The Market (Vendor Registration is Open)


This summer The Market returns as a First Friday event and features a gallery and shop hop that exhibits artwork at a variety of indoor sites. Meanwhile, the sidewalks will be flooded with artist vendors, performances, and entertainment all along South Division between Fulton and Cherry.

Showcasing local artists and businesses, this street market style event features the work of local artists and artisans, showcasing a wide selection of tasteful and fun handmade goods by some of Grand Rapids’ most talented creative doers. First Fridays: The Market, fun for all ages, is free, open to the public and one of the best opportunities this summer to find unique gifts and treasures. First Fridays: The Market will also feature a variety of entertainment throughout the day.

By combining the Market and First Fridays, Avenue for the Arts is  making the most of both events and providing a variety of activities for people to participate in one night. The event will include drink specials, exhibition receptions, sidewalk sales and food vendors. This event strengthens the commerce and community in Grand Rapids by attracting artists and art enthusiasts from all over the city. We can’t wait for you to join us!   Want to be a vendor? Check out our vendor tab for details on how to show and sell your work!


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This year’s Market event is supported by: Dwelling Place and DGRI. Find up to the minute info on social media by following us on Facebook and Twitter!

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There are exciting changes in store for The Market on First Fridays presented by Avenue for the Arts! This year we will be hosting two events in June and August on Friday evenings.  There are a few easy steps to participate in the Market event!

Important Dates:

There are two easy ways to register as a vendor.

  1. Non Avenue for the Arts Members can sign up today – Registration is $35!
  2. Avenue for the Arts member register for free!  – Become an Avenue for the Arts member or sign in (not sure if your membership is current? Try signing in!)

For new and current Avenue for the Arts members:

  • Make sure you fill in your member profile fields, such as contact information, biography, images of work, etc.
  • Fill out the Vendor Registration form


Vending at The Market? Great! Help us make this year successful with these vendor do’s and don’ts!

First time vendor with lots of questions? Check out our handy Vendor Guide! 

Visit our calendar for additional event details or visit us on Facebook. 


If you are interested in performing during a First Fridays Market, please contact us at subject- attn: Music Market


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Schedule Coming Soon!




2016 Schedule: Gather ’round, music lovers. On June 3rd, First Fridays: The Market will play host to a few of West Michigan’s talented musicians, who will be performing live on the Mural stage in the 106 Division parking lot. Here’s the schedule:

  • 6:00-6:50: Pianist/composer Ivan Akansiima (accompanied by saxophonist Jordan VanHemer), who incorporates Ugandan Spirituals into Jazz influenced compositions, will be performing songs from his newly released album Uganda Meets Jazz
  • 7:00-7:50: Avalon Cutts-Jones Music, a choir girl with quartet roots, who loves jazz harmonies and that neo soul vibe
  • 8:00-8:50: Janga (Theo Ndawille II) Composer, keyboardist, percussionist and member of Vox Vidorra, Janga’s creative ambient-funk compositions entices listeners to move their feet while shaking their souls

August schedule coming soon!





Volunteering during at First Fridays Market is a great way to get involved with the art community in Grand Rapids. Events by Avenue for the Arts draw in creatives from all over Grand Rapids and showcases many talented artists, musicians, and performers. Volunteering gives you the opportunity to network and directly interact with a diverse crowd of local artists and makers. For students and young professionals, use this experience as a resume builder and a chance to gain insight on how a street fair operates. Tasks will include helping vendors at booths, passing out water, directing visitors, sidewalk maintenance, and more. We would love for you to be a part of the Avenue for the Arts community and help make this summer event the best ever!  


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