While there’s lots to do in Grand Haven in the winter months, when the weather begins to warm, Downtown livens with shoppers, diners, art aficionados and outdoor recreational enthusiasts.

The Grand Haven waterfront fills with locals and visitors who come to enjoy the scenery
and the numerous events and activities the area has to offer. There’s the Grand Pizza Fest in March, the Chilly Blues chili cook off  in April and the Grand Haven Farmer’s Market, which is held twice weekly from May through October at Chinook Pier.

In the summer, things really start heating up. People come in droves to Downtown Grand Haven’s waterfront district to stroll along the boardwalk out to the Grand Haven Lighthouse and Lake Michigan beaches. The waterfront is also popular for its boutique shopping, snack shops, restaurants, marina–complete with charter fishing fleet–miniature golf course and much more!

The first three blocks of Washington Ave. are filled with one of a kind shops, art galleries, hair salons and spas and an assortment of unique eateries that offer everything from traditional American and upscale Italian to sushi and seafood. The Coast Guard Festival takes place in this district mid summer. A few weeks later, merchants move outdoors for the annual, two day Annual Sidewalk Sales.

The hilltop houses Central Park and the city’s municipal buildings. And Centertown bookends the business district, with it’s own collection of distinct retail stores, restaurants and service businesses and a local style all its own.