It’s that time of year! Summer is here, which means BBQ’s, the beach, pool parties, and parish festivals. Here is a list of summer and fall parish fairs and festivals taking place in the diocese. We rely on parishes to share festival details with us. If your parish event isn’t shown and you’d like to have it listed, please send details to jfox@grdiocese.org.

June Festivals

St. Mary Magdalen Parish – Kentwood
FREE summer concert
Date: June 21
Location: St. Mary Magdalen Church, 1253 52nd St. SE, Kentwood, MI 49508 (tent behind the church)
Time: 7-11 p.m.
Join us on the lawn for our free “1st Day of Summ……aaahhhhh & Longest Day in the Land Concert.” Enjoy the local legendary 60s/70s Frank Eimer Band along with the energetic and soulful keyboard talents of Sandra Effert. Bring a blanket, your own (musical) lawn chair, your classic car, tropical fashion, food, and beverage – or purchase a $5 special (sandwich, chips, beverage) from KBL Concessions. Enjoy our beautiful parish grounds and fabulous entertainment. Free family-friendly event – all are welcome.

St. Patrick Parish – Portland
Summer Fest (Website | Tickets)
Date: June 21-23
Location: Father Flohe Field, 765 Union St., Portland, MI 48875
Time: See Schedule of Events
Sweet Caroline’s BBQ, Kona Ice, food trucks, entertainment tent, live music including Freebird Tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd and Lookin’ Back Bob Seger Tribute Band, Sunday chicken/swiss steak dinner, baseball, volleyball and euchre tournaments, Cruise In, kid’s karnival, and raffles.

Holy Name of Jesus Parish – Wyoming
Gran Festival (Website)
Date: June 22 & 23
Location: Lamar Park, 2561 Porter St. SW, Wyoming, MI 49519
Multi-cultural food, live music, children’s games, raffle and BIG prices, folkloric dance and more.

St. Patrick Parish – Parnell (Ada)
Saint Patrick’s Festival (Flyer)
Date: June 28-30
Location: St. Patrick Parish Center, church and grounds, 4351 Parnell Ave NE, Ada, MI 49301
Time: varies, see flyer above for details
Euchre tournament, live music daily, 5k run, beer tent, auction, Vegas Tent, BBQ Chicken Dinner, Car-Truck-Tractor Show, BINGO, Quilt Show and cash raffle 

July Festivals

St. Joseph Parish & St. Vincent Chapel – Hart (Weare)
69th Annual Ox Roast & Homecoming (Flyer | Website)
Date: July 14
Location: 2349 W. Jackson Rd., Hart (Weare), MI 49420
Time: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Ox roast, raffles, church tours, photo booth, silent auction, kid’s games, craft booth, BINGO, baked goods and more.

St. Mary Magdalen Parish – Kentwood
St. Mary Magdalen Parish Festival
Date: July 19-21
Location: St. Mary Magdalen Church, 1253 52nd St. SE, Kentwood, MI 49508
Time: Friday afternoon/evening; Saturday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. Mass, festival runs from after Mass through 4 p.m.
Friday events include Middle School/High School cookout and games; Saturday car show and women’s expo begins at 9 a.m. car show and the Women’s Expo until 2:00 pm under the tent behind the church. A Kentwood Fire Truck will be parked in the front parking lot. Sunday wraps up the weekend with music, dancing, and food immediately following 11 am Mass until 4 pm.

August Festivals

St. Michael Parish – Brunswick (Fremont)
St. Michael Parish Festival and Chicken BBQ (Flyer)
See flyer for chicken dinner pricing & additional details.
Date: August 4
Location: St. Michael Church, 6382 S. Maple Island Rd., Fremont, MI 49412 (M120)
Time: Noon to 3 p.m.
Air conditioned dining, outdoor picnic area, take-outs available, country store, raffle, children’s games, family fun for everyone!

St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish – Grand Haven
2019 Parish Festival & Car Show (Festival Flyer | Car Show Flyer)
Date: August 9 & 10 (Car Show on August 10 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. – registration required)
Location: St. Patrick Church, 920 Fulton St., Grand Haven, MI 49417
Time: 4 – 10 p.m.
Jay’s Famous Grilled Chicken, community garage sale, $5k raffle, sweet shop, car show, kid’s games with inflatables, live music, and beer tent.

St. Joseph Parish – Wright
59th Annual Festival (Flyer)
Date: August 11
Location: St. Joseph Church, 187874 8th Ave., Conklin, MI 49403
Time: Noon – 4 p.m.
Big raffle prizes, children’s game tent, bake sale, basketball throw, country store, BINGO, classic cars, beer tent, grocery wheel booth, live music and more.

St. Thomas the Apostle Parish – Muskegon
St. Thomas Chicken Dinner & Festival (Flyer)
Date: August 18
Location: St. Thomas the Apostle, 3252 Apple Ave., Muskegon, MI 49442
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Chicken dinner, raffle drawing, corn hole tournament, live music, art fair, kid’s games, silent auction, country store and more.

St. Anthony Parish – Saranac
24th Annual Church Festival (Flyer)
Date: August 25
Location: St. Anthony Church, 6070 David Hwy., Saranac, MI 48881
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Grilled or BBQ chicken with sides. Kids meals available. Live entertainment, kid’s activities, cash raffle, silent auction, country store and more. Proceeds benefit St. Anthony’s building fund.

St. Michael Parish – Coopersville
St. Michael Annual Festival (Website)
Date: August 25
Location: St. Michael Church, 17150-88th Ave., Coopersville, MI 49404
Time: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Delicious chicken dinner, grocery wheel, raffles, country store, children’s game tent, and BINGO.

September Festivals

St. Mary Parish – Spring Lake
St. Mary’s Parish Festival (Flyer | Website)
Date: September 7
Location: St. Mary Church, 406 Savidge St., Spring Lake, MI 49456
Time: Noon – 9 p.m.
Food trucks, carnival games, teen competitions, snack bar, Women’s Club bake sale, beer tent, BINGO, live entertainment, car show, and $10k raffle drawing.. Proceeds support St. Mary’s School and help keep Catholic education affordable.

Our Lady of Consolation Parish – Rockford
OLC Parish Picnic (Website)
Date: September 8
Location: Our Lady of Consolation Church (north side of church), 4865 11 Mile Rd. NW, Rockford, MI 49341
Time: Noon – 2:30 p.m.
Hamburgers, hot dogs, kid’s games, and prizes.

St. Paul the Apostle Catholic School & Parish – Grand Rapids
Cougar Dash 5k and Festival (Website)
Date: September 13
Location: St. Paul the Apostle School, 2750 Burton St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Time: 5K begins at 6:30 p.m.; festival follows
Community 5K is a timed run with awards for the top male & female and top times in each age division. 5K registration is $30 (price increases after Sept. 2). Race registration includes t-shirt and 10 tickets for drinks, food, and activities at the festival. Festival highlights: family friendly activities, games, food and drinks! 5K runners and community members also have the opportunity to collect donations and win a prize for raising the most money!  Proceeds support the St. Paul the Apostle Home & School Organization, Elesplace A healing center for grieving children & teens and St. Paul the Apostle Catholic School & Parish.