Festival of the Arts 2017 kicks off Friday

Festival of the Arts downtown

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Some of West Michigan's best musicians, dancers, and artists are getting ready to show off their talents as Festival of the Arts kicks off in downtown Grand Rapids at noon Friday, June 2.  

Forty-eight years strong, it's one of the longest-running festivals in the state. Calder Plaza and much of Ottawa Avenue will be abuzz with artists, food vendors, live music and so much more all weekend.

Stasia Savage, the Festival Board President, joined the WZZM 13 Morning News team to share more about what attendees can expect, including which fan favorites are back this year and what's new for families.

All Festival performances, exhibits and activities are free, thanks to generous donations by local organizations, companies, and individuals.

Five indoor or outdoor stages with music of all types, plus dance, theatre and more. Enjoy poetry, films, storytelling, and lots of art activities!

Come hungry! Throughout Festival grounds, you’ll find dozens of food booths operated by local nonprofit organizations. 

This year organizers are encouraging people to use the #makeitafamilytradition as they share pictures of their Festival experiences on social media.

Click here for the Festival schedule, as well as a map to help you navigate all the food and activities.

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