Odd Side Fest to return to GH this summer

Alex Doty • Jan 8, 2018 at 3:00 PM

After a year hiatus, Odd Side Ales is planning another Odd Side Festival for downtown Grand Haven this coming summer.

“We’re very, very much looking forward to doing another one,” said the brew pub’s Reid Warber. “We’d like the opportunity to show (the community) a better, more improved festival from 2016.”

Event organizers plan to feature local food, music, art and beer, and hope to have as many as 1,500 attendees at this year’s festival. which is scheduled for 4-11 p.m. Saturday, June 9.

“Our goal is to kick off summer,” Warber said. 

The first event took place in 2016 in the parking lot of the city marina. The event didn’t take place last summer, but Warber said that allowed them to better plan out an event while addressing some of the concerns the city had about the previous location near the Municipal Marina.

The year off has led to a change in venue for the festival, shifting from the marina to the Harbourfront Place parking lot, along Washington Avenue and Harbor Drive.

“It is more spacious, which means we’ll be able to bring more people to the event,” Warber said, noting that one of the goals for the festival is to bring people into town to visit other local merchants, hotels and restaurants.

The venue will also be fenced off, and open only to those who are age 21 and older. Security will be stationed at the entrances/exits to ensure no alcohol leaves the enclosed area.

“I am trying to model this after Winterfest,” Warber said of the layout, referencing the Winterfest Bonfire Bash that takes place in the Harbourfront Place parking lot each January.

To mitigate the impact of the use of the Harbourfront parking lot, Odd Side Ales worked with Covenant Life Church to utilize their parking lot for staff and event guests.

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