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there is bound to be something for everyone, from the connoisseur to the mere gazer.


Grand Haven Art Festival Grand Haven June 25-26 (616) 842-4910 grandhavenchamber.org


Enjoy the 50th anniversary of the annual Grand Haven Art Festival this summer with this two-day free event. Drawing artists from around the nation, visitors looking to admire as well as buy art can see the display of origi- nal handmade work. From paintings to glass to sculptures, the Grand Haven Art Festival is an event that will captivate all audiences.


Muskegon Summer


Celebration Muskegon June 30–July 9 (231) 722-6520 summercelebration.com


Starting in 1993, the Muskegon Summer Celebration has grown to be an 11-day musical sensation with numerous activities during the day. The annual festival show- cases events such as Art in the Park and Michigan Marketplace during the day, draw- ing thousands of tourists to enjoy unique artistry and homemade food. Come out and experience the excitement as performers Pop Evil and Trey Songz kick off and end this year’s Celebration.


Field of Flight Air Show


and Balloon Festival Battle Creek July 1–4 (269) 962-0592 bcballoons.com


Upgraded parking and viewing at the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival will offer people a whole new outlook while watching this sensational air show. Along with the spectacular show, there will be a wide range of food vendors and craft booths to enjoy.


National Cherry Festival Traverse City July 2–9 (231) 947-4230 cherryfestival.org


First held in 1926, The Cherry Festival has evolved to be on of the largest events in Michigan. Celebrating cherries, tourism and community involvement this event will feature more than 150 events and activities, most of them being free.


40 | REVUEWM.COM | JUNE 2011 Lotus performing at last year’s Founders Fest Founders Fest:


A BEER DRINKER’S DREAM T


HERE IS NO SENSE IN PRETENDING. Beer drinkers love to imbibe outside — whether it’s on a porch or, more covertly, in a public park or beach. The good news is that Founders, a local brewery with worldwide acclaim, has come up with a way for beer drink- ers to fulfill this passion in a legal and safe environment. “Founders Fest is our biggest party of the year,” says


Mark Dorich, director of retail operations for the brewery. Dorich is referring to the event Founders puts on every


summer on Grandville Avenue in downtown Grand Rapids directly in front of the brewpub. On June 18, Dorich estimates around 4,500 people will


gather to partake in what the brewery calls “its celebratory thank you to Grand Rapids and West Michigan for making the brewery what it is today.” It’s worth noting that what Founders is today is a brewery that currently


FOUNDERS FEST Founders Brewing Company, Grand Rapids June 18, 3-11 p.m. $10-$20, 21+ foundersbrewing.com, (616) 776-1195


has three beers in the Top 25 in the world on Beer Advocate’s ranking. The fourth annual event will have all the workings that fans have


come to expect. Grandville Avenue will be closed from 3-11 p.m. between Cherry and Bartlett streets.


Throughout that span there will be food booths, local artists and


performers selling their wares, stages with bands playing, and most im- portantly, beer tents selling nothing but Founders’ award-winning brews (hint, hint Muskegon). Aside from the beer, music is a huge part of Founders Fest. The tagline for the event is “A Celebration of Beer and Music,” after all. New Orleans funk group Galactic will serve as the headliner for the event, with a variety of regional and local acts such as A.B. & Coconut Brown, The Ragbirds, Steppin’ In It, and D.J. Spydre Murphy will make appearances. The FBC Allstars will also be returning. The Allstars is a supergroup comprised of all Founders employees that plays covers. Tickets are $10 to $20 and are available in the Founders Taproom or online at foundersbrewing.com. Dorich also notes


that Founders Fest is an event for grown-ups and is limited to ages 21 and up. No outside food or beverages (except water) will be permitted. “Also prohibited are pets, vehicles, bad attitudes, and anything il- legal,” Dorich said. —Nick Manes


PHOTO: WOJTEK DABROWSKI


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