With a chill, laid-back atmosphere, the 10th edition of the Grand River Water Festival spilled out along the Grand River in Grand Rapids on Saturday. Recap, photos at Local Spins.
When it comes to family-friendly charm, inviting regional music, a good cause and a gorgeous day along the Grand River, few things compare to the Grand River Water Festival.
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The 10th edition of the day-long festival which combines live music (and dance) with environmental education reveled in all of the above on Saturday at Grand Rapids’ Riverside Park with more than a dozen performances and a push to protect Michigan’s water resources.
“This is a place where you can get into a discussion with a stranger, where you have no idea who they are or what they agree with, but still come to agree on something for a good cause,” said violinist Natalie Beversluis, who performed with the all-female string band Nobody’s Darln’ on Saturday afternoon.
For 28-year-old attendee Tyler Hyma, it was an impressive event.
“I love the inclusivity of the festival,” said Hyman, a Michigan native who now lives in California but was back for a visit this weekend.
“Everyone is so relaxed and truly having a good time. (It) makes it even better that it’s a beautiful day.”
PHOTO GALLERY: Grand River Water Festival at Riverside Park
Photos by Kendra Petersen-Kamp