Lakeshore Art Festival on the horizon

Grand Rapids Magazine file photo, courtesy of Lakeshore Art Festival

A highly anticipated and celebrated event will soon be underway in downtown Muskegon. The Lakeshore Art Festival, which takes place Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25, combines fine art and handcrafted goods with music, food, and a whole lot of fun. 

Since 1961, Muskegon’s Hackley Park has been home to a large-scale art show. Formerly known as Art in the Park, the yearly event was revamped and renamed the Lakeshore Art Festival by the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce in 2013. In addition to producing a vibrant art show, the organizers aim to showcase the Muskegon lakeshore and to attract visitors, artists and crafts people from across the country and enhance the economic impact of the area while fostering art and cultural awareness. 

With more than 250 juried fine art and specialty craft exhibitors, the fair also features an artisan food market, street performers, and multiple interactive art stations that add to the experience.

Photo courtesy of Lakeshore Arts Festival.

This year’s festival boasts 100 exhibitors in Hackley Park, 150 exhibitors on 4th St. and Western Ave., an Author’s Alley (with 20 Michigan Authors located at 4th St. and Clay Ave.), 12 food vendors, a Children’s Lane, with interactive art and educational stations that are free or low-cost, and oodles of street performers in Hackley Park and at Olthoff Stage: view map here. 

#LAFRocks Public Art Project
Six local artists have created artistic masterpieces out of small boulders that will be displayed throughout the festival footprint. In addition, Muskegon Museum of Art will host a rock decorating booth in the roundabout for guests to express their creativity.

The hours of the festival are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. See the full line up in this year’s Lakeshore Art Festival brochure.

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