What’s Happening This Weekend in West Michigan (June 22 & 23)

West Michigan is abuzz with excitement this weekend! Whether you’re up for festivals, outdoor escapades, or exploring unique exhibits, there’s something special for everyone. Here’s your guide to the top events:

Grand Rapids Gran Fondo

Calling all cycling enthusiasts! The Grand Rapids Gran Fondo is back with its thrilling bike event featuring four distinct courses, including an 80-mile race and a family-friendly ride. The festivities kick off from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation.

Grand Rapids Pride Festival

Join in celebrating diversity and inclusivity at the Grand Rapids Pride Festival, a highlight of the city’s cultural calendar. Taking place at Calder Plaza on Saturday, June 22, from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., this vibrant event boasts over 100 vendors, a lively beer garden, captivating performances including a drag show, and engaging activities for teens and youth. Best of all, it’s free and open to all!

Holland Waterfront Celtic Festival & Highland Games

Immerse yourself in Celtic heritage at the Holland Waterfront Celtic Festival & Highland Games, happening at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 22, from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Enjoy spirited performances by Irish and Celtic bands, traditional Scottish and Irish dance, and thrilling Highland Games. Tickets start at $12. For tickets.

Jerico Faire

Discover local artistry and craftsmanship at Kalamazoo’s Jerico Faire on Saturday, June 22, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. This seasonal fair showcases over 50 artisans offering handmade treasures such as ceramics, jewelry, and prints. With live music, tantalizing food options, and a delightful mix of indoor and outdoor shopping, it promises a memorable outing for all.

Lake Odessa Fair

Experience the charm of the 89th Lake Odessa Fair, running through Sunday, June 23, at the Lake Odessa Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. This family-friendly event features a thrilling volleyball tournament, a colorful parade, live musical performances, a captivating car show, and an exhilarating derby night. Tickets are $15, with complimentary admission for children under five.

Electric Forest Festival

Don’t miss the electrifying finale of the Electric Forest Festival on Saturday, June 22, and Sunday, June 23, at the Double JJ Resort in Rothbury. Featuring headliners like Excision, Charlotte de Witte, and OverDrive, this iconic festival draws music lovers from near and far.

Pure Michigan Trail Challenge

Embark on an adventure with the Pure Michigan Trail Town Challenge, running through October 2024. Discover 11 scenic locations across South Haven and Van Buren County through parks, trails, and preserves. Participate for a chance to win a coveted South Haven Pure Michigan Trail Town hat.

The Robot Zoo at the Grand Rapids Public Museum

Dive into the world of robotics at “The Robot Zoo,” now on display at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Explore eight robotic creatures and engage in over a dozen interactive exhibits that unveil the fascinating mechanics of animals like giraffes, rhinoceroses, and more. Included with general admission, the exhibit runs through September 22.

Hudsonville Balloon Days

Experience the magic of Hudsonville Balloon Days at the Hudsonville Fairgrounds this weekend. Witness a stunning spectacle of hot air balloons soaring against the West Michigan sky. Admission is free, but parking is $10.

Make the most of the warm weather and vibrant activities happening throughout West Michigan this weekend!

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