Best Local Festivals in Holland, MI
by Cash Store Staff
Holland, Michigan is host to some of the most unique and admired festivals in the country, some of which draw tens of thousands of attendants each year. From flower celebrations, to classic cars, and even human mannequins, Holland’s vast festival scene offers something for everyone. Read on below to see all of our favorites!
Fall Fest is a two-day event that takes place in downtown Holland each year in early October. On Friday, festival goers can have their pumpkins turned into unique and intricate jack-o-lanterns by the many professional carvers on hand, and then return a little later in the evening to stroll the street to view all of the pumpkins lit up.
The next day features more pumpkin carving, along with family-friendly options that include pumpkin painting, haystack hunts, a pumpkin tossing contest, scarecrow window displays, and of course plenty of hayrides.
Taking place each September, the Tulipanes Latino Art and Film Festival is a celebration of the many Latino contributions to the Holland community. The festival includes a number of award-winning films shown in various venues around town, along with art exhibits and demonstrations. Most film showings include English subtitles, and all of the viewings are free and open to the public.
Easily the most anticipated and popular event in Holland, Tulip Time is an award-winning festival that attracts over one million visitors each year. The festival takes place during the first weekend in May and showcases over a million tulips in bloom around the town, many of which were initially planted in 1928.
Aside from seeing of all the tulips, other activities at the celebration center on the town’s Dutch heritage and include parades, fireworks, a Dutch Market, concerts, craft fairs, klompen dancing, and traditional Dutch street scrubbing.
Art in the Park is an annual art festival that always occurs the first Saturday of August. The event is second only to Tulip Time in terms of attendance and features the works of up to 300 artists and artisans from several states around the country. Art in the Park is also a fundraiser that supports Holland Friends of Arts, which fosters a commitment to awareness and the encouragement of creative talents in the Holland area.
The Macatawa Water Festival is an homage to the large role Lake Macatawa and the Macatawa River have played in Holland’s rich history. The festival takes place on Windmill Island and is primarily designed to engage families in the lake area by offering activities such as kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and various water-related games.
Holland’s annual Pride festival celebrates and lifts up the local LGBTQ community with a number of events, concerts, booths, silent auctions, and more. Festival events take place at the Park Theater on the first night, with Saturday’s activities occurring at Centennial Park throughout the day and evening. Booths and tables are staffed by businesses and organizations from Holland and surrounding areas, and there’s always plenty of food trucks on hand all weekend.
Love classic cars? Remember When is the perfect event for you, and anyone else with an interest in vintage automobiles primarily from the 50s and 60s. The event is put on by the Holland Vintage Car Club and takes place along 8th street in downtown Holland. Festivities begin with a car show, where attendees can walk amongst the various parked cars to get close up views, and maybe even some commentary from the owners on hand. At dusk, the cars will make their way over to 8th street for a cruise, which is temporarily turned into a two-way street for old time’s sake. Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair if you wish to stay for the cruise!
The Latin Americans United for Progress (LAUP) Fiesta is one of the longest-running events of its kind in the state and draws over 20,000 visitors during its annual weekend, coinciding with the kick-off to Tulip Time. The Fiesta offers a wide range of Latin-inspired entertainment, which includes a carnival, street performers, dancing, touring musical artists, and lots of food.
Definitely one of the more unique events in town, Live Mannequin Night Walk occurs on the streets of downtown Holland and features over a dozen businesses that participate by having volunteers dress up and pose as mannequins in the storefront windows, recreating a certain theme or category. At the end of the evening, attendees can vote for the business with the most creative display.
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