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Special Events

Ada Farmers Market:
The Ada Farmers Market, a project of the Ada Township Downtown Development Authority (D.D.A.), is open every Tuesday from 12PM-6PM beginning June 18 through September 24. The newly expanded farmer's market features over 25 vendors from throughout West Michigan to bring locally grown and created products to area residents, in addition to on-site cooking demonstrations by local chefs. The farmer's market, a long-time staple within the community, is enjoying its new home at a larger location--The Community Church parking lot located on Thornapple River Drive. Ample parking is available nearby, in addition to nearby restaurants. Visitors may wish to follow up their shopping experience by attending Music on the Lawn, located across the street at the Averill Historic Museum.

Arts In Ada:
Local eats, live entertainment and amazing art to feed both body and soul! Arts In Ada is a spring event hosted by the Ada Council for the Arts, and typically takes place the 3rd Saturday in May from 9AM-4PM in downtown Ada on Bronson Street, in front of the historic Ada Town Hall. Music, dance and all day fun await visitors. The event features a variety of artists displaying and selling their quality wares along with live entertainment and great local eats!

Music on the Lawn, Summer Concert Series:
During the warm summer months of June, July and August, the Averill Historic Museum's hilly green lawn invites residents and visitors to come out and relax for an evening filled with music every Tuesday night, starting at 7PM.There is no charge for this event.

Independence Day Celebration:
Ada offers a parade and fireworks to celebrate Independence Day. The popular Ada/Cascade Fireworks display is held at dusk in the Village of Ada at the confluence of the Thornapple and Grand Rivers. Parking and viewing are available in the East Amway parking lot, and the front Amway parking area near Fulton Street. Ample parking within the Village is also available. Festivities include a Fireman's pancake breakfast, Parade, Games, Rides, Crafts, Live Music, Food and Family Fun Tent, plus more!

August in Ada:
The grassy area in front of Amway headquarters is the place for one of the summer's most popular children's events—August in Ada. Food, games, crafts, activities, exhibitors and lots of family friendly fun are sure to delight kids of all ages. Please visit the Ada Business Association for additional information.

Pioneer Days at Averill Museum:
Ada Parks & Recreation partners with the Ada Historical Society for a summer camp experience designed for children.

Roselle Park River Festival & Grand River Run-8K & 1.5 Mile Run/Walk:
Come out and enjoy Ada Township's newest park, Roselle Park at the annual free, family-friendly festival, Roselle Park River Festival, typically held the last Saturday in September. Enjoy live music, activities for all ages, food, exhibits and displays, and a part trail/paved GRAND RIVER RUN - 8K foot race with scenic views of the mighty Grand River. This professionally timed race is perfect for trail and road runners alike. Awards and prizes for top finishers. A family-friendly GRAND RIVER RUN 1.5 Mile Run/Walk is perfect for runners, walkers and families with children (5 and under free with registered adult). Special activities for the day include: live music by area musicians, great food, live animal visits, exhibits and displays by local river conservation organizations, hiking & biking, snacks, hands-on discovery activities for kids, special presentations, river kayak and canoe information, and more! Free festival admission and parking.

Bridge Lighting Ceremony & Tinsel Treats & Trolley:
Typically held the week of the annual Santa Parade, Ada's Bridge Lighting takes place adjacent to Leonard Field and features carolers, an Old World Santa, and more.  Afterwards, visitors are invited to stroll through the lighted bridge into the Village for Trolley rides till 8 p.m. Merchants are open late, with treats and refreshments available throughout the Ada Village.

Annual Santa Parade:

The holidays wouldn't be complete without a Santa Parade. The parade line-up starts at 10:30 a.m. in the Ada Dr./Thornapple Shopping Cntr.  The parade begins at 11 a.m.!  The route: Shopping Cntr, R on Thornapple and end at Fire Station #1 where there will be free hot chocolate and cookies, and visits with Santa!

Ada Township Parks & Recreation Department:
To view upcoming Parks & Rec special events and programs, please click here.

Please check the official Ada Township calendar for specific event listing dates and times.

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Ada Township Offices 7330 Thornapple River DR P.O. Box 370 Ada, MI 49301 Phone: (616) 676-9191 Fax: (616) 676-5870 Hours: M-F, 8AM-5PM