Back to Back Family Fun Events This Weekend in Grand Haven, Michigan

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From sun up to sun down, keep the whole family entertained the weekend of the 26 and 27 in Grand Haven, Michigan. A plethora of activities are slated for the two days, most within walking distance from one another.

Sand Sculpture Contest - Grand Haven, MI

“We are very fortune to have such an active community where friends and families can enjoy local festivals and events all summer long,” stated Marci Cisneros, Executive Director of Tourism for the Grand Haven Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The weekend starts Saturday morning off with fresh produce from the Farmer’s Market. Flowers, bread, fruit and veggies will greet locals and visitors from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Sunday Art Market will be open every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays; also located at Harbor and First Street under the green canopy situated near Chinook Pier and the two mile boardwalk. Taking the boardwalk along the Grand River towards Lake Michigan, visitors may catch glimpses of the Queen’s Cup. An annual event coordinated by the South Shore Yacht Club where sailors’ race over night from Milwaukee to Grand Haven, reaching their destination by early Saturday morning.

As the boardwalk continues, numerous activities will be underway on both the Grand Haven State Park Beach and Grand Haven City Beach. In the State Park, the Grand Haven Beach Soccer Tournament in the Sand begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The 5 v 5 tournament guarantees every team, of various age divisions, at least three games.

Sand artists will be busy carving out their masterpieces on the City Beach. The 29th Annual Sand Sculpture Contest allows anyone to show off their sand sculpting talents on Saturday. Registration is at 9 a.m., with the artwork beginning at 10 a.m., and judging at noon. Categories include families, teams, children, castles, adult individuals, and child individuals. Cars, flying pigs, calculators, and dragons have been molded from the sand in years past; spectators are welcome to walk the beach, view the sculptures and vote for their favorite!

A few miles south, at the new Hemlock Crossing Nature Education Center, join a naturalist as they lead a Tree Walk at 10 a.m. Participants will learn the various types of tree species through their leaf characteristics.

Downtown Grand Haven will also be bustling with activity both Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The 49th Annual Downtown Grand Haven Art Festival, promoted by Howard Alan Events, brings together an eclectic mix of national artists, collectively displaying original, handmade artwork. In conjunction with the Art Festival, Family Fun Days creates a space for all to design, create, and have fun using their artistic abilities. Bringing local businesses to downtown Grand Haven to interact with the community, Family Fun Days activities will include but are not limited to: stamping, t-shirts, picture frames, paint wall, face painting, birdhouse building and more. Two Adirondack chairs, hand painted by local artists, Maggie Bandstra and Gabriel Hailstone, will be present downtown for the second annual Adirondack Auction. Appropriately titled, Beach Town and Summer Sun, both chairs incorporate a strong sense of the Grand Haven, West Michigan community.

On Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Grand Haven Skate Park, the AGA Summer Skate Park Series – Skateboard BMX Event will take place. Last year, Ben Fisher from Grand Haven took home the 2009 AGA Cup. This year’s event will contain prizes, music, AGA Cup qualifier, and much more.

For more action sports, head West of Grand Haven to Allendale for the Global Invitational at Placid Wake Park. Placid Wake Park allows wakeboarders to participate in their sport with the use of a cable system. The Global Invitational, on Saturday, brings in international and local salmon skiers, jumpers, vendors, and spectators.

Also on the 26, the Tri-Cities Garden Club sponsors the Garden Walk. This self guided tour, open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., takes garden lovers through seven home gardens, complete with labeled plants and refreshments at one of the gardens. Tickets are available at the Tri-Cities Museum or at each home the day of the tour, for $8.

Every dusk in Grand Haven, the only Musical Fountain of its kind in the world, will entertain young and old alike. It is a great way to celebrate the evening in Grand Haven, Michigan.

“We are very fortune to have such an active community where friends and families can enjoy local festivals and events all summer long,” stated Marci Cisneros, Executive Director of Tourism for the Grand Haven Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. For a complete list of events and lodging options contact the Grand Haven Area Convention & Visitors Bureau or visit, visitgrandhaven.com.

General Contact                        
Marci Cisneros
Executive Director of Tourism - Grand Haven Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Phone: 616-842-4499
Fax: 616-842-0379                                        

Farmer’s Market/Sunday Art Market/Musical Fountain
Kirsten Klempel
Member Relations Specialist – Chamber of Commerce
Phone: 616-842-4910

29th Annual Sand Sculpture/Art Festival/Adirondack Auction
Jenna Paparella
Program & Events Support Coordinator – Chamber of Commerce
Phone: 616-842-4910

Queen’s Cup
Blain Becktold
Phone: 616-502-0881

Grand Haven Beach Soccer Tournament in the Sand
Chris Lemay
Phone: 858-442-9082

AGA Summer Skate Park Series – Skateboard/BMX Event
Kurt Luttermoser
Phone: 248-622-3696

Global Invitational
http://www.globalinvitational.com/index1.html
http://www.placidwaters.com/

Tree Walk
http://www.miottawa.org/ParksVI/Parks/pdf/newsletters/summer2010.pdf
Hemlock Crossings
Phone: 616-786-4847

Garden Walk
Grand Haven Garden Club
Phone: 616-846-1207

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