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Slide TItle Photo by ArtPeers (Erin Wilson)

A Celebration of the Arts in West Michigan

In 1969, Alexander Calder’s La Grande Vitesse was installed in front of City Hall in downtown Grand Rapids. The 43-foot-tall, vibrant red stabile, which became known as “The Calder,” inspired a celebration – one that’s grown to encompass most of downtown Grand Rapids.

Festival of the Arts is a FREE three-day community event that features several stages of performances, a juried Regional Arts Exhibition, and dozens of food booths run by non-profit organizations. Plus, creative activities for children and adults to enjoy. Festival draws tens of thousands of people each year to celebrate the arts and kick off summer.

Festival of the Arts is made possible by the generous gifts of our sponsors.