You've been waiting patiently... and here it is! Our. Event. Schedule. For. The. Summer.
NOW, like with all things that are fabulous and fun and exciting, we know we will have changes and shifts to some of these events this year... but keep your hat on, we will do our best to make a memorable, safe, and fun summer in Sparta!
Did you know Sparta is celebrating its 175th birthday this year?! Our historians are busy pulling out some of the best historical facts about the last 175 years to showcase interesting stories, articles and facts in collectable articles! Check out the upcoming June Sparta TODAY Newspaper for the first batch of commemorative stories and see all the ways Sparta is celebrating its 175 years throughout the entire summer of events!
This year, we are excited to host several volunteer opportunities for our community to unite and keep our events and activities vibrant for downtown Sparta! See our full list of volunteer opportunities HERE through our partner at SignUpGenius including: Thursday Nights At Sparta Town Square starting May 6, Concerts in Rogers Park Raffle Ticket Sales, Nash Creek Clean up on April 24, and Bash at the Nash on Friday Nights!
While the fun is getting started, consider supporting the effort by donating funds to the 501c3 Non-profit organization (Sparta Events) who is charged with raising funds to execute these amazing events! Sponsorships and donations are accepted both from corporate funds like businesses AND from individual families! Our sponsorships are done online at https://www.spartachamber.com/donation-sponsorship and start as low as $25! Thank you for all those who have supported our re-launch into 2021, the community is ready for some good vibes in Sparta!
And we would also like to take a HUGE moment to thank our Title Sponsor ChoiceOne Bank, who has not only stepped up to be a leader for our community by this generous level of support, but also allowed us to continue planning our year forward when we are aware sponsorships from businesses will probably look different than they have in years past! So THANK YOU to ChoiceOne Bank for your continued loyalty to our community!
And now, here is a brief description of our events on schedule!
Thursday Nights at Sparta Town Square starts May 6! It is a family-friendly, community fun night located in the heart of downtown Sparta (201 E. Division, Sparta) in front of the 201 Marketplace Building! Market vendors, bonfires with s'mores, Hot cocoa hand outs, some make & take crafts for kids by donation.... and we need YOUR help to host the night! Interested to volunteer? Take a peek and sign up for any of our awesome opportunities!
Farm & Craft Market: You asked for it, so here it comes! We are bringing back the Farm & Craft market and are SEEKING VENDORS! Vendors can sign up for a booth for the year or just a night! The Market will be located in Sparta Town Square (201 E. Division, Sparta). The market will be every Thursday starting May 6 from 4-8 pm!
Carnival & Sidewalk Sales: NEW! What a fun way to jump into Springtime with a Carnival & Sidewalk Sales event on May 21-23! The Carnival will be located in downtown Sparta (201 E. Division, Sparta)!
Concerts in Rogers Park: Our annual Concerts will be held every Wednesday June 9- August 11, 2021 starting at 6:30 pm! Bring a lawn chair and head to Rogers Park (75 N. Union, Sparta) to enjoy the free, outdoor concert.
Bash at the Nash: On select Friday nights, Sparta is the place to enjoy live music, some take out food and beverages, and do some shopping all in the Sparta Town Square! Check out our schedule, and mark your calendars! Want to help us keep the event going by volunteering to sell raffle tickets that night? Sign up HERE.
THE CIRCUS! By Culpepper & merriweather on Sunday, June 27. TIckets will be on sale soon, keep checking back! There will be a 2 pm show and a 4:30 pm show..... Looking for volunteers to take tickets: volunteer sign up HERE!
Town & Country Days: While we will do our best to honor our tradition that has been in place for over 75 years in Sparta, things will look a little different this year... our event schedule will be set by the end of May. July 14-17, 2021
Princess & Superhero Night! It's Back! Get your capes and tiaras and join in on the fun on Wednesday, August 11 in Rogers Park!
Sparta Celtic Fest: the beloved Sparta Celtic Fest, a free, family friendly event focused on the expression of Celtic heritage with food, music, and merchants with a Celtic focus will happen on August 13 & 14 in Rogers Park and throughout downtown Sparta!
Patriots Day & Freedom Cruise: On September 11, Sparta will once again have the honor to be the host of the West Michigan Freedom Cruise. The Freedom Cruise is the signature event of Finish the Mission Veterans Relief Fund, dedicated to West Michigan Veterans by developing partnerships to enhance their quality of life, remembering their sacrifice through ceremony, and acknowledging their service.
Apple Fest: an event to celebrate the harvest of Apples from the farms on the Ridge and all things agriculture! Mark the calendar, September 18 is a day you do NOT want to miss in Sparta!
Greenwood Cemetery Tours: hosted by the Sparta Township Historical Commission to commemorate the 175th Anniversary of Sparta, tours will be scheduled on September 25 & 26, 2021 in Greenwood Cemetery to tell the story of some of the ancestors of Sparta!
.... and check back often as our webpages will be updated and facebook events will be posted! We hope to see you in Sparta this summer!