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.

July Festivals

Our Lady of Sorrows – Nuestra Señora de los Dolores – Grand Rapids
Uniting Cultures Festival – Festival Uniendo Culturas (Flyer)
Date: July 27 & 28
Times: July 27, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; July 28, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Location:
Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 101 Hall St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Live Catholic music/Musica Catolica, food/comida, games/juegos, Santo Rosario/Holy Rosary, folk dance/danzas folkloricas. See flyer above for details – Ver el folleto de arriba para más detalles

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
Time: Noon to 3 p.m.
Location: St. Michael Church, 6382 S. Maple Island Rd., Fremont, MI 49412 (M120)
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)
Time: 4 – 10 p.m.
Location: St. Patrick Church, 920 Fulton St., Grand Haven, MI 49417
Jay’s Famous Grilled Chicken, community garage sale, $5k raffle, sweet shop, car show, kids’ games with inflatables, live music, and beer tent.

St. Mary Parish – Grand Rapids
St. Mary International Festival (Facebook event)
Date: August 10-11
Times: August 10, 5 – 11 p.m. and August 11, noon to 5 p.m.
Location: St. Mary Activities Center, 420 Second St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Food, music, Columbian dancers, games, craft sale, basket raffles and fun for the whole family!

St. John Cantius Parish – Free Soil
St. John Cantius 37th Annual Chicken BBQ
Date: August 11
Time: Noon until chicken is gone
Location: St. John Church2845 E. Michigan Ave., Free Soil, MI 49411
Adult meals $12, children 10 and under, $6, take-out available; Live music by Virgil Baker and the Just-4-Fun Band, cash raffle drawing at 3 p.m.

St. Joseph Parish – Wright
59th Annual Festival (Flyer)
Date: August 11
Time: Noon – 4 p.m.
Location: St. Joseph Church, 187874 8th Ave., Conklin, MI 49403
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.

Shrine of St. Francis Xavier and Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish – Grand Rapids
Parish Festival
Date: August 17 & 18
Time: 7-11 p.m.
Location: Shrine of St. Francis Xavier and Our Lady of Guadalupe, 250 Brown St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507 (in the school parking lot)
Multi-cultural food, and live music, Queen Crowning, children’s games, raffle, folkloric dances, Aztec Dances, auctions and more. Family-friendly event – all are welcome.

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

St. Anthony Parish – Saranac
24th Annual Church Festival (Flyer)
Date: August 25
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: St. Anthony Church, 6070 David Hwy., Saranac, MI 48881
Grilled or BBQ chicken with sides. Kids meals available. Live entertainment, kids’ 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
Time: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: St. Michael Church, 17150-88th Ave., Coopersville, MI 49404
Delicious chicken dinner, grocery wheel, raffles, country store, children’s game tent, and BINGO.

September Festivals

St. Bernard Parish – Irons
St. Bernard 71st Annual Festival and Homecoming (Flyer)
Date: September 1
Time: Noon – 4 p.m. (Chicken dinner begins at noon and will run until chicken is gone); Mass on Saturday at 5 p.m. in the church
Location: Downtown Irons
Lickin’ chicken dinner (Adults $12, children 10 and under $6), beer tent, live music with Larry Bialik and the Ramblin’ Band, raffle drawing, handicap parking and assistance available.

St. Mary Parish – Spring Lake
St. Mary’s Parish Festival (Flyer | Website)
Date: September 7
Time: Noon – 9 p.m.
Location: St. Mary Church, 406 Savidge St., Spring Lake, MI 49456
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.

Holy Trinity Parish – Comstock Park
Holy Trinity Parish Festival (Website)
Date: September 7 & 8
Times: September 7 from 7 p.m. to midnight with Black Jack, 50/50 raffles, outdoor foods and beverages and
Location: Holy Trinity parish grounds, 1200 Alpine Church Rd. NW, Comstock Park, MI 49321
September 8 from noon to 5 p.m. with chicken dinner, country store – $8,000 cash raffle, TV raffle, kids’ games, live music, Black Jack, 50/50 raffles, food and beverages

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

St. Paul the Apostle Catholic School & Parish – Grand Rapids
Cougar Dash 5K and Festival (Website)
Date: September 13
Time: 5K begins at 6:30 p.m.; festival follows
Location: St. Paul the Apostle School, 2750 Burton St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
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.

Ss. Peter and Paul Parish – Grand Rapids
Fall Festival (Website)
Date: September 29
Time: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Ss. Peter and Paul parish grounds at and school building at 1433 Hamilton Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Pulled pork dinner from Sobie Meats, live music, kids’ games, mini-raffle and large prize raffle including top prize of $4,000