Special Events

SPECIAL EVENTSInterested in having a special event? Click here.
Kid Boat Parade
Celebrate Greenville’s Danish heritage with authentic Danish food, a Hans Christian Andersen play, the Grand Dansk Parade, Family Fun Day, Lake of Illumination, Fireworks, the Lego contest (originated in Denmark) and much more!
Danish Festival also hosts one of Michigan’s largest outdoor arts & crafts fairs. Become a “Dane for a Day!”

Danish Festival – Every 3rd Weekend in August!
GUS MACKERBasketball
In the summer, this outdoor 3-on-3 basketball tournament is for young and old alike. Greenville welcomes around 1500 participants and guests to our downtown over a two-day period. For more information, check out our Gus Macker page.

The first Friday in December brings a warm, hometown Christmas parade.Float Local retailers open their doors with holiday specials and refreshments – they even give away a HUGE gift basket to one lucky shopper!

Contact the 
Chamber for more information.

MONTCALM COUNTY 4H FAIRHorseIn June at the fairgrounds (near M-91 & Peck Road) the annual Montcalm County 4H Fair takes place. Experience the best of life in the country and the animals that we all cherish. (616) 754-7884.

Hosted by the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, Party on Lafayette is the annual car show and pizza contest on Lafayette Street in downtown Greenville.

Each year local pizza businesses compete for coveted trophies and bragging rights for the year. The event features 'Pizza Alley' where you can sample slices from several vendors and submit your vote for the "People's Choice" winner.

There is also the car show, where hundreds of classic cars are on display downtown. cars

The event takes place annually in July! Check out the Chambers page for more details.

Rhythm on the River Summer Concert

Rhythm on the RiverEnjoy the sounds of summer on Thursday evenings from mid-June to mid-August with free concerts at Tower Riverside Park on Franklin Street in Greenville.  All concerts are free and sponsored by Greenville Rotary Club with support from local business and community organizations. Set along the beautiful Flat River, the park features a splash pad for the kids to enjoy while the music plays.  Right across the street, Flat River Historical Museum offers free tours during the event. Greenville Rotary Club sells concessions from their food truck.  Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets and find your favorite spot.  Tower Riverside Park is inside Greenville's social district.  Search Facebook for Greenville Rotary Club - Michigan to find the concert schedule. 

SNOMOTIONTruckIts August. It’s hot. Yet thousands of visitors' flock to Greenville, Michigan because they like to SNOWMOBILE!  Watch races, demonstrations, & check out next year’s models at Nelson’s Speed Shop (616)754-9185.

TRI-GREENVILLERunnerThis is an early season triathlon that is well suited as a training event for the seasoned triathlete as well as an entry level distance for those who are just deciding to plunge into their first event.  The event is centered on Greenville’s Beautiful Baldwin Lake and features a unique spectator experience from an elevated viewpoint above the lake and transition area. For more information visit the Tri-Greenville page or contact the Recreation Department at (616) 754-8887 or email grec@greenvillemi.org.


1.Review the Planning and Resource Guide
Check out our Special Event Planning Guide for timelines, specifications, instructions, and fees. We recommend you use this guide to create your site plan (see step 4).

2.Check your eligibilityYou will need a to fill out a Special Event Application if you have an activity or series of events or activities planned for a specific time and place. Typical special events include festivals, parades, races, concerts and neighborhood fairs. This is due no later than 60 days before your event start date.

3.Reserve a date and locationFor City-owned parks, pavilions, or community center rentals click here for more information.

4.Develop a site planTo create a comprehensive site plan:

  • Create a site map using a program of your choice such as Google Earth.
  • Write out a timeline including set-up, tear-down, delivery and retrieval times 

5. Make your plansYou will need to include details for the following plans in this application:

  • Road/Street Closure Plan
  • Cleanup and Trash Plan
  • Parking Management Plan
  • Traffic Control Plan
  • First Aid/Medical Plan

6.Have payment readyBe prepared to pay the $50 non-refundable, non-transferrable application fee. A $200 refundable damage deposit is also required within 15 days of approval of the Special Event. We accept Visa and MasterCard for online payments, and cash or check if paid in person.

7.Apply for a Special Event PermitFor non-recreational events (on City Property) use the City of Greenville Special Event Application
For recreational events (on City Property) use the City of Greenville Trail/Road Event Application
(Recreational events include sporting events, walk/run events, etc.)

*for events on private property see the special activities permit below.
8.We’ll review your applicationWe will check the availability for your event and follow up with you in 1-2 business days. Submitting this application doesn’t mean your event is approved. We recommend that you do not announce your event date or location until we send you written approval.

SPECIAL ACTIVITIES/EVENTS ON PRIVATE PROPERTYFor special activities on private property within the City, please fill out the special activities permit .


kbrott@greenvillemi.org 616-754-5645

Recreation Department