Downtown Holland and the Holland Farmers Market have made the difficult decision to postpone their summer events until further notice, due to concern over the spread of COVID-19 and a desire to protect the health of the local community and visitors to the area. Events will be postponed until the State of Michigan has deemed it safe for large groups to gather together again.
Concerts In The Park, the lunchtime concert series held in GDK Park, will no longer begin on Wednesday, June 10 as scheduled. Likewise, the Thursday night Street Performer Series will no longer begin Thursday, June 11. Participating performing artists and event sponsors have been notified accordingly. Plans for the annual Downtown Holland Sidewalk Sales on Friday, August 7 and Saturday, August 8 are currently still underway, however.
“Postponing our weekly summer events was a very difficult decision for our Board of Directors,” said Marketing Coordinator Kara de Alvare. “But they recognized that it was the best decision to make to keep our community safe. We know that so many residents and visitors look forward to spending summer days and evenings in Downtown Holland and we hope that doesn’t change. Our businesses are very eager to open their doors again in a safe manner once they are permitted to do so. In the meantime, we encourage customers to shop from their favorite retailers online at www.shopdowntownholland.com and order takeout from their favorite restaurants at www.dinedowntownholland.com.”
In addition, the Holland Farmers Market will be postposing their weekly Chef Series cooking demonstrations and Kids Activities, along with the Monday Night Market. The Chef Series was initially scheduled to begin last Saturday, May 16, with the Kids Activities starting June 10. The Monday Night Market, which debuted just last year with food trucks, beer and wine sales and lawn games, was slated to open June 1.
“Customer safety has always been our top priority at the Holland Farmers Market,” said de Alvare, “But now more than ever before, it’s important that our staff, vendors and community partners focus all of their efforts on protecting the well-being of our residents and visitors, while ensuring that everyone has access to the fresh, local and healthy food they deserve. The Market will continue to be held every Wednesday and Saturday all summer long (and beyond) from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm under our COVID-19 regulations.”
Downtown Holland and the Holland Farmers Market wish to express their sincere appreciate for all of their summer event sponsors, including Gentex Corporation, Haworth, Higher Health Chiropractic, the Holland Area Arts Council and the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs.
About Downtown Holland:
Located in the heart of the City of Holland just minutes from the shores of Lake Michigan and adjacent to Hope College, Downtown Holland is a premier shopping, dining and events destination like none other. Downtown Holland features over 100 boutiques, shops, galleries, restaurants, and breweries, along with service providers, non-profit organizations, private residences and more. Downtown Holland is also home to unique cultural attractions and an award-winning farmers market. For more information and the latest Downtown Holland news and updates, visit us online at www.downtownholland.com, sign up for our monthly newsletter or follow Downtown Holland on Facebook and Instagram and Twitter.
About the Holland Farmers Market:
The Holland Farmers Market is located at 150 West 8th Street at the Eighth Street Market Place in Downtown Holland. The Market is open every Wednesday and Saturday from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm from mid-May to mid-December, rain or shine. Each season, the Holland Farmers Market brings together over 75 local farmers and vendors, selling produce, plants and so much more. Visit Market staff inside the front vestibule of the Holland Civic Center Place for information on food assistance programs, including Bridge Cards, Pandemic EBT Cards Double Up Food Bucks, Senior FRESH and Project FRESH. Animals are prohibited at the Market, so please leave Fido safe at home!