Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Art on the Grand brings more than 100 artists to downtown Farmington June 1 and 2.
The juried festival began as a small art fair held in Memorial Park during Founders Festival in mid-July. Now, vendor booths line both sides of Grand River from Farmington Road to Grove Street.
Here’s what you should know:
Art on the Grand will be open Saturday, June 1 from 10 a.m.to 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 2 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Arrive early on Saturday to visit the weekly Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market in Riley Park, which is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free.
Booths are located on both sides of Grand River, from Grove Street to Farmington Road. The road will close Friday evening so that artists can load in and set up their booths.
This downtownfarmington.org map shows public (green) parking spaces available in and around downtown Farmington. Except for those with a red star, all public lots are time-limited (3 hours) from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Click the image to view a full-size version.With Grand River closed from Farmington Road to Grove Street, and the Farmington Farmers and Artisans Market in full swing, you’ll have trouble finding a spot close to the festival grounds. If you can’t walk or bike, your best bets for parking are:
- The Village Commons shopping center lot. Available on Saturday for market-goers, it’s located on the north side of Grand River and a block and a half east of Riley Park
- Public lot at the Masonic Hall, on Farmington Road just north of Grand River
- Street spaces along Farmington Road north of Grand River
- Parking lots on Orchard, east of Farmington Road (behind Fresh Thyme Farmers Market)
Art on the Grand participants come from around the country. Categories include jewelry, painting, pottery, photography, mixed media, wood, wearable art, glass, leather, sculpture, and more. To view a directory of artists and a sample of each artist’s work, visit artonthegrand.com.
For the kids
You’ll find original art created by students in grades 3-12 at Kids Art Alley, located on the north side of Grand River, next to Sunflour Bakehaus. Take a moment to chat with the artists, who will be offering items for sale. Activities for kids will also include the Imagination Playground block-based play system, the DIA Art-Making Workshop, DIY Upcycled Art tent, community mural, face painting, and henna art.
Downtown shops and restaurants are open during the festival. You’ll find a business locator map at downtownfarmington.org.
Blueberry cookies for a good cause
The City of Farmington Hills Senior Division will hold their annual cookie sale during Art on the Grand to benefit the Farmington/Farmington Hills Senior Transportation program. Buses provide more than 450 rides each week to residents (55 or better) and residents with a disability. Pick up their “made from scratch” oatmeal blueberry cookies for $1 each or $10 a dozen in the booth across the street from Starbucks.
Pie baking contest & ice cream social
First United Methodist Church on Grand River has moved its annual pie baking contest and ice cream social, typically held during Founders Festival, to this weekend. The contest will be judged Friday at 7 p.m., and pie, ice cream, and other treats will be available at the church over the weekend. Follow the church on Facebook.
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