Festival of the Arts
June 7-9, 2024

A June Tradition

The first Festival of the Arts drew about 7,000 people and activities were confined to Vandenberg Plaza, the public square now commonly referred to as Calder Plaza. Today, the event spans multiple city blocks and attracts upwards of 300,000 visitors – always on the first weekend of June each year.

Festival of the Arts has also expanded its scope over the years, encompassing virtually every discipline of the arts – visual art, dance, music, film, literature, design and more. It’s also become one of the city’s favorite food events, as local nonprofit organizations host booths offering a tremendous variety of street foods, including Greek, Polish, Asian, and Latin favorites.

What to See & Do at Festival 2024

  • See 300 original art pieces by accomplished local artists competing for juried prizes. Works are displayed in the DeVos Place Skywalk.
  • View the work of local youth – from young fives to 12th grade – at DeVos Place Convention Center.
  • Shop the Artisan Village along Ottawa Street for locally made paintings, ceramics, woodworks, photography, jewelry and more.
  • Attend 100 music and dance performances – classical, choral, rock, pop, folk, soul, jazz, country & more. Click here for a schedule.
  • Sample street foods from 20+ vendors representing American, Central American, Caribbean, Mexican, European, African and Asian cuisines. Click here for a full list.
  • Bring the kids to participate in a variety of creative activities, including a paint-in and a digital scavenger hunt.

You can also help support the non-profit Festival by enjoying a beer this summer. Festival of the Arts partnered with Lost Art Brewhouse and Uccello’s to craft an exclusive beer –Creativity, a Festival of the Arts Hazy IPA – which will be available at Lost Art Brewhouse and all Uccello’s locations throughout June (or while supplies last). A Launch Party will be held at Uccello’s Downtown on June 6 from 5-7pm.

Free, Fun, Fabulous

One thing hasn’t changed since 1969 – admission to the first Festival of Arts was free. And it still is today. Festival remains an all-volunteer operation that invites everyone to attend and experience the region’s rich artistic talent. 

ArtPrize has made Grand Rapids a global arts destination. But we’re local first – and Festival of the Arts is the purest expression of that.

Plan Your Stay

June is a great time to visit Grand Rapids. Why not turn your trip to the Festival of the Arts into a mini-vacation? Take a look at the wide range of hotel options available. Looking for something cozier? Our Bed and Breakfasts will not disappoint. Do you love the outdoors? Then check out our campgrounds. Scroll down for all your lodging options.

Celebrating 50 Years of Art

In 1969, Alexander Calder’s mammoth La Grande Vitesse sculpture was installed in front of City Hall in downtown Grand Rapids. The city had commissioned Calder to create a piece as part of its urban renewal initiative. The sculpture, built to reflect the “great swiftness” of the Grand River that flows through downtown, quickly became a symbol of the city’s fresh vision and forward movement.

Just as importantly, La Grande Vitesse inspired a vibrant public art movement – starting with the very first Festival of the Arts. It’s Grand Rapids’ biggest street party of the year … and it’s all about bringing people together to celebrate artistic expression.

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