Grand Rapids has traditionally fostered the arts, with a wonderful ballet company, symphony, opera company, and several theater and music options. Now we have the brand new Grand Rapids Art Museum, a gorgeous (and green) home for a great collection and a venue for many fantastic exhibits. We also have Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, which truly has something for everybody, whether it's the children's garden, the indoor or outdoor gardens, the temporary art exhibits, or their ever-expanding outdoor sculpture collection. This attraction is definitely worth a full day's visit.
The first full weekend in June is the Festival of the Arts, now simply called "Festival" by the locals, that showcases local performing and visual talent in free venues. The food is attraction enough, but there are many great kids' activities, too!
Later in the summer is Celebration on the Grand, which is a music festival that culminates in a fireworks show above the Grand River.
Coming soon is an international competition called Art Prize. The winner receives $250,000, so the competition will be fierce!