Come downtown from 4 – 7 pm for free, family-friendly activities celebrating art and creativity!
- LAKE LOVER VINTAGE
You’ve wondered what it’s about! Dave of DJP designs will be here playing Crokinole on his handmade game boards and explaining the game. He’s bringing new Cribbage Boards and Cutting Boards too!
- WINGS N WILLOWS ART GALLERY AND CUSTOM FRAMING
Ali Juntunen is an all around creative. Intrigued by all practices of art, she’s probably tried all of them at least once, but has landed on graphic design and digital illustration for now. Growing up in the Northwoods of Minnesota, from the flower beds to the tree tops, she was inspired by the natural world around her, influencing the majority of her work today.
- GRAND RAPIDS AREA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
Stop by for an open house to celebrate Cathy Sayward’s retirement and meet the current staff. Also showcasing artwork created by the students of the 2021 Strings Camp!
- NORTHERN CRUISERS CAR CLUB
Northern Cruisers Car Club will be hosting a car show in the parking lot. Plus food trucks along 1st Ave NW!
- MACROSTIE ART CENTER
Presenting two new exhibits for September. Art/Work: a MAC Staff Retrospective and Landscapes and Abstracts from the North Woods by Gillian Bedford. Reception from 4 – 7 pm with artist talks at 6 pm.
- BENDERS SHOES
Hosting Jenny Farber of Chaotic Beauty Artistry. Jenny is pyrography and watercolor artist based in Grand Rapids. She will have handmade earrings, magnets, and wall decor available.
- OLD CENTRAL GROUNDS
- Live Music for First Friday is sponsored by Paul Bunyan Communications and the Blandin Foundation. This month is featuring Sam and Matthew Miltich, Nathan Norman, and Briand Morrison performing from 6 – 8
- Story Art & Museum will be on the lawn raffling off a pencil drawing by Sherri Faye — one of her fantastic depictions of Elvis, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, or Brian Setzer. This is a fundraiser for Story Art & Museum, a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring imagination through story art. First 30 tickets sold will receive a free button! First 30 tickets sold will receive a free button!
- Grand Rapids Players are sailing in on their cruise ship float to share about their organization and the upcoming production of “Anything Goes.” Short performances will be held outside throughout the evening, with a rain site inside the school.
- OLD CENTRAL SCHOOL
- True North Salon and Spa + Wildland Fabrics Visit this eclectic boutique and vendor marketplace on the 1st
- The Clothing Bar Trendy clothing for all sizes.
- Emerging Artist Gallery The MAC’s pop-up gallery in Room 109 will be showcasing artist Amara Bedford.
- Artists in the Attic Head up to the 3rd floor to see the Artists’ Loft and meet the artists in residence. The current residents are working in painting, pastels, mosaics, and more!
- HOTEL RAPIDS
Hosting artist Abbey Blake with music by Michaela Smith from 6-9 pm.