2017 Ethnic Heritage Festival


Join the Grand Rapids Public Museum on Saturday, February 4, 2017 for the Ethnic Heritage Festival. The city of Grand Rapids and the surrounding region have a long standing history of diversity and various cultural traditions dating back from early explorers and fur traders, to modern day cultural rituals from new residents of the region. The Festival is a day-long celebration of music, dance, crafts and food representing the various ethnic groups that call West Michigan home.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. and features a variety of organizations, performances, beer tastings and presentations. The Museum Café will feature ethnic food selections. There will be a special International Beer Tasting from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The beer tasting is open to those 21 and above for $5.00. Tickets will be available at the door. Colorful performances by various ethnic groups will take place throughout the day in the Meijer Theater and Galleria.

Visitors will be able to view the Museum’s exhibitions with two specific exhibitions having a primary focus on diversity and culture: Newcomers: The People of This Place which highlights the ethnic groups that have settled the Grand Rapids area, and Anishinabek: The People of this Place which focuses on the Native American culture in the region.

Ethnic Heritage Festival is FREE with general admission to the Museum.


We are currently accepting applications for vendors at the 2016 Ethnic Heritage Festival. Vendors will have tables set up to display and demonstrate about their specific ethnic group.  Vendors must pay a $25 registration fee.



All performer spots have been filled. We encourage interested groups to sign up to showcase at a table in the Museum for this event.