ArtPrize has arrived.
What else do you need to know! The “semi-annual” festival of art is back after years away, and the weather is looking great. You have until October 3rd to head downtown Grand Rapids — or anywhere nearby — and see thousands of works of art at hundreds of venues.
Of course, there are other great events this weekend in West Michigan as well!
Here’s what’s on our radar for the week ahead:
Sep. 16-Oct. 3
The semi-annual art festival is back again, with hundreds of thousands of dollars going to artists. Nearly 1,000 creators will display work across 140 venues all over Grand Rapids, from restaurants to parks to museums. This year, there are extra ways to support artists, including an online auction platform and hidden cash prizes found with a QR code. Head to the website to get involved and reward your favorite artists!
ArtPrize Kickoff Party
City Built Brewing
City Built is ready to celebrate ArtPrize with a big party, reinventing their popular Welcome Center with a one-of-a-kind large-scale painting from a Detroit artist, Sheefy McFly. A light show, live art demonstrations, art displays, beer, live music and more will all be here, along with food from Tamales Mary and Street Chef Shaw.
Rising Star Pianist: Schaghajegh Nosrati
Sep. 19, 4 p.m.
The Gilmore Piano Festival in Kalamazoo is back with live performances (which can also be experienced virtually) from the greatest pianists on Earth — both seasoned veterans and rising stars. This weekend, German star Schaghajegh Nosrati performs Bach's Golden Variations. Nosrati is highly regarded for the sincerity, depth and virtuosity of her interpretations. Born in Germany as the child of Iranian immigrants, her international breakthrough came in 2014 as an award winner at the International Bach Competition in Leipzig.
Fallasburg Art Festival
This annual arts festival is a huge part of what makes Lowell special. Two days of outdoor festival provides 100 fine art and craft booths with a carefully curated selection, live music onstage, food booths supporting nonprofits, children’s activities, free pumpkins and more. Plus, it’s free!
Oktoberfest at Thornapple
Sep. 18, 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
It’s time for Oktoberfest, and Thornapple is kicking the seasonal festivities off with a party this Saturday. Along with live music featuring local bands, Bavarian-style food, and their line-up of beer, cider and cocktails, TBC will be tapping their new Oktoberfest beer. “It was fun sourcing all German ingredients… except for the Grand Rapids water!“ said TBC’s head brewer, Keith Faught. Come for the beer, stay for the Bavarian Pizza.