August Events

 

AugustEvents

Sundays through August 16

Gazelle Sports Dirty Herd. For those who love trail running and free weekly events, join a herd of runners as they navigate through dynamic terrain and the orchard’s woods. Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery. 6 pm. www.gazellesports.com/thedirtyherd

Mondays

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. www.grbrewingcompany.com

Comedy Outlet Mondays. Mondays are now for side-splitting laughter as local and statewide performers bring comedy through improv, sketch, music and even puppets. Dog Story Theater. 8-10 pm. www.dogstorytheater.com

Tuesdays

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

Thursdays

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

Lowell Area Farmers’ Market. Load up on fresh fruits, veggies and breads along with some guilty pleasures like popcorn, jellies and delicious cheeses. Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce. Noon-5:30 pm. www.lowellchamber.org

Wine School. Those who’re 21+ are invited to sip from a selection of over 25 wines and enjoy light appetizers while making new friends. Lawn at Mangiamo!. 6-8 pm. www.thegilmorecollection.com

Fridays

Fridays at the Farm. Family fun awaits with farm inspired games, stories, music and more. Michigan’s Farm Garden. 1-4 pm. www.meijergardens.org

Outdoor Farmers Market. Summer is here and the outdoor farmers market is open with locally grown products along with Michigan’s best produce, treats, meats and more. Come hungry for the food trucks that will be perched outside joining the market’s vast eating options. Grand Rapids Downtown Market. 9 am-2 pm. www.downtownmarketgr.com

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. www.artmuseum.org

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

Through August

The Kent District Library fills the final month of summer with fun for all ages. Kids can shine the spotlight on their pet at the KDL Pet Show or bring their favorite stuffed animal to the library for a check-up at the Teddy Bear Clinic. Teens will learn the sweet art of treat decorating and are invited to the Dr. Who party featuring crafts, games and goodies. Adult workshops will cover techniques that help extend the life of their garden’s seeds and create vinegars, oils, mustards and more with their own herbs. For a full list of activities at various branch locations, visit www.kdl.org.

Through August 11

Exploring Africa with Art workshops for kids. LowellArts! invites kids, ages 7-12, to a series of free workshops where guest artists work with students to create visual and performance art based on the culture and traditions of Africa. LowellArts! For more information and to register, visit www.lowellartsmi.org.

Through August 15

LowellArts! presents Wild Africa. Papier mâché animal sculptures, safari photographs, mixed media digital art and illustrations bring gallery-goers to Africa in this wild exhibition. Hudson Street Gallery.
10 am-6 pm (Tue-Fri) 1-4 pm (Sat). www.lowellartsmi.org

Through August 16

Summer/Fall exhibition of Splendors of Shiga. The exhibit, featuring treasures from Japan, re-opens for the summer displaying more than 60 Japanese historical works of art from pottery to scrolls, screens and more. Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Plan your journey at www.meijergardens.org.

Through August 30

T.J. Wilcox: In the Air exhibit. This dazzling installation shows a time-lapse panoramic view of New York City shot from the roof of Wilcox’s studio throughout the day, interrupted by six short films inspired by the views from the studio’s windows. Grand Rapids Art Museum. For museum hours, visit artmuseumgr.org.

Surroundings: Yun-Fei Ji and Susanna Heller exhibit. Marvel at the distinctive two-dimensional works in panoramic formats created by the artists, complementing T.J. Wilcox’s In the Air exhibit. Grand Rapids Art Museum. www.artmuseumgr.org.

Henri Riviere’s Paris Lithographs. This exhibit showcases the museum’s collection of lithographs by the artist, featuring a series of views in and around Paris reflecting Riviere’s interest in Japanese prints. Grand Rapids Art Museum. For museum hours, visit artmuseumgr.org.

August 1

Local First Lakeshore Street Party. You’re invited to the 2nd annual party that has all members celebrating the best of West Michigan’s local music, food, beer and entertainment. Washington Square. 3-9 pm. www.localfirst.com

Footloose. Ren moves to a town that has outlawed dancing. Join the rebellion as he brings back dance to the small community of Bomont. Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. 7:30 pm. Purchase tickets at www.grct.org.

August 1 & 2

A Little Princess. Join Sara as she’s sent to an all girls boarding school and learns that anyone can be a princess if she’s kind, gracious and helpful. Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. 2 pm (Sat and Sun). www.grct.org

August 2

Summer Concerts at the Gardens: An Evening with Harry Connick, Jr. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. www.meijergardens.org

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Diana Krall performs at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park on August 3.

August 3

Jazz in the Park. West Michigan Jazz Society presents the Jimmy Leach Quintet as part of the summer concert series. Ah-Nab-Awen Park. 6:30-8:30 pm. www.wmichjazz.org

Author Visit: Tobin Buhk. Buhk will share stories of the mayhem and murder that inspired his latest book Poisoning the Pecks. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7 pm. www.grpl.org

Summer Concerts at the Gardens: An Evening with Diana Krall. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. www.meijergardens.org

August 4

Tuesday Evening Music Club brings The River Rogues Jazz Band and Black Jake & the Carnies to Meijer Gardens Amphitheater stage. Guests may bring picnic food during the shows or enjoy the Taste of the Gardens Café and amphitheater concessions. Chairs of all heights are welcomed. Concerts are free for members and included with paid admission to Meijer Gardens for the general public. Meijer Gardens is open to visitors until 9 pm on Tuesday concert nights. Gates open at 6 pm, show begins at 7 pm. www.meijergardens.org

Small Business Class: Marketing 101. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6 pm. Register for the class cluster at www.growbusiness.org.

New Holland/Grand Rapids Marathon Beer Run. Join fellow runners and beer lovers for a run between three and five miles followed by beer, friends, fun and door prizes. The Curragh. 6:30 pm. www.grandrapidsmarathon.com

Space Jam showing at 6 pm at Koning Micro-cinema and 8 pm at Peter Wege Auditorium in the Wealthy Theatre. www.grcmc.org

Aerosmith: Blue Army Tour. Van Andel Arena. 8 pm. www.vanandelarena.com

August 5

Live & Local Happy Hour. Enjoy live music, local cocktails and craft beers at the Downtown Market. 5-8 pm. www.downtownmarketgr.com

Summer Concerts at the Gardens: An Evening with Lyle Lovett and his Large Band. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. www.meijergardens.org

Stepping Into Silence. Award winning educator, international artist, motivational speaker and intuitive/psychic, Eugenia Marve, will discuss understanding the spirit within to achieve a positive mental mindset. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7 pm. www.grpl.org

Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. DeVos Performance Hall. 7:30 pm. www.devosperformancehall.com

August 5 & 6

Intro to GROW. An excellent opportunity for those thinking of starting their own business with discussions of the programs and services GROW offers. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6-7 pm (Wed) Noon-1 pm (Thu). www.growbusiness.org

August 6

GRAM on the Green presents Grupo Aye. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 6 pm. For concert line up, visit www.artmuseumgr.org.

Reading the Great Lakes. This monthly book club explores our beloved Great Lakes. This month’s selection is Annie’s Ghost by J.D. Salinger. 7 pm. For a complete list of books, visit www.grpl.org.

Summer Concerts at the Gardens: An Evening with Dancing with the Stars. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. www.meijergardens.org

Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts: Hank Mowery and the Hawktones. Enjoy the blues, swing and roots music as part of the LowellArts! summer concert series set in front of the historic showboat in beautiful downtown Lowell. Riverwalk Plaza. 7 pm. www.lowellartsmi.org

August 6-8, 12-15, 19-22

The Circle Theatre presents Company. In the company of his married friends, bachelor Robert contemplates his own unmarried state. Circle Theatre. 7:30 pm. www.circletheatre.org

August 7

First Fridays: The Market. In addition to South Division’s sidewalks being flooded with local art vendors and entertainment, the Market returns to First Fridays featuring exhibits artwork at a variety of indoor sites. Make a night of it by visiting one of the featured eateries for food and drink specials. South Division. 6-9 pm. www.avenueforthearts.com

Movies in the Park: The Matrix. Everyone’s invited to watch some of their favorite classics next to the Grand River while enjoying cuisine from local food trucks on site. Pack a picnic, bring a chair and a blanket and enjoy the movie in the company of the great outdoors. Ah-Nab-Awen Park. 7 pm. www.downtowngr.org

August 8

Rain Barrel Workshop. 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. Rylee’s Ace Hardware (Michigan St. location). 11 am. For details and to register, visit www.wmeac.org.

Slightly Obsessive II exhibit and Taste of Art Tour. Explore the gallery’s new collection of crafted art and meet the artists behind the work. Leap onto the trolley that will be transporting art fans to many of Douglas and Saugatuck’s fine art galleries to fill your day with masterpieces in various mediums. LaFontsee Galleries. 5-8 pm. www.lafontsee.us

August 9

Vintage Street Market. Enjoy a day of vintage shopping and find those rustic treasures from that perfect dress to a hand-painted sideboard and, new this year, stop by the outdoor market bar that features a variety of vintage drinks. Grand Rapids Downtown Market. 10 am-4 pm. www.downtownmarketgr.com

Summer Concerts at the Gardens: An Evening with Umphrey’s McGee. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. www.meijergardens.org

August 10

Cool Comic Workshop. Sixth graders and older learn to create and publish their own mini-comic with cartoonist, Sam Carbaugh, as he teaches students how to draw basic comic characters in this hands-on, interactive workshop. Grand Rapids Public Library (West Leonard Branch). 6:30 pm. www.grpl.org

Jazz in the Park. West Michigan Jazz Society presents Big Band Nouveau as part of the summer concert series. Ah-Nab-Awen Park. 6:30-8:30 pm. www.wmichjazz.org

Summer Concerts at the Gardens: Under the Sun featuring Sugar Ray, Better than Ezra, Uncle Kracker and Eve 6. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. www.meijergardens.org

August 10 & 11

Summer Concert Series: Natural Women. Enjoy a live performance of the music of Carole King in an up-close and personal setting. Circle Theatre. 7 pm. www.circletheatre.org

August 10-14

Ninth Annual Backpack and School Supply Drive: Help 500 children in D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s, KidsFirst, Kent School Services Network and Big Brothers Big Sisters program start the year with pride. Essentials include backpacks for elementary and high school students, pens, pencils, notebooks, crayons, markers and more. Drop off locations include D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s (2355 Knapp NE and 805 Leonard St. NE) and all Grand Rapids Option1Credit Union locations. Contact Katie Wybenga at (616) 361-4118 or email kwybenga@dabsj.org for more information. www.dabsj.org

August 10 & 24

Family Connection Support Group Meeting. Spouses, parents, siblings and other caregivers are invited to this free support group for those seeking support to effectively deal with stresses created by having family members diagnosed with a mental illness. Pine Rest Southwest Clinic. 5:30-6:45 pm. www.pinerest.org

August 11

Prospective Literacy Tutor Information Session. Literacy Center of West Michigan. 2 pm. Call (616) 459-5151 to register. www.literacycenterwm.org

New Holland/Grand Rapids Marathon Beer Run. Putt Putt’s. 6:30 pm. www.grandrapidsmarathon.com/events/beer-runs

Young@Heart. DeVos Performance Hall. 7:30 pm. www.devosperformancehall.com

Tuesday Evening Music Club brings The Go Rounds and Billy Strings & Don Julinto to Meijer Gardens Amphitheater stage. Guests may bring picnic food during the shows or enjoy the Taste of the Gardens Café and amphitheater concessions. Chairs of all heights are welcomed. Concerts are free for members and included with paid admission to Meijer Gardens for the general public. Meijer Gardens is open to visitors until 9 pm on Tuesday concert nights. Gates open at 6 pm, show begins at 7 pm. www.meijergardens.org

Small Business Class: Internet Marketing. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6 pm. Register for the class cluster at www.growbusiness.org.

Neverending Story showing at 6 pm at Koning Micro-cinema and 8 pm at Peter Wege Auditorium in Wealthy Theatre. www.grcmc.org

August 11 & 12

2 Day Kitchen Boot Camp for Kids. Kids will experience a fun introduction to everything they need to start working in the kitchen from knife skills, kitchen etiquette, measuring and menu planning. D&W Fresh Market Culinary Classroom. 9 am-noon. Call 1-888-296-5850 to register. www.dwfm.spartanstores.com

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Join Diane Devereaux, The Canning Diva, for an informative hour of learning basics for successful home canning at Rylee’s Ace Hardware (Michigan St. location) on August 12, 6 to 7 p.m.

August 12

WLAV Summertime Blues Series: Walter Trout. DeltaPlex. Kick off at 5:30 pm with Happy Hour. www.deltaplex.com

Art of Canning 101. Join the Canning Diva for an informative hour of learning basics for successful home canning. Rylee’s Ace Hardware (Michigan St. location). 6 pm. www.ryleesace.com

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American Quilter’s Society QuiltWeek comes to Devos Hall in Grand Rapids featuring hundreds of quilts, workshops, demonstrations and vendors August 12 to 15. Dazzling Dahlia by Andrea M. Brokenshire, Round Rock, TX pictured below.

August 12-15

American Quilter’s Society QuiltWeek. See hundreds of quilts and learn from internationally known instructors and authors. Explore workshop opportunities to improve your skills and design your next project. Rows of vendors will be on hand for your shopping pleasure. DeVos Place. 9 am-6 pm (Wed-Fri) 9 am-5 pm (Sat). www.quiltweek.com

The Circle Theatre presents Company. In the company of his married friends, bachelor Robert contemplates his own unmarried state. Circle Theatre. 7:30 pm. www.circletheatre.org

August 12-23

Restaurant Week in Grand Rapids. Celebrate the culinary scene and seize the opportunity to taste the city and explore special menu items at participating restaurants. Menu creations will showcase the creativity of local chefs and be made with Michigan’s fine local ingredients. Grand Rapids Restaurants. For menus and more information, visit www.restaurantweekgr.com.

August 13

GRAM on the Green presents An Dro. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 6 pm. For concert line up, visit www.artmuseumgr.org.

A Scrappy Quilt Soiree. Welcome to an evening of quilts with hors d’oeuvres, wine and a special presentation by renowned designer, Edyta Sitar. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 6 pm. www.grpm.org.

Prospective Literacy Tutor Information Session. Literacy Center of West Michigan. 6 pm. Call (616) 459-5151 to register. www.literacycenterwm.org

Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts: Brena. Enjoy the alternative pop rock music as part of the LowellArts! summer concert series set in front of the historic showboat in beautiful downtown Lowell. Riverwalk Plaza. 7 pm. www.lowellartsmi.org

Summer Concerts at the Gardens: Styx. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. www.meijergardens.org

August 14

Community Appreciation Day & Classic Car Show. Chemical Bank Walker Office. 10 am-3 pm. www.chemicalbankmi.com

Re-Loom at GRAM. You’re invited to a lively and unforgettable night at the museum will you’ll have after-hours access to create your own work of art with your friends. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 7-9:30 pm. Register at www.artmuseumgr.org.

August 15

Arts in Motion Chair Affair auction. Attendees will have the opportunity to sit pretty by bidding on unique chairs painted and decorated by local artists in a live and silent auction along with raffles and entertainment. Richard App Gallery. 7 pm. www.artsinmotionstudio.org

August 15-16

GRand JazzFest. Big band, Latin, contemporary and all sorts of jazz performers bring a diverse musical performance to downtown Grand Rapids in this free, two-day jazz festival headlined by Paul Brown and Nate Harasim of the Producers and saxophonist, Steve Cole. Rosa Parks Circle. Noon-10 pm (Sat) 1 pm-8 pm (Sun). www.grandjazzfest.org

August 16

The Circle Theatre presents Company. In the company of his married friends, bachelor Robert contemplates his own unmarried state. Circle Theatre. 5 pm. www.circletheatre.org

Masters of the Grill: Featuring six great Great Lakes Chefs (Chef Chris Perkey, Chef Amy Sherman, Chef Greg Bastien, Chefs Mike and Matt Romine and Chef Tim Bando) making six courses off the grill at Osteria Rossa to benefit The Wounded Warrior Project. Call (616) 988-9350 for details.

August 17 & 18

Summer Concert Series: Forever in Blue Jeans. The music of Neil Diamond comes to life in a live performance featuring covers of his most popular songs. Circle Theatre. 7 pm. www.circletheatre.org

August 18

Tuesday Evening Music Club brings Big Sherb and Nathan Kalish and the Lastcallers to the Meijer Gardens Amphitheater stage. Guests may bring picnic food during the shows or enjoy the Taste of the Gardens Café and amphitheater concessions. Chairs of all heights are welcomed. Concerts are free for members and included with paid admission to Meijer Gardens for the general public. Meijer Gardens is open to visitors until 9 pm on Tuesday concert nights. Gates open at 6 pm, show begins at 7 pm. www.meijergardens.org

Small Business Class: Branding and Personal Selling. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6 pm. Register for the class cluster at www.growbusiness.org.

New Holland/Grand Rapids Marathon Beer Run. Kalamazoo Beer Exchange. 6:30 pm. www.grandrapidsmarathon.com/events/beer-runs

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off showing at Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. www.grcmc.org

August 19

Live & Local Happy Hour. Grand Rapids Downtown Market. 5-8 pm. www.downtownmarketgr.com

Blaze a Bold Trail in a Male-Dominated Career presented by Women in Successful Enterprises (WISE).  Learn from Judge Sara Smolenski about what it takes to craft a successful career when most of your mentors and coworkers are men. Varnum Building. 5:30-7:30 pm. Register at www.wiseconnections.org.

Spoke Folks will be at the library to help you tune up your bike and teach you everything you need to know to keep it in top condition. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7 pm. www.grpl.org

August 19 & 20

Intro to GROW. An excellent opportunity for those thinking of starting their own business with discussions of the programs and services GROW offers. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6-7 pm (Wed) Noon-1 pm (Thu).
www.growbusiness.org

August 19-22

The Circle Theatre presents Company. In the company of his married friends, bachelor Robert contemplates his own unmarried state. Circle Theatre. 7:30 pm. www.circletheatre.org

August 20

Celebrate the work of Abbey Bradley and Quincy Owens on display at Richard App Gallery during a reception complete with refreshments and live music. 6 pm – 10 pm.  Call (616) 458-4226 for more information.

It’s All About the Chim. Learn to cook a delectable Peruvian ChimiChurri at this month’s classroom. D&W Fresh Market Culinary Classroom. 6-9 pm. Call 1-888-296-5850 to register. www.dwfm.spartanstores.com

Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts: Time Hungry. Enjoy the country Midwestern rock music as part of the LowellArts! summer concert series set in front of the historic showboat in beautiful downtown Lowell. Riverwalk Plaza. 7 pm. www.lowellartsmi.org

Guerilla Cosplay Workshop. Grades 9-12 are invited to attend this workshop and learn how to create an easy, inexpensive cosplay costume in time for the next comic-con. Grand Rapids Public Library. 6:30 pm. www.grpl.org

August 21

Summer Concerts at the Gardens: An Evening with Vince Gill. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. www.meijergardens.org

Movies in the Park: Double Feature: The Lost Boys and Voter’s Choice movie. Ah-Nab-Awen Park. 7 pm. www.downtowngr.org

Backyard Vegetable Garden Harvest. The classroom will teach you some fun, creative uses for the extra veggies hanging around your garden. D&W Fresh Market Culinary Classroom. 6-9 pm. Call 1-888-296-5850 to register. www.dwfm.spartanstores.com

August 23 & 24

Auditions for Play Bytes by Playwrights. Adult actors are invited to try out for the cast of this season’s Fall Dinner Theater production of Play Bytes by Playwrights. LowellArts! 6-8 pm. www.lowellartsmi.org

August 25

Gather: a celebration of local food. Chefs from area restaurants partner with vendors from the Holland Farmers Market to create an unforgettable tasting experience for guests, who will roam from one sampler table to the next. Windmill Island Gardens. 6-9 pm. www.localfirst.com

Tuesday Evening Music Club welcomes Ralston & Friends to the Meijer Gardens Amphitheater stage. Guests may bring picnic food during the shows or enjoy the Taste of the Gardens Café and amphitheater concessions. Concerts are free for members and included with paid admission. Meijer Gardens is open to visitors until 9 pm on Tuesday concert nights. Gates open at 6 pm, show starts at 7 pm. www.meijergardens.org

Westworld showing at Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. www.grcmc.org

August 26

Equality Day. In celebration of the passing of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, swing by the Grand Rapids Art Museum and register to vote at the registration table set up by the Women’s History Council. 11 am-3 pm. www.ggrwhc.org

Summer Concerts at the Gardens: Brian Regan. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. www.meijergardens.org

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Omara Portuondo, age 84, of Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club is a singer and dancer who’s career has spanned 65 years. Their tour comes to Meijer Gardens on August 27.

August 27

Summer Concerts at the Gardens: Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. www.meijergardens.org

August 27-29

Kalamazoo Island Fest. Get ready for some good times with three days and nights of reggae music paired with a variety of quality Jamaican and Caribbean inspired cuisine. Growlers Baseball Field/Mayor Riverfront Park. For more information, visit www.islandfestkalamazoo.com

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