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Festival of the Arts kicks off downtown

June 3, 2016
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The Festival of the Arts draws more than 300,000 people. Photo via

You can already smell the wafting aromas from food vendors lining downtown streets as the Festival of the Arts kicks off this afternoon.

The annual arts celebration, which is in its 47th year, is being held today, tomorrow and Sunday in Grand Rapids. It attracts more than 300,000 people.

Festival of the Arts offers six performance stages featuring West Michigan talent, as well as dozens of food booths operated by area nonprofits and art and activities for all ages.

All performances, art exhibits and activities are free to attend.

All festival food booths are run by nonprofits to fund local school sports, churches, food banks, clothing closets and more.

Winners of the festival’s Regional Arts Exhibit and Competition can be found at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, located at 2 Fulton St. W.

The open competition is juried, with three professional jurors selecting the pieces that go into the exhibition space.

There is also a non-juried art show for local school-age children, which is presented at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

One-of-a-kind-items from local artists will be available throughout the weekend at Calder Plaza, where two tents have been set up.

A full list of performances and other information on Festival of the Arts is online.

Festival hours

Friday: noon to 10 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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