Festival of the Arts celebrates it’s 48th year

Festival of the Arts celebrates it’s 48th year

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Art exhibition area held at Calder Plaza in Downtown Grand Rapids.

Grand Rapids’ annual Festival of the Arts returns for its 48th year with a “Make it a Family Tradition” theme.

The theme was chosen to draw in the older generations who have grown up going to Festival as well as the younger generations who are new to the event.

Over the past five years, Festival has also made a large contribution to Grand Rapids economy. Artists, who are featured in Festival, have received $500,000 through regional art exhibition purchases. Non-profit organizations have also earned $2 million through Festival food booths.

Visitors are encouraged to take a look at the art sales tent where artwork of local artists can be found and purchased.

This year, the organizers of Festival have updated the children’s activities and have created “Kid’s World.”

There will be a Mad Hatter activity for the children to make hats in addition to other activities. The children will be able to decorate lunch bags for Kids Food Basket, visit animals from John Ball Zoo and many other fun activities.

There will be live music performances at the Rosa Parks Circle stage, Calder stage, City stage and the Outer Fringe stage, as well as a performance from John Ball Zoo.

Along with many other activities for adults and children alike, there will be over 25 food booths scattered around downtown Grand Rapids.

The Festival will kickoff at noon on Fri. June 2 and will end on Sun. June 4 at 5:30 p.m.

For more information visit the Festival website.

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