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August 11-13, 2023 | Fri-Sat-Sun

Educational | Empowering | Engaging | Entertaining | Exciting

Family-friendly weekend for Black Greater-Grand Rapids. Food, vendors, national speakers, entertainment and more!

Calvin University Campus
3201 Burton St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Family-Friendly Weekend for Black Greater-Grand Rapids.


The Black Experience will focus on spreading “Black Joy” and the illumination of information across the Health & Wellbeing, Education, Economic Security, Elder Support, and Incarceration Support Black Impact Collaborative Impact Areas, that will ultimately elevate the experience of Black people in Greater Grand Rapids. Some of the features of The Black Experience includes a business expo and exhibits, local and national plenary, and workshop speakers, 70’s theme party, COVID memorial walk, live entertainment, food and much more! The event will be hosted on the Calvin University Campus 3201 Burton St. SE, GR 49546.

The Black Experience Schedule

Friday, August 11, 2023 | 7:00pm

70's Black Experience Kick-Off Party | Calvin University's Prince Conference Center 1800 E. Beltline Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Saturday, August 12, 2023 | 9:00am - 6:00pm

The Black Experience | Workshops, National Speakers, Kids' Corner, Vendor Expo, COVID Memorial Walk, Food & more.

Saturday, August 12, 2023 | 7:00pm

The Black Experience Comedy Slam

Sunday, August 13, 2023 | 10:00am-2:00pm

The Black Experience Brunch Invasion | Visit one of the following locations to patronize a Black-owned business during our Brunch Invasion:

Kick-off 70's Party
for The Black Experience:

The Black Experience will kick-off with a 70's Party at Calvin University's Prince Conference Center 1800 E. Beltline Ave. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546 from 7:00-11:00pm. It will feature a live band, DJ, best dress contest, dance off competition & more! Will you be the one to win one of our cash prizes? The ticket also includes food and 1-ticket to the cash bar. Grab your crew and throw on your fros, bell bottoms & stacked heels to boogie down the night away!

Friday, August 11, 2023 | 7:00PM
at Calvin University's Prince Conference Center
1800 E. Beltline Ave. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

The Black Experience Business Expo:

The Black Experience Business Expo features premier Black-owned businesses and more. The vendors will be located indoors and will include business of all types from food, non-profits, corporations and more! The Business Expo will be open Saturday and Sunday of The Black Experience.
If you are interested in becoming a vendor, it is open to all vendors and we have a tiered booth fees to make booths affordable based on the business size and type. The expo will be indoors and near our kids' corner, which features free activities for youth of all ages. The expo is open to all businesses, non-profits, corporations in the community.
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