Upcoming Community Events

Michigan Pirate Festival - Pirates Sail In

August 7, 2015
06:00 PM / 11:00 PM
Bicentennial Park, Grand Haven, MI 49417 616.842.5560 x222

Bicentennial Park
Pirates sail in and drop anchor in downtown Grand Haven for a time of pillagin’ and plunderin’-lot’s of booty for the young mates.
New this year is the “friendly abduction” of a city dignitary during the sail-in on Friday, August 7. The pirates will hold their victim for ransom. The pirates invite the public to help bailout their captive that evening during a public meet and greet at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 20 N. 2nd St., Grand Haven. The band McSpillin will provide piratical music with beverages available to purchase by The Eagles. The event hours will be 7pm-11pm
There is a $5 cover charge with a silent auction of donated items from local businesses throughout the evening with the funds going to ransom their captive. The pirates will donate the proceeds to the Waterfront Stadium Project.

Michigan Pirate Festival-Grand Haven’s Musical Fountain Pirate-themed Show

August 7, 2015
Loutit District Library, 407 Columbus Ave. 616.842.5560 x222

Grand Haven’s Musical Fountain Pirate-themed Show
Friday, August 7
10: 10 p.m.
Waterfront----1 N Harbor Dr., Grand Haven, MI 49417

Castle Grande

August 8, 2015
09:00 AM / 03:00 PM
Grand Haven City Beach 616-842-4910


Each year in June residents and visitors of the Grand Haven area have enjoyed building art in the sand at the Sand Sculpture Contest, held annually at Grand Haven City Beach. Castle Grande offers another opportunity for the community to enjoy sand and sun with the goal of building the tallest and widest sandcastle that Lake Michigan has ever seen, just for the fun of it.

The Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg, has partnered with the Sand Fanatics, a sand sculpting troop that shares a passion for Michigan beaches and sandcastles, to present the 2015 event.

The fun starts Saturday, August 8, 2015, 9:00am at Grand Haven City Beach. The Sand Fanatics will pound up the main central castle as high as possible and invite other teams, groups, families and individuals to connect their castles side-by-side along the waterfront to form one continuous castle as wide as possible. The target completion time is 3:00pm.

Together with family and friends, Sand Fanatics compete in various sculpting competitions throughout Michigan and the troop is available for hire. One of the most common questions the Sand Fanatics receive on the beach is - How do you do that? Come on out and discover the answer. The Sand Fanatics will teach participants how the right combination of forms, sand, water and packing is the secret to building truly remarkable sandcastles. Bring your own bucket and shovel, but in case you forget, sand tools and forms will be available to borrow.

This event is free and open to all. No matter what your age or experience level, come have fun with us while enjoying a great summer day at the beach accomplishing something grand.

CASTLE GRANDE 2014: Width = 100ft, Tallest Point = 6ft–9in
CASTLE GRANDE 2013: Width = 97ft, Tallest Point = 7ft–7in

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