It's pretty much summer time in West Michigan, and that means that festival season is in full swing. This weekend the city will celebrate the 50th annual Festival of the Arts, and next weekend brings a newer, but much-anticipated festival to downtown Grand Rapids.

The third annual Grand Rapids Asian-Pacific Festival will take place at Rosa Parks Circle June 14, 15, and 16. The three-day festival will showcase Asian and Pacific Island cultures, and celebrate and educate the public about Asian heritage through a variety of demonstrations, performances and vendors. This year's festival will feature origami and martial arts classes, interactive Haka and Filipino nipa hut workshops, and performances from Indian, Okinawan and Bangladesh performers.

The event is free and open to the public.

Thirteen food vendors representing a variety of Asian cuisine will be on site all weekend to share tastes of authentic Korean, Vietnamese, Indian and Chinese foods.


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