April Events



Gazelle Sports Dirty Herd. For those who love trail running and free weekly events, join a herd of runners alike as they navigate through the dynamic terrain and the orchard’s woods. Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery. 4 pm.


Studio Night at Grand Rapids Brewing Company. Artists, writers, musicians and other creative workers are invited to gather in the back room to work on their own projects among accessible collaboration from fellow creatives and live background music. 25% discount for all who participate. Grand Rapids Brewing Company. 6-11 pm.


Meijer Free Tuesdays means free general admission and explorations to the Grand Rapids Art Museum from 10 am-5 pm.

Tuesdays & Thursdays

Adult Ballet Classes. Master the strength of a football player and the finesse of a feline by learning ballet technique, stretching, conditioning and all the ways ballet can help you stay fit. Your first class is free. Meijer-Royce Center for Dance. 6:30-7:45 pm.


Meijer Free Thursday Nights means free admission and an evening of art pieces. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 5-9 pm.


Saturday Sips. Featuring four rotating draft beers from local breweries, bottled craft beer, a greenhouse herb-infused cocktail and a growler filling station, it’s a great way to check out the special brews our market has to offer. Grand Rapids Downtown Market. 11 am-3 pm.

Drop-In Family Saturdays welcome families to join the fun and participate in exciting art activities in the museum’s Education Studio. Grand Rapids Art Museum 11 am-5 pm.

Wine & Cheese Saturdays. Sample wine from around the world complemented with the perfect cheese pairing. The Cheese Lady Grand Rapids. 1-3 pm.

Through April

The Kent District Library is springing up all sorts of activities at their branches for children, families, teens and adults. Bring art to life with the 3Doodler at the KDL Lab. Teens embrace their love for anime at the Anime Costume Party. Adults can learn all about the coffee that gets them through the day along with plenty of caffeinated tastes at KDL Caffeinated. Find times and info for these springtime events and more at www.kdl.org.

Terryberry Gallery James Johnson exhibit. Terryberry Gallery at St. Cecilia Music Center. 9 am-5 pm (Mon-Fri).

Rain Barrel Workshops. Learn the valuable practice of how harvesting storm water for your greens decreases pollution in our Great Lakes by manufacturing a rain barrel for your home at one of West Michigan’s Environmental Action Council’s workshops running through the month. Locations vary. For details, visit www.wmeac.org.

Through April 26

Edward Burtynsky: Water. With the fine art of photography, the images explore and portray the various roles water plays in the world and its relationship with humanity. Grand Rapids Art Museum. For museum hours, visit www.artmuseumgr.org

Beyond Mona Lisa exhibit. An exhibit of art pieces from a variety of female artists. Frames Unlimited. 10 am-9 pm (Mon-Fri) 10 am-6 pm (Sat).

Through April 30

Butterflies are Blooming. Nature floods its paint palette with the colorful, fluttering hues of over 40 different species of butterflies. See the painted creatures drink nectar from flowering plants and feeding stations, congregating among streambeds and flying freely. The exhibition focuses on the butterflies from South America. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. For exhibit hours and special activities, visit www.meijergardens.org.

Through May 17

Uncommon Beauty in Common Places exhibit. Nature photographer, Dan Bauer, captures the landscape, wildlife plants and close-ups of natural scenes and textures of our remarkable Upper Peninsula. Design Quest. For gallery hours, visit www.designquest.biz.

April 1

Restoring All Things Conference. Hear the moving speakers of Focus on the Family, Prison Fellowship, Center for Christian Worldview and the Heritage Foundation during this engaging evening and celebration of the Spirit. Cornerstone University. 5:30 pm.
For more details, visit www.restoringallthings.org.

Easter European Cuisine. Take a journey with the classroom through Eastern European kitchens cooking up Kielbasa, Kapusta and Golabki. D&W Fresh Market Culinary Classroom. 6-9 pm. Call 1-888-296-5850 to register.

April 1 & 2

Intro to GROW. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6-7 pm (Wed) noon-1 pm (Thu).

April 2

Armentality 17th Anniversary Open House. Enjoy demos of oriental and African dance, Bollywood and yoga surrounded by live jazz and appetizers and a special performance by Laura Armenta Dance Company. Armentality Dance & Yoga Education.

Prospective Literacy Tutor Orientation. Those interested in being a literacy tutor can learn more about the literacy center’s programs at this information session. Literacy Center of West Michigan. 6:30-7:30 pm.

Reading the Great Lakes. This book club explores our beloved Great Lakes. This month’s selection is Detroit City is the Place to Be by Mark Binelli. 7 pm. For a complete list of books, visit www.grpl.org.

April 3

First Friday Gallery Hops. Presented by Avenue for the Arts, South Division Ave. becomes the ultimate destination to find artwork by local artists and handmade goods along with food and drink specials. Make a night of it by visiting one of the featured eateries for dinner and winding down with a drink. South Division. 6-9 pm.

Restorative Yoga & Sound Journey. Stretch out, relax, then embark on a journey of sound and vibration with a different kind of music and instruments. Expressions of Grace Yoga. 6:30-8:30 pm. Register at www.expressionsofgraceyoga.com.

Circle Theatre Season Kickoff Concert: Keep the Chance. This popular performance will set the pace for the exciting season ahead with the musical stories of Harry Chapin. Circle Theatre. 7:30 pm.

Dark Side: the Light Show. Opening at Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium, experience Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon album with the choreography of stunning light sequences. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 9 pm.

April 4

Fifth Third River Bank Training Run. Give your legs a taste of the trample and practice endurance with 8 and 11-mile distances followed by re-energizing refreshments and a chance to catch up with fellow runners. David D. Hunting YMCA. 8 am.

Grand Opening Celebration of GoSite. Celebrate your Saturday with activities, prizes, samples and giveaways in the excitement of the GoSite that will be a space for all to explore and discover activities in the area. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 10 am.

Community Easter Egg Hunt. Join the hunt for thousands of prize-filled eggs littered throughout the church grounds and enjoy face painting, popcorn, candy, snacks and more. Hillcrest Church. 10 am-noon.

LadyFest GR Slow Ride. Celebrating women in the community and our powerful forms, ladies and bikes join for a casual cycle downtown followed by a bike repair workshop lead by Skirts in the Dirt mountain bike race organizer, Jill Martindale. Pyramid Scheme. 11:30 am. Arrive early for bike registration and get more information at www.ladyfestgr.com.

April 5

Build Your Home Practice Workshop. Explore posture, deepen your poses and do your body well at this monthly yoga workshop that focuses on different aspects in each class. Cascade Yoga Studio. 9 am.

Build Your Own Bloody Mary. A great way to get your vegetable fixings, learn different mixes and start the week off well. Grand Rapids Downtown Market. 10 am-2 pm.

Easter Brunch. Happy Easter! Celebrate the holiday with a delicious array of menu items spreading through chef stations, buffets and presentations including beautiful desserts at a special brunch in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. CityFlats Hotel. 11 am-2 pm. For reservations, visit www.cityflatshotel.com.

April 6

Keynote Speaker Dr. Hugh Herr. After losing his legs in a mountaineering accident, Dr. Herr shares his inspiring story of how he transformed tragedy into action towards his life’s work helping others. Civic Center. 6 pm.

April 6-11

Design Week. To celebrate the diverse range of local design talent and build connections, West Michigan is packing the week with studio tours, workshops, guest speakers and educational events designed around design. Find interesting events throughout the week at www.wmdesignweek.com.

April 7

America’s First Ladies Luncheon. Former Vice President Dick Cheney joins his wife Dr. Lynne Cheney as they visit Grand Rapids to commemorate Betty Ford’s 97th birthday. JW Marriott International Ballroom. 11:30 am. For tickets, contact (616) 254-0396 or visit www.geraldrfordfoundation.org.

Art & Gardens Book Discussion Group. This month’s insightful discussion will be on The Garden of Invitation by Jane S. Smith. 1-3 pm.

AIGA Studio on Tap in Grand Rapids. Come curious and thirsty at this special Design Week studio hop where you will tour through The Image Shoppe, Atomic Object and Dean Van Dis Photography while enjoying exclusive drinks. East Hills Neighborhood. 6-9 pm. Register at www.wmdesignweek.com.

Gazelle Girl Cross Training Meet-Up. Incorporating cross training into your workouts will make you unstoppable as you stampede through the half marathon (just 12 days away!). Symmetry Training & Fitness. 6:30-7:30 pm. To sign up for this free session, visit www.gazellegirlhalfmarathon.com.

Prospective Literacy Tutor Orientation. Literacy Center of West Michigan. 6:30-7:30 pm.

April 7 & 9

Spring Break Yoga for Children. The youngsters will work on self0awareness and love through movement and meditation. Expressions of Grace Yoga. 1-2:30 pm. Register at www.expressionsofgraceyoga.com

April 8

Grandma & Me: Working with Wood. A class that will have you bonding wood and generations as you learn about compositional lines, shapes and patterns. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 10-11:30 am. Enroll at www.meijergardens.org.

Genealogy Class: Bring Your Family Story to Life. Learn how to turn your family history into a reader-drawing narrative with tips and ideas that transform what you know into readable material that serves as an interesting way to keep track of your roots. Grand Rapids Public Library. 6:30 pm.

April 9

Women in Design. An interesting opportunity to listen to a diverse range of panelists as they share insights and discussion on their view as women in design over a provided lunch. Kendall College of Art & Design (Student Commons). 11:30 am.

DFG Design Briefs. Designers, entrepreneurs and business owners are invited to explore how Local First’s Impact Assessment tool can increase their operating model’s value to the community and environment. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 5:30 pm. www.wmdesignweek.com

April 10

Art of the Lived Experiment: Opening Night. Enjoy refreshments and hors d’oeuvres while getting a first look at the works that will be featured during the exhibition. Event will begin at 6 pm at Grand Rapids Art Museum and end at 10 pm at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. For more details, visit www.uica.org.

Art Downtown. A fun event where visitors hop aboard trolleys and explore 38 locations, between Kendall College of Art & Design and DeVos Place, full of art, culture, galleries and ideas by 400 artists. 6-11 pm. Map your ARTventure and get more info at www.avenueforthearts.com.

Understanding & Balancing Your Chakras. Explore the mental and emotional aspects of these energy centers, utilizing postures, sound vibration, breath and visualization. Expressions of Grace Yoga. 6:30-8:30 pm.

Pop Scholars Improv Comedy. Peter Martin Wege Theatre. 8 pm.

April 10-25

DisArt Festival. Known for challenging audiences to reconsider the importance of community identities and differences, this Grand Rapids festival will feature exhibits, films, performances and more by all capabilities. For more information and specific events, visit www.disartsfestival.org.

April 11

Chalk Paint Demonstration. Add a new medium to your artistic tool belt and boggle at the wonders of chalk painting as Pamela Breidenfield paints pieces to showcase chalk-painting techniques and answer questions. Rylee’s Ace Hardware (Michigan St. store). 11 am-1 pm.

April 14

D&W Culinary Classroom: Wonderful World of Rice. Learn how to handle rice, cook it and dish out other uses. D&W Fresh Market Culinary Classroom. 6-9 pm. Call 1-888-296-5850 to register.

Grow Vegetables Organically. In celebration of this green month, learn how to grow food healthy for you and the environment starting from the ground up. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 6:30-8 pm. Enroll at www.meijergardens.org.

Joe Bonamassa. This exciting new show to support his upcoming studio album will feature Bonamassa and an entire acoustic set from international musicians, his critically acclaimed electric set and all new songs. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm.

April 15

American Sewing Guild Informational Event. Image consultant, Nancy Nix-Rice, will talk about wardrobe planning, styles that flatter your figure and more while guests enjoy an included lunch, live demonstrations and group exercises. Comfort Inn Suites. 9 am-4 pm. For questions and to RSVP, email slcairo@comcast.net.

D&W Culinary Classroom: Far East Cuisine. Learn the Far East’s secrets for salad dressings, dipping sauces, curry spices and more. D&W Fresh Market Culinary Classroom. 6-9 pm. Call 1-888-296-5850 to register.

Music in the Stacks: Ghost Heart. Experience the boundary pushing rock music that incorporates whale sounds, adding a unique quality to the band’s distinctive sound. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7 pm.

April 15 & 16

Intro to GROW. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6-7 pm (Wed) noon-1 pm (Thu).


April 16

Ladies Night Out. Take a night off training to pamper yourself with hair styles, hand massages, manicures, amazing appetizers, a complementary wine bar and more at this Fifth Third River Bank Run event. Douglas J. Aveda Institute. 5:30-7:30 pm.

Inner Circle Forum. Celebrate the region’s most accomplished and admired women with opportunities to network and share leadership advice. Watermark Country Club. 5:30-7:30 pm.

Create for a Cause. A workshop where adults will work alongside a local artist to create art for the walls of the Children’s Healing Center. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 6-8 pm. Register at www.artmuseumgr.org

Sharp Memory & Focus Discussion with Dr. Pamela Wartian Smith. Country Inn & Suites. 6-8 pm.

D&W Culinary Classroom: Smart Chicken Feast. From appetizers, sandwiches and more, explore new ways to enjoy your favorite white meat. D&W Fresh Market Culinary Classroom. 6-9 pm. Call 1-888-296-5850 to register.

Mythbusters: Jamie and Adam Unleashed! Jamie’s Farewell Tour. DeVos Performance Hall. 7:30 pm.

April 17

Broadway Grand Rapids presents Dancing Pros: Live. Pros from Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance and Dance Champions from around the world come together in an epic dance off where the winner is determined by electronic voting remotes attached to ever audience member’s seat. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm.

April 18

Music for Life. As part of the DisArt Festival, music therapists Erinn Epp and Pete Muszkiewicz present an exuberant hour of music and movement. Grand Rapids Public Library. 11 am.

D&W Culinary Classroom: Kid’s Pizza Party. Kids are invited to roll up their sleeves and learn how to make traditional and whole wheat pizza crust with toppings only limited by the imagination. D&W Fresh Market Culinary Classroom. 11 am-1 pm. Call 1-888-296-5850 to register.

Schmohz Achilles 5K. Instead of a race t-shirt, you get a race logo beer glass and, instead of sports drinks, you get Schmohz’s Achilles Ale or famous Root Beer followed by chocolate cake at the finish line. Schmohz Brewery. 3 pm. Register at www.schmohz.com.

Japanese Buddhism. Dr. Covell will address and discuss fascinating topics and questions on the Buddhist culture in this informational lecture. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm.

April 19

Gazelle Girl Half Marathon & 5K Grand Rapids. Make a playlist, find your victory outfit and get ready to run with the energetic herd as you tackle the 13.1-mile course through downtown Grand Rapids and looping around Fifth Third Ball Park. Calder Plaza. 8 am.

April 20

Monday Night Jazz Series: Tony Reynolds Trio. His smooth four-octave range and classy style invites you to lose yourself in elegant jazz. The B.O.B. 6:30 pm.

Speciesism: movie screening. Fountain Street Church. 6:30-9 pm.

Sculpture Dedication: Iron Tree by Ai Weiwei. Commemorate the garden’s 20th anniversary with the reveal of this massive sculpture by Ai Weiei. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 6:30-8 pm.

April 20-24

Wellness Collective Grand Opening. Experience what the Grand Rapids Wellness Collective will have to offer with workshops, documentaries and wellness classes during their opening week. Grand Rapids Wellness Collective. For details, visit www.grandrapidswellness.com.

April 21

GROW Small Business Class GPS: Business Basics, Taxes and Legal Session. Kentwood Office Furniture. 6-9 pm.

D&W Culinary Classroom: Pies & Tarts. Partake in this class that will have you whipping up chocolate silk pie, orange-scented cranapple tarts and a variety of crusts and ingredients. D&W Fresh Market Culinary Classroom. 6-9 pm. Call 1-888-296-5850 to register.

Blue Tie Ball. Earth Day gets environmentally elegant at this fundraising event for West Michigan Environmental Action Council’s water programs. Enjoy drinks by Art of the Table and cuisine from the Gilmore Collection along with an experience auction where prizes include activities like kite boarding, hiking, dinners and more. Goei Center. 6-10 pm.

April 21-May 22

Student art exhibit. Featuring artwork by middle and high school students in the area. Lowell Arts! Gallery. 10 am-6 pm (Tue-Fri) 1-4 pm (Sat).

April 22

Wednesday Wellness Yoga. Relax deeply with the practice of yogic sleep. Expressions of Grace Yoga. 12:15-1:15 pm.

Treasures of Your Library: A White Glove Event. View and examine unique items housed in the Grand Rapids History and Special Collections Department of the library. Grand Rapids Public Library. 5-7 pm. For tickets and more information, visit www.grplfoundation.org.

In the Man Cave with Dr. Dave. Ladies, tell the men about this men’s only forum where Dr. Dave brings health and well being back to sight, answering questions on hormone replacement, nutrition, muscle mass, medication and more. Keystone Pharmacy Seminar Room. 5:30-7 pm.

Hills & Hops Run. Join seven-time 25K champ Greg Meyer for some 45-minute hill training followed by appetizers at Buffalo Wild Wings downtown. After that workout, you’ve earned it. John Ball Park. 6-7 pm.

D&W Culinary Classroom: Cooking with Unusual Ingredients. Learn to work catfish and other different creations into your home preparations. D&W Fresh Market Culinary Classroom. 6-9 pm. Call 1-888-296-5850 to register.

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April 23

LUNAFEST Film Festival. Lights, camera and action to an empowering line up of eight inspirational films made by, about, and for women at this nationwide film festival that will benefit Kent County Girls on the Run. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 5:30 pm (films begin at 6:15 pm). For more information, visit www.kcgotr.org/lunafest.

Green Day 6K Fun Run & Health Fair. Harvest Health Foods and Gazelle Sports invite you to celebrate the environment and thank you for all your efforts to keep the environment and yourself healthy with a free fun run during the Health Fair. Harvest Health Foods. 5 pm (run begins at 6:30 pm).

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Series: Passionate Expressions. St. Cecilia Music Center. 7 pm.

April 24

Genealogy Lock-In. Genealogy geniuses can learn how to use the library’s resources and be free to search databases and have genealogy questions answered by fellow experts and their peers. Grand Rapids Public Library. 6-10 pm.

Acoustic Café Folk Series featuring Rhiannon Giddens. St. Cecilia Music Center Royce Auditorium. 7:30 pm.

LiveArts. The Grand Rapids Symphony collaborates with the ballet, opera and Broadway Grand Rapids to present an emotionally charged journey celebrating the power of music and the richness of our community. Van Andel Arena. 8 pm.

Lewis Black: The Rant is Due part II. The Grammy Award-winning, prolific and popular stand-up comedian will bring his hilariously angry rants to Grand Rapids for a night of laughing at culture’s shortcomings. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm.

April 24-May 3

Alexander & the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. The title says it all and we know we want to see more. Be the company of Alex’s misery in this entertaining musical that will engage audiences of all ages. Civic Theatre. For tickets and show times, visit www.grct.org.

April 25

Hurt the Dirt 10K Trail Race. A feast of dirt trail racing, a pig roast, veggies and fruit at this quarter, half and full dusty marathon. Luton Park. 8 am.

Copper Jewelry Workshop. Starting from a flat sheet of copper, create a unique pair of earrings and a pendant, great for you or as a gift. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 9:30 am-noon.
Enroll at www.meijergardens.org.

D&W Culinary Classroom: Gluten Free Baking. Whether you have gluten intolerance or trust the benefits, learn to prepare some great, delicious gluten-free items. D&W Fresh Market Culinary Classroom. 1-4 pm. Call 1-888-296-5850 to register.

Four Pianos: A Tour de Force on Four Grand Pianos. Presenting a magical evening filled with intricate, beautiful, spirited and uplifting music, clever anecdotes and delightful humor to delight audience members. Fountain Street Church. 7:30 pm.

Live at Night with The Free Beer & Hot Wings Morning Show. They get you through the morning with their jokes and relatable stories, but here’s the opportunity to see a different side of Free Beer & Hot Wings at a different time as the guys interact with their fans in person while featuring popular segments like Dumber than Zane Trivia. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm.

April 28

D&W Culinary Classroom: Pork Spectacular. Featured recipes include tenderloin and stuffed pork chops. D&W Fresh Market Culinary Classroom. 6-9 pm. Call 1-888-296-5850 to register.

Beer Dinner with Shorts Brewing Company. Have one of Short’s legendary brews with a side of four enticing courses, paired expertly for maximum taste teamwork. CitySen Lounge. 7-9 pm.

Peter Seccia’s Passion for Planting lecture. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7-8 pm. RSVP by calling (616) 975-3144 or contacting Shelly Kilroy at skilroy@meijergardens.org.

April 29

D&W Culinary Classroom: Farm to Table. Vegetable lasagna, garden soup, organics, springtime mushrooms and more as you root yourself into these delicious meal preparations. D&W Fresh Market Culinary Classroom. 6-9 pm. Call 1-888-296-5850 to register.

Hand-Coloring Photographs. Learn to alter a black and white photo using colored pencils, chalk and pastels to tint and color. Bring your own 8×10 inkjet photo that you’d like to saturate. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 6-8 pm.

Small Business Class: Proposal Writing Basics. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7-8:30 pm.

April 30

Race Day 101 Clinic. Train from start to finish, but don’t neglect the value of this informative session where past River Bank runners will share advice and answer questions while attendees enjoy refreshments and opportunities to win things. Gazelle Sports Grand Rapids. 5:30-7:30 pm.

April 30-May 3

Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Sorcerer. A polished, witty comedy poking fun and a love potion at Victorian England’s belief that social and economic similarity determine whom citizens should marry. Peter Wege Auditorium. 7:30-10 pm. For more show times, visit www.grcmc.org.


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