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May Eclectic Events

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Great Lakes Kite Festival, Grand Haven beach Great Lakes Kite Festival, Grand Haven beach


Frolic time is now, dear Michiganders. Fiesta and feast in Holland, get convivial at summer camp for adults, be wowed by colorful creations along the lakeshore sky and then learn a thing or two about badass, history-making gals.


Camp Forever Fun

4502 Berlin Dr., Reading

May 27, (312) 961-1125

Summer camp is an American staple. Whether you annually relished weeks of semi-unbridled freedom from parents or sobbed your way through a weekend minicamp stay, many of us experienced this rite of passage. Regardless of the emotional baggage you bring to the idea of summer camp, Camp Forever Fun is here to provide adults the complete experience. “I know how hard it is to meet people, new friends or a romantic interest, after college,” said Camp Director Joel Paul Reisig. “I produce movies for a living. I saw how quickly people make real and lasting friendships on my film sets. I knew that I could make this happen for hundreds of people at once and have a great time doing it.” All the usual trappings are available, like morning yoga, dodge ball, canoe races and tug of war. Plus you can clamber up a climbing wall, bask along the waterfront, face your fears at the high ropes course and then dominate at capture the flag. Perks: This camp won’t scold you for making out or imbibing an adult beverage. Enjoy beer hikes, kegs of craft beer, wine, meals and even s’mores. After hours, enjoy nightly themed parties. 


LAUP Fiesta

Holland Civic Center, 150 W 8th St., Holland

May 6-7, FREE, (616) 392-5058

The Latin American United for Progress (LAUP) Fiesta is one of the longest running annual, West Michigan events of its kind. Boasting over 20,000 attendees every year, LAUP knows how to throw a party. The two-day event features a smorgasbord of fun, highlighting the real star of the event: Food. Beyond stuffing yourself with delectable delights, entertainment abounds. On Friday, an outdoor concert features favorite musical lineups from mariachi bands to modern outfits. Saturday offers a full day of fun from cultural dances presented by talent of all ages, to additional musical acts and  breakdancing by the Circle Junkeez. A car show, comedy and clowns will keep you entertained on indoor and outdoor stages. A carnival midway and exhibitors offer education and the opportunity to win at games of chance. 


Great Girls in Michigan History

Michigan Women’s Historical Center & Hall of Fame, 213 W Malcolm X St., Lansing

Monthly each first Sunday through Feb. 5, 2017, 2-4 p.m.

FREE for members and children 5 and under, $3 adults, $2 students, (517) 484-1880

In conjunction with the book by the same title, Great Girls in Michigan’s History opens once a month and spotlights badass ladies who did magical things before their 20th birthday. While the manuscript by author Patricia Majher focuses on 20 young women and girls, the exhibit at Lansing’s Michigan Women’s Historical Center & Hall of Fame centers around nine individuals who have accomplished mighty feats and have overcome incredible obstacles. Featured are a: deep-sea diver, dancer, activist, aviator, singer and a soldier — those are just some of the vocations surrounding these women’s stories. 


28th Annual Great Lakes Kite Festival

Grand Haven State Park beach, 1001 Harbor Ave., Grand Haven

May 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., May 22, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 

FREE!, (616) 990-5938

Go fly a kite. No, really. The Great Lakes Kite Festival fills you with all kinds of fancy-free feelings. Bask in the Technicolor array of nylon creations soaring in the wind. Or dive in and try your hand at launching a classic butterfly or a dramatic, outsized dragon into the air. From modest creations to kites that are larger than a school bus, you will be awed and amazed. World famous stunt fliers offer demonstrations, performing maneuvers set to music. Vendors provide you with the opportunity to purchase the kite of your dreams, along with other wind toys and spinners. Additional family fun is to be had within the giant MACkite tent, pitched on the beach. The festival is free, but you may need to pay for parking within the state park.

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