Thursday, June 10, 2010


The 2010 Downtown Holland Street Performer Series will be the largest Series yet! This popular summer event begins on Thursday, June 10 and takes place every Thursday evening this summer until August 26. The Series features close to 70 artists of all varieties who perform on a rotating basis throughout Downtown Holland each Thursday from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm.

Organizers have increased the number of performance locations from just 20 last summer to 29 this year to accommodate the record number of performers in the Series. Performance locations now stretch almost the entire three blocks from River Avenue to Columbia Avenue on 8th Street. The increase in both performers and performance locations makes the 2010 Series the largest one to date. Other changes this year include a new start time. The Series now begins at 6:30 pm, instead of 6:00 pm, and runs two hours each Thursday until 8:30 pm.

This summer's exciting line-up of performers includes musicians, caricature artists, theatrical troupes, aerial acrobats, dancers, henna tattoo artists, sideshow acts, and much, much more. The line-up of performers for this summer will be announced the week of the event. Young and old alike are invited to delight in the sights and sounds of the Street Performers each Thursday this summer. And while the Series is free to attend, tipping performers is highly encouraged.

For the first time ever, the Street Performer Series will feature two special theme nights. On June 24, the Series will partner with the Holland Museum for a Civil War-themed evening in conjunction with the Museum's Civil War Muster at Van Raalte Farm June 26 and 27. Civil War re-enactors will educate and engage the crowds in half of the locations on June 24, while the other locations will feature Civil War-era entertainment by Street Performers. On July 15, the Series will host a Kid's Day, featuring a variety of fun performers just for kids. The performing artists scheduled to appear include storytellers, jugglers, magicians, balloon twisters, and more.

In addition to the 29 artists and groups performing each week, the Holland Area Arts Council will also be hosting an interactive drum circle each Thursday as part of the Series. The drum circle will take place by the fountain in front of Macatawa Bank on the corner of 8th Street and Columbia Avenue. The Arts Council will also be organizing hands-on arts and crafts projects for kids each Thursday in conjunction with the Series. The children's activities will be located in the grassy area just west of Macatawa Bank on 8th Street.

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