Summer in Michigan means that weeknights are often just as exciting as the weekend. If you are looking for something to do on a Thursday night this summer, downtown Holland has one of the most unique events in the state. The Street Performance Series takes place every Thursday from 6:30-8:30, running June 12 to August 28, 2014. Artists of all different genres perform at the event including: jugglers, caricature artists, aerial acrobats, magicians, dancers, henna tattoo artists, balloon twisters, sideshow acts, and much more. It is truly a unique smorgasbord and a sight to behold. “The event is very family friendly and free to attend, however, tipping the performers is highly encouraged,” said Niki Kloosterman, event coordinator for downtown Holland.
Performers are scattered around the city, stretching nearly three blocks from River Avenue to Columbia Avenue. Many dancers and rhythmic acts perform at the Plaza East Courtyard. The event has the strong support of Holland businesses, and it is co-sponsored by Gentex Corporation, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the Holland Area Arts Council. There is truly something for everyone at these performances, from dramatic fire-eaters, to hilarious comedians, to talented break-dancers.
This year will be one of the largest in its nine year history, with around 90 different artists all perform on a rotating basis at nearly thirty different locations throughout the city. With consistent crowds of 1,000- 2,000 people a week, the event is very popular. “Typically, the crowd is so large that we have to close the streets because they spill over from the sidewalk. The atmosphere is festive, energetic and fun, and it appeals to all ages and backgrounds. The most popular performances are those that are interactive and geared toward children, like balloon twisters, caricature artists, clowns, etc. Other poplular acts are the aerial acrobats, break dancers and yo-yoers,” said Kara de Alvare, marketing coordinator for downtown Holland. Businesses stay open until 9 p.m. during the event so that visitors can shop and eat while they are downtown.
Any Michigander is sure to find delight in this event, why not check out one of the unique festivals around on a Thursday night this summer?