Ethnic Heritage Festival

Keeping culture alive | Celebrate and learn the traditions and customs of the various ethnic groups that call West Michigan home.

Saturday, January 25 | 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


The event features a variety of organizations, performances, beer tastings and presentations. The Museum Café will feature ethnic food selections. The event is free with paid general admission (purchases, food sales and Dinosaurs Unearthed tickets are extra).

The Museum Café’s menu for the day will feature ethnic food selections including: Kielbasa with sauerkraut, chicken curry with rice, arroz con pollo, General Tso’s chicken, mini bratwursts with German potato salad. For dessert enjoy cannoli, baklava and banoffee pie. 

There will be a special International Beer Tasting from 12 to 3 p.m. in the Overlook Room on the Museum’s third floor. The cost of the tasting will be $5, and tickets may be purchased at the door to the Overlook Room. 21 and over please.

Qdoba Mexican Grill will be providing samples of their chips and dips that are handcut and made in-house daily from 12 pm to 3 pm during this year's Festival.  Qdoba believes that food's primary role in our lives is about one simple thing:  ENJOYMENT. There's something time-honored about getting together with good company to connect, share and enjoy a meal together!

Performance Schedule:

  • 10 a.m. - Paula Sullivan, Theater Organist
  • 10:30 a.m. - Le Clay Congelese Singers
  • 11 a.m. - Baltijos Krantas School of Dance
  • 11:30 a.m. - Ardan Academy of Dance
  • 12 p.m. - Indian Dance Group
  • 12:30 p.m. - Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Dancers
  • 1 p.m.  - Grand Rapids Women's Chorus
  • 1:30 p.m. - West Michigan Filipino American Association
  • 2 p.m. - Imani Singers
  • 2:30 p.m. - Paula Sullivan, Theater Organist 

Participating Organizations:

Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Ardan Academy of Irish Dance, Finnish American Society of West Central Michigan, Gaelic League / Irish American Club of West Michigan, Grand Valley American Indian Lodge, Western Michigan Genealogical Society, Baltijos Krantas Lithuanian School Dancers, West Michigan Filipino-American Association, Grand Rapids Sister Cities International, Pamela Alderman, Bethany Christian Services, Korean Connection, Kids Food Basket, The Nyaka AIDS Orphan Project, the Le Clay Congelese Singers, Indian Dance Group, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Dancers, Grand Rapids Women's Chorus, the Imani Singers, and the Polish Heritage Society.

January 25, 2014
Saturday10 a.m. to 3 p.m.