2016 Applications

Festival 2016 is being held on June 3, 4, 5, 2016 in downtown Grand Rapids. Festival of the arts is always held the first full weekend in June.

We welcome Festival of the Arts participants who are residents of one of the following West Michigan counties: Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, or Ottawa.

Regional Arts Exhibition Entry Form

The Regional will again be held at UICA

Art take in will be on May 12, 13, and 14.

festival 2016 applications are now available online.

All entries must be delivered to UICA during these dates for judging.

Judging is NOT done from digitally presented images. 


Click here  and link to Regional Arts page

festival is pleased to announce the jurors for 2016:

2-D - Matt Schenk

3-D - Rita Shields

Photography - Filippo Tagliati

Art Sales

festival 2016. Art Sales Tent and Art On the Spot (Corrected) Applications

2016 (Corrected) Applications are now closed but can be downloaded for information only.

Download 2016 (Corrected) Art Sales Tent Application (PDF)

Download 2016 (Corrected) Art On the Spot Application (PDF)

Music, Theatre and Dance Performance Applications are closed.

It will take several weeks for the Sheduling Committee to complete the process so please be patient. 

Performance App deadline: Saturday February 13, 2016


Food Booth Forms for festival 2016

Food Booth Application deadline was November 20, 2015. If you were accepted click below for the package of Food Booth forms you will need for 2016.


Food Booths - Forms Package for festival 2016 (PDF)

Directions to the Kent County Health Department(PDF)



Youth Art

Not yet updated for festival 2016. Works of up-and-coming artists from area schools! A non-juried art show by local school-age children. Special thanks to GRAM for hosting the Festival Youth Art exhibit. Teachers may pick up art on Sunday from 3:30-4:30. The Museum closes at 5:00pm.

Please complete the registration form for all student entries being submitted to Festival Youth Art Show 2015.

Youth Art Applications for 2016 will be available shortly.


Literary Awards - Short Fiction Contest

festival 2016 Applications for the Literary Awards  


Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters has teamed up with the Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts and On-the-Town Magazine to present the 2016 Festival Literary Awards in Short Fiction. Writers of all ages from the Festival Region (residents of Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, or Ottawa County) may each submit one story of up to 800 words between January 1 and March 31, 2016, to our online submission manager, using the button below. Entries will only be accepted via these means.

2016 Short Fiction Contest application available - click here