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Festival of the Arts canceled

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Posted at 4:16 PM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 17:36:12-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A 50-year-old festival in downtown Grand Rapids has been canceled.

Festival of the Arts made the announcement this afternoon.

This year's event was scheduled to take place June 5-7.

“Canceling Festival for the first time in 50 years was a very difficult decision, but we need to keep the community’s best interests in mind,” said David Abbott, executive director, Festival of the Arts. “Festival leadership and our amazing team of volunteers remains committed to Art for All and looks forward to bringing the event back strong in 2021.”

The three-day Festival of the Arts is a "celebration of art, music and performances."

An estimated 300,000 people have attended the festival in years past.

Over 1,500 volunteers help produce the festival.