August Events

Mondays

Studio Night at Grand Rapids Brewing Company. Work on your art projects among accessible collaboration from fellow creators in GRBC’s back room. 25% discount for all who participate. Grand Rapids Brewing Company. 6-11 pm. grbrewingcompany.com

Essential Oils Classes. Join Michigan Oil Mentors to learn about the benefits of oils for specific health topics. No RSVP required. Hyatt Place at Metro Health. 7 pm. mydoterra.com/oilsfortoday

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

Tuesdays

Truckin’ Tuesdays. Aim your appetite toward food trucks gathered in the downtown plaza, dishing out their tasty on-the-go cuisine. Enjoy games and pop-up performances coordinated by Downtown GR Inc. Calder Plaza. 11 am-2 pm. Stay updated by visiting the event’s Facebook page.

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

Swing Dancing in the Park. Have a snazzy good time swing dancing during the annual swing summer series where you dance to music by a local live band or DJ. No experience or partner required. 7-9:30 pm (swing lessons begin at 7 pm, dancing at 7:30 pm). Locations at grandrapidsoriginalswingsociety.com.

Meanwhile Movie. Kick back for a viewing of a cult classic, with titles varying every week in the Wealthy movie theater. Bar privileges open to members. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. grcmc.org

Wednesdays through August 16

97LAV Summertime Blues Concert Series. Some of GR’s favorite blues artists return for another season of the annual free concert series, taking place on the Preferred Credit Union Stage. DeltaPlex. 6 pm. deltaplex.com

Wednesdays and Saturdays

Holland Farmers Market. Load up on fresh produce bouquets of flowers and plants, and find a large variety of hand-baked goods and other tasty treats. 8th Street Downtown Holland. 8 am-3 pm. hollandfarmersmarket.com

Thursdays

Relax at Rosa lunchtime concerts. Pair music with your lunch hour by heading to the heart of downtown and enjoying a live performance by a local band and grab an afternoon bite at one of several food trucks onsite during the concerts. Rosa Parks Circle. Noon-1:30 pm. Full line-up at downtowngr.org

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

Street Performances in Downtown Holland. Street performers selected by the City of Holland add live entertainment to the 8th Street strip as they perform their dynamic talents for passersby. 8th Street Downtown Holland. 6:30-8:30 pm. downtownholland.com

Thursdays through August 24

Lowell  Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts. Amp up your night with a free outdoor concert featuring talented performers who specialize in genres across the musical board, good eats and a cash bar. Riverwalk Plaza. 7-9 pm. Find the full line-up at lowellartsmi.org.

Holland Summer Concerts. Kollen Park is the hot place to be Friday nights as the park comes alive with music and dancing. Bring your chairs, blankets, pack a picnic and enjoy a summer evening of music and fun. Kollen Park. 6:30-8:30 pm. Line-up at downtownholland.com.

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. artmuseumgr.org

Little Lions Art Classes. Adults and children work together in these art workshops and combine their imaginations to create a masterpiece, learning and working with new mediums every week. Lions & Rabbits. Noon-1 pm. Register at eventbrite.com/lions-rabbits-classes-tickets.

Enjoy a concert at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park’s beautiful outdoor amphitheater during the Fifth Third Bank Summer Concert Series.

Ongoing

Summer Concerts at the Gardens. Musicians visit the Gardens’ beautiful, outdoor amphitheater to thrill music-lovers of all genres with glorious performances. Food and drink concessions available at venue. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Lineup, schedule and tickets at meijergardens.org.

Realm of Flight Bird Show. Visit the zoo to witness amazing bird shows, put on daily, featuring majestic creatures like hawks, bald eagles, owls, ravens, parrots and more. John Ball Zoo. For show schedule, call (616) 336-4300. jbzoo.org.

Stories of Us: Transforming Communities exhibit. Artists Rubén Aguirre, Andy Bellomo, Miguel Del Real and Sam Kirk display individual works along with a collaborative mural, revealing how art creates community. Saugatuck Center for the Arts. Gallery hours at sc4a.org.

Through August 5

Hairspray Jr. Tracy Turnblad has a dream to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show; when she finally gets her shot, she realizes she has a chance to make a big difference in the world. Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. Tickets and showtimes at grct.org

Through August 6

The Neverending Story. A bullied kid stumbles upon a book that transports him to a magical land that is in trouble and needs his help to save the kingdom. Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. Tickets and showtimes at grct.org.

Mindbender Mansion. Enter GRPM’s newest exhibit full of puzzles, brainteasers and challenges that you and your team work together to solve.  Grand Rapids Public Museum. Museum hours at grpm.org.

Fully Committed. Enter the life of Sam, an employee at a five-star restaurant, as he deals with rude customers and eccentric coworkers that have anyone who’s ever worked in the restaurant business laughing out loud. Saugatuck Center for the Arts. Tickets and showtimes at sc4a.org.

Interlace exhibit. UICA’s Fresh Pick exhibition award recipient, Eana Agopian, displays her work inspired by psychology and various modes of sensory perception and explores the unknown through a variety of artistic media. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. 5-8 pm. uica.org

Through August 20

Natural State by Ai Weiwei. The artist and activist displays his work during this first of its kind exhibit at the Gardens. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Exhibit hours at meijergardens.org.

Through August 26

The Jump Off exhibit. This group exhibition shows the evolution in the creative process through works by artists from all over the country. Refreshments and a cash bar are available. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. Hours at uica.org.

Chair-A-Tee for Pink Arrow Pride. A number of chairs painted by local artists sprawl along Main Street and are available for purchase through a silent auction supporting those struggling with cancer. Main Street in Lowell. lowellartsmi.org/chair-a-tee-pink-arrow-pride

Through August 27

The Art of Rube Goldberg. Explore the endless imagination of the inventive artist through his collection of drawings, photos, comic strips and films. Grand Rapids Art Museum. Museum hours at artmuseumgr.org.

August 1

34th Annual National Night Out. Police and neighborhood associations join forces to celebrate neighborhood spirit and safety with block parties and special events on the first Tuesday of August.

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. 10-11 am. Call (616) 459-5151 to register. literacycenterwm.org

Toddler Tuesday: Dissect & Discover. Kids get the chance to open up their world by dissecting pieces and parts of interesting objects in this fun workshop. Saugatuck Center for the Arts. 10-11:30 am. sc4a.org

Gilda’s Club Camp Sparkle Celebration. The summer day camp, that invites children who have been affected by cancer or grief to connect with others going through similar challenges, wraps up with a celebratory lunch and graduation for the campers and their families. Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids. 10 am-2:30 pm (celebration begins at noon). gildasclubgr.org/camp-sparkle

Zumba on the Blue Bridge. Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. hosts a free Zumba workout complete with cool beats and some major sweat-breaking. The Blue Bridge. 5:30-6:15 pm. experiencegr.com

After Work Tree Time. Join Urban Forest Project and Citizen Foresters in sprucing up the trees along Lafayette Street, making new friends and a healthier environment along the way. Meet at the corner of Lafayette and Fairbanks. 5:30-7:30 pm. RSVP by contacting daria@friendsofgrparks.org.

Book Talk: Small Giants. Join Local First for a casual discussion on the Grand Rapids Book of the Year, Small Giants. Books & Mortar. 5:30-7 pm. localfirst.com

Tuesday Evening Music Club presents The Moonrays and 6-Pack. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. Full line-up at meijergardens.org.

Swing Dancing at Rosa Parks Circle. 7-9:30 pm. Full line-up at grandrapidsoriginalswingsociety.com.

Retro Futura: HOT 80’s Rewind. Headlined by Howard Jones, this show brings six of the best 80‘s New Wave stars to the stage and blasts Rapidians to pastimes in music. Van Andel Arena. 7 pm. Tickets at vanandelarena.com.

Meanwhile Movie: Fifth Element. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. grcmc.org

August 1 & 2

Summer Reading Celebration. Whether you’ve completed the summer reading challenge or are still working on the list, celebrate your book adventures at this branch-wide event where you can partake in crafts and refreshments with your teammates and collect your finisher prize. Grand Rapids Public Library (all locations). Find locations and times at grpl.org.

August 2

Avenue for the Arts Open Studio Night. All artists and creators are invited to bring their current project and discuss, explore and participate in art-making among fellow makers. Avenue for the Arts. 6-7 pm. avenueforthearts.com

97LAV Summertime Blues Concert Series: Scotty Bratcher. Enjoy a free blues concert, taking place on the Preferred Credit Union Stage. DeltaPlex. 6 pm. deltaplex.com

Garage Bar Block Party featuring The Guinness Brothers. The Garage Bar & Grill. 6-10 pm. garagebargr.com

GR Reads invites you to read the book and enjoy a curated experience. The Book: The Harlem Hellfighters. The Experience: Samiel H. Ranck: Librarian at War presentation. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7 pm. Book list and more events at grpl.org/grreads.

Summer Concerts at the Gardens presents Lyle Lovett and his Large Band. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. Tickets at meijergardens.org.

Rapid Delivery Imrpov. GR’s popular improv team brings short form and musical skits along with game show parodies to the stage during this fast-paced show that thrives off audience suggestions. Dog Story Theater. 7:30-9 pm. dogstorytheater.com

August 2-27

State of MinE exhibit. This month’s gallery show highlights Lake Michigan’s seascapes and landscapes with stunning paintings, pottery and photography that captures the beauty of our beloved Great Lake. Gallery Uptown. Gallery hours at galleryuptown.net.

August 3

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. growbusiness.org

Relax at Rosa lunchtime concerts: Watching for Foxes. Rosa Parks Circle. Noon-1:30 pm. Full line-up at downtowngr.org.

GRAM on the Green presents The Accidentals. Add some music into your summer evenings at the GRAM’s free concert series filled with live performances, dancing, food trucks and a cash bar. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 6-9 pm. artmuseumgr.org

Reading the Great Lakes. This monthly book club explores our beloved Great Lakes. This month’s selection is My Heart is an Idiot: Essays by Davy Rothbart. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7 pm. For a complete list of books, visit grpl.org/rtgl.

Lowell Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts present The Ragbirds (folk and world music). Riverwalk Plaza. 7-9 pm. Full line-up at lowellartsmi.org.

GR Reads invites you to read the book and enjoy a curated experience. The Book: Horrorstör. The Experience: Fright Night at Stonesthrow. Stonesthrow Living. 8 pm. Book list and more events at grpl.org/grreads.

D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops presents Classical Fireworks. Grab an all-viewing seat on the colossal ski hill and experience an amazing fireworks show choreographed to music performed by the Grand Rapids Symphony. Cannonsburg Ski Hill. 8 pm. Tickets at grsymphony.org.

August 3-5

The Importance of Being Earnest. Heritage Theatre Group brings Oscar Wilde’s classic farce to the stage that hilariously pokes fun at Wilde’s English culture. Spectrum Theater. 8 pm. Tickets at heritagetheatregr.org

August 3 & 17

Ford After Five: Game Night. Bring your favorite board game or dig through the museum’s collection to play the good ol’ fashioned way with other participants. Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum & Library. 5:30-7:30 pm. fordlibrarymuseum.gov

August 4

Art is a Drag. Celebrate the art of drag featuring a live drag show, performances, a behind-the-scenes look at how performers transform into their drag personas and the opportunity to dress in your best drag and enter the costume contest. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. 2-9 pm. uica.org

Tour of Hidden Downtown Gardens. Discover magnificent local gardens while learning about urban gardening, and don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty! Avenue for the Arts (meet at 120 South Division Ave.). Tours at 5:30 and 7 pm. Register at avenueforthearts.com.

First Fridays Gallery Hop. Avenue for the Arts welcomes you to a night of gallery going as artwork and handmade goods by local artists take over gallery and building spaces along the corridor. Exclusive food and drink specials, offered by local businesses, make for an exciting evening of culture and libations. South Division. 6-9 pm. avenueforthearts.com

Holland Summer Concerts presents Don Middlebrook & The Pear Divers. Kollen Park. 6:30-8:30 pm. Full line-up at downtownholland.com.

Downtown GR Bike Party: 70s, 80s, 90s Ride. Deck yourself and your bike out with 70s, 80s and 90s gear, then join She Rides Her Own Way for a ride through Grand Rapids to show off your groovy/wicked/stylin’ outfits. Meet at Rosa Parks Circle. 7 pm. Stay updated on the event’s Facebook page.

Movies in the Park: Selena and The Bodyguard. The 2017 series brings new features to the summer tradition that invites the community to pack a picnic and a blanket to enjoy an outdoor movie in the park on a 400-ft LED video wall showing a double feature each night. Ah-Nab-Awen Park. 7 pm (first film begins), 9:30 pm (second film begins). Full line-up at downtowngr.org.

Revered as guardians of the mariachi legacy, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán presents a festive repertoire of rhythms, dance and vocals for an exciting evening of pageantry and musical virtuosity with the Grand Rapids Symphony Pops and Natanael Espanoza Guest Conductor, on August 5 at the Cannonsburg ski area.

August 5

4th Annual Buck Creek Cleanup. Join a team to clean up the rubbish along Buck Creek, participating in games and obstacles along the way. Grandville Mayor, Steve Maas, treats volunteers to lunch at Osgood Brewing Co. after. Charles Lemery Park. 8-11 am. Register at swmtu.org.

GR Beer Tour: East Side. Jump into the van and travel to Brewery Vivant, Elk Brewing and Harmony Brewing Company, enjoying beer samples and learning about each brewery and its product from the knowledgeable tour guide. Meet across the street from Founders Brewing Company. Noon-4 pm. Book at grbeertours.com.

D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops presents Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán. This famous mariachi band joins the Grand Rapids Symphony to present a festive repertoire of rhythms, dance and vocals to bring audience members an exciting evening. Cannonsburg Ski Hill. 8 pm. Tickets at grsymphony.org.

94.9FM LEVEL UP concert: In the Mix Radio Show & Beauty Doll Contest Live. Loads of special guests pack into this night to bring audiences nothing but entertainment and laughs. Wealthy Theatre. 8:30 pm. Tickets at grcmc.org.

August 6

Nitro Circus LIVE. This gravity-defying circus stuns audience members as professional, free-style motocross riders perform jaw-dropping tricks and stuns in the ball park’s transformed stadium. Fifth Third Ballpark. 7 pm. Tickets at fifththirdballpark.com.

August 7

Garage Bar Goodwill Special Block Party featuring Brena. The Garage Bar & Grill. 6-10 pm. garagebargr.com

Jazz in the Park: Mary Rademacher & The Fred Knapp Quartet. Ah-Nab-Awen Park. 6:30-8:30 pm. Full schedule at wmichjazz.org.

Essential Oil Classes: Intro to Essential Oils. Learn about the benefits of essential oils and how to add them to your health regimen. No RSVP required. Hyatt Place at Metro Health. 7 pm. mydoterra.com/oilsfortoday

Summer in the Studio presents Oh Brother, Big Sister. Hear the brother and sister duo cover a vast musical spectrum with entrancing harmonies and musical arrangements. Saugatuck Center for the Arts. 8-9:30 pm. Tickets at sc4a.org.

August 7 & 21

GR Reads invites you to read the book and enjoy a curated experience. The Book: Provenance. The Experience: Painting and Pinot: Forge a Fake masterpiece while drinking wine and socializing. San Chez Bistro. 6:30 pm. Book list and more events at grpl.org/grreads.

August 8

Summer Fun Series: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Kids are invited to a family-friendly screening of the classic Disney film followed by fun craft activities. Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum & Library. 10 am-noon. For group visits, email desiree.ruhland@nara.gov. fordlibrarymuseum.gov

Toddler Tuesday: Wacky Water Wonderland. Kids, ages 5 and under, can explore the wonders of water and use it to create new artwork. Saugatuck Center for the Arts. 10-11:30 am. Register at sc4a.org.

BBQ & Beautify: Lincoln Park. Join the Friends of Grand Rapids Parks for an outdoor beautification project followed by a free BBQ meal for all your hard work plus games and fun park activities. Lincoln Park. 5-8 pm. friendsofgrparks.org

Zumba on the Blue Bridge. Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. hosts a free Zumba workout complete with cool beats and some major sweat-breaking. The Blue Bridge. 5:30-6:15 pm. experiencegr.com

GROW Small Business Class: Financial Awareness Strategies. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6-9 pm. growbusiness.org

Stellacade: Q*Bert. This month’s chosen arcade game is Q*Bert and gamers are invited to compete with others for the top score, winning ultimate arcade-gamer status and glory among peers. Stella’s Lounge. 6-9 pm. Rules and more information at the event Facebook page.

GR Reads invites you to read the book and enjoy a curated experience. The Book: When the Emperor was Divine. The Experience: From a Silk Cocoon: A Japanese American Story. 7 pm. Book list and more events at grpl.org/grreads.

Tuesday Evening Music Club presents Benjaman James and Michigander. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. Full line-up at meijergardens.org.

Swing Dancing at Ah-Nab-Awen Park. 7-9:30 pm. Full line-up at grandrapidsoriginalswingsociety.com.

Meanwhile Movie: Space Jam. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. grcmc.org

August 9

Signature Chef Series dinner. Treat yourself to dinner at one of GR’s newest breweries during this series featuring four local chefs hand-crafting a five-course meal that you can indulge in while supporting Kids’ Food Basket. Creston Brewery 6-8:30 pm. List of restaurants and ticket information on the event’s Facebook page.

Volunteer Education session. Those interested in becoming a volunteer tutor are invited to a free information session that teaches attendees more about the center’s programs. Literacy Center of West Michigan. 6-7 pm. literacycenterwm.org

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

97LAV Summertime Blues Concert Series: Jake Kershaw. DeltaPlex. 6 pm. deltaplex.com

Garage Bar Block Party featuring The Slick Willys. The Garage Bar & Grill. 6-10 pm. garagebargr.com

GR Reads invites you to read the book and enjoy a curated experience. The Book: 1984. The Experience: Screening of 1984 in the Koning Micro Cinema. Wealthy Theatre. 6:30 pm. Book list and more events at grpl.org/grreads.

Summer Concerts at the Gardens presents Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home “Love and Comedy” Tour. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. Tickets at meijergardens.org.

August 9-20

8th Annual Restaurant Week GR. Seize the opportunity to taste Grand Rapids’ wealth of eateries and experience menu concoctions exclusive to the “week,” offering 3-course dinners for one, or dinner for two for only $28. New this year, 25 of the 70 participating restaurants are offering lunch specials. Get a list of participating restaurants, menus and updates at restaurantweekgr.com.

An array of breakfast bites at Creative Mornings Grand Rapids, the next one happening August 10 at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, 8:30 a.m.

August 10

GRAM on the Green presents the Walter White Jazz Quartet. Enjoy a free outdoor concert, and grab eats and drinks from the food trucks and cash bar. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 6-9 pm. artmuseumgr.org

GR Reads invites you to read the book and enjoy a curated experience. The Book: Horrorstör. The Experience: Herman Miller’s History in West Michigan. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7 pm. Book list and more events at grpl.org/grreads.

Blood Drive. BSI Healthcare. 11 am-4:15 pm. Sign up and find more donation opportunities at redcrossblood.org.

Relax at Rosa lunchtime concerts: Blue Soul Express. Rosa Parks Circle. Noon-1:30 pm. Full line-up at downtowngr.org.

August 10-19

Heritage Theatre Group presents Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Tom Stoppard’s theatrical explanation of what happened to the two main characters in Hamlet takes an enormous twist in this gender-reversed version of the play. Spectrum Theater. 8 pm. Tickets at heritagetheatregr.org.

August 10-26

To Kill a Mockingbird. Generations from across the family tree fall in love with this classic American tale about young Scout and her journey through adolescence in 1935 Alabama, where she learns to form her own opinions regardless of what society says. Circle Theatre. Tickets and showtimes at circletheatre.org.

August 11

Open Reception for State of MinE exhibit. Enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres while getting lost in artworks that capture Lake Michigan’s beauty. Gallery Uptown. 5:30-8:30 pm. galleryuptown.net

Holland Summer Concerts presents The Ragtops. Kollen Park. 6:30-8:30 pm. Full line-up at downtownholland.com.

Summer Concerts at the Gardens presents Lake Street Drive. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. Tickets at meijergardens.org.

August 12

GR Reads invites you to read the book and enjoy a curated experience. The Book: When the Emperor was Divine. The Experience: Japanese Garden Tour. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 9:30 and 10 am. Book list and more events at grpl.org/grreads.

Garden to Jar. Harvest the goods from your summer garden and immortalize them through home canning and have your canning questions answered by the Canning Diva. Rylee’s Ace Hardware (Michigan St. location). 10 am. ryleesace.com

Parent & Child Workshop: Zoetropes. Get inspired by Rube Goldberg’s cartoons before heading to the studio with your child to create a spinning animation device that brings your drawings to life. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 10 am-noon. Register at artmuseumgr.org.

WMEAC Rain Barrel Workshop. Combat storm water pollution by making your own rain barrel that you can use to harvest rainwater at home. Rylee’s Ace Hardware (Fulton Street location). 11 am. Register at wmeac.org.

GR Beer Walking Tour. Explore the craft beer scene by foot, visiting Founders, HopCat, Grand Rapids Brewing Company and B.O.B.’s Brewery for a private brewery tour. Meet across the street from Founders Brewing Company. 11:30-2:30 pm. Book at grbeertours.com.

SuperPartyWonderDay. KDL throws the party of the summer by bringing together live bands, beer, bikes and barbecue at this free event, inviting you to experience the fun KDL offers beyond books. Millennium Park (The Meadows). Noon-8 pm. More at kdl.org/superparty.

August 12 & 13

Rockford Ninja Warrior: Pro Competition. Watching these acrobatic people jump, fly, bend and weave their way through an advanced obstacle course brings you to the edge of your seat as these super humans compete for massive cash prizes. DeltaPlex. 5 pm (Sat) and 3 pm (Sun). Tickets at deltaplex.com.

August 13

The Vintage Street Market. Enjoy a day of outdoor vintage shopping as you peruse clothes, jewelry or sideboard among the market’s collection. The Downtown Market. 10 am-4 pm. Runs the second Sunday of every month through September. For dates, visit vintagestreetmarketgr.com.

Artist Reception: Multimedia. The Dominican Sisters invite you to see their newest exhibit, featuring a variety of artworks they created, while enjoying complimentary refreshments. Dominican Center at Marywood. 1-4 pm. dominicancenter.com/artgallery

Hometown Heroes Celebration. Enjoy cocktails and a sit down dinner along with a silent and live auction as you honor local heroes who have created a stronger and safer community through their acts of courage and commitment. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Part. 6-9 pm. Register at redcross.org.

Summer Concerts at the Gardens presents American Acoustic with Punch Brothers & I’m With Her. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. Tickets at meijergardens.org.

August 14

Gov’t Mule with Galactic at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 6 pm. Tickets at meijergardens.org.

Jazz in the Park: WMJS’s 2017 Musician of the Year Dr. Robin Connell. Ah-Nab-Awen Park. 6:30-8:30 pm. Full schedule at wmichjazz.org.

Foster Parent and Older Child Adoption Orientation. Learn more about being a foster parent and adopting an older child while getting your questions answered by DABSJ staff. D.A. Blodgett St. John’s. 6:30-8:30 pm. dabsj.org

Essential Oils Classes: Autism & ADHD. No RSVP required. Hyatt Place at Metro Health. 7 pm. mydoterra.com/oilsfortoday

GR Reads invites you to read the book and enjoy a curated experience. The Book: The Tumbling Turner Sisters. The Experience: The History of American Vaudeville. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7 pm. Book list and more events at grpl.org/grreads.

Circle Summer Concerts presents Go Your Own Way: The Music of Fleetwood Mac. The intimate concert setting surrounds audience members with the music of the bestselling band and sends you on a trip down memory lane with unforgettable songs. Circle Theatre. 7 pm. Tickets and more showtimes at circletheatre.org.

August 15

Toddler Tuesday: Veggies and Fruit. Kids have the opportunity to express themselves using food as a creative medium. Saugatuck Center for the Arts. 10-11:30 pm. Register at sc4a.org.

Beer Explorers: Puzzles & Pints. GRPM combines beer with problem solving for this special edition where ages 21+ grab a pint and enter the Mindbender Mansion exhibit, solving puzzles and brainteasers to be inducted into the Mindbender Society. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 5-8 pm. Tickets at grpm.org.

Zumba on the Blue Bridge. Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. hosts a free Zumba workout complete with cool beats and some major sweat-breaking. The Blue Bridge. 5:30-6:15 pm. experiencegr.com

GROW Small Business Class: Financial Awareness Reporting and Analysis. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6-9 pm. growbusiness.org

GR Reads invites you to read the book and enjoy a curated experience. The Book: 1984. The Experience: Protecting Your Privacy Online. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7 pm. Book list and more events at grpl.org/grreads.

Tuesday Evening Music Club presents Bigfoot Buffalo and Slim Gypsy Baggage. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. Full line-up at meijergardens.org.

Swing Dancing at Rosa Parks Circle. 7-9:30 pm. Full line-up at grandrapidsoriginalswingsociety.com.

Meanwhile Movie: Total Recall. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. grcmc.org

August 16

Workshop Wednesdays: Submitting Your Art to Literary Journals. Join literature and arts magazine editor Laura Citino as she explains the ins and outs of the publishing business and guides you through the process of submitting your art or writing to literacy journals. 6-8 pm. Register at avenuefortheart.com.

97LAV Summertime Blues Concert Series: Lil Ed & The Blues Imperials. DeltaPlex. 6 pm. deltaplex.com

Garage Bar Block Party featuring Mid-Life Crisis. The Garage Bar & Grill. 6-10 pm. garagebargr.com

GR Reads invites you to read the book and enjoy a curated experience. The Book: The Harlem Hellfighters. The Experience: Harlem Hellfighters: A Jazz Retrospective. Grand Rapids Public Library. 6:30 pm. Book list and more events at grpl.org/grreads.

Music at the Market. Shift your dinner plans to The Market where beloved eateries Aperitivo, Slows, Social and Love’s are open later and accompanied by live music. The Downtown Market. 7-9 pm. downtownmarketgr.com

Summer Concerts at the Gardens presents Michael Franti & Spearhead. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. meijergardens.org

Open Projector Night. Enjoy a range of short films submitted by local filmmakers followed by a question and answer panel about the screenings. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. 8 pm. uica.org

Sheila Frampton Cooper’s art quilts are bold and graphic and bursting with color and movement. Visit her exhibit and the many contemporary, as well as traditional works on display at Grand Rapids Quilt Week at DeVos Place Convention Center, August 16-19.

August 16-19

Quilt Week. See astonishing quilt exhibits, learn techniques and visit vendor booths. DeVos Place. 9 am-6 pm (Wed-Fri) and 9 am-4 pm (Sat). Advance tickets and more information available at quiltweek.com

August 17

Farm to Studio: SummerHouse Lavender Farm. Kids and teens, ages 6-14, go on an adventure through the Farm’s lavender fields, Japanese garden and perennial rock garden followed by mindfulness activities and creating their own lavender-inspired items back at the studio. Saugatuck Center for the Arts. 9:30 am-1 pm. Register at scfa.org.

Relax at Rosa lunchtime concerts: May Erlewine ft. Max Lockwood and Michael Shimmin. Rosa Parks Circle. Noon-1:30 pm. Full line-up at downtowngr.org.

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. growbusiness.org

Volunteer Education session. Learn more about the center’s programs at this free information session. Literacy Center of West Michigan. 2-3 pm. Literacycenterwm.org

GROW Established Division Garden Party. Join other business owners for food, beverages and peer-to-peer networking at this annual garden party that invites guests to network in a tranquil, social and relaxed setting. Byington-Potter Home. 4:30-7 pm. For tickets and directions, contact GROW at (616) 458-3404. growbusiness.org

Ford After Five: Game Night. Bring your favorite board game or dig through the museum’s collection to play the good ol’ fashioned way with other community members. Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum & Library. 5:30-7:30 pm. fordlibrarymuseum.gov

Kids’ Adventure Challenge. Ages 5-12 can storm a course full of obstacles and challenges catered to their skills and abilities. Johnson Park. 6-8 pm. Register at runsignup.com.

Cherry Street Music Series presents Vox Vidorra. Enjoy great music in ICCF’s beautiful garden while having the opportunity to benefit the federation’s Family Haven program that provides emergency shelter for those in need. Inner City Christian Federation. 6:30-8:30 pm. Full line-up at iccf.org.

GR Reads invites you to read the book and enjoy a curated experience. The Book: You Can’t Touch My Hair by Phoebe Robinson. The Experience: Raising Strong Black Women Panel Discussion. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7 pm. Book list and more events at grpl.org/grreads.

Lowell Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts present Olivia Mainville & the Aquatic Troupe (folk, gypsy, swing and indie music). Riverwalk Plaza. 7-9 pm. Full line-up at lowellartsmi.org.

Summer Concerts at the Gardens presents Tegan and Sara. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. Tickets at meijergardens.org.

August 18

Holland Summer Concerts presents Soul Syndicate. Kollen Park. 6:30-8:30 pm. Full line-up at downtownholland.com.

Summer Concerts at the Gardens presents JETHRO TULL by Ian Anderson. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. Tickets at meijergardens.org.

Movies in the Park: Remember the Titans and Pitch Perfect. Enjoy an outdoor movie screening on a 400-ft LED video wall set along the beautiful Grand River. Ah-Nab-Awen Park. 7 pm (first film begins), 9:30 pm (second film begins). Full line-up at downtowngr.org.

Art on the Riverfront. Enjoy a summer stroll through this outdoor art show on Grand Haven’s beautiful boardwalk, marveling at a variety of works by regional artists. Grand Haven Municipal Marina. 10 am-5 pm. galleryuptown.net

August 18 & 19

Annual Sidewalk Furniture Sale. There are tremendous summer sales inside and out at this annual sidewalk sale, featuring mattresses, sofas, home décor and more for all dwelling styles. Holland Furniture. 10 am-6 pm (Fri) and 9 am-4 pm (Sat). hollandfurniture.com

August 18-20

Hockey the Musical. In a Footloose-like scenario, the powers that be attempt to eliminate hockey from sports altogether, but a few fans refuse to go down without a fight in this funny musical featuring original and parody songs. Wealthy Theatre. Tickets and showtimes at grcmc.org.

August 18-September 3

It Shoulda Been You. Be a guest at an unforgettable wedding where all the comedic nightmares of what can go wrong at a wedding unravel, leaving the sister of the bride to mitigate the special day into happily ever after. Saugatuck Center for the Arts. Tickets and showtimes at sc4a.org.

August 19

Art on the Riverfront. Stroll along Grand Haven’s beautiful boardwalk while gazing at submissions for this outdoor artshow. Grand Haven Municipal Marina. 10 am-5 pm. galleryuptown.net

GR Beer Tour: West Side. Tour visits City Built, The Mitten and Creston Brewery. Meet across the street from Founders Brewing Company. Noon-4 pm. Book at grbeertours.com.

Local First Lakeshore Street Party. Everyone’s invited to the lakeshore edition of Local First’s slammin’ annual party featuring street performers, face painters, sidewalk chalk, food vendors, music and more. Washington Square in Holland. Noon-5 pm. localfirst.com

Tribute on the Grand. Celebrate the Grand River and support getting the rapids back by enjoying food, live music, drinks and more at Founders’ annual park bash benefitting Grand Rapids Whitewater. Ah-Nab-Awen Park. 2-10 pm. foundersbrewing.com

Bog Seger & The Silver Bullet Band. Van Andel Arena. 7:30 pm. Tickets at vanandelarena.com.

Known as the “James Brown of Contemporary Jazz” for the intense soul inspirations of his recordings, saxophonist Richard Elliot headlines the 2017 GRandJazzFest on Saturday, August 19, at Rosa Parks Circle.

August 19 & 20

GRandJazzFest. The 6th annual free jazz festival brings a new line-up of talented jazz musicians to West Michigan, performing live concerts lasting all weekend long. Festivalgoers can also enjoy new food specials at surrounding restaurants while they explore the event features. Rosa Parks Circle. Schedule at grandjazzfest.org.

Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire. This science and county fair merged into one attracts curious minds to the museum to explore the creations and inventions that scientists, engineers, artists and hobbyists made to showcase at this interactive event. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 9 am-5 pm (Sat) and noon-5 pm (Sun). grandrapids.makerfaire.com

August 20

Summer Concerts at the Gardens presents John Butler Trio with Landon McNamara. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 6:30 pm. Tickets at meijergardens.org.

August 21

The Great Solar Eclipse Party. Today, the continental U.S. experiences a solar eclipse spanning from Oregon to South Carolina and GRPM invites you to celebrate with hands-on activities, shows in the planetarium and safe eclipse viewing with the help of museum staff members. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 10 am-3 pm. grpm.org

Summer Concerts at the Gardens presents moe. and Railroad Earth. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 6:30 pm. Tickets at meijergardens.org.

Essential Oil Classes: Back to School. No RSVP required. Hyatt Place at Metro Health. 7 pm. mydoterra.com/oilsfortoday

Circle Summer Concerts presents Uptown Funk: The Best of the Funkiest. Get funked up with some of the greatest funk songs by artists past and present like James Brown, Prince and Bruno Mars. Circle Theatre. 7 pm. Tickets and more showtimes at circletheatre.org.

Summer in the Studio presents John Latini. Latini delivers slick, blues-soaked music with clever, literate lyrics that audience members find relation to. Saugatuck Center for the Arts. 8 pm. Tickets at sc4a.org.

August 22

GROW Small Business Class: Financial Awareness Navigating Business Banking. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6-9 pm. growbusiness.org

Pooches on the Patio. You and your dog are invited to join the people of Pet-Agree for a community dog walk around GR followed by treats for both of you on the patio. One Trick Pony. 6:30-8:30 pm. Stay updated on the event’s Facebook page.

Tuesday Evening Music Club presents Amy Andrews and Taylor Taylor. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. Full line-up at meijergardens.org.

Swing Dancing at Ah-Nab-Awen Park. 7-9:30 pm. Full line-up at grandrapidsoriginalswingsociety.com.

Meanwhile Movie: Men in Black. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. grcmc.org

August 23

Evening on the Lakeshore. Join WMEAC and your neighbors along the lakeshore for light appetizers and drinks as you learn more about efforts to maintain and improve the beautiful shore along Holland’s Lake Macatawa. Marigold Lodge. 5-8 pm. Tickets at wmeac.org.

Garage Bar Block Party featuring Barbarossa Brothers. The Garage Bar & Grill. 6-10 pm. garagebargr.com

August 24

Relax at Rosa lunchtime concerts: Big Dudee Roo. Rosa Parks Circle. Noon-1:30 pm. Full line-up at downtowngr.org.

Measure What Matters Mixer. Join Local First in a casual, fun atmosphere filled with discussion and tips on how to use your business as a force for good. Highland Group. 5:30-7:30 pm. localfirst.com

GR Reads invites you to read the book and enjoy a curated experience. The Book: The Red Market. The Experience: Giving the Gift of Life: Fact vs. Fiction. Grand Rapids Public Library. 6:30 pm. Book list and more events at grpl.org/grreads.

Lowell Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts present the Hip Pocket (funk and R&B music). Riverwalk Plaza. 7-9 pm. Full line-up at lowellartsmi.org.

Summer Concerts at the Gardens presents Five for Fighting with String Quartet. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. Tickets at meijergardens.org.

Heart and Soul benefit concert. Supporting the Family Outreach Center, this moving event features music, dance, poetry, food, prizes and more. Wealthy Theatre. 7 pm. Tickets at grcmc.org.

Green Gala 2017. Friends of GR Parks invites you to their annual fundraising gala that treats guests to an evening in the park with local eats, drinks and live street music. Sixth Street Park. 7-11 pm. Tickets at friendsofgrparks.org.

Trailer Park Boys LIVE. This new live show of the partying troublemakers comes to the stage giving audience members an unforgettable, hilarious night. DeVos Performance Hall. 7:30 pm. devosperformancehall.com

August 25

Volunteer Education session. Learn more about the center’s programs at this free information session. Literacy Center of West Michigan. 10-11 am. literacycenterwm.org

Holland Summer Concerts presents The Niche. Kollen Park. 6:30-8:30 pm. Full line-up at downtownholland.com.

August 26

Made in Michigan Pop-Up Marketplace. Hosting over 50 local vendors, the outdoor marketplace area fills with made-in-Michigan jewelry, clothing, housewares and homemade treats that will skyrocket every shopper’s mitten pride. The Downtown Market. 9 am-4 pm. Runs the 4th Saturday of every month. See dates at madeinmipopup.com.

GR Beer Walking Tour. Visit Founders, HopCat, Grand Rapids Brewing Company and B.O.B.’s Brewery by foot and enjoy a brewery tour. Meet across the street from Founders Brewing Company. 11:30 am-2:30 pm. Book at grbeertours.com.

Beer City Bike Fest. Bringing together the things that make GR special, this party features bikes, beer and barbecue along with plenty of games and activities that are fun for all ages, music and more. The Spoke Folks. Noon-10 pm. Stay updated on the event’s Facebook page.

Block Paw-ty. You and your furry family member(s) are invited to the 2nd annual block party featuring fun and treats for you and your pet while benefiting the Kent County Animal Shelter. Fido & Stitch. Noon-3 pm. fidoandstitch.com

August 26 & 27

Dahlia Flower Show. Marvel at the variety of dahlia flowers displaying colors so bright they seem to glow and have your questions answered by on-hand members of the Dahlia Society. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Noon-5 pm (Sat) and 11 am-5 pm (Sun). meijergardens.org

August 28

Essential Oil Classes: Allergies & Asthma. No RSVP required. Hyatt Place at Metro Health. 7 pm. mydoterra.com/oilsfortoday

August 29

Tuesday Evening Music Club presents Ralston & Friends. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. Full line-up at meijergardens.org.

Meanwhile Movie: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. grcmc.org

August 30

VARI Seminar Series presents Dr. Daniel Lim. Van Andel Institute. Noon. vai.org

Garage Bar Block Party featuring a surprise band. The Garage Bar & Grill. 6-10 pm. garagebargr.com


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