Downtown Market Hosting "Sand Rapids" Summer Sand Festival, August 19-21

Posted on August 11, 2016 by Erin Cataldo

This August, the Grand Rapids Downtown Market will host the first-ever “Sand Rapids” Summer Sand Fest under the Market Shed. Master sand carvers will create three massive sculptures out of tons of sand on August 19 and 20, with other hands-on activities throughout the weekend.


On Friday afternoon, teams will compete in an amateur sand carving competition with the master carvers crowning the winning team. Kids of all ages can also play in the Downtown Market sandbox and sculpt their very own sand creations using shovels and buckets and participate in other hands-on activities all weekend long.


Market guests are invited to take a break from shopping and eating to visit the outdoor bar, complete with locally made, market fresh cocktails, beer and wine.


WHAT:          Sand Rapids Summer Sand Fest


WHEN:           August 19 - 21




WHERE:        Grand Rapids Downtown Market, 435 Ionia Ave SW


CONTACT:  Erin Cataldo, 810-423-0017,



About the Grand Rapids Downtown Market

The Grand Rapids Downtown Market is the region’s new choice for fresh, delicious foods and amazing public market merchants. The Market is a $30 million, self-sustaining, LEED-certified, mixed-use facility that brings together production, distribution, marketing and education about local foods and growing. It incorporates entrepreneur and experimentation space for both emerging and experienced food artisans and merchants including a 24-vendor Market Hall and two full-service restaurants. More at



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