- 06:00 PMBudding GHHS Artists Get Their Own Art Exhibit in Grand Haven
- 02:00 PMSunday Afternoon Concert Series: The Laker Quartet from GVSU
- Experience Arts and Humanities at April 15 Open House
- 07:00 PMTitanic: West Michigan Connections
- 01:00 PMBuild Your Own Rain Barrel Workshops
- 01:00 PMEarth Day Fair
- 01:00 PMTraditional Irish Music Session
- 06:00 PMHome Buyer Education
- 07:00 PMCommunity Information Forum on May 5 Ballot Proposal
- 03:00 PMOttawa Conservation District Tree Seedling Sale and Fundraiser
- 12:00 AMGardenfest
*Events submitted to the City of Grand Haven Event Calendar are subject to review by the webmaster, and may not be posted if deemed inappropriate for inclusion.
Great Lakes Kite FestivalMay 16, 2015
Memorial Day has traditionally marked the unofficial start of summer for countless families, but folks in the Grand Haven area start their beach season a week early each year at the Great Lakes Kite Festival (GLKF).
On May 16 and 17, the beach will be filled with kite enthusiasts of all ages, from kids excited to fly their very first kite, to serious hobbyists and professionals who travel to several kite festivals around the country—and world—each year. Even so, the well-organized yet uniquely relaxed atmosphere of the GLKF has led several of these globetrotting kite fliers to remark that this is their favorite event and a perfect opening to their performance season.
Come and enjoy the marvelous colors and wide variety of kites being flown against the lovely backdrop Lake Michigan and the Grand Haven Pier. Spectators enjoy watching as much as the performers love flying. Now in its 26th year, the GLKF features a continuous rotation of skillfully choreographed routines set to music on center field, while giant kites larger than school busses hover just to the north. South of the main performance field is the world’s largest temporary kite store located in the large event tent filled with countless kites, spinners, and other outdoor fun from MACkite, the event’s primary sponsor.
Giant Kites: Kites larger than school busses? It’s true; octopus, trilobite, fish, and other larger-than-life forms are making appearances again this year. These are a great treat for family members old or young who witness these impressive kites for the first time. Brought to the beach by Al Sparling, Darryl Waters, Mark Ledvina, Fred and Donna Taylor, and others.
Choreographed Flying Routines: These crowd-pleasing performances have thrilled the hearts of spectators for years. Many long-time attendees look forward to their favorite performers who bring fresh routines each year. Performers Include but are not limited to the following: Windjammers Kite Team – celebrating 28 years together, Chicago Fire Kite Team – 10 time National Champions, Too Much Fun – together since 2001, The Phoenix Kite Collective – Former iQuad Members, Sam and Anne Ritter – Flying stacked Revolution kites, and Something Old, Something New – 2008 Masters Pairs Quad Line National Champions.
Candy Drop: Festival favorite Lee Sedgwick makes it happen on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Lee attaches a large amount of candy to his stack of four-line kites and then sprinkles it from the sky for the children to retrieve during the Candy Drop.
Running of the Bols: Parents will find nothing more enjoyable than watching their youngsters willingly run through the sand with a parachute-shaped kite attached to their waists until they are exhausted. Races are held in heats based on age and applause will reward the winner of each heat. A huge thanks to Fred & Donna Taylor for organizing this fun event.
Inflatable Obstacle Course: Tons of fun for all the kids. Let them run out some of their energy prior to heading home. Open Saturday 11-5 and Sunday 11-4.
Kiteboarding: Kiteboarding demonstrations will happen all weekend on the water. Local riders and the MACkite Kiteboarding School instructors will be riding waves and boosting tricks out on the water. Trainer power kites will be available to test fly so you can experience the thrill of power kiting with your feet still in the sand.
The Great Lakes Kite Festival is free and open to the public. (Vehicles without a current Michigan Recreation Passport will need to pay to park inside the Grand Haven State Park.) The event kicks off at the beach on May 16 at 4:00 p.m. and concludes Sunday evening at 5:00 p.m. More information with maps, photos, featured performers, and links to local lodging can be found at www.mackite.com/glskc.htm.
Traditional Irish Music SessionMay 16, 2015
01:00 PM / 03:00 PM Loutit District Library, 407 Columbus Ave. 616.842.5560 x222
Central Elementary School ReunionMay 17, 2015
All Day Saint Patricks Center 2312863809
Sunday Afternoon Concert Series: Folias Flute and Guitar DuoMay 17, 2015
02:00 PM / 03:00 PM Loutit District Library, 407 Columbus Ave 616.842.5560 x222
The Grand Rapids based Folias Flute and Guitar Duo was founded by the husband and wife duo Carmen Maret and Andrew Bergeron in 2002. They perform original flute and guitar music influenced by classical, tango, and jazz. They have performed in concert halls, clubs and for tango events across North America. The duo’s original compositions and arrangements have been recorded on the Blue Griffin Recording and White Pine Music labels and have been reviewed by Flute Talk magazine and Fanfare Magazine. Carmen Maret and Andrew Bergeron are also avid bloggers and you will find posts on their love for food, the great outdoors, and adventurous touring at their website foilasmusic.com. Funding for the Sunday Concert Series is generously provided by the Matilda and Harold Crane Donor Advised Fund of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation.
Kick Off to Summer RunMay 23, 2015
7:30 am - 10:30 am
Tri-Cities Family YMCA invites you to Kick-off your summer! There is something for everyone from the avid racer to the occasional walker, with our certified 5K Run, the 1 Mile Family Fun Run/Walk (be sure to bring your wagon or stroller) and the Tot Trot obstacle course for ages 3-6. All ages are welcome to participate, so bring your mom, dad, grandma and grandpa. Join us for our annual family event as we promote healthy lifestyles in the Tri-Cities area. Cost is $30 Individual 5K, $65 Family of up to 4 – 5K, $5 1 Mile Fun Run/no t-shirt, $13 1 Mile Fun Run with t-shirt, FREE – Tot Trot (ages 3-6).
Event Starting Times:
8:30 am 5K Run / walk
9:15 am 1 Mile Family Fun Run Walk
9:30 am Tot Trot Obstacle course
Awards ceremony following race