East Grand Rapids announces lineup for summer concerts, movies

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John Collins Park will host six concerts and four movies this summer. Courtesy East Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department

The East Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting two free summer entertainment series, Concerts and Movies in the Park, for all ages at John Collins Park, 650 Lakeside Drive SE.

There will be six concerts this month and in July that will feature local musicians who will perform different genres on Monday evenings between 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

  • Monday: The Adams Family
  • June 21: Coty Bouchard
  • June 28: Daves at 7
  • July 12: Reeds & Steel
  • July 19: Rachel Curtis
  • July 26: Josh Rose

Movies in the Park will be held four Friday evenings at sunset in July and August.

  • July 9: “Moana”
  • July 16: “Sing”
  • Aug. 20: “Aladdin” (2019)
  • Aug. 27: “Raya and the Last Dragon”

Attendees can bring their chairs or blankets. Barbeques, grilling, open fires or alcohol are not allowed in the park, and dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.

In the event of inclement weather, including the threat of rain or high winds, the events will be canceled and not rescheduled.

“We’re incredibly thankful for our sponsors, The Brouwers Agency, Auto-Owners Insurance and Consumers Credit Union, who have made it possible for us to host these community-favorite events year after year,” said Rachel Fiedler, leisure supervisor. “After all the challenges we’ve faced since spring 2020, being able to safely enjoy time with loved ones out of the house is a gift.”

Event organizers will monitor and follow CDC, state and local guidelines for the health and safety of participants and the community. John Collins Park will have social distancing markers painted across the lawn spaced 12 feet apart.

“Our series were among the few events people could enjoy last year,” said Pam Slater, leisure supervisor. “Participants expressed feeling comfortable attending and were thrilled to experience a sense of normalcy, which was truly priceless after several months’ worth of canceled plans.

“We are committed to hosting safe and fun events for the community to enjoy as we continue to navigate the pandemic.”

For more information, visit East Grand Rapids’ website and follow the city on Twitter and Facebook.

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