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Local First throws 2013 Street Party downtown

May 26, 2013
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Local First marks 10 years with annual street party
Local First's annual street party draws thousands of visitors. Photo via fb.com

Local First will hold its 10th annual Street Party this Saturday — in front of Bistro Bella Vita downtown, from 3 p.m. until midnight.

The party was started to give local businesses and sponsors a chance to share their products and show their support for the West Michigan community.

The event has grown in popularity over the years, and it's introducing a few enhancements this year.

The 2013 Street Party, at 44 Grandville Ave. SW, will be one hour longer than in the past. 

The event will offer family friendly art stations where children and parents can create art together for free, led by local artist Reb Roberts, who, with his wife, Carmella Loftis, runs Sanctuary Folk Art Gallery.

There will be roving performance artists entertaining the crowd throughout the day.

Food and drinks

The Street Party also will feature West Michigan food and beverages.

Founders Brewing, St. Julian Wine and Faygo will be available throughout the day.

Founders, which along with Celebration! Cinema is a sponsor of the event, will bring many of its most popular beers — and also unveil a limited-edition brew: Founders Local Hive Honey Wheat, made specifically to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Local First and the Street Party.

The limited-edition brew is an American wheat ale brewed with barley and wheat for a smooth base and honey from local farmers is added to give it a pleasant sweetness, which is balanced by hops with a blend of mild citrus flavors.

The event will feature various food vendors: Egg Roll Queens, GoNuts, Grand Rapids Pizza and Delivery, Louis Benton, Railside Golf Club, Spoonlickers, Stoner Tacos, Twisted Rooster and What the Truck.

Street Party concert performances

  • The Grand Rapids Soul Club, performing between sets
  • Seth Bernard and May Erlewine, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Ralston Bowles, 5-6 p.m.
  • Cabildo, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • The Concussions, 8-9 p.m.
  • Crane Wives, 9:30-10:30 p.m.
  • Step Dad, 11 p.m.-midnight

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