Join in the celebrations!
Every season brings an occasion to celebrate in the Grand Haven area. First up in the spring are the Chilly Blues, Lubbers Cup Regatta, and Great Lakes Kite Festival. Summer pops with a premier lineup, including the Spring Lake Heritage Festival, Sand Sculpture Contest, Grand Haven Art Festival, 4th of July Fireworks, Coopersville Summerfest, and the nationally-renowned Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival. Fall is honored with September’s Salmon Festival, Grand Haven Artwalk, GVSU Lakers football games at Lubber's Stadium, and the Famous Pumpkin Train in Coopersville. It may be cold outside, but hearts are warm when the Grand Haven community presents its traditional Jingle Bell Parade to welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus. Attending Winterfest in January is a long standing tradition, as families enjoy activities such as the cardboard sled race and dog pulls.
Join us in celebrating all that makes our area unique and attractive.
Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival
The Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival is an annual series of cultural, educational, and performing arts events held in the fall and operated and administered by Grand Valley State University. With the inaugural season in 1994, the Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival is the oldest Shakespeare Festival in Michigan and enters its 17th season in consecutive operation this fall. This season, festival will attract more than 10,000 participants to its events. With a firm commitment to the arts and education, the Shakespeare Festival actively promotes and provides arts education that affects Grand
Valley community, as well as the community of audience members, students, and teachers in Michigan and beyond.
Our productions are cast from a pool of students, community actors, and guest professionals; union artists are engaged under guest artist contracts administered by
the Actors Equity Association. Our festival company operates from mid-August through early November, producing public events starting in late September. By beginning our season in the late summer and early fall, we successfully merge quality productions with the academic life of the university community.
Our festival maintains strong connections with national Shakespeare activity in several ways. Prominent Shakespeare practitioners conduct panels, offer public presentations of their work, and visit literature and production classes on our campus. Guest artists
are nationally recruited through regional professional auditions. All productions are adjudicated by members of the Kennedy Center-American College Theatre Festival
(KC-ACTF). Also, the Shakespeare Festival is an active member of the Shakespeare Theatre Association of America (STAA). Faculty, staff, and students regularly attend conferences, competitions, workshops, and panels held by the SSTA and KC-ACTF.
The Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival is closely integrated with the university’s training program in theatre arts. The festival is organized by members of the
university faculty and staff who strive to involve their students with all aspects of festival planning and operation: management, production, fundraising, public
relations, acting, design, budgeting, and other areas. Each season faculty and staff members also strive to connect festival activities to important areas of university life outside of dramatic arts: cinema, multicultural affairs, music, philanthropy and public
service, alumni, dance, and communications, among others.
Comedy Night at Jack's
Stand up comedy show every Thursday night all year!
Show features an opening act and a headline act every week.
Must be 21 & up. No Cover.
Jack's Restaurant & Bar