Parties in the Park kicks off this week with 35th season ribbon cutting and its own specialty craft beer

Community News |May 29, 2019|4 min read

Parties in the Park has been bringing quality, affordable, family entertainment to Hackley Park in downtown Muskegon for 35 years! To celebrate the 35th season, Parties in the Park will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony in partnership with the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce during the season opening party Friday, May 31,2019 at 5:15pm on the Hackley Park Stage. The community is invited to join us for the ribbon cutting.


In addition to the ribbon cutting celebration, the Parties in the Park Board of Directors worked with Muskegon’s own Pigeon Hill Brewing Company to feature a special beer for party goers this summer and in future seasons.


Parties in the Park asked social media followers to help name this beer. The name selected from the contest is: PIP PIP Hooray, submitted by Esther Ricco. This clever name plays off the Parties in the Park acronym, “PIP.”


PIP PIP Hooray is Pigeon Hill’s take on a summer ale, with a focus on fun and drinkability. Taking inspiration from classic German beer with their own unique spin, this is the easy drinking summer beer we all deserve.


“Being big supporters of the community, our downtown and Parties in the Park, we were excited to be able to brew a beer that will be featured at Parties in the Park this summer,” says Michael Brower, one of Pigeon Hill’s owners.


Parties in the Park take place from 5pm to 9pm on Fridays (see dates below) in the summer. Happy hour is offered from 5-6pm each party where guests can enjoy PIP PIP Hooray as well as many other local craft beers, some not-so-local craft beers, domestic beer, spritzers and wine, all for $1 off.


In addition to the new brew, there are several new local food vendors joining us at Parties in the Park this summer.  This all-star line-up of local eats will rotate at parties throughout the summer:

  • Hey Sugar Cotton Candy Co (Gourmet Cotton Candy)
  • Abeshi Ghanaian Cuisine (The FYAH Truck West African food from Ghana. Healthy vegan)
  • Aloha Hawaiian Shave Ice (20 flavors of shaved ice)
  • Rolling Stone Wood Fired Pizza Co (Wood fired pizza)
  • Special Edibles (Street tacos)
  • Infused / Just Klassics Deli (All new unique menu with infused food)
  • Ice Box Brand Ice Cream Bars (Gourmet ice cream bars)
  • JP’S HOTDOGS (Vienna Beef Hot Dogs, Chicago style, chili dogs)
  • Porknstein llc (Barbeque and specialty sandwiches)
  • Wanda’s frozen yogurt and mini donuts (frozen yogurt and locally-made sorbet)
  • Bernie O’s Pizza (Pizza)
  • A & E BBQ (BBQ )
  • Ruth Ann’s Ice Cream (Ice Cream)
  • Papa J’s Chili Dogs (Hot Dogs)
  • Fatty Lumpkins (Deli Sandwiches)
  • Rosita Tacos (Taco’s)


The 2019 lineup for the 35th anniversary season includes:  


Party Date Non-Profit Partner Entertainment
May 31, 2019  Muskegon Sports Council  Sharrie Williams and Vincent Hayes Band
June 7, 2019  JCI Muskegon  Flexadecibel
June 14, 2019  Taste of Muskegon  Whiskey Rebels, Noah Smith and  Plain Jane Glory
June 21, 2019  Muskegon-Oceana Community Action Partnership  Jan James and Bri Baron Band
June 28, 2019  AgeWell Services  Orquesta Tradición
July 26, 2019  Muskegon Inventors Network  Bari Lee Band
August 2, 2019  Community enCompass  Melophobix and Paddlebots
August 16, 2019  Women’s Division Chamber of Commerce  Hurricane Reggae Band
August 23, 2019  Rotary  Laith Al-Saadi and Plain Jane Glory


The 35th anniversary season is presented by Best Financial Credit Union and Bud Light. Parties in the Park take place in Hackley Park in Downtown Muskegon with hours from 5-9pm and parties are always FREE to attend. To learn more about Parties in the Park, join the mailing list, volunteer at a party, or see frequently asked questions, visit – and stay tuned to the new website launching soon.


The Mission of Parties in the Park is to create a sense of community and appreciation for Muskegon’s Downtown through a family-oriented social event. Hosted by a variety of Muskegon County not-for-profit groups, the proceeds from the Parties either make physical enhancements or quality of life improvements for the whole community.