Downtown Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids is the second-largest city in Michigan, known for its friendly culture and range of world-renowned art, gardens, museums and historic sites, recreation and beaches, an impressive restaurant scene, and plenty of family-friendly parks & programs.

Named "Beer City USA," we're also home to nationally recognized breweries and a number of equally lauded coffee spots. Learn more about Grand Rapids tourism and events at ExperienceGR.com.

When booking your stay, remember to consider both the Festival dates (April 16-18, 2020) and the optional Workshop Wednesday sessions (April 15, 2020), depending on your registration selection(s). For start and end times related to Festival, refer to the Schedule and Workshops pages.

Where to Stay


Hotels: There are a wide range of lodging options located within two miles of Calvin University’s campus. We are currently negotiating special rates for 2020 Festival attendees at a variety of area hotels. More information coming soon!

Airbnb: Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world. There are more Airbnb hosts in Grand Rapids each day, some within walking or biking distance from campus.

Student Housing: Limited, low-cost housing on the campus of Calvin University will be available to visiting college students only. Details will be posted to this page once available.

How to Get Here


Plane: The Gerald R. Ford International Airport is only 15-20 minutes from the Calvin University campus and our partner hotels, and offers many amenities like complimentary WiFi and charging stations.

Car & Bus: By car, Grand Rapids is roughly 2.5 hours from Detroit, 3 hours from Chicago, 5.5 hours from Columbus, 5 hours from Indianapolis, and 6.5 hours from Toronto. The Rapid provides local bus transportation, including a stop right at the entrance to Calvin's campus. Greyhound and Indian Trails buses provide long-distance and interstate service. Local car services include Lyft, Uber, and Metro Cab Grand Rapids.

Train: The Amtrak Pere Marquette line runs between Grand Rapids and Chicago, round-trip, seven days a week. Riders on the Pere Marquette line travel along the coast of Lake Michigan. More details are available here.