Downtown hosting Festival of the Arts


The Festival of the Arts in downtown Grand Rapids is one of the longest-running festivals in the state. Photo via

The Festival of the Arts is coming to downtown Grand Rapids.

The three-day event will run from June 1-3.

The 49th-annual festival will feature dozens of food booths, art exhibitions and musical performances for free during the entire weekend.

New to the menu offerings will be a root beer float, spicy Korean nachos, an extra-large pickle and grilled-cinnamon and lemon-pineapple skewers. 

Some favorites will remain on the menu, such as elephant ears, turkey legs, polish sausage, pierogis and souvlaki, among others. 

The Regional Arts Exhibition, which will include the Sixth Street Bridge photo competition finalists, will be on display at the Fed Galleries at Kendall College of Art and Design. It will be free for tours.

Children and adults can create and purchase artwork at the event.

More details on the festival’s performers, food offerings and artists are online.

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