August Events

AugustEvents

Sundays

Artisans Market. Local artists display their handcrafted goods for public perusing and purchasing. Fulton Street Farmers Market. 11 am-3 pm. www.fultonstreetmarket.org

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.gazelle sports.com/thedirtyherd

Mondays

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

Comedy Outlet Mondays. Laugh Monday off as you watch a variety of improv, sketch, puppet and musical performances. Dog Story Theater. 7 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

Science Tuesdays at the Museum: Food Science. A variety of activities and interactive displays are featured at the museum in conjunction with current exhibits, including a guest science speaker in the Meijer Theater once a month. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 10 am-7 pm. www.grpm.org

Urban Street Farmers Market. Twelve booths featuring seasonal flowers, produce, cheeses and breads bring locals a taste of freshness from community farmers. Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Campus. 10:30 am-2 pm. www.mercyhealthevents.com/farmersmarket

Tuesdays & Thursdays

Outdoor Yoga at Mangiamo! wit Funky Buddha Yoga Hothouse on the Italian restaurant’s beautiful lawn. Boxed lunches available for purchase. Mangiamo! Noon-12:45 pm. Register at www.yogahothouse.com/yoga-class-schedule.

Wednesdays

Garage Bar Block Party. Cut loose with food and drink specials, live band performances, a motorcycle and classic car show and great friends at this weekly street party benefiting Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. Garage Bar & Grill. 6-10 pm. www.thegaragebargr.com.

Thursdays

Lunchtime Concerts. Add a groove to your lunch hour by breaking from the desk and heading downtown for a free concert and delicious lunch items by local food trucks. Rosa Parks Circle. Noon-1:30 pm. www.downtowngr.org

Free admission and an evening of art at Grand Rapids Art Museum. 5-9 pm. GRAM on the Green, August 4 and August 11, 6 to 9 pm. www.artmuseumgr.org

Fridays

Friday Farmers Market in beautiful Saugatuck with an eclectic mix of fresh produce, baked goods and handcrafted gifts. Saugatuck Center for the Arts. 9 am-3 pm. www.sc4a.org

Happy Hour Yoga & Drinks. A happy hour where the public is welcome to an outdoor yoga class followed by social time with a Funky Buddha cocktail every week. Mangiamo! 3:30-4:30 pm. Register at www.yogahothouse.com

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Sip wine and munch on cheese at The Cheese Lady, every Saturday, 1-3 p.m.

Saturdays

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

Ongoing

KDL is packing some final activities, fun for all ages, into this last month of summer with crafts and Olympic-inspired games for the kids, recycled fashion workshops and end-of-season party Kentwoodpalooza for teens and a few discussions for adults and their well-being. Kent District Library. For all events, times and branch locations, visit www.kdl.org.

Visiting Artist: Mark Vickers exhibit. Witness how Vickers’ love of acrylics and landscape inspired his works, along with his focus on toning and shading. Flat River Gallery and Framing. Gallery hours at www.flatrivergalleryandframing.

Through August 7

Sideways Stories from Wayside School/Into the Woods Jr. Grand Rapids’ youth takes the stage with multiple performances of a musical and a play, each featuring kooky and mysterious characters that thrill the entire family. Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. For tickets and showtimes, visit www.grct.org.

Slightly Obsessive exhibit. Features a collection of crafted sculptures, paintings, etches, drawings and vessels capturing the artists’ commitment to their vision. LaFontsee Galleries. Gallery hours at www.lafontsee.us.

Through August 14

Mimmo Paladino: Present into Past. Visit the artist’s works among the sculpture galleries and Arid and Tropical Conservatories along with his gallery of drawings specific to the flora of the gardens. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. For exhibition hours, visit www.meijergardens.org

Collection in Context exhibit. The exhibit celebrates GRAM’s collection and gives viewers an opportunity to experience artwork in different ways, from pairings to current interpretations. Grand Rapids Art Museum. Museum hours at www.artmuseumgr.org.

Through August 17

Year of the Innovative Woman presents Maureen Nollette: Honorable Ordinaries. The art museum composes a major exhibit featuring work of innovative women artists of the past, present and future. Grand Rapids Art Museum. Museum hours at www.artmuseumgr.org.

Through August 19

Madeline Kaczmarczyk art exhibit. The artist’s works combine clay vessels, gold and silver lusters and encrusted surfaced using glass seed beads. Forest Hills Fine Arts Center. For gallery hours, visit www.fhfineartscenter.com.

August 1

Jazz at the Park presents Mary Rademacher Reed. West Michigan Jazz Society sets the park’s stage for jazz performances, free to the community. Ah-Nab-Awen Park. 6:30-8:30 pm. www.wmichjazz.org

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D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops presents the David Bowie Tribute (August 2) and Boyz II Men LIVE (August 4) this month.

August 2

GROW Small Business Class: Strategic Planning. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6 pm. Register at www.growbusiness.org

Cooking Class: Summer Noodles & Salads. Learn how to make summer meals without heating up the stove with help from the Market’s chefs. Downtown Market. 6 pm. Register at www.downtownmarketgr.com.

Beer Run. Run with really cool people followed by a pint of beer, munchies and door prizes. Derby Station. 6:30-8:30 pm. www.grandrapidsmarathon.com

Journey & The Doobie Brothers at Van Andel Arena. 7 pm. Tickets at www.vanandelarena.com.

Purple Community Whitecaps Game: Whitecaps vs. Lake County Captains. Have a great time at the ballpark while raising funds to support cancer research at VAI. Fifth Third Ball Park. 7 pm. www.vai.org

Tuesday Evening Music Club: Dave Hardin and Brother Adams. Summer serenades with concerts performed by talented local and regional artists, surrounded by the outdoor beauty of the amphitheater. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. Full lineup at www.meijergardens.org.

Tuesday Swing. Bring friends, family and your groove for swing dancing at a local park. Rosa Parks Circle. 7-9:30 pm. www.grandrapidsoriginalswingsociety.com

Grand Rapids Picnic Pops: David Bowie Tribute. The ski hill is covered with glitter and glam rock as musicians pay tribute to the great British singer whose career produced a diverse range of music that influenced artists around the globe and throughout generations. Cannonsburg Ski Hill. 7:30 pm. www.grsymphony.org

CMC Movie: Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. www.grcmc.org

August 2-4

SpartanNash Grocery Fresh Show. Take a look at the brands and quality food that fill the cupboards of many satisfied Michiganders and discover ways to upgrade your own supply. DeVos Place. Tradeshow times at www.devosplace.org.

August 3

Sculpture Walk and Talk. Join artists and art historians on a walking tour of Mimmo Paladino’s statue and other selected works in the park. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 10:30 am. www.meijergardens.org

Being Mortal film screening and discussion. Wealthy Theatre. 4 pm. www.grcmc.org

Rainbow Variety Night: Game Night. Take a trip from the week’s grind and head downstairs to B.O.B.’s Brewery to play some games like Trivial Pursuit, Family Feud, Twister and other favorites with Funny Girls Improv. The B.O.B. 5-10 pm. www.thebob.com

97 LAV Village Motorsports Summertime Blues. Enjoy free blues concerts every week along with a classic car show, giveaways and free samples. DeltaPlex Arena. 6:30 pm. www.deltaplex.com

Grace Potter at Summer Concerts at the Gardens. The finest national and international musicians are brought to the garden’s beautiful outdoor amphitheater to thrill music lovers of all genres with glorious performances. Food and drink concessions available. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. www.meijergardens.org.

Open Projector Night 15. Join UICA for this celebration of short films with a Michigan connection by local, regional and national filmmakers. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. 8-10 pm. www.uica.org

August 3 & 10

97 LAV Village Motorsports Summertime Blues. Enjoy a free blues concert along with a classic car show, giveaways and free samples. DeltaPlex Arena. 6:30 pm. www.deltaplex.com

August 4

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. Noon-1 pm and 6-7 pm. www.growbusiness.org

Prospective Literacy Tutor Information Session. Literacy Center of West Michigan. 2-3 pm. Call (616) 459-5151 to register. www.literacycenterwm.org

Opening Artist Reception for Jody Williams. Forest Hills Fine Arts Center. 6-7 pm. www.fhfineartscenter.com

GRAM on the Green presents Grupo Aye. Make the most of your summer evenings with free live performances, dancing, food trucks and a cash bar on the GRAM’s outdoor terrace. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 6-9 pm. www.artmuseumgr.org

Lowell Showboat Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts presents Hannah Rose and the GravesTones. Tune up your night in front of the Lowell Showboat with a free concert featuring a fine lineup of talented performers, food, drink and wheelchair accessibility. Riverwalk Plaza. 7-9 pm. www.lowellartsmi.org.

Reading the Great Lakes. This monthly book club explores our beloved Great Lakes. This month’s selection is Ravens in the Storm: A Personal History of the 1960s Anti-War Movement by Carl Oglesby. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7 pm. For a complete list of books, visit www.grpl/rtgl.org.

Starlifter USAF. The U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America are putting on a free concert that inspires patriotism, connects communities with military service members and honors our country’s veterans. Amazing Clark Magic Show to follow. Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum. 7 pm. www.bandofmidamerica.af.mil

Grand Rapids Picnic Pops: Boyz II Men. The R&B sensation joins the Grand Rapids Symphony to perform songs that topped the charts in the 1990s. Cannonsburg Ski Hill. 7:30 pm. Tickets at www.grsymphony.org

August 5

First Fridays + The Market by Avenue for the Arts. Original artwork and handmade goods by local artist take over gallery and building spaces along South Division Avenue. Special events include an interactive performance by Unity Drum & Dance. South Division. 6-9 pm. www.avenueforthearts.com

WGVU Kids Day. Bring your kids to the zoo to interact with costumed characters, booths, games, giveaways and more, all at a discounted entry price. John Ball Zoo. 10 am-4 pm. www.jbzoo.org

Movies in the Park: Edward Scissorhands. Ah-Nab-Awen Park. 8 pm. www.downtowngr.org

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August 6

The Mummy Marathon, Half and 5K. The Mummy gets it’s revenge by sending runners on a rough and tough trail race where the hills come alive for a real challenge that you will remember for the rest of your life. Fallasburg Park. 8 am. www.gazellesports.com

Opening of Inspired Style exhibit. GRPM partners with KCAD’s school of fashion to reveal a stylish exhibit that follows fashion spanning from the 1850s to the 1950s. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 9 am. www.grpm.org

GR Reads Event: Explore the Galaxy of GR. Adults on a team of up to 6 head into the city to solve mysteries in creative ways on this scavenger hunt inspired by The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Pyramid Scheme. 4 pm. Register at www.grpl.org.

Grand Rapids Marathon Training Run. Join the organizers of the Metro Health GR Marathon for community run that will prepare your legs and stamina for the big run in October. David D. Hunting YMCA. 7:30 am. www.grandrapidsmarathon.com

Dolly Parton concert. The internationally renowned superstar is sharing her treasures to the entertainment world with Grand Rapids, wrapping up the summer with a memorable performance for fans. Van Andel Arena. 7:30 am. Tickets at www.vanandelarena.com.

August 8

Kids Cooking Class: Ice Cream Party. Kids learn how to make the perfect ice cream base then make it their own by adding provided flavors and toppings. The Downtown Market. 4 pm. Register at www.downtownmarketgr.com.

The Partisan Divide: A Book Discussion with Martin Frost and Tom Davis. Learn about how the former Congressmen are joining forces to save Congress from the mistakes it will make if it refuses to learn from its past. Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum. 7 pm. www.fordlibrarymuseum.gov

Foster Parent and Older Child Adoption Orientation. D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s. 6:30-8:30 pm. www.dabsj.org

Jazz at the Park presents Checkers Morton. West Michigan Jazz Society sets the park’s stage for jazz performances, free to the community. Ah-Nab-Awen Park. 6:30-8:30 pm. www.wmichjazz.org

August 8 & 15

Painting and Pinot. Enjoy a fun evening of sipping wine, painting and taking home a completed canvas that will tie your home décor together with a personal piece of art. Mangiamo! 6:30 pm. Register at www.grpl.org.

August 9

Local First INSight Series: Reduce, Reuse & Recycle in Your Rented Space. Members of GreenMichigan.org lead a workshop focusing on waste management and downsizing energy costs for businesses that rent their space. New Local First Office. 11:30 am-1 pm. www.localfirst.com

GROW Small Business Class: Choosing Your Business Structure. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6 pm. Register at www.growbusiness.org.

Cooking Class: Summer BBQ Essentials. Learn to make a variety of marinades for grilled chicken, the perfect burger-cooking technique and the recipe for a coleslaw topping that will make your guests beg for seconds. The Downtown Market. 6 pm. Register at www.downtownmarketgr.com.

Beer Run. Run with really cool people followed by a pint with the same cool people, munchies and door prizes. Kalamazoo Beer Exchange. 6:30-8:30 pm. www.grandrapidsmarathon.com

Tuesday Evening Music Club: Olivia Mainville & the Aquatic Troupe and Deliah DeWylde & the Lost Boys. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. Full lineup at www.meijergardens.org.

Women’s Wellness Night: Rekindling the Flame. This support group offers women good company and friendly venting while learning healthy coping methods with couple and family therapist Kerry Hart, LLMFT. Grand Rapids Natural Health. 7-8. www.grnaturalhealth.com

Tuesday Swing. Bring friends, family and your groove for swing dancing at a local park. Ah-Nab-Awen Park. 7-9:30 pm. www.grandrapidsoriginalswingsociety.com

CMC Movie: Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. www.grcmc.org

August 10

Rainbow Variety Night: Funny Girls Improv. The Funny Girls highlight some of their best acts and other local talent in tonight’s show, bringing much-needed laughter to the week. The B.O.B. 5-10 pm. www.thebob.com

Prospective Literacy Tutor Information Session. Literacy Center of West Michigan. 6-7 pm. Call (616) 459-5151 to register. www.literacycenterwm.org

GROW Start Smart Business Readiness Course. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6-9 pm. www.growbusiness.org

Mid-Summer Garden Recharge. Learn what you can plant to keep your garden bountiful through the following months and take home a variety of transplants that create a hearty fall harvest. The Downtown Market. 6 pm. Register at www.downtownmarketgr.com.

WAR & Los Lonely Boys at Summer Concerts at the gardens. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 6:30 pm. www.meijergardens.org.

97 LAV Village Motorsports Summertime Blues. Enjoy free blues concerts every week along with a classic car show, giveaways and free samples. DeltaPlex Arena. 6:30 pm. www.deltaplex.com

VARI Seminar Series: Danny R. Welch, Ph.D. Learn about the unexpected roles of mitochondrial genetics in cancer and other complex diseases by attending this lecture featuring the expert cancer biologist. Van Andel Institute. Noon. www.vai.org

August 10 & 11

Advanced Manufacturing Expo. Talk with over 100 vendors and learn about incredible resources found in Michigan that will strengthen your business to last the next 5-50 years. DeltaPlex. 5-6:30 pm (Wed) 8 am-2 pm (Thu). www.deltaplex.com

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See incredible quilts like this one by Cathy Geier during Quilt Week, August 10-13 at DeVos Place.

August 10-13

Quilt Week 2016. Immerse yourself in four days of the beautiful art of quilts and quilting, increasing your quilty pleasures with workshops, lectures and rows of incredible quilts and hundreds of vendor booths. DeVos Place. Showtimes at www.devosplace.com.

August 11

Opening Reception for Mark Vickers. Flat River Gallery and Framing. 5-8 pm. www.flatrivergalleryandframming

GRAM on the Green presents The Gayelynn Mckinney Quartet. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 6-9 pm. www.artmuseumgr.org

August 11-13

Michael Kosta comedy show. Laugh out loud with this LaughFest Alum while benefiting Gilda’s Club at the same time. Use code LAUGHFEST to get 10% off your ticket price with a donation automatically going to Gilda’s Club. The B.O.B. (Dr. Grins). 9 pm (Thu), 8 and 10:30 pm (Fri and Sat). Tickets at www.thebob.com.

August 11-13, 17-21 & 24-27

Over the River & Through the Woods. A heartfelt comedy about the grandson of a tight-knit, Italian-American family being promoted to a new position in Seattle and his family’s reaction to potentially losing their only remaining relative in the area. Circle Theatre. Tickets and showtimes at www.circletheatre.org.

August 12-14 & 19-21

Henry IV by Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company. Follow the two-part story of the rebellious Prince Hal, who spends his time in taverns with a comically drunken knight, and his transformation into the King of England. Dog Story Theater. Showtimes at www.dogstorytheater.com.

August 13

Hopstock Beer Festival. Celebrate and sample West Michigan craft beer, cider, wine and distilled beverages, pairing it with food from the food trucks onsite and jamming to live music from three performing rock bands. Calder Plaza. 6:30-10:30 pm. More information and tickets at www.beercityguild.com

KISS Freedom to Rock concert. Van Andel Arena. 8 pm. Tickets at www.vanandelarena.com.

August 14

Vintage Street Market. This monthly, vintage market brings a day of vintage shopping to market goers with clothing, crafts and other goods. The Downtown Market. 10 am-4 pm. www.vintagestreetmarketgr.com

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

August 15

Jazz at the Park presents Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra. West Michigan Jazz Society sets the park’s stage for jazz performances, free to the community. Ah-Nab-Awen Park. 6:30-8:30 pm. www.wmichjazz.org

Paul McCartney One on One Tour concert. Van Andel Arena. 8 pm. Tickets at www.vanandelarena.com.

August 15-19

Happy Birthday JBZ Week. The animals want you to celebrate the zoo’s 125th birthday for a week packed with special treats, zoo-themed activities and daily animal birthday parties. John Ball Zoo. 10 am-2 pm. www.jbzoo.org

August 16

Volunteer Docent Party. Learn about UICA’s docent program and how you can get involved, no experience necessary. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. 5:30-7 pm. www.uica.org

GROW Small Business Class: Successful Relationship Building. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6 pm. Register at www.growbusiness.org.

Beer Explorers: Yeast Science & Wild Fermentations. Explore the microbiome with an expert brewer and taste samples of rare sour and wild fermentation ales from Brewery Vivant’s “Plein De Vie” series. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 6 pm. Tickets at www.grpm.org.

WMEAC Rain Barrel Workshop. Combat storm water pollution by making your own rain barrel that you can use to harvest rainwater at home. Rockford Brewing Company. 6:30 pm. Register at www.wmeac.org.

Tuesday Evening Music Club: Deep Greens & Blues and Nicolas James & the Band Wagon. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. Full lineup at www.meijergardens.org.

Speak Up: All About Oral History. Join the library’s historian to discuss what oral histories are and what they can tell us by using film and audio clips. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7 pm. www.grpl.org

Tuesday Swing. Bring friends, family and your groove for swing dancing at a local park. Rosa Parks Circle. 7-9:30 pm. www.grandrapidsoriginalswingsociety.com

CMC Movie: Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. www.grcmc.org

August 17

Tai Chi in the Park. This GR Reads event, inspired by the book 10% Happier, invites the community to learn and practice this ancient, continuous, slow form of exercise in the fresh air. Canal Park. 10-11 am. www.grpl.org

Rainbow Variety Night: Funny Girls Improv. Take a trip from the week’s grind and head downstairs to B.O.B.’s Brewery for interactive shows by the Funny Girls and more. The B.O.B. 5-10 pm. www.thebob.com

A Tribute to ABBA at Summer Concerts at the gardens. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. www.meijergardens.org.

August 18

Intro to GROW. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. Noon-1 pm and 6-7 pm. www.growbusiness.org

Superusted: The 4th Midwest Biennial. Seventeen artists from five states across the Midwest have brought their work to Grand Rapids to display for the public at this exhibit filled with pieces addressing challenges from this moment in time with the relationship between nature and humankind. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. Noon. Gallery hours at www.uica.org.

Grocery Store Tours with Audrey Byker. The health coach tours the store while discussing how various ingredients can benefit your health. Harvest Health Foods Hudsonville. 6:30-7:30 pm. www.grnaturalhealth.com

Intro to Zentangle. Experience the benefits of the Zentangle method, including increased focus and creativity. Dominican Center at Marywood. 6:30 pm. www.dominicancenter.com

Lowell Showboat Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts presents Roosevelt Diggs. Riverwalk Plaza. 7-9 pm. www.lowellartsmi.org.

Screening of Documented: A Film by an Undocumented American. Wealthy Theatre. 7 pm. www.grcmc.org

August 19

Prospective Literacy Tutor Information Session. Literacy Center of West Michigan. 10-11 am. Call (616) 459-5151 to register. www.literacycenterwm.org

Season 8: The Queens. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm. Tickets at www.devosperformancehall.com.

EGR Movies in the Park: The Hunger Games Mocking Jay: Part II. The community is invited to enjoy an evening, family-friendly film surrounded by the beautiful Reeds Lake scenery. John Collins Park. Movies begin at dusk. www.eastgr.org

Movies in the Park: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and voter’s choice. Ah-Nab-Awen Park. 8 pm. www.downtowngr.org

August 19 & 20

Annual Sidewalk Sale. Stroll through tremendous summer sales for your well-priced furniture needs. Holland Furniture. 10 am-6 pm (Fri) 9 am-4 pm (Sat). www.hollandfurnitureonline.com

August 19-21

Sand Rapids. Watch talented sand carvers turn piles of sand into beautiful sculptures this weekend and don’t forget to visit the Market’s special “sand bar,” complete with locally made cocktails. The Downtown Market. 9-7 pm. www.downtownmarketgr.com

August 20

Insane Inflatable 5K. Get pumped for the most fun 5K of your life where the course is comprised of inflatable obstacles and relies on imagination over athleticism. Millennium Park. 8:30 am. www.insaneinflatable5k.com

Local First Lakeshore Street Party. Come to Holland for Local First’s lakeshore edition of its jammin’ street parties featuring local music, food, beer and tons of entertainment. Washington Square. 3-9 pm. www.localfirst.com

Taste of Art Tour in Saugatuck and Douglas. Explore the galleries of these beautiful, beach towns and pair the evening with a treat from a nearby eatery or boutique for a cultural night out. Don’t miss an artist demo with sculptors Cara O’Brien and Jason Quigno at 4 pm. LaFontee Galleries (Douglas). 4-8 pm. www.lafontsee.us

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August 20 & 21

5th Annual GRandJazzFest. This free, weekend-long jazz festival celebrates the rhythm of our diverse and musical community with two days of live performances by jazz artists and bands along with vibrant activities that complement the beat of our beloved downtown. Rosa Parks Circle. Details and schedule at www.grandjazzfest.org.

Grand Rapids Maker Faire. Established and local “makers” feature rockets, robots, DIY science, technology and visual installations that fascinate minds and get the gears rolling. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 9 am-5 pm (Sat) and noon-5 pm (Sun). www.grpm.org

August 21

Girls Rock! Grand Rapids 4th Annual Summer Showcase. You’re invited to see and celebrate the young ladies of Girls Rock! Grand Rapids as they perform, showing off the skills they learned at the nonprofit camp program’s free concert finale. Come enjoy a performance that encourages creativity, self-confidence and music in young girls! Wealthy Theatre. 4-6 pm. Tickets at www.girlsrockgr.org.

Beach Boys at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. www.meijergardens.org.

August 22 & 23

Made in the Mitten: Michigan Music Greats. This concert celebrates and honors the legends from Michigan like Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Madonna and more. Circe Theatre. 7 pm. www.circletheatre.org.

August 23

Prospective Literacy Tutor Information Session. Literacy Center of West Michigan. 2-3 pm. Call (616) 459-5151 to register. www.literacycenterwm.org

Cooking Class: Last Summer Harvest. Learn to create some beautiful, veggie-inspired dishes with a final hurrah of summer vegetables. The Downtown Market. 6 pm. Register at www.downtownmarketgr.com.

GR Reads Event: An Evening with Author W. Bruce Cameron. Author of GR Reads selection, Midnight Plan of the Repo Man, visits the library to discuss his journey from a boy who repossessed cars in Michigan to an LA-based author/screenwriter who includes his roots in his works. Book signing to follow. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7 pm. www.grpl.org

Tuesday Evening Music Club: Cultivating Peace. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. www.meijergardens.org.

Tuesday Swing. Bring friends, family and your groove for swing dancing at a local park. Ah-Nab-Awen Park. 7-9:30 pm. www.grandrapidsoriginalswingsociety.com

CMC Movie: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. www.grcmc.org

August 24

Jay Van Andel Seminar Series: James Knowles, Ph.D. Van Andel Institute. Noon. www.vai.org

WISE presents Women at the Helm: Holding Hands & Throwing Punches. A panel discussion of dynamic women share their experiences juggling their growing business with the complexity of a family partnership and lend insight on when to back off or stand up during a conflict. Varnum Building. 5:30-7:30 pm. Register at www.wiseconnections.org.

Rainbow Variety Night: Funny Girls Improv and Benefit. Tonight’s interactive shows by the Funny Girls Improv troupe donates a part of the proceeds to local LGBT support organizations. The B.O.B. 5-10 pm. www.thebob.com

Lake Street Drive at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. www.meijergardens.org.

August 25

GROW Established Division Garden Party 2016. This intimate gathering gives you the chance to network as a seasoned business owner in a tranquil setting with others who have faced similar challenges and opportunities. www.growbusiness.org.

Celebration of Cities dinner. Celebrate Grand Rapids’ sister cities at this fundraising dinner featuring delicious meals and community conversation. City Flats Hotel. 5:30-9 pm. www.grsistercities.org

Mixing Class: Cocktails. Learn how to use fresh, locally grown ingredients to make syrups and juices to spice up your glass. The Downtown Market. 6 pm. Register at www.downtownmarketgr.com.

Lowell Showboat Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts presents Adams Family with Friends. Riverwalk Plaza. 7-9 pm. www.lowellartsmi.org.

August 26

Seal in concert at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 6:30 pm. www.meijergardens.org.

Weird Al Yankovic Mandatory World Tour concert at DeVos Performance Hall. 7:30 pm. Tickets at www.devosperformancehall.com.

Superior special hometown screening with filmmaker Q&A. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. www.grcmc.org

August 27 & 29

Call for Actors: Mousetrap. LowellArts Players is seeking actors for Fall’s dinner theatre production and is summoning you to show what you’ve got at these open auditions. Script and auditions at LowellArts! 10 am-noon (Sat) and 7-9 pm (Mon). www.lowellartsmi.org

August 28

Made in Michigan Pop Up Market. Explore Michigan-made goods at this Mitten smitten outdoor market before heading inside the market space for more discoveries. The Downtown Market. 10 am-4 pm. www.downtownmarketgr.com

Skirts in the Dirt: Women’s Mountain Bike Race. Women of all athletic abilities are invited to gear up and hit the dirt for this exciting, adrenalin-boosting race fit with course categories for all. Cannonsburg Ski Hill. 10 am-3:30 pm. More information and registration at www.skirtsinthedirt.com.

August 30

Tuesday Evening Music Club: Ralston & Friends. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. Full lineup at www.meijergardens.org.

Tuesday Swing at Rosa Parks Circle. 7-9:30 pm. www.grandrapidsoriginalswingsociety.com

3 Doors Down: Us and the Night concert. En route of their U.S. fall tour, the band visits Grand Rapids to perform songs from their newest album. DeVos Performance Hall. 7:30 pm. Tickets at www.devosperformancehall.com.

CMC Movie: Star Trek (2008). Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. www.grcmc.org

August 31

Local First Measure What Matters Mixer. Seize the opportunity to tour the Catalyst Partners office and connect with business owners and community members who are passionate about the environment while enjoying refreshments. Catalyst Partners. 4:30-6:30 pm. www.localfirst.com

Bonnie Raitt at Summer Concerts at the gardens. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 6:30 pm. www.meijergardens.org.

Cooking Class for Kids and Parents: Back to School Lunch. Children and parents are welcome to come and learn how to create healthy and exciting meals that put the refresh in lunchtime. The Downtown Market. 6 pm. Register at www.downtownmarketgr.com.

Overcomer Free Film Series: The Sandlot. Wealthy Theatre. 6:30 pm. www.grcmc.org

Blink-182. Van Andel Arena. 7 pm. Tickets at www.vanandelarena.com.

Rapid Delivery Improv. The local improv troupe gives a versatile show filled with audience laughter and participation. Dog Story Theater. 7:30 pm. www.dogstorytheater.com


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