Festival Performance Arts
Entertainment for Everyone
Festival provides great opportunities for area performing artists and organizations to proudly present West Michigan talent on our four downtown stages. Musicians and singers of every genre, dancers and actors, poets and songwriters – it’s all right here, and all presented free of charge!
Festival features music, dance, poetry, opera, theatre, and more on four stages:
- Calder Stage, on Calder Plaza in front of City Hall
- Lyon Street Stage, on Lyon between Ottawa and Ionia (next to the Kent County Courthouse)
- Fountain Street Stage, at the intersection of Fountain and Ionia
- diSuvero Stage, inside the tent behind City Hall.
Saturday - 7pm - Calder Stage
The Diatribe uses performing arts to empower young people. At Festival, the Diatribe presents the Love and Peace Jam hosted by The living party and Artist Foster aka AutoPilot, alongside Grand Rapids’ first woman of color Poet Laureate Ericka “Kyd Kane” Thompson, featuring comedy, music and poetry.
Use this handy schedule to plan your visit to Festival. Please note: While we do our best to ensure accuracy, last-minute changes are always a possibility.
Want to perform at Festival?
If you’re a local singer, dancer, actor, poet, or other performance artist, Festival welcomes you to apply to perform on one of our four stages. Deadline for applications is February 28, 2022. You must reside in Kent, Newaygo, Barry, Montcalm, Ionia, Muskegon, Ottawa or Allegan Counties. Details are on the application form below.