Confluence meanders to Rosa Parks Circle

Confluence Festival 2023 will take place in Rosa Parks Circle Sept. 22-23. Courtesy photo.

Confluence Festival returns to Grand Rapids, Michigan on September 22-23, bringing together thousands of attendees to explore innovation and creativity through art, music, science, and technology.

Esports tournament at Confluence 2022. Courtesy photo.

The two-day event boasts an esports tournament, a robotics expo, a maker expo, a music showcase and summit, and a ‘Future Innovators Zone’ all under one proverbial roof. Previously held at Studio Park, the 2023 (mostly) outdoor festival will take place at Rosa Parks Circle, in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids.

“Confluence is West Michigan’s premier festival for innovation and creativity,” said Brian Cohen, Executive Director. “The broad programming around art, music, science, and tech means everyone has a way to connect.”

Musician and podcaster Ari Herstrand will deliver the keynote address to kick off Confluence Festival on Sept. 22.

Confluence 2023 kicks off with a music summit on Friday, September 22, 5–10 p.m., exploring how music is created and experienced. Rosa Parks Circle will be filled with open air jams, instrument demos and food trucks galore. With Los Angeles musician, Ari Herstand (anointed the “Poster Child of DIY music” by Forbes Magazine) delivering the keynote address, the summit will wrap up with DJ sets featuring live looping artist Chris Clayton, and Kalamazoo-based Americana Rocker Grace Theisen.

On Saturday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m – 10 p.m. for a family friendly, thought bending, fun festival within a festival featuring fantastic robotics, drones, and rockets, with a focus on flight!

Confluence participants fly a drone at Confluence Festival 2022. Courtesy photo.

New this year, program partners will present activities with a focus on aviation, centered around physics, design, and engineering for the next generation of curious thinkers. Sponsors include Plainwell Aviation, Frederik Meijer Gardens, GVSU, Air zoo, and West Michigan Aviation Academy.

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