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Friday September 18, 2020 - Saturday September 19, 2020
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

2020 Salmon Festival Canceled

UPDATE (7.1.20)

Grand Haven Salmon Festival 2020 Update

Due to the current CV-19 restrictions on mass gatherings the Salmon Festival Board, in cooperation with our partners and local health department officials, made the difficult decision to cancel the following Salmon Festival events: Fish Boil, KidZone, Art Fair, Cookoff/Wine/Beer/Cider Tasting, Grape Stomp and Fishing Contest.

The Salmon Run to eRace Stigma will continue! This 5k/10k with a 1-mile Family Fun Run/Walk is a fundraiser for the Momentum Center for Social Engagement and will be held as a virtual run/walk between the dates of Sept. 7-19, 2020. Click here for more information.

All other Salmon Festival events require an extensive amount of planning with city, county and state officials for proper permits and approvals. Unfortunately, the high level of uncertainty about what the next few months will bring regarding restrictions on public gatherings, concerns about public health and the ability to thoughtfully plan for a community event have led us to this decision.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us in the past through attendance, participation, sponsorship, and volunteering. We look forward to resuming our 17th Annual Grand Haven Festival on September 17 & 18, 2021.


What to Look Forward To In 2021

The 17th Annual Grand Haven Salmon Festival, a two-day festival, is slated for September 2021 in downtown, Grand Haven. The event was designed to mark the passing of summer, promote the area as a unique fall tourist destination and celebrate the fall harvest season and salmon migration. The festival theme is arts, education, and entertainment and assures the residents and visitors alike a unique opportunity to learn about the region’s natural assets, while experiencing the cultural appeal of the area through music, art, entertainment, history and education.

The outdoor-waterfront festival features live jazz music; Michigan wine tasting pavilion (ID required for wine/beer tasting) featuring Michigan’s top wineries and grape stomping; gourmet salmon cook-off contest; Michigan craft tasting pavilion; downtown merchant market; fine art fair and green market on the waterfront; fishing contest with weigh-in/awards ceremony; mouth-watering food and beverage treats at the Fish Boil;  hands-on children’s nature-themed arts & crafts activities; and educational, environment-focused exhibits, displays, workshops—and more!

The Salmon Festival was designed to promote the importance of Michigan’s coastal waterways while paying tribute to a unique aspect of West Michigan—the annual salmon migration. Festival attendees will experience hands-on learning, education and exhibits and enjoy a culturally rich weekend experience that includes arts, crafts, live music, wine, food and family fun.

Our Journey Towards Sustainability By The Numbers ~

-97% of the festival waste was composted or recycled
– Event waste breakdown: 1,160lbs composted, 330lbs recycled, and 52lbs of refuse.
– The remaining 52lbs of refuse was sent to the waste to energy incinerator.

– 97% of the festival waste was composted or recycled.
– Event waste breakdown: 1,180lbs composted, 160lbs recycled, and 40lbs of refuse.
– The remaining 40lbs in refuse was sent to the waste to energy incinerator.
– We reduced overall festival waste by over 150lbs from the year before!
– We won the first ever Pure Award at the Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism!

– 97.5% of the festival waste was composted or recycled.
– Event waste breakdown: 1,310lbs composted, 440lbs recycled, and 44.7lbs of refuse.
– The remaining 44.7lbs of refuse was sent to the WTE (waste to energy) incinerator.
– We had an increase of 414lbs of this year due the higher attendance.

– 98% of the festival waste was composted or recycled.
– Event waste breakdown: 840lbs composted, 580lbs recycled, and 28lbs of refuse.
– The remaining 28lbs of refuse was sent to the WTE (waste to energy) incinerator.
– We had a decrease of 346lbs of total waste this year due to better planning and lower attendance.

For more information about the Salmon Festival and our Journey Towards Sustainability, please email salmonfestival@visitgrandhaven.com or call 616-842-4499.

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