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Downtown hosts Street Party

May 30, 2016
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Local First marks 10 years with annual street party
Local First's annual Street Party in Grand Rapids draws thousands of visitors. Photo via

A nonprofit focused on supporting local businesses is throwing a free block party downtown this weekend.

The Local First Street Party, presented by Founders Brewing Co., is back for the 13th year and will be held in Grand Rapids on Saturday outside of Bistro Bella Vita, at 44 Grandville Ave. SW, from 3 p.m. to midnight.

The party will feature food and beverages provided by local vendors and an entertainment lineup made up of local performers.

The event is free to attend, and food and beverage tickets are available for $3 a ticket.

Donations to the Local First Educational Foundation are encouraged and will be matched by community partners of Grand Rapids-based Local First.


Beginning at 2:30 p.m., AM Yoga will provide pre-party stretching, and there will also be recycled art and sidewalk chalk activities.

Beginning at 3 p.m., seven local acts will take the Celebration! Cinema stage to perform throughout the day. In between sets, entertainment will be provided by a breakdancing troupe, 615Syx Teknique Street Dance Academy, and a hula-hoop group, Audacious Hoops.

3-3:40 p.m.: Triumph Music Academy

4-4:45 p.m.: Mark Lavengood Bluegrass Bonanza

5-5:45 p.m.: Lady Ace Boogie

6:15-7:15 p.m.: Chris Bathgate

7:45-8:45 p.m.: Tunde Olaniran

9:15-10:15 p.m.: Crane Wives

10:45 p.m.-midnight: Joshua Davis


Several local restaurants will sponsor food trucks at the Local First Street Party, selling food for one to three tickets.

A Moveable Feast, vegan and vegetarian options

Daddy Pete’s BBQ, smoked chicken and pork gluten-free options

Grand Rapids Pizza Delivery, pizza by the slice

K. Gourmet Bake Shoppe, spiced nuts

Love’s Ice Cream, with vegan options available

Twisted Rooster, macaroni and cheese

What the Truck, tacos


Founders will have Red’s Rye, Mosaic Promise, All Day IPA and Dirty Bastard on hand for two tickets.

St. Julian Winery will have wine and hard cider for sale for two tickets.

Gordon Water Systems is also providing free water and encouraging attendees to bring water bottles to keep the event waste free.

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