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55th Annual Danish Festival, August 15-18 in Greenville

Head to Greenville for the 55th Danish Festival August 15-18, 2019!

The Danish Festival is all about celebrating the area’s Danish heritage Located in beautiful Greenville, MI, the Danish Festival hosts a variety of events in July and August for the whole family to enjoy.

The festival includes 3 parades, where you will see many talents showcased along with a variety of entertainment, arts and crafts vendors,  and the DF-WAN MarketPlace and food court offering a wide variety of items for purchase.

The festival activities kick off with the Open Air Breakfast, July 19th at 7:00 am, an open air style breakfast on the downtown Greenville streets with traditional danish eateries.

Hot air balloons soar over the sky during 4 scheduled flights between August 15th and 18th (weather permitting). View a hot air balloon demonstration at the Montcalm County Fairgrounds at 7:00 pm on Thursday, August 15th before watching balloons take to the air Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Watch one of the flights and then take a trip to Tivoli Gardens where you can catch one of the many live bands and have an ice cold adult beverage! And be sure to be at the fairgrounds for “Greenville Glows” on Saturday at 9:00 pm to see the balloons light up the summer night.

The Artisan Fair & Boutique August 16 and 17 downtown will host several vendors specializing in arts, crafts, and unique finds.  

The History of the Danish Festival  

In 1964 a contest was held to develop a way to promote Greenville. Three business owners offered a cash prize to the person submitting the winning idea. Mrs. Dorothy Oliver was the winner with her suggestion that a day be set aside to honor the Danish heritage that Greenville enjoys. The first Danish Festival was held on August 18, 1965.  Today a 15-25 member Board of Directors and hundreds of volunteers are responsible for developing and presenting the festival, which draws crowds of over 75,000. This total community effort makes it possible for Greenville to host the Danish Festival year after year.