Big Rapids Festival of The Arts

Big Rapids, MI 49307

Welcome to Festival of the Arts 2023! This year's festival will take place from February 3rd through February 28th.

The festival looks much like it has in the past with a combination of workshops, entertainments, and exhibits for you to enjoy. As in past years, we have offerings from multiple genres and for all age groups, all free of charge except in cases where workshop materials are required.

February in Michigan offers us special challenges in terms of weather, sometimes in regard to entertainers’ ability to reach us, and sometimes in regard to our own ability to reach events. We will put cancellations and rescheduled dates on the website ( and also on Facebook. Please join us on Facebook because it is a great way to keep up with what is in store each day and also to see photos after events.

We are excited to be presenting the community with a new piece of public art. This piece will be by Joey Salamon, who is designing art to be dis- played on the west side of the Simonds building. The work will consist of panels that fill the missing windows on the building. We will have four of those panels on display for the opening reception on February 3rd at Immanuel Lutheran Church, and the artist will say a few words about the work prior to the concert that evening.

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