In case the weather wasn't proof enough that summer is here, a calendar packed with art, music and beer festivals should confirm it. Enjoy the gorgeous weather and don't forget your sunscreen!
- Eastown Bizarre Bazaar: One of the quirkiest neighborhoods in Grand Rapids is Eastown. Unique shops, restaurants and residents, it has an artsy vibe to begin with. But this weekend it gets even artsier. Check out the annual Bizarre Bazaar, a celebration of crafts, art, music and food. Admission is completely free and the event runs from 9-5pm at Lake Drive and Wealthy Ave. Check out Eastown's website for more information.
- Founders Fest: I realize there is a bit of a microbrew movement going on across the country, but few do it as well as Founders in downtown Grand Rapids. Celebrate their success with the fifth annual Founders Fest, a not-to-be-missed beer and music festival. There will be two stages of music, a huge beer tent as well as food from some of Grand Rapids' best. Founders Fest is from 3-11 pm on Saturday the 23rd and is only for those 21 and older. You can buy tickets at the door for $25. Find out all the info you need at Founders' website.
- B-93 Birthday Bash: If you are a country music fan then you probably already know about the B-93 Birthday Bash. But in case you missed the memo, you will want to help celebrate B-93s birthday with their annual outdoor music bash. This year's lineup includes Dierks Bentley, Montgomery Gentry, Lee Brice and more. General admission is free, but reserved seats are $39.50 and parking will run you $30 on Saturday and $20 for Sunday. The fun starts at noon on Saturday and you can find a complete schedule and any info you need at the B-93 website.
- West Michigan Chalk Art Festival: Looking for a great activity for the whole family this weekend? Head down to Byron Center and check out the amazing art local artists have created with chalk on the pavement. The best part is that artist can be you! There will also be music, face painting and lots of other family fun. Register to participate at the festival website or just come as a spectator. The festival runs from 11-9pm on Friday and 7-9pm on Saturday in downtown Byron Center.