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Christmas lights are starting to appear on houses across the area, and the shelves at local stores have been loaded down with Christmas decorations, wrapping paper and more since before Halloween.

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From costume contests to fall festivals, spooky performances to trick-or-treat events, West Michigan is celebrating Halloween all month long. You’ll find family-friendly events, adult-only parties, pumpkin carving, haunted trails and more.

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Grand Haven’s Central Park will be a hub of cultural celebration on Saturday, Sept. 28, as the city’s first Hispanic Heritage Fiesta is set from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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The crowd may have been down from last year, but the art was shining as kids and families created masterpieces during the Family Art Day on Saturday, an ArtWalk event.

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GRAND HAVEN TWP. — The Cops & Rodders Car Show benefiting the Children’s Advocacy Center will be held Saturday at Grand Haven High School, 17001 Ferris St.

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While the scent of cooking fish filled Grand Haven’s Municipal Marina, the hungry crowd talked, laughed and danced in line before receiving their plate of food on Friday.

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This Friday, Grand Haven residents and visitors will pay tribute to the local waterways while recognizing the annual salmon migration with two full days of events.

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For the past decade, various forms of artwork ranging from paintings to sculptures and more have decorated venues in and around Grand Haven’s downtown for ArtWalk.

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The Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven-Spring Lake-Ferrysburg recently announced that two of its community events, the Grand Haven Art Festival and Coast Guard Craft Fair, have been recognized as a part of Sunshine Artist magazine’s 200 Best Shows in America ranking.

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The Michigan Pirate Festival continued its shenanigans Thursday morning with a “dress like a pirate” costume contest.

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Marking spots for the Coast Guard Festival fireworks show or parade all day Thursday is “what you do in Grand Haven,” according to Jay Wagoner.

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The seventh annual Coast Guard Festival Senior Day at Mulligan’s Hollow not only provided entertainment to hundreds of senior citizens, but it also showed that the growing senior community is active and thriving.

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A perfect summer day greeted hundreds of children Tuesday at the Coast Guard Festival’s annual Kids Day at Mulligan’s Hollow.

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The 40th annual Coast Guard Run was filled with triumphs and lots of emotions Saturday morning, especially for the Syrek family.

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The Coast Guard Festival brings approximately 350,000 people into Grand Haven each year, which means a spike in business for many local restaurants, stores and hotels.

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The Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival kicks off this weekend, and four of the first weekend’s many events lead off our list.

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The Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival kicks off Friday with the Lighthouse Quilt Guild show and wraps up with the Fireworks Extravaganza the evening of Aug. 3.

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Police are planning targeted traffic enforcement as people heading to the Electric Forest Festival travel through Ottawa County and Grand Haven over the next few days.

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SPRING LAKE — The Spring Lake Heritage Festival Car Show gives local car aficionados the opportunity to show off their prized possessions, many of which have been completely restored by the owners.

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SPRING LAKE — Kids packed the activity room at the Spring Lake District Library on Thursday to learn cartooning from local illustrator Kevin Collier.

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SPRING LAKE — Despite threatening skies, excitement soared at Wednesday’s Spring Lake Heritage Festival Family Fun Night.

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SPRING LAKE — They wagged and they waddled. They licked and they lapped.

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SPRING LAKE — The 44th annual Spring Lake Heritage Festival will include Family Fun Night, foam, fireworks and more — and you’re invited.

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It’s that time of the year to take a look back at Grand Haven’s early history of fur traders, Native Americans and some strange food on Harbor Island.

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Friday will be Kids Day at The Feast of the Strawberry Moon. The new event will run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Harbor Island, under the direction of the West Michigan Historical Alliance, sponsor of the Feast.

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We’re never sure about the weather and wind for the annual May kite festival on Grand Haven’s beach, but we’re happy a new group is starting up a replacement. It was a wonderful 30 years the Negens and MacKite put one on.