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River City Water Festival

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Celebrate the Grand River!

The Third Annual River City Water Festival is a community event celebrating the Grand River and its role in shaping our city. Please join us to learn about the importance of clean water and what you can do to help. The festival is free and perfect for the entire family!

Enjoy hands-on, educational activities and learn from natural resources experts.

Activities will be led by regional experts in environmental quality and water resources. By participating in presenter activities, families can receive: $1 off general museum admission, a free carousel ride, a free planetarium show, 500 mygrcitypoints, and a t-shirt.

Event Details

Date: Saturday, March 25, 2017 for the general public

Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm on Saturday

Location: Grand Rapids Public Museum

Address: 272 Pearl Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Cost: FREE

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Student Day at the Water Festival – FULL

School groups are invited to attend special, students-only days of the Third Annual River City Water Festival on Thursday, March 23 and Friday, March 24, 2017.

Students will rotate through several learning stations featuring lessons on water cycles and aquatic ecosystems. A full rotation through all the stations will take approximately one hour. All ages are welcome!

Schedule your school group to attend by contacting Tracy Bacigal at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Email: tbacigal@grpm.org or Phone: (616) 929-1734

Student Water Superhero Poster ContestHero Logo

Winners of the 2017 poster contest will be announced soon – thank you to everyone who submitted an entry!

The theme is Water Superheroes, and the posters will be used to educate our community about protecting water resources. The top 3 submissions will appear in the final event marketing. Each one also will be made into a poster that will be hung up at your school, your classroom will receive a primed rain barrel ready for painting, and the grand prize winner will get a water superhero cape. The top 20 posters will be on display at the Grand Rapids Public Museum during the festival and the month leading up to the festival.

Click here to download the flyer.

Submission Deadline

The submission deadline has passed. Posters were due by January 31, 2017.


The River City Water Festival is organized through a partnership between Groundswell, the West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC), and the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Financial support for the event comes from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and Grand Valley State University College of Education.