Fri. 5-11pm. // Sat. 11-10:30pm.
Coghlin Park (Culver & Griffith)
The Cowhill Yacht Club is proud to host the yearly Venetian Festival! This unique festival is full of family friendly activities including children games, 80’s Rock n Roll Concert, Dinghy Poker Run, Lighted Boat Parade and Fireworks.
The events start Friday at 5 p.m. with children’s games, face painting and Remax hot air balloon rides from 5-7 p.m., Rock n Roll tent ($5/adult), opens at 5 p.m., a performance by Starform featuring 80’s music that will have you dancing the night away (7:15 p.m. – 11 p.m.) and a food and bar tent, which will be opened from 6-11 p.m.
Saturday fun is jump started with a rowdy dinghy poker run where boaters spray each other with squirt guns as they race to card stops along the Kalamazoo River to get the best poker hand. Registration opens at 11am ($20/dinghy) with the race starting at noon and ending at 3pm.
Saturday night rules with a breathtaking Lighted Boat Parade (9-10 p.m. in the Kalamazoo River) where boats will be decorated to promote this year’s festival theme “Salute to Our Military”. The evening is capped off with Fireworks over the Kalamazoo River that can be easily seen by all beginning at 10 p.m.
For more information contact 616-836-5849 or go to saugatuckvenetianfest.org.
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