Grand Rapids, MI — June 7, 8, 9, 2024

Festival of the Arts 2024


Get the Festival 2024 Program.

Thank you West Michigan!

Festival 2024 was one for the books. Great art, performance, food and community… in spite of a bit of rain Saturday evening.  Thank you to everyone who participated.  Everyone who volunteered.  Everyone who sponsored us.  And thank you to everyone in our community.

We are already back to work planning for Festival 2025.

Western Michigan artists, performers, food vendors, sponsors, and hundreds of volunteers are hard at work planning for Festival 2024.  

You’ll experience your favorite traditional activities as well as new surprises.  Four performance stages, cultural food booths, visual art exhibits and activities, and artisan craftsmen.  Join us for Western Michigan’s unofficial start of  summer!

Get the Festival 2023 digital program here:

Heavy Hearts

With heavy hearts we mourn the loss of David Abbott. In 2019, David became the first executive director of Festival of the Arts, which was no small feat, and he gave it everything he had. He brought us into our 50th year and was instrumental in developing a strategic plan for our future. David was passionate about the local arts community and bringing us all together. His kindness and remarkable contributions to West Michigan will be a loss for us all, and he will always be remembered for doing these things with an undeniable sense of style. We felt him smiling down on us during this perfect last day of Festival 2024. We share our deepest sympathy with his family and friends.

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Thank you to our 2024 Festival Sponsors

In-Kind Support

Life EMS


Trailer Express

John S. Hyatt & Associates

Pioneer Construction


Family Futures

Ice Mountain

City of Grand Rapids



Lost Art Brewery

The Rapid


Gordon Waters

Quota of Grand Rapids

DeVos Place

Great Lakes Access

Holy Trinity

Lowell Arts



Grand Rapids Comic-Con

Are you an artist, performer, food booth or vendor?

Applications for Festival 2022 Performers, Food Booths,
and Artisan Village are open now.

Experience Festival

What is Festival
of the Arts?

Festival is the annual three-day celebration of the arts, held in downtown Grand Rapids. The first Festival in 1970 highlighted the 1969 installation of Alexander Calder’s La Grande Vitesse on what is now known as Calder Plaza. Today, Festival attracts thousands of families downtown, with the best area performers and artists, exhibits, activities for kids, and of course, great food.

Volunteers make
Festival happen

Festival is powered by volunteers – and we need YOU.

Work with your family, co-workers or friends, for a few hours, a few days, or throughout Festival weekend. We have fun jobs for all ages and abilities.

Sign up today, and see why so many people love to volunteer at Festival!

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