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Annual Grand Haven Sand Sculpture Contest

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.

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August 1st - October 4th, 2014

Quilts and Their Stories

Annual Event
10:00am to 4:00pm
Location: Coopersville Farm Museum, 375 Main Street, 49404

Coopersville Farm Museum and Event Center is pleased to present the 13th Annual exhibit of Quilts and Their Stories during the months of August and September. Over 150 quilts are displayed inside the 12,000 square foot facility located at 375 Main Street in downtown Coopersville. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday during the quilt show, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and for special events and groups with reservations. Visit for a schedule of events.

Contact Information:
Kaitlyn Landon
Phone: 616-997-8555
September 12th - 14th, 2014

Grand Haven Salmon Festival

Annual Event
Location: Downtown Grand Haven Waterfront

The Downtown Grand Haven waterfront will be bubbling with family friendly activities as D&W Fresh Market presents and Grand Haven Area Convention and Visitors Bureau hosts the Grand Haven Salmon Festival —a multifaceted festival that pays tribute to the area’s bountiful waterways as a natural resource, while coinciding with the region’s annual Salmon migration. Grilled Salmon_1.jpg

The 11th Annual Grand Haven Salmon Festival, a three-day festival slated for September 12 - 14, 2014 in downtown Grand Haven. The event was designed to mark the passing of summer, promote the area as a unique fall tourist destination and celebrate the fall harvest season and salmon migration. The festival theme is arts, education and entertainment and assures the residents and visitors alike a unique opportunity to learn about the region’s natural assets, while experiencing the cultural appeal of the area through music, art, entertainment, history and education.

The outdoor-waterfront festival features live jazz music; Michigan wineNAT_8050.jpg
tasting pavilion (ID required for wine/beer tasting) featuring Michigan’s top wineries and grape stomping; gourmet salmon cook-off contest; fall harvest beer & entertainment pavilion; downtown merchant market; fine art fair on the waterfront; Big King Salmon fishing contest with weigh-in/awards ceremony; mouth-watering food and beverage treats at the Fresh Catch Fish Boil; Grand Haven historic displays through the Tri-Cities Museum; hands-on children’s nature-themed arts & crafts activities; and educational, environment-focused exhibits, displays, workshops—and more!

The Salmon Festival was designed to promote the importance of Michigan’s coastal waterways while paying tribute to a unique aspect of West Michigan—the annual salmon migration. Festival attendees will experience hands-on learning, education and exhibits and enjoy a culturally rich weekend experience that includes arts, crafts, live music, wine, food and family fun.

Contact Information:
Grand Haven Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Phone: 616-842-4499
September 24th - October 12th, 2014

Grand Haven ArtWalk

Annual Event
Location: Downtown & Centertown Grand Haven

Grand Haven ArtWalk is an art event that enables artists to display their works in public or private spaces through out Downtown & Centertown Grand Haven. The public can explore art, interact with artists and vote for their favorite pieces in the following categories: photography, painting, sculpture, and drawing/mixed media.

Grand Haven ArtWalk also hosts many fun events during the 18 day event including:

- Family Art Day
- Indie Rock Music Festival
- Youth Art Competition
- Centertown Block Party
- & more!


Contact Information:
Allison Revell
Phone: 616-844-1188
September 27th - October 26th, 2014

Pumpkin Train

Annual Event
(Sun. Sat. )
Time: Departure times vary
Location: Cooperville & Marne Railway - 311 Danforth St., Coopersville

This is a Fall tradition that is not to be missed! Passengers are entertained during the journey by THE GREAT PUMPKIN, SCARECROW & LITTLE CROW!

Local actress Eva Swietec and her cast of wacky characters love to sing and dance for you. Each paid child's ticket includes a free, locally grown, good-sized Pumpkin that the kids can pick from our Pumpkin Patch at the end of the ride. Children under 2 yrs ride free and also get a small size Pumpkin.

SATURDAYS: Sept. 27, Oct. 4 & 11
Departs at 11 am & 1:30 pm

SATURDAYS: Oct. 18 & 25
Departs at 11 am, 1 pm & 3 pm

SUNDAYS : Sept. 28, Oct 5, 12, 19, & 26
Departs at 1 pm & 3 pm

Adults $15.50, Seniors (60+) $14.50, Kids (2-12) $13.50

Please Note:
We have over 200 seats available on each train. We always have seats available on the days of departures. But if you would like to by-pass the lines at the windows and get right on board with your tickets on the date and time of your choice, call (616) 997-7000, extension #3. You will be connected to the General Manager's phone. Credit card sales only, please. There will be a 50 cent per ticket processing charge. If you use the mail-in form and enclose a check or money order, there will be a $2.00 processing charge.

Contact Information:
Coopersville & Marne Railway
Phone: 616-997-7000 ext. 4

Grand Haven Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
225 Franklin Avenue · Grand Haven MI, 49417
Visitors Center Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 9 am - 5 pm