Family Guide to the Best Festivals and Fairs

It’s time for festival season in Southwest Michigan.

Whether you’re into crafts, music, mermaids, kites or something in-between, Michigan boasts a wide array of fun and kid-friendly festivals. Plus, many are free.

Continue to check back throughout the summer as more events are added to our event calendar.

Here is the BIG list to add some fun to your calendar.

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Where to Find Festivals and Fairs

If you’re looking for a day trip or a weekend getaway, check out one of these festivals.

Are you a festival organizer and interested in adding the event to the list? You can do so here.

Sunday May 19, 2019

1st Annual Kite Festival in Grand Haven

Location: Bars Clinic at Grand Rapids Gymnastics –
We are excited to announce the 1st annual Kite Festival @ Grand Haven - Saturday, May 18th and Sunday, May 19th, 2019. This family friendly event will take place on the gorgeous shores of Lake Michigan at Grand Haven State Park. There will be incredible giant inflatable kites, beautifully flown [...]
Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Thursday May 23, 2019

Oshtemo Rotary Family Festival

Location: Maple Hill Mall – 5022 W Main St Kalamazoo
Back by popular demand, Skerbeck Entertaiment Group is DOUBLING the size of the carnival midway at this venue! Something for everyone, including spectacular thrill rides! EVENT HOURS (CLOSING TIMES ARE APPROXIMATE): Thursday Open 4 PM Friday Open 4 PM Saturday Open 12 PM Sunday Open 12 PM Monday Open 12 [...]
Time: 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Friday May 24, 2019

Oshtemo Rotary Family Festival

Location: Maple Hill Mall – 5022 W Main St Kalamazoo
Back by popular demand, Skerbeck Entertaiment Group is DOUBLING the size of the carnival midway at this venue! Something for everyone, including spectacular thrill rides! EVENT HOURS (CLOSING TIMES ARE APPROXIMATE): Thursday Open 4 PM Friday Open 4 PM Saturday Open 12 PM Sunday Open 12 PM Monday Open 12 [...]
Time: 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Saturday May 25, 2019

Oshtemo Rotary Family Festival

Location: Maple Hill Mall – 5022 W Main St Kalamazoo
Back by popular demand, Skerbeck Entertaiment Group is DOUBLING the size of the carnival midway at this venue! Something for everyone, including spectacular thrill rides! EVENT HOURS (CLOSING TIMES ARE APPROXIMATE): Thursday Open 4 PM Friday Open 4 PM Saturday Open 12 PM Sunday Open 12 PM Monday Open 12 [...]
Time: 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Sunday May 26, 2019

Oshtemo Rotary Family Festival

Location: Maple Hill Mall – 5022 W Main St Kalamazoo
Back by popular demand, Skerbeck Entertaiment Group is DOUBLING the size of the carnival midway at this venue! Something for everyone, including spectacular thrill rides! EVENT HOURS (CLOSING TIMES ARE APPROXIMATE): Thursday Open 4 PM Friday Open 4 PM Saturday Open 12 PM Sunday Open 12 PM Monday Open 12 [...]
Time: 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Monday May 27, 2019

Oshtemo Rotary Family Festival

Location: Maple Hill Mall – 5022 W Main St Kalamazoo
Back by popular demand, Skerbeck Entertaiment Group is DOUBLING the size of the carnival midway at this venue! Something for everyone, including spectacular thrill rides! EVENT HOURS (CLOSING TIMES ARE APPROXIMATE): Thursday Open 4 PM Friday Open 4 PM Saturday Open 12 PM Sunday Open 12 PM Monday Open 12 [...]
Time: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Thursday June 6, 2019

The Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival

Location: Downtown Frankenmuth – Main Street Frankenmuth
Join us June 6-9, 2019 in Downtown Frankenmuth. The Main Tent will be located in Zehnder park, sponsored by Zehnders and Bavarian Inn Lodge and Restaurant, and will host a number of traditional German entertainers and polka bands. The Rock Tent will be located behind Tiffany's, rocking Friday and Saturday night. The Chamber Platz [...]
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Friday June 7, 2019

The Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival

Location: Downtown Frankenmuth – Main Street Frankenmuth
Join us June 6-9, 2019 in Downtown Frankenmuth. The Main Tent will be located in Zehnder park, sponsored by Zehnders and Bavarian Inn Lodge and Restaurant, and will host a number of traditional German entertainers and polka bands. The Rock Tent will be located behind Tiffany's, rocking Friday and Saturday night. The Chamber Platz [...]
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Saturday June 8, 2019

The Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival

Location: Downtown Frankenmuth – Main Street Frankenmuth
Join us June 6-9, 2019 in Downtown Frankenmuth. The Main Tent will be located in Zehnder park, sponsored by Zehnders and Bavarian Inn Lodge and Restaurant, and will host a number of traditional German entertainers and polka bands. The Rock Tent will be located behind Tiffany's, rocking Friday and Saturday night. The Chamber Platz [...]
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Sunday June 9, 2019

The Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival

Location: Downtown Frankenmuth – Main Street Frankenmuth
Join us June 6-9, 2019 in Downtown Frankenmuth. The Main Tent will be located in Zehnder park, sponsored by Zehnders and Bavarian Inn Lodge and Restaurant, and will host a number of traditional German entertainers and polka bands. The Rock Tent will be located behind Tiffany's, rocking Friday and Saturday night. The Chamber Platz [...]
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Friday June 14, 2019

The Buttermilk Jamboree

Location: Mom Zone –
The Buttermilk Jamboree is a three day festival of music and arts that takes place at the beautiful Circle Pines Center in Delton, MI. A truly family-friendly festival, the Buttermilk Jamboree features rustic overnight camping, dozens of local and regional performers, workshops, swimming, dancing, local food and goods vendors, craft [...]
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South Haven Harborfest

Location: Downtown South Haven – Phoenix Street South Haven
Harborfest of South Haven is an annual celebration of South Haven's unique maritime history. Harborfest kicks off summer on Father's Day weekend with free live music, food & craft fairs, Dragon boat races, kids activities, beer garden and more! Harborfest is sponsored entirely by local businesses and volunteers of South [...]
Time: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Mermaid MegaFest 2019

Location: Downtown South Haven – Phoenix Street South Haven
Mermaid MegaFest 2019 is a festival of mermaids and pirates, dedicated to the preservation of our planet’s aquatic ecosystem through public awareness, community education, and social activism. This Year's Festival will take place in the beautiful beach town of South Haven Michigan located on the coastline of Lake Michigan, the [...]
Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday June 15, 2019

The Buttermilk Jamboree

Location: Mom Zone –
The Buttermilk Jamboree is a three day festival of music and arts that takes place at the beautiful Circle Pines Center in Delton, MI. A truly family-friendly festival, the Buttermilk Jamboree features rustic overnight camping, dozens of local and regional performers, workshops, swimming, dancing, local food and goods vendors, craft [...]
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South Haven Harborfest

Location: Downtown South Haven – Phoenix Street South Haven
Harborfest of South Haven is an annual celebration of South Haven's unique maritime history. Harborfest kicks off summer on Father's Day weekend with free live music, food & craft fairs, Dragon boat races, kids activities, beer garden and more! Harborfest is sponsored entirely by local businesses and volunteers of South [...]
Time: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Mermaid MegaFest 2019

Location: Downtown South Haven – Phoenix Street South Haven
Mermaid MegaFest 2019 is a festival of mermaids and pirates, dedicated to the preservation of our planet’s aquatic ecosystem through public awareness, community education, and social activism. This Year's Festival will take place in the beautiful beach town of South Haven Michigan located on the coastline of Lake Michigan, the [...]
Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sunday June 16, 2019

The Buttermilk Jamboree

Location: Mom Zone –
The Buttermilk Jamboree is a three day festival of music and arts that takes place at the beautiful Circle Pines Center in Delton, MI. A truly family-friendly festival, the Buttermilk Jamboree features rustic overnight camping, dozens of local and regional performers, workshops, swimming, dancing, local food and goods vendors, craft [...]
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South Haven Harborfest

Location: Downtown South Haven – Phoenix Street South Haven
Harborfest of South Haven is an annual celebration of South Haven's unique maritime history. Harborfest kicks off summer on Father's Day weekend with free live music, food & craft fairs, Dragon boat races, kids activities, beer garden and more! Harborfest is sponsored entirely by local businesses and volunteers of South [...]
Time: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Plainwell Days Festival Family Fun Day!

Location: Plainwell City Hall – 211 N. Main St. Plainwell
Family Fun Day! A Fun full day of Kids games, Cosplay (super hero's) Touch-A-Truck, Petting Zoo, Face painting, Rock painting, Home Depot, DNR fishing, Zion Lion, Frog Race, Turtle race, and sooooo.... much more. Some fun stuff for Dad too on Fathers Day!
Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Saturday June 29, 2019

61st Annual South Haven Art Fair

Location: Stanley Johnston Park – Dyckman & Park Avenue South Haven
South Haven Art Fair Art Fair will be June 29 & June 30, 2019 The 61st Annual South Haven Art Fair is a two-day juried festival held one block from the Lake Michigan shore in picturesque Stanley Johnson Park. The art fair includes works in acrylic, oil, watercolor, pastel, drawing, [...]
Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sunday June 30, 2019

61st Annual South Haven Art Fair

Location: Stanley Johnston Park – Dyckman & Park Avenue South Haven
South Haven Art Fair Art Fair will be June 29 & June 30, 2019 The 61st Annual South Haven Art Fair is a two-day juried festival held one block from the Lake Michigan shore in picturesque Stanley Johnson Park. The art fair includes works in acrylic, oil, watercolor, pastel, drawing, [...]
Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Wednesday July 3, 2019

Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival

Location: W.K. Kellogg Airport – 15551 S. Airport Road Battle Creek
IT'S AIR SHOW TIME!! We'll have FOUR DAYS of Air Show Action during the 2019 Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival. We'll kick off our Air Show portion on Thursday, July 4th with our PRACTICE AIR SHOW. Our Practice Air Show will begin at 12 Noon. This [...]
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Thursday July 4, 2019

Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival

Location: W.K. Kellogg Airport – 15551 S. Airport Road Battle Creek
IT'S AIR SHOW TIME!! We'll have FOUR DAYS of Air Show Action during the 2019 Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival. We'll kick off our Air Show portion on Thursday, July 4th with our PRACTICE AIR SHOW. Our Practice Air Show will begin at 12 Noon. This [...]
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Friday July 5, 2019

Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival

Location: W.K. Kellogg Airport – 15551 S. Airport Road Battle Creek
IT'S AIR SHOW TIME!! We'll have FOUR DAYS of Air Show Action during the 2019 Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival. We'll kick off our Air Show portion on Thursday, July 4th with our PRACTICE AIR SHOW. Our Practice Air Show will begin at 12 Noon. This [...]
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Saturday July 6, 2019

Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival

Location: W.K. Kellogg Airport – 15551 S. Airport Road Battle Creek
IT'S AIR SHOW TIME!! We'll have FOUR DAYS of Air Show Action during the 2019 Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival. We'll kick off our Air Show portion on Thursday, July 4th with our PRACTICE AIR SHOW. Our Practice Air Show will begin at 12 Noon. This [...]
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Sunday July 7, 2019

Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival

Location: W.K. Kellogg Airport – 15551 S. Airport Road Battle Creek
IT'S AIR SHOW TIME!! We'll have FOUR DAYS of Air Show Action during the 2019 Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival. We'll kick off our Air Show portion on Thursday, July 4th with our PRACTICE AIR SHOW. Our Practice Air Show will begin at 12 Noon. This [...]
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Saturday July 13, 2019

Kindleberger Summer Festival Arts & Crafts Show

Location: Kindleberger Park – 650 S. Riverview Drive Parchment
A Kindleberger Summer Festival favorite, the 2019 Arts and Crafts Show features homemade, one-of-a-kind, authentic works created by over 40 artisans and craftspeople throughout Michigan and beyond. Artists are accepted in a wide variety of media, from woodworking to jewelry, paintings to photography. While strolling by the booths, you'll be [...]
Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Monday July 15, 2019

Van Buren Youth Fair

Location: VanBuren Fair Grounds – 55670 CR681 Hartford Hartford
The Van Buren Youth Fair, held in July, is a week-long event with many activities. Over 800 youths from around the county are involved with a variety of animal judging, from rabbits to beef. They also take part in the judging of still exhibits. The fair offers a wide array [...]
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Tuesday July 16, 2019

Van Buren Youth Fair

Location: VanBuren Fair Grounds – 55670 CR681 Hartford Hartford
The Van Buren Youth Fair, held in July, is a week-long event with many activities. Over 800 youths from around the county are involved with a variety of animal judging, from rabbits to beef. They also take part in the judging of still exhibits. The fair offers a wide array [...]
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Wednesday July 17, 2019

Van Buren Youth Fair

Location: VanBuren Fair Grounds – 55670 CR681 Hartford Hartford
The Van Buren Youth Fair, held in July, is a week-long event with many activities. Over 800 youths from around the county are involved with a variety of animal judging, from rabbits to beef. They also take part in the judging of still exhibits. The fair offers a wide array [...]
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Thursday July 18, 2019

Van Buren Youth Fair

Location: VanBuren Fair Grounds – 55670 CR681 Hartford Hartford
The Van Buren Youth Fair, held in July, is a week-long event with many activities. Over 800 youths from around the county are involved with a variety of animal judging, from rabbits to beef. They also take part in the judging of still exhibits. The fair offers a wide array [...]
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Friday July 19, 2019

Van Buren Youth Fair

Location: VanBuren Fair Grounds – 55670 CR681 Hartford Hartford
The Van Buren Youth Fair, held in July, is a week-long event with many activities. Over 800 youths from around the county are involved with a variety of animal judging, from rabbits to beef. They also take part in the judging of still exhibits. The fair offers a wide array [...]
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Saturday July 20, 2019

Van Buren Youth Fair

Location: VanBuren Fair Grounds – 55670 CR681 Hartford Hartford
The Van Buren Youth Fair, held in July, is a week-long event with many activities. Over 800 youths from around the county are involved with a variety of animal judging, from rabbits to beef. They also take part in the judging of still exhibits. The fair offers a wide array [...]
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Richland Art Fair

Location: Richland Village Square – State Highway 43 & Hwy 89 Richland
Join us for the 46th Annual Richland Art Fair hosted by Gull Lake Area Community Volunteers. General Admission is FREE!
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Friday July 26, 2019

Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival

Location: Downtown Grand Haven- S. Harbor Dr. – S Harbor Dr. Grand Haven
Parades, memorials, picnics, carnival rides, fireworks, car show, craft fair and the list goes on. The Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival is an annual celebration of all things Coast Guard. The downtown stretch of Washington Street is home to the carnival while the waterfront is dotted with lots of tasty [...]
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Saugatuck Venetian Festival

Location: Coghlin Park – Culver Street Saugatuck
This unique festival is full of family friendly activities including children games, 80’s Rock n Roll Concert, Dinghy Poker Run, Lighted Boat Parade and Fireworks. The events start Friday at 5:00 with children’s games in Coghlin Park on the waterfront. Then the Rock n Roll tent opens and the 80’s [...]
Time: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Saturday July 27, 2019

Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival

Location: Downtown Grand Haven- S. Harbor Dr. – S Harbor Dr. Grand Haven
Parades, memorials, picnics, carnival rides, fireworks, car show, craft fair and the list goes on. The Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival is an annual celebration of all things Coast Guard. The downtown stretch of Washington Street is home to the carnival while the waterfront is dotted with lots of tasty [...]
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2019 Air Fair

Location: Kalamazoo-Battle Creek International Airport – 5235 Portage Rd Portage
Our 4th annual Air Fair is a free family friendly event! It will be a day full of games, giveaways, planes, food, and more. This year, we're celebrating our 90th Anniversery. Come hang out with us!
Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Leilapalooza - The Leila Arboretum Music Festival

Location: Leila Arboretum – 928 West Michigan Avenue Battle Creek
Looking for something fun to do in Battle Creek this summer? Don't want to spend a lot of money or travel far away to have a good time? Do you love music? Leilapalooza is a one day music festival held on the beautiful grounds of the Battle Creek Leila Arboretum. [...]
Time: 10:00 am - 11:59 pm

Saugatuck Venetian Festival

Location: Coghlin Park – Culver Street Saugatuck
This unique festival is full of family friendly activities including children games, 80’s Rock n Roll Concert, Dinghy Poker Run, Lighted Boat Parade and Fireworks. The events start Friday at 5:00 with children’s games in Coghlin Park on the waterfront. Then the Rock n Roll tent opens and the 80’s [...]
Time: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

Sunday July 28, 2019

Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival

Location: Downtown Grand Haven- S. Harbor Dr. – S Harbor Dr. Grand Haven
Parades, memorials, picnics, carnival rides, fireworks, car show, craft fair and the list goes on. The Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival is an annual celebration of all things Coast Guard. The downtown stretch of Washington Street is home to the carnival while the waterfront is dotted with lots of tasty [...]
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Monday July 29, 2019

Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival

Location: Downtown Grand Haven- S. Harbor Dr. – S Harbor Dr. Grand Haven
Parades, memorials, picnics, carnival rides, fireworks, car show, craft fair and the list goes on. The Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival is an annual celebration of all things Coast Guard. The downtown stretch of Washington Street is home to the carnival while the waterfront is dotted with lots of tasty [...]
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Tuesday July 30, 2019

Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival

Location: Downtown Grand Haven- S. Harbor Dr. – S Harbor Dr. Grand Haven
Parades, memorials, picnics, carnival rides, fireworks, car show, craft fair and the list goes on. The Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival is an annual celebration of all things Coast Guard. The downtown stretch of Washington Street is home to the carnival while the waterfront is dotted with lots of tasty [...]
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Wednesday July 31, 2019

Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival

Location: Downtown Grand Haven- S. Harbor Dr. – S Harbor Dr. Grand Haven
Parades, memorials, picnics, carnival rides, fireworks, car show, craft fair and the list goes on. The Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival is an annual celebration of all things Coast Guard. The downtown stretch of Washington Street is home to the carnival while the waterfront is dotted with lots of tasty [...]
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Thursday August 1, 2019

Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival

Location: Downtown Grand Haven- S. Harbor Dr. – S Harbor Dr. Grand Haven
Parades, memorials, picnics, carnival rides, fireworks, car show, craft fair and the list goes on. The Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival is an annual celebration of all things Coast Guard. The downtown stretch of Washington Street is home to the carnival while the waterfront is dotted with lots of tasty [...]
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2019 Ribfest

Location: Arcadia Creek Festival Place – 145 East Water Street Kalamazoo
Ribfest is a three day event at the Arcadia Creek Festival Place in Downtown Kalamazoo. As one of the original festivals held downtown, Ribfest is now in its 30th year and attracts over 10,000 people each summer. Proceeds from the Kalamazoo Ribfest go to benefit the Arc Community Advocates who work with [...]
Time: 11:00 am - 11:30 pm

Friday August 2, 2019

Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival

Location: Downtown Grand Haven- S. Harbor Dr. – S Harbor Dr. Grand Haven
Parades, memorials, picnics, carnival rides, fireworks, car show, craft fair and the list goes on. The Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival is an annual celebration of all things Coast Guard. The downtown stretch of Washington Street is home to the carnival while the waterfront is dotted with lots of tasty [...]
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2019 Ribfest

Location: Arcadia Creek Festival Place – 145 East Water Street Kalamazoo
Ribfest is a three day event at the Arcadia Creek Festival Place in Downtown Kalamazoo. As one of the original festivals held downtown, Ribfest is now in its 30th year and attracts over 10,000 people each summer. Proceeds from the Kalamazoo Ribfest go to benefit the Arc Community Advocates who work with [...]
Time: 11:00 am - 11:30 pm

Saturday August 3, 2019

Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival

Location: Downtown Grand Haven- S. Harbor Dr. – S Harbor Dr. Grand Haven
Parades, memorials, picnics, carnival rides, fireworks, car show, craft fair and the list goes on. The Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival is an annual celebration of all things Coast Guard. The downtown stretch of Washington Street is home to the carnival while the waterfront is dotted with lots of tasty [...]
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2019 Ribfest

Location: Arcadia Creek Festival Place – 145 East Water Street Kalamazoo
Ribfest is a three day event at the Arcadia Creek Festival Place in Downtown Kalamazoo. As one of the original festivals held downtown, Ribfest is now in its 30th year and attracts over 10,000 people each summer. Proceeds from the Kalamazoo Ribfest go to benefit the Arc Community Advocates who work with [...]
Time: 11:00 am - 11:30 pm