Downtown Grand Rapids INC. presents the Global Water Fest

Global Water Fest 2023

Presented by Downtown Grand Rapids INC.

July 29 Schedule:
8 am to 9 am: Community river clean-up open invitation (everyone is welcome)
9:00 am – Awakening the Dragon – The Blue Bead with Ted Jauw
9:30 am: Grand opening ceremony – Grand Rapids City Manager, Mark Washington, Evette Pittman, Two Eagles Marcus, Jannan J. Cornstalk, Vaj Cheng, Ace Marasigan
10 am on stage – Keala Venema – (Global Tour)
11 am Pound class with Kirsten – (Drum Exercise)
11:15 – Tempered (Band Performance)
12:15 pm Jannan J. Cornstalk
1 pm – Ney-T (African Fusion)
2 pm – Xiaochen Liu – Chinese Language School
2:10 Sam Zheng – Story Time: The First Dragon Boat Festival
3 pm – Performing Arts KCA – Yo-Yo
4 pm – The Hand Me Downs – (Youth Rock Band)
5 pm The Blue Bead – Story Telling with Ted Jauw
5:25 Awards Ceremony
5:30 – Community Luau

July 30 Schedule:
11 am to 12 pm: Community river clean-up invitation
12 pm to 5 pm: Youth races, open community dragon boat rides, community games, and live entertainment.

You are welcome to join the community dragon boat paddling sessions (FREE)
GR OUTDOORS provides low-cost Kayak Rentals during the event.
Free Paddleboard lessons by 4the22


We firmly believe that Grand Rapids is a destination city and poised to become the future host of international Dragon Boat racing.
With our vibrant city and enthusiastic community, we will establish Grand Rapids as a hub for this sport!
Let’s be friends.

Providing low cost 

kayak rentals

Free Paddle Board Lessons

By 4THE22


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