Wave bon voyage to those last bits of summer and say hello to fall with this list of some of the top fall festivals in Grand Rapids!
Grand Rapids Hispanic Festival – August 10 – 12, 2018 – Free, three-day festival in Calder Plaza celebrating Hispanic culture with a live music lineup, traditional dancing, Latin American food vendors, and a mercado (marketplace) full of artisan wares.
Yassou! Grand Rapids Greek Cultural Festival – August 17 – 19, 2018 – Moussaka to souvlaki, gyros to baklava, enjoy traditional Greek food (…and drinks… and dancing!) at this three-day affair.
GRand JazzFest – August 18 & 19, 2018 – West Michigan’s only free, weekend-long jazz festival. Tunes flow from Rosa Parks Circle during this two-day fest; bring folding chairs and blankets and come ready to groove!
Grand Rapids Polish Festival – August 24 – 26, 2018 – Three-day Polish festival in Rosa Parks Circle. Live Polka music, packzi eating, pierogi making, and more!
Michigan Irish Music Festival – September 13 – 16, 2018 – Four-day festival featuring traditional and contemporary Irish music, food vendors galore, Highland Games, an Irish Market, and even a Whiskey Snug!
ArtPrize – September 19 – October 7, 2018 – Open, international art competition with $500,000 in prizes and over 500,000 visitors annually, recognized as the most attended public art event in the world in 2014 and 2015!
Oktoberfest West Michigan – September 28 & 29, 2018 – “Beer City’s Only Bier Festival” and gathering of all-things-German. Enjoy everything from schnitzel to sauerkraut, Hefe Weizen to Hofbrau, listen to the sounds of the Edelweiss Choir, and chant “Ein Prosit!” together!
Pulaski Days – October 5 – 7, 2018 – An all-out celebration of Polish culture. Taste authentic Polish foods and brews, see a traditional parade, and polka ’til your heart’s content.
Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer & Food Festival – November 15 – 17, 2018 – A three-day sampling marathon, sip and savor from over 1,500 wines, beers, ciders, and spirits from around the globe, alongside offerings from favorite Grand Rapids restaurants. Enjoy tasting dinners, seminars, and pairings, too!