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What to know before you go to Taste of Brighton on 12th and 13th July

What to know before you go to Taste of Brighton on 12th and 13th July

BRIGHTON — Visitors to downtown Brighton can sample the best of local restaurants and retailers during the annual “A Taste of Brighton” event this weekend.

Organizers have promised a bigger and more musical festival than ever before, with new attractions to celebrate the completion of the urban landscaping.

The festival runs from 11am to 11pm on Friday, July 12 and 10am to 11pm on Saturday, July 13 on Main Street.

More than 70 local businesses are participating this year, according to organizers, including boutiques, retailers, restaurants, community-based businesses and service companies. To be considered for a spot, vendors must have a physical business address in the city.

Who are this year’s artists?

Fourteen musical acts are included in this year’s lineup, including acoustic performances downtown and bands on three stages — one near Grand River Avenue, one near the railroad tracks and The AMP at Mill Pond.

Headliners will close out the festivities from 8pm to 11pm each night at The AMP, with Local Heroes performing on Friday and Billy Gunther and The Midnight Riders on Saturday. Other bands will include The Ashleys, Miranda and the M80s, Zang and Paddock.

A link to the full schedule is available on the festival website at tasteofbrighton.com.

Where should I park?

Free parking is available at two locations — Brighton High School and the BECC Building — with a free LETS shuttle service new this year. LETS will run shuttles every five to eight minutes.

Buses will run to and from Brighton High School, 7878 Brighton Road, from 11 a.m. to midnight on Friday and 10 a.m. to midnight on Saturday.

Buses will run to and from the BECC Building, 125 S. Church Street, from 4 p.m. to midnight on Friday and 10 a.m. to midnight on Saturday.

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What family-friendly activities are included?

The bouncy castle kids area will return this year, along with entertainment options for kids, teens and their families near the Imagination Station playground, including a mobile video game trailer, trivia, face painting, ring toss and a balloon artist.

Contact reporter Jennifer Eberbach at [email protected].