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 Stages

Festival features music, dance, poetry, opera, theatre, and more on four stages:

  • Calder Stage, on Calder Plaza in front of City Hall
  • City Stage, on Fountain between Ottawa and Ionia (next to the Kent County Courthouse)
  • Circle Stage, at Rosa Parks Circle on Monroe Ave.
  • Clock Tower Stage, on Ottawa Ave. at Lyon
  • DiSuvero Stage, inside the tent behind City Hall.

Featured Performers

Saturday - 7pm - Calder Stage

The Diatribe

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.

Festival Schedule

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.