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Eastown invites Grand Rapids to celebrate annual Bizarre Bazaar

This year’s event will be held on Wealthy Street, in Eastown on June 24, 2017 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Bizarre Bazaar celebrates local craft persons, entertainment, food and the unique flavor of Eastown.
From the 2016 Bizarre Bazaar, Olivia Mainville & The Aquatic Troupe

From the 2016 Bizarre Bazaar, Olivia Mainville & The Aquatic Troupe /Courtesy of the Eastown Community Association

What:        Bizarre Bazaar
When:        Saturday, June 24, 2017 – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where:        Wealthy Street between Carlton Avenue and Lake Drive
Admission:    Free and open to the public
Information:    (616) 451-3025

Bizarre Bazaar sign in Eastown

Bizarre Bazaar sign in Eastown /Courtesy of the Eastown Community Association

Items for sale by VadaMade

Items for sale by VadaMade /Courtesy of the Eastown Community Association

The Eastown Community and Eastown Business Associations are hosting their annual Bizarre Bazaar, an incomparable event in the Eastown community. This year’s event will be held on Wealthy Street, in Eastown on June 24, 2017 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Bizarre Bazaar celebrates local craft persons, entertainment, food and the unique flavor of Eastown.

“This year we’ve worked hard on providing local acts that emphasize the eclectic, funky nature of Eastown to accompany the vendors at BizBaz. The music is not the main focus, but it can definitely define a mood, so we were pretty intentional about it this year,” said James Forrest Hughes, Director of Triumph Music Academy and Booking Manager for the ECA.

Bizarre Bazaar 2017 will feature food exclusively from Eastown restaurants, art, artists and craftspersons, entertainment, and for the first time a craft beer and cider tent. The area along Wealthy Street between Atlas Avenue and Lake Drive will have over 90 vendors featuring: kitsch and steampunk jewelry, ceramics, handmade soaps and skin care products, upcycled fashions and art of all kinds. Entertainments starts at 10 a.m. in the Wealthy Hub Lot featuring:

  • Beaver Xing
  • Kyler Byker
  • Rogue River Ramblers
  • Ben Slater
  • Wealthy+Diamond (Triumph Music Academy students)
  • Abram Gunther and the Bear-a-Tones
  • Brother Wolf and Head

"The ECA is ecstatic to host, with our friends at the Eastown Business Association, another exciting Bizarre Bazaar. The spirit of this event is exactly what makes Eastown what it is - creative, welcoming and, most importantly, weird! We love this event because it draws a wide spectrum of people - which is something to always be celebrated - and offers Grand Rapids' arts community the opportunity to display its work. And hey - we locked down a beer and cider tent too! You can't beat it!" said Shannon Cunningham, President of the Board of Directors of the Eastown Community Association.

Bizarre Bazaar invites the Grand Rapids community to spend the day roaming the streets and absorbing the atmosphere of Eastown. Come enjoy a family friendly day in Eastown with art, crafts, food and a beer or cider from Brewery Vivant, Elk Brewing and Vander Mill.

All are welcome! This event is free and open to the public.

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