Festival of Families


*Please note: The 2021 Festival of Families has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each fall, Berrien Regional Education Service Agency (Berrien RESA) hosts a countywide event for families and children wishing to learn more about educational programs offered in their community. The Festival of Families will feature a resource expo where families can learn about a variety of community programs and services designed to help their children thrive. 

Through conversations with their constituents, Berrien RESA learned that families are seeking a one-stop source for information and tools to help their children be successful in all areas of their development.  Families said they wanted to learn more about community athletic opportunities, financial literacy, Career & Technical Education, resources about transitional needs, and occupational and volunteer opportunities. Therefore, Berrien RESA established the Festival of Families, providing such a resource for families of children ages 0-26.

The Festival of Families will also feature carnival games and activities that are accessible to children of all ages and abilities.  During the event a variety of local entertainment acts will perform and face painters will be on site.  Children will be able to visit with animals, play games, and enjoy hands-on activities, as well as participate in a community-wide "Arts for All" painting project.  The Berrien Springs Police and Fire Departments will have vehicle tours on-site. Lunch options offered by area food trucks will be available for purchase.

Sunset Coast Striders, together with the Berrien RESA Festival of Families & First Student Inc, are proud to present the Festival of Families 5K chip-timed race. Enjoy a challenging route that begins and ends inside the fairgrounds. Proceeds to benefit the United Way of Southwest Michigan and MyTEAM TRIUMPH.

The event and all activities are free-of-charge. Thank you to our generous 2019 sponsors for making this event possible: 

  • Berrien RESA
  • First Student Inc.
  • Berrien County Youth Fair
  • 97.5 YCountry
  • Spectrum Health Lakeland
  • Sunset Coast Striders
  • Art & Image
  • Four Winds Casino Resort
  • Miller-Davis Company
  • Honor Credit Union
  • Competitive Edge LLC
  • Silver Beach Carousel Society
  • Plante Moran
  • AIG Retirement Services
  • United Federal Credit Union
  • Kruggel, Lawton & Company
  • Meijer
  • Silver Beach Pizza
  • Boulevard Inn & Bistro
  • St. Joseph Today
  • Potawatomi Zoo
  • Celebration Cinema
  • Kalamazoo Wings Hockey Club

Pre-arranged shuttle service throughout Berrien County will also be available (at no cost to families).  Please contact Karen Heath at (269) 471-7725 ext. 1147 to request transportation.


To participate as a vendor or sponsor, contact:

Supervisor of Communications
Karen Heath
(269) 471-7725 ext. 3147

Volunteer at the Festival of Families

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