Arggg Mateys! It's Time To Shiver Your Timbers In Excitement For This Year's Venetian Festival
By land, sea and air, the Saugatuck Venetian Festival fun invades the lakeshore July 24-25 with pirates, music, more pirates, a boat parade and fireworks.
“There’s nothing better for children and adults,” said Sherry Tedaldi, commodore of the Cow Hill Yacht Club, the non-profit sponsor of the longtime lakeshore festival.
“This is one of the best multi-generational fun events on the lakeshore.”
The weekend also raises money for those in need in the Saugatuck area.
“All proceeds raised go to help those in our area,” said Tedaldi.
Yar! Let the Fun Begin
This year’s theme is “Pirates are Invading” and events begin Friday, July 24, with the 1980s’ Music Dance Party at Coghlin Park, corner of Culver and Griffith streets. The tent opens at 5 p.m. and the cost is $5 per adult.
Children’s games are 5-7 p.m. The 1980s’ tribute band Starfarm plays from 7:15 to 11 p.m. Food and bar are open from 6 to 11 p.m. with the pirate costume judging at 9 p.m.
Events on Saturday, July 25, begin at 10 a.m. with the Art Fair in downtown Saugatuck.
Registration for the Dinghy Poker Run is 11 a.m. to noon at the Coghlin Park gazebo. The poker run is noon to 3 p.m. on the Kalamazoo River.
For those who want to stay ashore, don’t miss the launch at noon. Scores of boats cover the water and participants show off their costumes and water-fighting prowess.
The lighted boat parade begins at 9:15 p.m. Saturday along the Kalamazoo River.
“There’s a lot of oohing and aahing during the boat parade,” said Tedaldi.