Local First will hold its 11th annual Street Party on Saturday, June 7 outside Bistro Bella Vita from 3 p.m. to midnight.
This year's event is presented by Founders Brewing Company with stage sponsor Celebration Cinema. Last year, more than 12,000 attendees attended the 10th anniversary Local First Street Party and enjoyed Founders beer, local food and food trucks, family art and sidewalk chalk art, interactive music, and a great music set. The Local First Street Party is free and open to all ages; there will be music and entertainment for everyone to enjoy at this event.
"The Street Party is one of the biggest highlights of our year. Local First puts on this event to showcase local businesses and talented individuals, celebrate the diversity and vibrancy of our community, and kick off the summer right!" said Elissa Hillary, executive director of Local First.
This year's food vendors include food trucks, some old favorites, and new businesses. A Moveable Feast and What the Truck are local food trucks. On the dessert side, GoNuts will be serving mini doughnuts and Love's Ice Cream will have delicious organic ice cream. For the entrees, Montello Meat Market will be cooking up bratwursts, Grand Rapids Pizza & Delivery will have several pizza options (including the "Local First" - a margarita-inspired specialty pizza), Twisted Rooster will be serving up its famous mac 'n' cheese, Bandit Queen with ramen (try it here first – they haven't opened their restaurant yet!), and LINC Up Soul Food Café will be making chicken and waffle sliders (you will want to try this).
Founders Brewing Company will be returning with the Local Hive Honey Wheat, created for last year's event and hugely popular, selling out in the early evening last year. They will also have a selection of other beers. St Julian is providing wine again, and cider for the first time at this event. Faygo soda and free water will also be available.
During the event, there are plenty of bands and street performers to entertain. Families will enjoy making recycled art with local artist Reb Roberts, playing with sidewalk chalk with Marco Riolo, and writing their local treasure on the giant Local Treasure shopping bag. New this year, The Rapidian will be at the event from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., sharing stories in a story fort; people will also have the opportunity to tell stories about our community.
This event is free to attend. Food and drink tickets will be available for purchase at the event, with cash or card.
3:30 p.m. -4:30 p.m. Nathan Kalish and the Wildfire (rock country)
5:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m. Root Doctor (soul/blues/jazz)
6:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers (indie folk/pop)
8:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m. Rick Chyme (hip-hop/rap)
9:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Mustard Plug (punk-influenced ska)
11:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. Alexis (electro-pop)
The Grand Rapids Soul Club (spinning R&B and funk tunes between sets)
Audria (professional hula hoop dancer)
61Syx Teknique (breakdancing group)
WaZoBia (African & Afro-Cuban drumming with attendees)
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Photo courtesy of Jonathan Stoner Photography.