Unity Christian Music Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary by the lake


MUSKEGON, MI – For the past two decades, the Unity Christian Music Festival has brought live music, prayer and family entertainment to Heritage Landing in Muskegon County.

The waterfront venue, 1050 Seventh St., hosts the 2021 Unity Christian Music Festival from Wednesday August 11 through Saturday August 14.

Thousands of people are expected to flock to the lakeside for four busy days at one of Muskegon’s biggest events.

Unity Christian Music Festival kicks off Wednesday when the doors open at 4 pm for “Day Zero”. No ticket is required for this free day of the event. Doors open at 1 p.m. from Thursday to Saturday.

The concert program includes these headliners:

  • Wednesday August 11 at 9 p.m. – We Are Messengers
  • Thursday August 12 at 8:45 p.m. – Matthew West
  • Friday August 13 at 9 p.m. – For the King and the Fatherland
  • Saturday August 14 – TobyMac

See the full program here.

Festival director Kevin Newton is hoping for a “happy return year” after the event is canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19.

“The main thing for us is to do it in a way that we feel is healthy and safe. It will be big, it will be fun, it will be outside, but we are also doing our best to be careful, ”said Newton.

Ticket sales closed on Tuesday August 10 when the festival reached full capacity.

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Organizers have made a few changes to the site this year to distribute people, including canceling a second stop and moving all food vendors to that area.

Masks will not be compulsory during the event which takes place outside. Anyone wishing to wear a mask during the festival can choose to do so.

The Unity Christian Festival blood drive will take place every day of the event from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

A Hometown Pharmacy family entertainment area with games and activities for children is open from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. The Critter Barn traveling farm will bring farm animals to the festival on Friday and Saturday.

Founded in 2001, Unity Christian Music Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary with acoustic worship sets after the show on Thursday and Friday August 12 and 13.

The festival also took a major milestone this year, donating $ 1 million to local nonprofits over the past two decades.

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Newton said this year’s event will be “bittersweet” following the recent passing of Roger Eikenberry, co-founder of the festival and former owner of Plumb’s grocery stores.

“He will be missed,” Newton said.

Unity Christian Music Festival is already preparing for next summer. Ticket sales for the 2022 event will be available this week at the festival and online.

“It’s amazing to have 20 years and a really bright future ahead of us – a lot of support, a lot of momentum,” Newton said.

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