhood will have live entertainment, local food, vendors, a beer tent and more. In 2013, more than 4,000 people attended the day-long celebration.

West Michigan Pride Festival - June 14, Grand Rapids - Held at Calder Plaza, the 26th Annual Pride Festival will have local vendors, food, a beer tent and live music from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Feast of the Strawberry Moon - June 14-15, 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, vendor tents, a tomahawk throw, military battles and 18th c. food and entertainment.

Berlin Fair - June 16-21, 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.

Muskegon Heights Festival - June 19-21, Muskegon Heights - The community event at Rowan Park features a parade, food vendors, arts and crafts, live music, the carnival midway, a 5K run, sports tournaments and more.

Harborfest - June 19-22, South Haven - The lakefront celebration of Southwest Michigan's quaint maritime history also features free live music, craft and food fairs, dragon boat racing, kids activities and more.

Wizard of Oz Festival - June 20-21, Ionia - As a tribute to the 75th anniversary of Wizard of Oz, Main Street in Ionia will be transformed into a yellow brick road, plus visitors can check out the Flying Monkey Flea Market, a souvenir booth, 25 cent screenings of the film and more.

Taste of Muskegon - June 20-21, Muskegon - Sample selections from more than 20 of the best restaurants and vendors around Muskegon while raising money for Downtown Muskegon Now. General admission is free, food/drink samples are $1-$5 each.

West Michigan Chalk Art Festival - June 20-21, 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. Registered participants have the opportunity to take home $1,000 in cash for winning 1st place.

Reeds Lake Art Festival - June 21, 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 selling jewelry, pottery, paintings and more from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is free; open rain or shine.

Founders Fest - June 21, Grand Rapids - The brewing company's biggest party of the year will live music, including national acts, food from local restaurants, and plenty of Founders beer on tap. 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. Grand Haven's Sand Sculpture Contest also takes place nearby on the beach starting at 9 a.m. June 22.

Montcalm County 4-H Fair - June 22-28, Greenville - The annual county fair located just north of Greenville will have livestock shows, a carnival midway, tractor pulls, motorcross, a demoltion derby and live music with headliner John Berry.

Freedom Cruise - June 25-29, Comstock Park - The all-new event at Fifth Third Ballpark, The DeltaPlex and more locations will have a car & bike expo, Freedom Rides honoring our Veterans, live music, dancing, food and visits by celebrities from The History Channel.

Electric Forest Festival - June 26-29, Rothbury - Now in its 4th year at the Double JJ Resort in Rothbury, the music festival features tons of nationally known artists like Lauryn Hill, STS9, Moby, The String Cheese Incident, Aloe Blacc, Paper Diamond and many more. The Sherwood Forest will return and guests can upgrade to VIP lodging with extra amenities. Weekend passes are $264.50.

Biz Baz (Eastown Bizarre Bazaar) - June 28, Grand Rapids - Eastown's quirky annual festival will have a wide variety of hand-made arts and crafts created by local artists, live music and opportunities to sample the best of the neighborhood's restaurants. Free admission; runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Grand Haven Art Festival - June 28-29, 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.

To be announced: Rogue River Blues Series, Blues on the Mall, Three Fires Traditional Pow Wow


July

Celebration on the Grand and July 4th Fireworks - July 4-5, Grand Rapids - For the first time ever, Celebration on the Grand, which normally takes place in September, will be combined with the July 4th Amway Family Fireworks. Each day's full scheduled will be announced soon.

Lakeshore Art Festival - July 4-5, Muskegon - The newest iteration of Art in the Park will showcase the work hundreds of artists and crafters, and will have a kids activity area and Artisan Food Market.

Picnic Pops - July 10-August 1, 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, A Tribute to the Beatles, Summertime Hits and The Music of the Eagles. Lawn seating tickets start at $8-$15.

Riverwalk Festival - July 10-12, Lowell - The three-day family event in downtown Lowell features the $1500 State Farm Duck Race, a parade, concerts, food booth, pontoon rides, street entertainers, Kidz Zone and much more.

Barry County Fair - July 14-19, 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.

National Baby Food Festival - July 16-19, 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 16-20, Sparta - "Fun for the Whole Herd!" is the theme of this year's fair that hosts the National Lawn Mower Riding contest, along with food, games, concerts, tractor pulls and more.

Muskegon Bike Time - July 17-20, Muskegon - Downtown Muskegon once again hosts the Harley Motorcycle celebration that attracts 65,000 bikes and 100,000 spectators to downtown Muskegon over four days. See stunt shows, nationally touring musicians, national and local vendors and much more.

Ionia Free Fair - July 17-26, 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.

Ottawa County Fair - July 21-26, 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 and harness racing.

Muskegon County Youth Fair - July 21-26, Muskegon - Held at the Muskegon County Fairgrounds in Fruitport, the annual event features animal and livestock shows, trap shooting and archery competitions, motocross, tractor pulls, live music, games and more.

Taste of Grand Rapids - July 25-26, Comstock Park - The restaurant tasting and BBQ competition is back again at Fifth Third Ballpark this year. More details to be announced.

Byron Days Festival - July 25-27, Byron Center - The family-friendly fest celebrating its 78th year showcases historic downtown Byron Center with a parade, fireworks, 5K race, PraiseFest, concerts and more.

Coast Guard Festival - July 25-Aug. 3, 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.

To be announced: Party in the Park, City Lights Music Festival


August

Red Barns Spectacular - Aug. 2, 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 11 & under are free).

Kent County Youth Fair - Aug 4-9, 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.

Michigan Pirate Festival - Aug 4-10, Grand Haven - Downtown Grand Haven and Harbor Island will be the site of swashbuckling fun with pirate reenactments, a sail-in, entertainment, family activities, treasure maps, library events and more.

Unity Christian Music Festival - Aug. 6-9, Muskegon - The annual contemporary Christian music festival at Heritage Landing will feature headlining acts like Third Day, Thousand Foot Krutch, Mandisa, Steven Curtis Chapman and many more. One day passes are $25 before August 5 and then increase to $27.50 during the week of the event.

Stanton Old Fashioned Days - Aug. 6-10, 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.

Danish Festival - Aug. 14-17, Greenville - It's the 50th Anniversary of Greenville's celebration of Danish heritage with this year's theme "The Little Red Shoes". The event 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.

Art on the River Front - Aug. 16, Grand Haven - The one-day juried art fair at the Grand Haven City Marina showcases the work of dozens of local and regional artists from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Free & open to the public.

Arts & Drafts Festival - Aug. 16, Norton Shores - Back for a second year at Ross Park, the schedule features the Art & Dash 5K Run, an arts & crafts area, kids activity area, car show and a beverage tent with live music.

GRandJazzFest - Aug. 16-17, Grand Rapids - Now in its third year at Rosa Parks Circle, the free and family-friendly fest brings together notable jazz performers with up-and-coming artists for two days.

28th Street Metro Cruise - Aug. 22-23, Grand Rapids - Celebrating 10 years in 2014, the event 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.

Lakeshore Jazz Festival - Aug. 23-24, Muskegon - The annual jazz festival at Heritage Landing in Muskegon will feature headliner Kenny G for 2014; tickets are $25 per day.

Belding Labor Day Celebration - Aug. 29-Sep 1, Belding - Celebrate the history of Belding with a twilight parade, fireworks, a Labor Day parade, carnival midway, live entertainment, games, a road rally and much more.

To be announced: Newaygo County Fair, Coopersville Summerfest, Moosefest, Yassou! Greek Cultural Festival, Hastings Summerfest, Grand Rapids Polish Festival


September

Allegan County Fair - Sep. 5-13, Allegan - Along with midway rides, games and food, national musical acts like Lady Antebellum, Florida-Georgia Line and Hunter Hayes 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.

Michigan Irish Music Festival - Sep. 12-14, Muskegon - Details tba.

Eastown Street Fair - Sep. 13, 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.

To be announced: Hispanic Festival, Garfield Park Arts & Crafts Fair, Grand Valley Pow Wow, Mexican Independence Festival




Last Updated 04/28/2014
Published 04/23/2014