The Festival of the Arts is coloring downtown

Festival of the Arts Calder Plaza youth orchestra

The Festival of the Arts is celebrating a milestone this year.

The free annual event will commemorate its 50th appearance from June 7-9 in downtown Grand Rapids.

The weekend-long festival will incorporate all forms of art, including dance, music, literature, media, visual arts and design.

Mayor Rosalynn Bliss will kick off the event on June 7 on the Calder Plaza Stage at 7:30 p.m. There will be five main stages and four pop-ups to accommodate different performances.

One of the performances will be a premiere by the Grand Rapids Ballet on June 8 at 7 p.m.

The event will also feature an indoor Regional Arts Exhibition hosted at KCAD’s Fed Galleries, as well as over 50 art sales tents on Calder Plaza.

Several local food trucks will be on Monroe Center alongside the Grand Rapids Arts Museum — and nonprofits will run 16 food booths with cultural foods and beverages. The official festival beer is Amber of the Arts by Perrin Brewing Company.

Families can look out for free children’s activities, such as the Paint-in and Glue-in.

Festival dates and times

June 7: noon to 10 p.m.
June 8: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
June 9: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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