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WestFest 2018

  • Dates:  May 17, 2018 - May 20, 2018
  • Next Occurrence May 17, 2018
  • Recurring daily
  • Times:  See website for times.
  • Host:  Sacred Heart Parish & Academy
    Venue:   John Ball Zoo
    1300 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI 49504
  • Phone:  (616) 443-1615
  • Category:  Festivals
  • Price Per Person:  Unlimited Ride Wristband $20 purchased by noon on May 17, or $28 at the door, Individual Ride tickets on site

The West Side’s Biggest Family Festival

West Grand Rapids’ biggest family festival is back for the 27th year, bigger and better than ever. Sponsored by Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, WestFest features the Skerbeck Entertainment carnival with plenty of rides and attractions. This year WestFest is adding food trucks, ethnic dancers and a beer and wine tent serving selections from the local New Holland and Mitten breweries. Situated on the beautiful grounds of John Ball Park and the campus of Sacred Heart, the festival begins on Thursday May 17 at 5pm and continues through Sunday May 20 at 6pm.

The centerpiece of WestFest is Skerbeck Entertainment’s huge midway with over 20 rides and attractions. Rides like the Teacup and Apple Go Round for the little ones and spectacular rides like the Supernova and Zipper thrill the kid in all of us. In addition to a wide variety of arcade games, Skerbeck also offers popular fair food like caramel apples and elephant ears. It’s sure to be fun for the whole family.

Speaking of food, this will be the first year for food trucks at WestFest. Barbecue, wraps and sandwiches, Tex Mex and ice cream treats will all be featured over the course of the festival. Also, a hot dog and hamburger tent will be adjacent to the beer garden and wine tent. Back by popular demand, West Side breweries New Holland and Mitten will be filling the taps in the beer garden.

In addition to the carnival, food, and drinks, activities will include ethnic street dancing. Irish, Scottish and Polish dancers will perform on Saturday morning and afternoon. A Scavenger hunt for the whole family sponsored by Rockfish Realty will begin at 1:30pm in John Ball Park. Saturday night, Sacred Heart will host a massive trivia tournament with lots of prizes and full bar.

WestFest is sponsored by Rockfinch Realty, Pioneer Construction and Lake Michigan Mechanical. It annually attracts between 40,000 to 55,000 people over the four-day run. To find out more about WestFest activities, times, tickets, discounts and more, visit

WestFest is a culturally diverse festival designed to highlight the energy and creativity of the west side of Grand Rapids. Money raised through WestFest is used to support Sacred Heart Parish and Academy. Sacred Heart Parish was founded in 1905 and has been serving the west side of Grand Rapids ever since. Sacred Heart Academy is a rapidly growing classical academy for grades K thru 12.

WestFest 2018
  • Times:  See website for times.
  • May 17, 2018 to May 20, 2018
  • John Ball Zoo
  • Unlimited Ride Wristband $20 purchased by noon on May 17, or $28 at the door, Individual Ride tickets on site
  • Recurring daily