• LaughFest


  • LaughFest is a festival of comedy, performance and very funny stuff. This 10-day event, March 6 - 16, 2014, draws thousands to the Grand Rapids area for riotous A-List comedy acts, clean comedy showcases, improv and sketch comedy and stand up competitions. The best part? The vast majority of the events and shows are free.

    This year's headliners include Lily Tomlin, Chris Tucker, Sinbad, 30 Rock's Judah Friedlander and as the signature event Jay Leno. For those with a competitive streak, be sure and catch the Best of the Midwest Competition with some of the hottest Midwest comedians competing for a $2,500 cash prize.

    Venues around Grand Rapids include DeVos Performance HallGRCC Ford FieldhouseThe B.O.B. and the Wealthy Theater.

    Want to see your neighbor or co-worker show off their comedic talents before a live audience? LaughFest will feature more than 100 community showcases and other non-ticketed, free events at various locations in downtown Grand Rapids, Lowell and Holland. Categories for showcases include stand-up comedy, music, short-film, sketch/improv, dance and kids' jokes. Plans include hosting a festival favorite, "Kids Joke Night," in all three cities.

    Stay plugged into LaughFest 2014 with the LaughFest app available for Apple and Android smart phones.

    Last year more than 54,000 people from 33 states and Canada attended LaughFest catching more than 923 artists perform on more than 65 festival stages in Grand Rapids, Lowell and Holland.

    While you’re in town, don’t forget to explore Grand Rapids. With its thriving food and beer scene, numerous family attractions and arts and culture venues, Grand Rapids is the perfect place to spend time before and after the show. Grab a brew at HopCat, recently rated the #1 BrewPub in the U.S. by Rate Beer. Explore the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, where thousands of colorful butterflies emerge throughout March. Get in the game with the Grand Rapids Griffins.

    For more ideas on places to visit and things to do in Grand Rapids during your visit to LaughFest, visit the Pure Michigan Connect blog

    Plan your LaughFest-Grand Rapids experience today.