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

The 17th Annual Grand Haven Salmon Festival, a two-day festival, is slated for September 18 & 19, 2020 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 ~

2015
-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.

2016
– 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!

2017
– 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.

2018
– 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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