Grand Raven B&W
Sponsored by GLP FINANCIAL GROUP

AS THE NIGHTS GROW LONGER AND THE SEASON CHILLS THE AIR, OUR FESTIVE DOWNTOWN SPIRIT TAKES FLIGHT.  JOIN US IN DOWNTOWN FARMINGTON DURING OCTOBER TO ENJOY RAVEN-INSPIRED FAMILY FRIENDLY FUN.

Grand Raven Victorian Book Walk with the Farmington Community Library
Join fellow lovers of the macabre as we haunt the streets of Farmington.  We'll wind our way through town listening to a recitation of "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe.  Our walk begins at the Liberty Street entrance of the library at the stroke of 7:30.  Victorian/macabre attire strongly encouraged.  After the walk, we highly encourage stopping by Sidecar Slider Bar for a Raven cocktail! 

Registration is limited and masks and social distancing are required for this outdoor event. 

Click below to register!
Download the map to follow along at your own pace!

Poe Night with streaming Performances-Join us on facebook for a weekly reading of Edgar Allan Poe by local celebrities, live streamed from the eerie Farmington Civic Theater.
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GRAND RAVEN MOVIE SERIES

Join us in the parking lot near Sidecar Slider Bar on Friday Nights in October for a family friendly movie night!

The movie will begin at 7. We recommend arriving at 6:30 for pre-show festivities and to allow adequate time to park and the pre-show performance by Steve, the Fire Hula-Hooper!

This will be drive in style and we encourage you to stay in your cars for social distancing.

Admission is free thanks to our sponsor GLP Financial Group! Popcorn is available for preorder from Farmington Civic Theater, popped fresh and delivered right to your car. Please register using the links below. Attendance is limited to 60 cars.

10/16- The Addams Family (1991)
10/28- The Birds
10/30- Hotel Transylvania

Downtown Scavenger Hunt- Find the ravens and other items in Downtown Farmington the entire month of October.  Click here to download the scavenger hunt list.
 
Pumpkin Carving CONTEST-  Pick up a FREE pumpkin at Essential Family Chiropractic's booth each Saturday at the Farmington Farmers Market and enter the pumpkin carving contest for a chance to win a $100 visa gift card. 
Carve it at home and bring it back to the hay bale display in Riley Park by Wednesday. 
Pumpkins will be perserved at Riley Park, photographed, and displayed the entire month.  Winners will be selected at the end  of October.  Your pumpkin could win either category: People's Choice or Mayor's Choice!
Thank you Dr. Natalie and Essential Family Chiropractic for your sponsorship!

Pumpkin Carving Contest

Grand Raven Cookie Decorating

Join Farmington Community Library at Kitchen Creations on 10/31 to decorate a Grand Raven cookie!  Cookies and decorating supplies will be pre-packaged (one per child).   Cookie decorating will be rain or shine, in the parking lot between the Vines Flower Shop and Kitchen Creations (33305 Grand River Ave #3, Farmington, MI 48336).  Registration is required for limited slots, and please register each child separately.  Remember to social distance and wear masks. 
Sponsored by: Friends of the Library, Kitchen Creations, Sunflour Bakehaus
Click here to here register.

Raven Cocktail Crawl- Join participating businesses in Downtown Farmington to celebrate the season with festive fall cocktails.  Follow Downtown Farmington on Facebook to preview the specials.
Pages Food and Spirits, Chive Kitchen, Loft Cigar Lounge, Farmingon Brewing CoSidecar Slider Bar, Mi.Mosa and more!
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RavenCrow (Raven + Scarecrow) Contest

Once upon a midnight dreary, you might ponder, weak and weary, “what’s a “Ravencrow?” To commemorate the inaugural GrandRaven Festival, we’re reviving Downtown Farmington’s famed scarecrow contest, but with a twist: we’ll celebrate a spooky October in our historic downtown by drawing inspiration from Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven

Click here to see the RavenCrow map!

Calling all residents of Farmington and surrounding communities, local groups, and Downtown Farmington merchants: summon your creativity and help us to spread the spirit of GrandRaven throughout town with raven-themed scarecrows!

Key Dates:

  • Click here to register by Saturday, October 3rd.
  • Ravencrows must be brought to Riley Park to be put on display by 1pm Sunday, October 11th.
  • Ravencrow contest winners will be announced the week of October 19th.
  • All participants must take down their Ravencrow on Sunday, November 1st by 5pm.
Rules:

All Ravencrow “scarecrows” must incorporate a raven theme.  There will be two categories of entrants:

  1. Residents of Farmington and Surrounding Communities, with Ravencrows for display in and around Riley Park.
  2. Downtown Farmington Merchants, with Ravencrows for display at downtown storefronts.
Ravencrows must be in good taste and appropriate for viewing by the public and families. Must be absent of adult, political and religious themes. No violent, gruesome or bloody entries will be accepted.

The GrandRaven Committee will make every effort to ensure that each entrant is provided a designated location to secure each Ravencrow upright (light poles, etc.)  Ravencrows must be designed and constructed by each entrant to stand upright and be safely secured to withstand all weather conditions. Ravencrows should incorporate some element of hay stuffing.

PLEASE BRING: Twine & scissors with you on Sunday, October 11th to help secure your Ravencrow in position to be displayed. We will try to have extras on-hand.

Contest Winners
Your Ravencrow will be eligible to win the following categories.

1.     Best Overall Award
2.     Poe’s Choice (Most Raventastic)/Mayor’s Choice Award
3.     People’s Choice Award- Vote with Facebook likes.


Follow
Downtown Farmington on facebook to stay updated on Raven festivities.


Grand Raven Flyer

Thank you Sponsors!  

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