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.

Art Sales

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

2016 (Corrected) Applications are now open.

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

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

Music, Theatre and Dance Performance Application

Go to Online Application »

Performance App deadline: Saturday February 13, 2016


Food Booth Forms for festival 2016

Sorry! Food Booth Application deadline was November 20, 2015


Food Booths - Application package for festival 2016 (PDF) for reference only - come back next year!


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 are closed.


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  


Regional Arts Exhibition Entry Form

festival 2016 Applications will be available online by March 1, 2016. The Regional will again be held at UICA and art take in will be on May 12, 13, and 14. Other details will be posted as they are completed. 


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