Salmon Fest


This time of year, everyone in and around the Grand Haven community is gearing up for the annual Salmon Festival! This 3 day event held on September 12th -14th features a wide variety of events and activities for everyone to enjoy! The Salmon Fest is a unique festival because it is a zero-waste-to-landfill event.  Each year, the volunteers work hard to ensure the event is as sustainable as possible. Below are the top 5 events of the weekend! 

Friday September 12th 

1. Fish Broil 

Time: 4:30 – 7:30PM

Location: Grand Haven Municipal Marina Parking Lot

Start the weekend out right with a delicious dinner provided by the Sons of the American Legion! Prices are only $10 for adults and $5 for children and includes: salmon, potatoes, corn, onions, and rolls. Refreshments are available for an additional fee.

Saturday September 13th 

2. Big King Fishing Contest 

Time: 6:30AM – 12:30PM

Location: Lake Michigan, Grand Haven Channel, and Grand Haven piers.

The Grand Haven Steelheaders and their sponsors provide an exceptional fishing contest! Registration ends at 8PM on September 12th, and cost of entry is $110.Prizes will be awarded to the top ten placers, with a first place prize of $1,250 (based on 50 boats entered) All fish MUST be weighed in by 1:30PM to be counted.

3. KidZone

Time: 10AM – 3PM

Location: The Kid Zone is located on the Grand Haven Waterfront next to the Sailing Club

We are proud to be hosting the Kid Zone for the fifth year in a row! This event is free to attend and offers hands on informative activities that teach kids the importance of living a green lifestyle. A few of the highlights for the Kid Zone are: face painting, a fishing pond, live exhibits, and appearances of Woodsy the Owl and Smokey the Bear!

4. Gourmet Salmon Cook-off 

Time: 1PM-5PM

Location: Grand Haven Municipal Marina Parking Lot

The Salmon Cook-off is a fan favorite! Several local and regional restaurants ( including Jack’s Waterfront Bistro + Bar) will be participating in the gourmet salmon cook-off! Once the cook-off competition is over, the area will open up for anyone who wants to sample the delicious salmon creations. Patrons will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite dish for the People’s Choice Award.

5. Nature Themed Art Fair 

Time: 10AM – 6PM

Location:  Brass River Plaza

The art fair is an event that you won’t want to miss! Several talented artists from Grand Haven and the surrounding areas will be displaying paintings, pottery, jewelry, handmade items, and much more!


For a full list of events during Salmon Festival, click here


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