Annual Events

Grand Rapids knows how to bring people together to have fun! You’ll find festivals, parades, food & drink celebrations, holiday entertainment, and other crowd-pleasing events to attend throughout the year. (Check our Events Calendar to see what’s happening when you visit.) If you really want to experience peak Grand Rapids, plan a trip around the annual events listed below. Join hundreds of thousands of visitors at ArtPrize, the world’s largest public art event. See the country’s funniest people take the stage (and raise money to fight cancer) for LaughFest. Kick-off summer with the three-day Festival of the Arts and discover an unexpected side of cold weather during the weeks-long World of Winter Festival. They’re just a few of our can’t-miss annual events!


photo by Nick Irwin for Experience GR. Artwork: Sisters by Bill Secunda

World of Winter

photo by Rashelle Whiteharris for Experience GR. Artwork: Carnevale by Mandy Cano Villalobos

Other annual events

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