Don’t let another Pure Michigan summer slip by without experiencing the live entertainment, local flavor, and carefree fun found at our favorite Grand Rapids summer festivals! Jot down the dates from this list of summer soirees, and get ready to take in some of the top summer festivals in Grand Rapids:
Festival of the Arts
June 1-3, 2018
There’s no better way to slip into summer than by celebrating our artful city alongside hundreds of thousands of other art enthusiasts. This community event is a three-day spread, packed with live performances across multiple stages, food vendors, and a juried arts exhibition. Your little ones can even make their own art (while you purchase some from local artists and give back to the West Michigan community, all at the same time)!
June 16, 2018
Get ready for a street festival filled with great music and even better beer when you celebrate summer at Founders Fest 2018. This 11-years-strong, ages 21-and-up, 8-hour festival brings live musicians, local food and art vendors, and free-flowing craft brews to the roadside surrounding Founders Brewing Co. for the ultimate summer street party. This year’s lineup features everything from a Grateful Dead cover band to one of the top afrobeat groups across the globe, plus food vendors galore. Expect the signature Founders Fest Wheat served up throughout the festival, plus surprise releases from the specialty tent.
4th of July Amway Family Fireworks
July 7, 2018
Celebrate Independence Day in Downtown Grand Rapids with the entire family by your side when the annual 4th of July Amway Family Fireworks event returns to Ah-Nab-Awen Park on July 7. Be there at 5PM when the festivities kick off with family fun activities, games, food vendors, and live bands, and don’t miss the Amway Family Zone from 5-8PM, featuring everything from arts and crafts to yard games! And, of course, stick around for the crown of this family event: the incredible fireworks display that lights up all of Downtown Grand Rapids, starting at 10:30PM!
Grand Rapids Balloon Festival
July 19-21, 2018
Be there for the can’t-miss West Michigan family event of the summer when the Grand Rapids Balloon Festival returns for another incredible year of outdoor summer fun, July 19-21! Enjoy the Picnic in the Park: Balloon Walk & Night Glow that kicks off the festival Thursday, July 19 in Downtown Grand Rapids’ Ah-Nab-Awen Park, and continue the endless family fun all weekend long at the Hudsonville Fairgrounds, July 20 & 21. At the fairgrounds, you’ll find everything from carnival games to inflatables, balloon walks to balloon launches, plus live music, helicopter rides, food and drink vendors, and even balloon “Night Glows” to send each day’s celebrations off in style!