In early July the streets of Muskegon are taken over by the sculptures and lithographs of the Lakeshore Art Festival. The festival takes place in downtown Muskegon, with fine arts displayed in Hackley Park and crafts and food vendors selling their wares on the streets surrounding Muskegon’s historic Frauenthal Theater. Street performers are on hand to juggle, play music, and otherwise entertain the festival-goers winding through the different works of art on display.
There’s a ton of activities for the kiddos at the Children’s Lane, including circus arts lessons, a petting zoo, puppet shows, an interactive photo booth, crafts, building projects and more.
Everyone can get in on the artsy action through the Community Canvas Project. Large canvases are available to anyone who wants to paint on them, free of charge. At the end of the day they’ll be cut into smaller sections, stretched on frames and sold.
Each year near the end of June the crowds take to the first 3 blocks of Washington Street, Grand Haven’s main drag downtown, browsing through the works of art offered for sale.
There’s something for the teenager looking for a funky pair of earrings as well as the woman searching for a sculpture for the front hall. Paintings, pottery, clothing, dolls, photography – the offerings are numerous and encompass a variety of styles. The festival is juried, and artists are selected from a pool of applicants. In addition to the art booths, there’s usually a tent set up for kids to create their own works of art, and live bands fill the air with music.
If you work up an appetite while walking up and down the street, you can get some good eats at the food kiosks set up nearby, or take advantage of the Grand Haven restaurants along Washington Street.
The 2017 Grand Haven Art Festival will take place on June 24 & 25.