Today marks the start of the 45th Festival of the Arts, making it one of the longest-running festivals in the state. Festival is a community celebration in downtown Grand Rapids, featuring arts, entertainment, food and fun activities for the entire family.

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

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

Festival co-chair Val Clark tells WOOD Radio that after so many years, many of the this year's volunteers are the children and grandchildren of former Festival volunteers.

"We have some third-generation Festival brats, as they call themselves. They are very active and totally love this event."

Festival is more than food booths and large crowds:

The Festival Regional Art Exhibition is a juried show, featuring the works of West Michigan’s finest artists.

Don’t miss the Youth Art Exhibit displaying artwork from students of all ages.

Interested in buying art? Choices abound at the Art Sales Tents on Calder Plaza.

Maybe you’d like to create your own art? We’ll provide you with the supplies – you bring the creativity!

 For a schedule of events and times, CLICK HERE.