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Festival of the Arts entertains downtown

June 6, 2014
| By Pat Evans |
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Festival of the Arts draws thousands of visitors to downtown Grand Rapids each summer. Photo via fb.com

The Festival of the Arts kicks off downtown today.

The 45th annual celebration of Grand Rapids’ food, music and art attracts thousands of visitors as one of the state’s longest-running festivals.

The event — with six stages and dozens of food vendors — runs from noon until 10 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

All music and exhibitions are free.

Food by nonprofits

The food booths are put on by local nonprofit organizations, and the proceeds from food sales head back to the organizations.

Popular booths from the past have returned this year, such as the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church souvlaki, Kenowa Hills Band Boosters’ shrimp skewers and fresh-squeezed lemonade and Northview Athletic Boosters’ elephant ears.

Live music

An eclectic group of musical acts will take the six stages, such as the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony, Kari Lynch Band, Grand Rapids Accordion Ensemble, Rick Chyme, Kent Philharmonic Orchestra and Steve Hilger.

Dance

Dance groups also fill out the stage schedules, including the West Michigan Youth Ballet, Holy Trinity Greek Dance Group and BellyDanceGR Delkash Dancers.

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