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Confluence Festival

September 22, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - September 23, 2023 @ 10:00 pm


Music Summit & Showcase

Fri & Sat, Sept 22–23, 2023
The music showcases at Confluence create unforgettable shared experiences for artists and music lovers. Each year is different, but our focus is always to remove borders and expand minds. A Music Summit, presented by Michigan Music Alliance, opens the festival featuring open air jams, instrument demos, and keynote speaker Ari Herstand. The Summit concludes with musicians taking over the main stage. Saturday includes a full slate of music including a headlining set from Missouri-based indie-rockers Fox Royale.

Innovation Showcase

Saturday, Sept 23, 2023
Innovation doesn’t just happen on the coasts. It’s happening right here and West Michigan is home to a growing number of tech start-ups, entrepreneurs and industries that are laser-focused on strategic innovation. This year’s Innovation Showcase, presented by Steelcase, spotlights to the work of companies and organizations that are bringing the latest tech innovation to gaming and esports. Furnishings, game spaces, peripherals, and more will be on display as a Super Smash Bros. tournament, magnified on a giant outdoor LED wall, brings everything to life.

Maker Expo

Saturday, Sept 23, 2023
The Maker Expo, presented by Ferris State University, is a diverse showcase of enthusiasts, crafters, hobbyists, engineers, artists, and organizations who create amazing things in celebration of the DIY spirit. Equal parts science fair and tech meet-up, these makers will come together to share their work and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering and art.

Future Innovators Zone

Saturday, Sept 23, 2023
Confluence is for everyone. The Future Innovators Zone (FIZ), presented by Grand Valley State University, is an amazing, thought bending area designed for kids of all ages. Budding young innovators can explore hands-on exhibits and activities focused on science, technology and art. As with the rest of the festival, FIZ delivers meaningful learning experiences for the next generation of curious thinkers.

Robotics Expo

Saturday, Sept 23, 2023
The Robotics Expo & Parade, presented by JR Automation, features top middle and high school teams from across the region who show off their creations and demonstrate their work across the fields of engineering, coding and computer science. Between RTC and FRC demonstrations, all the teams will participate in a robot street parade that will circulate throughout the festival.


Fri & Sat, Sept 22–23, 2023
Art@Confluence, presented by the City of Grand Rapids, features digital and physical takeovers of downtown spaces. On the digital side, our partners create activations of movement, sound and light. On the physical side, we re-imagine public spaces by uniting art and architecture in innovative and dynamic ways. Displays of color and sound, evolving and interactive, provide attendees with a digital playground to make all their own.

Thought Series

April 18–19, 2023
Each spring, the Confluence Thought Series assembles dozens of national and local leaders from diverse fields to participate in two days of talks, panels and conversations on the transformative power of technology and innovation. Themes vary year to year, but the series is always focused on how West Michigan is moving the world forward in areas of tech and social innovation.

This year’s event, The Future is Calling: Creating a Tech Hub for the Midwest explored the community-wide effort to transform Grand Rapids into a regional tech hub. Across two days, twenty business and community leaders discussed the key variables likely to determine the effort’s success or failure.


September 22, 2023 @ 7:00 pm
September 23, 2023 @ 10:00 pm


Rosa Parks Circle
135 Monroe Center St NW
Grand Rapids,49503United States
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