Community Events


    Volunteers Needed!

    The City of Hastings and Thornapple Arts Council are looking for volunteers to help staff the Hastings Live Summer Performance Series. Volunteers are needed for:
    • Fridays at the Fountain (Courthouse Lawn)
      • Fridays June 16 – August 18 from 11:30-1:00
    • Friday Night Features (Thornapple Plaza)
      • Fridays June 16 – Aug 18 from 7:00-9:00
    • Community Concert Series (Thornapple Plaza)
      • Wednesday July 12 – Aug 16 from 7:00-9:00
    • Movies at the Plaza (Thornapple Plaza)
      • Saturdays June 24, July 22, Aug 19 at dusk
    • Saturday Concerts (Thornapple Plaza)
      • Sept 2 and 9 from 7:00-9:00
    If you are interested in volunteering for any of the above performances please contact Megan at 269-945-2002 to discuss availability and duties. Events like these would not be possible with out the help of volunteers and the support of our generous sponsors.  Thank you for helping us make Hastings great!
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    Visit our Jazz Festival page for complete information about this year’s festival


    Join us March 4th finstagram-4or a night of live music, dancing, and food to celebrate Mardi Gras and raise funds for the Thornapple Arts Council.  Tickets are $25 and include heavy hors d’oeuvres and one drink it.  Cash bar will be available. Dress in your best Mardi Gras apparel for a chance to win the costume contest. Call 269-945-2002 to reserve your tickets.
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    The Community Music School is now hiring for a part-time coordinator. Click the link below for a job description and how to apply. Community Music School – Hastings Coordinator 
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    Chilicook-offThe Thornapple Arts Council will host a chili cook-off fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, in the Barry Community Enrichment Center (231 S. Broadway) to raise money for the Sue Drummond Scholarship Fund. The event is open to individual entries, as well as business/organization entries, and there will be three awards given. A Judges’ Choice Award will go to one overall winner, who will receive a trophy. There will be a People’s Choice Award winner in the business/organization category that will also receive a fun trophy. The People’s Choice Award winner in the individual category will receive a $250 cash prize. “We wanted to create a fall-themed activity for the community and raise money to support arts education,” said Megan Lavell, executive director of the Thornapple Arts Council. “We are working to increase our financial support for arts education, and this is sure to be a fun way to do it.” Lavell said the chili cook-off will also have live music and there will be Michigan craft beer for sale, with all proceeds benefiting the scholarship fund. The chili cook off is open to the public, and tickets can be purchased at the door for $15. The admission will include 10 tasting tickets and two People’s Choice Voting tickets. Additional tasting tickets can be purchased at the rate of two tickets for $1.  Additional People’s Choice Voting tickets for $1 each. The fee for each chili entry is $25, and chili can be prepared by teams of up to five people. The chili tasting period will last from 5 to 7 p.m. with awards being announced at 7:30 p.m. There will be music and socializing until 8 p.m. This is the Thornapple Arts Council’s first chili cook-off, which is taking place the same weekend as Arts and Eats, a backroads food, farm and art tour that happens throughout Barry and Allegan counties.

    Click link below to download and print the rules and registration form.

     Chili Cook-off registration 

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    Registration now open for the 2nd annual Barry County Artists Exhibition

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    Attention all Barry County artists!

    Together the Thornapple Arts Council and Historic Charlton Park are hosting a juried exhibition of artists from Barry County to be on display at Charlton Park in the Irving D. Charlton Memorial Museum building in the Fall of 2016.  Deadline to apply is August 31, 2016.


    All artists residing in Barry County. Only original work of the artist’s own design completed in the last two years should be entered. Digital media, 2-D, and 3-D works in any medium will be accepted. Work may not exceed six feet (72″) in any dimension. Work must be available the entire duration of the exhibition and may not be delivered late or released early. The Thornapple Arts Council and Historic Charlton Park reserves the right to refuse any work that is inappropriate, framed inadequately, or misrepresented by entry image.

    Condition of Entries

    All works to be wall-hung must be fully prepared for hanging with proper hanging devices (“D”-rings and/or wires). Please note “top” where necessary. Artists are responsible for insuring their own work.  If accepted, artists are responsible for the delivery and pick-up of their work prior to and after the exhibition.


    The fee is $10 per submission with a maximum of 3 submissions per artist. Cash, Checks (made out to the Thornapple Arts Council) and credit card will be accepted. Payment must be received before your application will be considered Fill out the form below to submit your works. Images must be included with the application. The Thornapple Arts Council and Historic Charlton Park reserve the right to refused or dismiss any work from the exhibition as they deem necessary.   Visit for more information and to register.
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    FNF 2016 (1)Friday Night Features is a concert series taking place 3 times over the summer. All concerts start at 7:30 PM and will take place at the Thornapple Plaza.  Concessions will be available for purchase. June 17th – Jr. Walker’s Allstar Band July 15th – Matt Williams August 12th – Westside Soul Surfers The Friday Night Features Concert Series is a program brought to you by the Thornapple Arts Council and the City of Hastings and supported by the Baum Family Foundation.

    Thornapple Players will present The Crucible by Arthur Miller at 7PM on
    • Thursday, October 1, 7PM
    • Friday, October 2, 7PM
    • Saturday, October 3, 7PM
    • Sunday, October 4, 2PM
    in the Dennison Performing Arts Center located at 231 N. Broadway in the Barry Community Enrichment Center.
    Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children, seniors and students.
    Open to the public dress rehearsal on Wednesday, September 30 at 7PM. All seats $7
    Tickets may be purchased in advance at Progressive Graphics or by calling the Thornapple Arts Council at 269-945-2002 or at the door. Seating is limited.
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    Hastings Roots Music Festival

    The Hastings Roots Music Festival is a one day festival (Sat. Oct. 10th) celebrating folk, blues, bluegrass and beyond. All concerts take place in downtown Hastings across 3 venues.  All concerts are free. Daytime performers include:
    • Peter Madcat Ruth and Michael Shimmin
    • Megan Dooley
    • Tony LaJoye
    • Magdalen Fossum
    • Chuck Whiting
    • Big Dudee Roo
    • Basement Bluegrass
    • Fauxgrass
    • AND MORE!
    Headlining performance by THE RAGBIRDS! Visit our Hastings Roots Music Festival page for more information.

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