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"Creatively strengthening our stewardship of the Grand River Watershed through education and the arts."

Grand River Water Festival

Save the Date - Saturday, June 22, 2019

Riverside Park, 2001 Monroe Ave., Grand Rapids MI

Thanks to long-term community support and involvement, we are celebrating our 10th annual Grand River Water Festival in 2019. We have evolved as an organization in our outreach and in addition to the festival we have added after-school music and dance programming, and an art program geared towards raising awareness of water quality issues.

The festival is a free-of-charge, day long Music driven Environmental Festival featuring Traditional Folk, Country, Bluegrass, Cajun, Blues and World Beat music, performed by Michigan musicians.

We are able to use music and activities to draw together diverse groups of folks from our West Michigan community, who are then educated on water quality issues by Speakers from diverse environmental groups in-between bands.

There are opportunities to be further educated on environmental organizations, to activate and volunteer to worthy environmental causes, to purchase quality environmentally-conscious goods and food from our vendors, and to support the musicians at the merchandise booth.

It is a holistic music festival on all levels, with a great deal of heart.

2019 Schedule

11:45-12:00    Opening Remarks (Bruce Ling)
12:00-12:45 Dance of Universal Peace
12:45 - 1:00  TBD
1:00 - 1:45    Nicholas James Thomasma & Alex Austin
1:45 - 2:00    Tom Werkman, Friends of the Lower Grand - Grand River Dredging
2:00 - 2:45    Aspen Jacobsen
2:45 - 3:00     TBD
3:00 - 3:45    Jahshua Smith 
3:45 - 4:00    Margaux Sellnau, Sunrise Movement - Green New Deal
4:00 - 4:45    Nobody’s Darlin’ All Girl String Band
4:45 - 5:00    Anne Marie Hertl – Michigan League of Conservation Voters
5:00 - 5:45    Dede and the Dream
5:45 - 6:00    Patricia Pennell - Rain Gardens/Native Plants
6:00 - 6:45     Drew Nelson
6:45 - 7:00     TBD
7:00 - 7:45     Hawks and Owls String Band
7:45 - 8:00     TBD
8:00 - 9:00     Jive at Five
9:00 - 9:15    Closing Remarks (Bruce and Becca Ling)


2019 Sponsors

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Story Tent

Why is clean water important to you? What is your favorite water story? Check out the Grand Rapids Water Festival Water Stories recorded at our 2008 festival. Folks talk about their connections and innate emotional attachments to the Great Lakes, rivers, streams, and ponds. As Michiganders, we revel in our watery abundance and associated activities – kayaking, boating, fishing, swimming and enjoying the beaches. Our responsibility to this amazing watershed is to keep it clean and raise awareness of our role as stewards. We want to hear from you. If you have a water-themed story you wish to share, stop by the Story Tent to record it.


Tablers & Vendors


Environmental and holistic organizations, we are looking for you! We want to invite your organization to have an informational table at the Grand River Water Festival. It’s a chance for folks to connect with your organization and to ask in-depth questions. Feedback from attendees and environmental organizations indicates that membership and number of volunteers have increased because of connections made during the festival.

If you are interested in tabling at the festival, please contact us at: or Becca at 616-802-7502.



The Grand River Water Festival is an opportunity to purchase quality, environmentally-conscious goods, food and services from our vendors. It is a holistic music festival with a great deal of heart. If you are interested in vending at the festival, please contact us at: or Becca at 616-802-7502. We reserve the right to approve vendors.

2019 Tablers & Vendors:

  • Citizens Climate Lobby - MI Chapter

  • Kent Conservation District

  • Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds (LGROW)

  • MI League of Conservation Voters

  • Native Plant Guild

  • Unity Church

  • West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC)

  • Grand Rapids Public Museum

  • Ban Fracking in Michigan

  • John Ball Zoo

  • Westside Farmers Market/West Grand Neighborhood Association

  • Friends of Fisher Mansion

  • Clean Air Action Council in Ann Arbor

  • Peninsular Academy

  • Great Lakes Regional Center

  • Embody GR

2019 Grand River Water Festival Tabler & Vendor Sign Up


We need your help to make the festival a sustainable success. Can you help out by volunteering some time at the festival? We have several areas of need:

  • Set up

  • Take down

  • Merchandise Tent

  • Volunteer station

  • Peace Flag booth

  • Water station

  • Story tent

  • Parking

  • Recycling/Composting

  • Anywhere at the festival

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on
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2018 Artwork Submission

Hidden Waterways: Community Watershed Artists Program

Starting Summer of 2018, the Grand River Watershed Arts and Music Council Community Watershed Artists Program is calling on local artists to participate in engaging their communities around water health. We are hiring local artists to paint sidewalk murals that reveal and interpret the “Hidden Waterways” under our streets to initiate local conversations about stormwater pollution. The murals will be chronicled in an interactive map on our website, and engage people in local neighborhoods. This program has been developed in partnership with the Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds and Dr. Sarah King of Grand Valley State University. If interested, please fill out the form and attach your proposed artwork. All designs must be approved by the City of Grand Rapids.


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