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2014 Festivals & Events


Gun Lake Winterfest

Date: February 21-23, 2014
Location: Allegan County Park on Gun Lake
9397 Patterson Rd.
Wayland, MI  49348
Cost: Free admission.   Fees vary for special activities.
Contact: Barry County Chamber of Commerce
(269) 945-2454

Annual winter-themed festival includes special events at participating Gun Lake businesses as well as family activities at the Allegan County Park.  Festival highlights include a pancake breakfast, ice fishing contest, broomball tournament, ice golf scramble, trolley rides, food vendors, live entertainment, raffles, chili cook-off, swimsuit fashion show, and the highly anticipated polar dip into Gun Lake! 



Annual Thornapple Jazz Festival

Date: Thursday, April 24 thru Saturday, April 26, 2014
Location:  Various performances held at County-wide locations
Cost:  All performances are free with the exception of the headliner act on Saturday. 
Contact: Thornapple Arts Council
(269) 945-2002

Live performances at participating Barry County venues.  Headliner performance will be held on Saturday evening.  Visit for details.  



Annual Charlton Park Day

Date: Saturday, May 24, 2014

Location: Historic Charlton Park
2545 S. Charlton Park Rd.
Hastings, MI  49058
Cost: Free admission
Contact: Charlton Park
(269) 945-3775

Enjoy free admission to beautiful Historic Charlton Park Village and Museum.  Attractions include a Native American village, historic village, museum and over 330 acres of rolling terrain and miles of river and lake frontage.


Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

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Date: June 28 & 29, 2014
Location: Downtown Hastings
Cost:  $136 per team
Contact: Barry County Chamber of Commerce
(269) 945-2454


Visit for more information and to register your team.

ANYONE CAN PLAY!  The Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament is designed for male and female players of all ages, sizes and abilities.  Teams are computer-matched into competitive divisions according to the age, height and playing experience of all four players on the team roster.  So, you don't have to be an NBA star, WNBA star, rec. league legend, or even a middle school star, to be a part of the Macker experience.  Sign up your team and bring your family and friends to Gus Macker - a weekend family festival that celebrates the half-court, pick-up basketball game. 



Annual Barry County Fair

Date: July 14-19, 2014
Location: Barry Expo Center
5778 N. M-37 Hwy.
Hastings, MI  49058
Cost: TBD
Contact: Barry Expo Center
(269) 945-2224

Daily events include an antique tractor show & parade, bingo, horse drawn wagon rides, farm animal birthing tent, children’s activities, Master Gardener’s garden stroll, clowns, midway rides & games, concessions, 4-H booth displays and livestock judging and showing.  Grandstand special events feature draft horse pulls, Off-Road Challenge (Mud Run), Auto Cross, Professional Rodeo, Truck Pulls, Motocross and a Demolition Derby. 


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Annual Delton Founders Festival

Date: August 8 and 9
Location:  Downtown Delton
Cost: Free parking.  Fees vary for special activities.
Contact: Delton Founders Weekend Committee
Wes Kahler
(269) 623-6742

Annual Festival includes activities such as the Delton “Art Hop” showcasing local artists, “Las Vegas Night” fund-raiser, pig roast, a Delton Idol Contest, parade, craft show, inflatables and games for children, "Taste of Delton" Bake-Off, Firemen Waterball Competition, pancake breakfast, bowling in the street, tractor show, car show and many other events throughout the weekend.


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37th Annual Hastings Summerfest

Date: August 22-24, 2014
Location: Downtown Hastings
Cost: Free admission
Contact: Barry County Chamber of Commerce
(269) 945-2454


Annual summer festival held in Downtown Hastings.  Event features arts & crafts vendors on the courthouse lawn, concessions, free trolley rides, children’s activities, a tennis tournament, softball tournament, sand volleyball, 3-on-3 basketball, 10K/5K run, 3-on-3 soccer, roller hockey tournament, weight lifting contest, parade, car show, motorcycle show, live entertainment and a refreshment tent.

For more information, vendor applications, and event forms, please visit!



Annual Middleville Heritage Day Festival

Date: September 6, 2014
Location: Downtown Middleville
Cost: Free admission
Contact: Mike Schmidt
(269) 795-3385

Family friendly activities all day long!  Begins with a 10k run on the Paul Henry Thornapple Trail at 7:00 a.m., followed by a parade, antique car show, crafts, games, food, tractor pulls and entertainment throughout the day. 



Freeport "Wild West" Fun Day

Date: TBD
Location: Downtown Freeport
Cost: Free admission
Contact: Sean McMahon
616) 765-5000 X101

Parade, car show, arts & crafts, Miss Freeport, pie contest, VW packing competition, bale rolling, horseshoes, music, food and more!



Hastings Harvest Festival

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Date: October 4, 2014
Location: Barry County Courthouse lawn, Downtown Hastings
Cost: Free admission
Contact: Barry County Chamber of Commerce
(269) 945-2454

Join the Hastings Farmers Market and downtown Hastings in celebrating the Hastings Harvest Festival.  Local vendors will be offering fresh produce, pumpkins, apples, harvest-themed crafts and more! 



Annual Arts and Eats - A Free Self-Driving Back Roads Art, Food and Farm Tour!

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Date: October 18-19, 2014
Location: Allegan, Barry, Kalamazoo and Kent counties
Cost: Free admission
Contact: Thornapple Arts Council
(269) 945-2002

Meander the countryside.  See artists and their studios.  Visit working farms that grow the food we eat and fiber we wear.  Linger at eateries that serve locally grown food.  Featuring over 40 participants in rural Allegan, Barry, Kalamazoo and Kent counties.  Visit the web site for recent updates and tour map:


Official Press Release HERE


Barry County Economic Development Summit, Business Celebration & Expo

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Date: Thursday, November 6, 2014
Location: Barry County Expo Center
Cost: Free admission; charge for vendor booths (see registration form below)
Contact: Barry County Economic Development Alliance
(269) 945-2454





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