The Grand River Folk Arts Society is a nonprofit volunteer organization whose mission is to enrich people’s lives and foster a sense of community through traditional music, dance, and song.

Things coming up next :

GRFAS membership dues for 2019 are requested. Memberships paid after Labor Day, each year, are effective through the next year.

December 8 -- Dennis Palmer and Ken Bierschbach concert
December 9 -- Song Circle  
December 15 -- The Bittersweet Christmas Band concert
 December 14 - contra dance, 5th St Hall. Instructions at at 7 pm.

For other nearby events, see the entire month's or year's Google calendar at the bottom of this page.

VIDEO: February 10 - concert --Toby Bresnahan  and  Matt Gabriel (video here)

 Join the fun! The Grand River Folk Arts Society usually has its monthly contra dance on the first Friday (Nov 2, August 3).  No partner required.

In contra dances, anyone may dance with anyone.  Dancers might range from 6 to 92 years of age.

CONCERTS  <<click there

SINGING  <-Click here,  or see the entire month's or year's Google calendar at the bottom of this page.

GRFAS 2018-2019 Events Flyer PDF here
       GRFAS bylaws PDF here.

This Week's Events newsletter here
AACTMAD statewide dance calendar here 
Monthly calendar of local and nearby dance and music events is at the bottom of this page.

Community Singing

GRFAS Song Circle is a group of people that sing our American cultural heritage embodied in the folk and traditional songs.

Contra dance has similar moves to square dancing, with live music, instruction, and "called" dances.

Presenting the best local and regional acoustic music in a casual concert style setting, an ongoing venue for over forty years

(Picture is next door to the concert venue.)  When is a door not a door? 

    Similar to sister organizations like Wheatland music, Ten Pound Fiddle, and The Ark, we offer a respite from the pretentious, high energy music to present quality good hearted music that heals the mind and soul.

    GRFAS is a non-profit IRS 501(c)3 corporation, So tax deductible contributions are welcome.
    We were founded as the the Grand Rapids Folklore Society in September 1975 by Donna Lee Wilson and Maryann Rivers in a house in Eastown Grand Rapids.  It outgrew that "house concert" venue and for years had the Grand Rapids Public Museum as it's home. Concerts are now back in Eastown, at the Wealthy Theatre annex.

We encourage you to also attend 

Wheatland Music Festival and monthly dances
   Check out the Facebook pages for: 
Contra Dance West Michigan; Grand River Folk Arts Society; AACTMAD; Contra dancing in Holland, Michigan; Contra Dancing in Kalamazoo; Goshen Community Contra Dancing; Contra-Dancing in Ingham County; Contra-Dancing in Lansing; Ten Pound Fiddle; Ten Pound Fiddle Concerts and Dances; Looking Glass Music & Arts Association; and Looking Glass Dance Festival.

The Music Festivals web page will guide you to all music festivals.

G R Folk Arts

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