One of the longest-running festivals in Michigan, the Festival of the Arts always takes place the first full weekend in June in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is a community celebration featuring arts, entertainment, food and fun activities for the entire family. There are six indoor or outdoor stages with music of all types, plus dance, theatre, and more. Enjoy poetry, films, storytelling, and lots of art activities. All Festival performances, exhibits and activities are free.
The Festival of the Arts, or simply Festival is a three-day arts festival in Grand Rapids held on the first Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of June. First held in 1970, after the 1969 installation of Alexander Calder’s La Grande Vitesse, known as “The Calder” locally, Festival was quite small with only two stages and a few food booths. Since then, Festival has greatly expanded, featuring multiple stages and food booths. For three days, nearly 20,000 community volunteers play host to over half a million people that enjoy food, art, and live performances. The 2007 Festival featured 25 food booths, five stages, several hands-on art involvement activities, and several art exhibitions.
According to the Library of Congress, Festival is the largest all volunteer arts festival in the United States
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