July Events

Mondays

Studio Night at Grand Rapids Brewing Company. Work on your art projects among accessible collaboration from fellow creators. 25% discount for all who participate. Grand Rapids Brewing Company. 6-11 pm. 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. dogstorytheater.com

Tuesday Evening Music Club occurs every Tuesday, 7 p.m., in the Frederik Meijer Gardens outdoor amphitheater through August 29.

Tuesdays

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

Truckin’ Tuesdays. Take a lunch detour to Calder Plaza where several food trucks are on site to dish out their tasty on-the-go cuisine and Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. is there to coordinate games and pop-up performances, giving everyone a summer lunch option you’ll crave every week. Calder Plaza. 11 am-2 pm. Stay updated by visiting the event’s Facebook page.

Swing Dancing in the Park. Have a snazzy good time swing dancing with the Grand Rapids community during the annual swing summer series where you dance your heart out 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

Zumba on the Blue Bridge. Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. hosts a free Zumba workout that covers your cardio, strength-training and energy bursting needs all while dancing to cool beats with friends (Zumba will take a break July 4 for the holiday). The Blue Bridge. 5:30-6:15 pm. experiencegr.com

Tuesday Evening Music Club. Join everyone out on the grass for this Tuesday night outdoor concert series featuring a line-up of live bands strumming a variety of genres. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. Full line-up at meijergardens.org.

Wednesdays

Garage Bar Block Party. From now on, Wednesday nights at North Monroe’s pub/grub hot spot rage with live entertainment by local bands, a line-up of motorcycles and classic cars to ogle at and the invitation to kick back with the community over food and drinks while supporting a partnering charity. The Garage Bar & Grill. 6-10 pm. garagebargr.com

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 fruits, vegetables, bouquets of flowers and plants and find a large variety of handmade goods and other tasty treats at this summer’s farmers market featuring over 90 vendors. 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 GR and enjoying a live performance by a local band and grab an afternoon bite at one of the several food trucks on site 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 in Downtown Holland as they perform their dynamic talents for passersby. 8th Street Downtown Holland. 6:30-8:30 pm. downtownholland.com

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. Check our calendar to see who’s playing and find the full line-up at lowellartsmi.org.

Fridays

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 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.

Ongoing

Summer Concerts at the Gardens. The finest national and international musicians are brought to 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.

Interlace exhibit. UICA’s Fresh Pick award recipient, Eana Agopian, displays her work inspired by psychology and various modes of sensory perception. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. Hours at uica.org

The Jump Off exhibit. This group exhibition shows the evolution within 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.

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.

Natural State by Ai Weiwei. The internationally renowned 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.

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.

Through July 9

Creatures of Light exhibit. Explore the world’s organisms that produce light for attraction, hunting and defense. Grand Rapids Public Museum. Museum hours at grpm.org.

Memphis: The Musical. Explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale burst off the stage and takes audiences to the underground nightclubs, radio stations and recording studios where rock and roll was born. Saugatuck Center for the Arts. Tickets and showtimes at sc4a.org.

Through July 16

Everyone in the Pool exhibit. View the gallery’s summer exhibition series featuring a refreshing variety of paintings, drawings and three-dimensional works. LaFontsee Galleries (Douglas location). Gallery hours at lafontsee.us.

July 1

The Last of the Dragons. Enjoy the final performance of this delightfully witty play that combats the “damsel in distress” stigma with a story of what happens when the prince is too afraid to fight the dragon and the princess has to save herself. Circle Theatre. Noon-2:30 pm. Tickets at circletheatre.org.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The well-known story of Joseph and his journey through life and back home after his brothers greedily sell him into slavery performed by Forest Hills’ Summer Stock Students. Forest Hills Fine Arts Center. 3 and 7 pm. fhfineartscenter.com

Front Row Fireworks at the Museum. GRPM invites you to see the annual Grand Rapids fireworks from the spectacular viewpoint of their outdoor lawn and enjoy exhibits and activities in the museum caked with 4th of July themes and fun. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 6:30-11 pm. Tickets and more information at grmp.org.

Amway Family 4th of July Fireworks. Gather downtown for a favorite Independence Day tradition and marvel at the skies above GR as they fill with bursts of fireworks and exciting patterns of light. Ah-Nab-Awen Park. Fireworks begin at 10:30 pm. 4thofjulygr.com

July 3

KCAD Day Camp: Art Adventures, Make Your Own Meme, Drawing Caricatures. Kids can get their hands messy and keep their brain creative by partaking in the day camps KCAD offers during the summer. Kendall College of Art & Design. Day camps vary with age and interests. Find the fit for your child at kcad.edu.

Jazz in the Park: The Lakeshore Big Band. Ah-Nab-Awen Park. 6:30-8:30 pm. Full schedule at wmichjazz.org.

July 4

Reeds Lake Trail Blazer 5K. Begin the holiday with a fundraising run/walk around Reeds Lake (kids 10 and under can ride bikes or scooters), benefiting the East Grand Rapids Community Foundation. East Grand Rapids Community Center. 8:30 am. Register at reedslaketrailblazer.com.

East GR 4th of July Celebration. This all-day community celebration begins with an Independence Day parade and activities for all ages. Everyone can get their holiday feast on by visiting the food trucks and vendors. Around 10:15 pm, make your way to your favorite viewing spot to watch the fireworks show. East Grand Rapids. Noon-11 pm. experiencegr.com

Celebrate & Save: Happy 4th of July. Deck yourself out in American flag colors and visit the businesses that have a red, white or blue balloon hanging outside their doors for 20% off select items in the store. Downtown Holland. downtownholland.com

Tuesday Evening Music Club presents Green on Blue and The Red Sea Pedestrians. 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.

July 5

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

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

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

July 5-August 26

Chair-A-Tee for Pink Arrow Pride. Local artists paint a number of chairs that are exhibited along Main Street and available for purchase through a silent auction to raise funds to support those struggling with cancer. Main Street in Lowell. lowellartsmi.org/chair-a-tee-pink-arrow-pride

July 6

Lowell Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts Gunnar & the Grizzly Boys (country, rock and Americana music). 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. Check our calendar to see who’s playing and find the full line-up at lowellartsmi.org.

Ford After Five: Coffee Bar Stories. Visit with GR taste-makers from Lyon Street Cafe, Squibb Coffee and Rowster Coffee as they share their passions for coffee and the community. Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum & Library. 6 pm. fordlibrarymuseum.gov

Relax at Rosa lunchtime concerts: Karisa Sprite. Rosa Parks Circle. Noon-1:30 pm. Full line-up at downtowngr.org.

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. 2-3 pm. Call (616) 459-5151 to register. literacycenterwm.org

Artist’s Reception for Ralph “Nunzi” Annunziata. Forest Hills Fine Arts Center. 6-7 pm. fhfineartscenter.com

Reading the Great Lakes. This monthly book club explores our beloved Great Lakes. This month’s selection is Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story by David Maraniss. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7 pm. For a complete list of books, visit grpl.org/rtgl.

July 6 & 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. Noon-1 pm and 6-7 pm. growbusiness.org

July 7

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 Bermuda Triangle. Kollen Park. 6:30-8:30 pm. Full line-up at downtownholland.com.

Creativity Uncorked: Machines that Draw. Grab some wine and get inspired by GRAM’s current expedition The Art of Rube Goldberg, then head to the studio to sketch and design your own fascinating invention. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 6:45-9 pm. Register at artmuseumgr.org.

Lowell Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts present The Bronk Bros. (country, southern rock and Americana). Riverwalk Plaza. 7-9 pm. Full line-up at lowellartsmi.org.

Movies in the Park: Mrs. Doubtfire and Forrest Gump. The 2017 series brings new features to the anticipated summer tradition that invites the community to pack a picnic and a blanket to enjoy an outdoor movie in the park, including 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.

July 8

WMEAC Rain Barrel Workshop. Combat storm water pollution by making your own rain barrel that you can use to harvest rainwater at home. Under the Vines. 11 am. Register at wmeac.org.

Daylily Show. Discover the amazing range of colors, sizes and shapes that daylilys can achieve and get tips on how to make your flowers flourish from Daylily Society members. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 11 am-5 pm. meijergardens.org

Will Juggle & Sweet Keith. These talented entertainers are joined by GR’s Rapid Delivery Improv to bring a hysterical evening of comedy, juggling and original music to audience members. Dog Story Theater. Shows at 7 and 9:30 pm. Tickets at dogstorytheater.com.

July 8 & 18

The Art of Rube Goldberg Drop-In Tour. Free with museum admission, you’re invited to drop in on a tour led by one of GRAM’s knowledgeable staff members. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 1-2 pm. artmuseumgr.org

July 9

The Vintage Street Market. Enjoy a day of outdoor vintage shopping at the Downtown Market.10 am-4 pm. Runs the second Sunday of every month through September. For dates, visit vintagestreetmarketgr.com.

Grand Rapids Galaxy vs. Cleveland Crush basketball. DeltaPlex. 3 pm. Tickets at deltaplex.com.

#IMOMSOHARD: Mom’s Night Out. Comedians and mothers Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley take the stage to talk about everything that makes you laugh, cry and form a complete community with other moms in this comedy special and night out for all the moms in the area. DeVos Performance Hall. 7:30 pm. Tickets at devosperformancehall.com.

July 10

Read the book and enjoy the experience with Grand Rapids Public Library’s GR Reads. The Book: 1984. The Experience: Gin Tasting and Tour at Long Road Distillers. 6 p.m. grpl.org/grreads

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

Jazz in the Park: Edwin Imer Santigo. Ah-Nab-Awen Park. 6:30-8:30 pm. Full schedule at wmichjazz.org.

Summer in the Studio: Elden Kelly concert. Hear the artist that has captivated audience members across the country with a dynamic range of styles and talents that make it impossible to tie her to one genre. Saugatuck Center for the Arts. 8 pm. sc4a.org

July 10-14

Stella Royce Piano Camp. Ages 7-15 can participate in this casual and fun music camp that offers excellent training and working with composer Mary Leaf, learning pieces she’s composed and culminating into a celebratory recital held on the last day of camp. St. Cecilia Music Center. 8:30 am-3 pm. scmc-online.org.

Young Dancer Summer Ballet Camp: Alice in Wonderland Theme. Keep your little one’s mind and body active by signing them up for this themed ballet summer camp where they learn basic ballet techniques and enjoy otherworldly activities. Grand Rapids Ballet. 9:15-10:30 am (ages 3-4). Enroll at grballet.com.

July 11

Summer Days at JB and Me. Enjoy a double-beauty experience by treating yourself to a shopping session at JB and Me while getting your aesthetic questions answered by the Bengtson Center experts. JB and Me. 1-4 pm. RSVP at bengtsoncenter.com.

Read the book and enjoy the experience with Grand Rapids Public Library’s GR Reads. The Book: Dark Matter. The Experience: Doors and Gateways of Grand Rapids Photo Walk with photographer and artist Dianne Carroll Burdick. 6:30 p.m. grpl.org/grreads

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

GROW Small Business Class: Marketing 101. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6-9 pm. Register for the class cluster at growbusiness.org.

Stellacade: Galaga. This month’s chosen arcade game is Galaga 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.

Tuesday Evening Music Club presents Miss Atomic and The Zannies. 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.

July 11, 18 & 25

Gilda’s Club Camp Sparkle. Children entering anywhere between kindergarten and sixth grade who have been impacted by cancer or grief are invited to the free and open day camp where they can connect and find strength with others who are struggling through similar challenges. Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids. 10 am-2:30 pm. gildasclubgr.org/camp-sparkle

July 12

Chivalry in Action at Goodwill Industries. Two knights from the Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament attraction in Illinois visit Goodwill on the East Beltline to entertain shoppers with professional sword-fighting demonstrations, training exercises, photo opportunities and giveaways. Knapp Goodwill. Noon-2 pm. goodwillgr.org

Garage Bar Block Party featuring Desmond Jones. The Garage Bar & Grill. 6-10 pm. garagebargr.com

97LAV Summertime Blues Concert Series: Eric Gales. DeltaPlex. 6 pm. deltaplex.com

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

Summer Concerts at the Gardens presents Sheryl Crow. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. Tickets at meijergardens.org.

July 13

Relax at Rosa lunchtime concerts: Conrad Shock + The Noise. Rosa Parks Circle. Noon-1:30 pm. Full line-up at downtowngr.org.

Read the book and enjoy the experience with Grand Rapids Public Library’s GR Reads. The Book: Sudden Sea: The Great Hurricane of 1938. The Experience: Threats Facing the Lake Michigan Shoreline lecture with Guy A. Meadows, Professor of Sustainable Marine Engineering and Director of the Great Lakes Research Center at Michigan Technological University. 7 p.m. grpl.org/grreads

Maranda’s Park Party: Kentwood. Join TV’s Maranda for an afternoon of great entertainment, attractions, games, community resources and family funr. East Kentwood High School. Noon-2 pm. Line-up at Wotv4women.com.

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

Cinema Lab presents Grey Gardens. View the quirky classic documentary that follows the eccentric lives of an old mother and her daughter in their filthy mansion located in East Hampton and partake in intriguing discussion after. Wealthy Theatre. 6:30-8:30 pm. Tickets at grcmc.org.

Lowell Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts present Steve Hilger Band (blues music). Riverwalk Plaza. 7-9 pm. Full line-up at lowellartsmi.org.

CeCe Winans concert. The award-winning gospel artist brings her Let Them Fall in Love tour to the Grand Rapids stage for an unforgettable performance. DeVos Performance Hall. 7:30 pm. Tickets at devosperformancehall.com.

July 13 & 14

D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops presents The Music of ABBA. Arrival from Sweden, the world’s most popular ABBA tribute band, kicks off 2017’s Picnic Pops line-up with a full concert of ABBA favorites accompanied by the musical talent of the Grand Rapids Symphony. Cannonsburg Ski Hill. 7:30 pm. Tickets at grsymphony.org.

July 13-15

Flower Power flower show. The Tri-Cities Garden Club presents their annual garden show featuring a large collection of flowers and innovative designs. Spring Lake District Library. Show hours at tricitiesgardenclub.org.

July 13-29

A Chorus Line. Celebrate human aspiration with this production, which immerses you in the story about a chorus line auditioning for a Broadway musical. Circle Theatre. Tickets and showtimes at circletheatre.org.

July 14

Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony. The public is invited to attend the Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of President Gerald R. Ford and First Lady Betty Ford and can also enjoy free admission to the Ford Museum today. Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum & Library. 9 am. fordlibrarymuseum.gov

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

Well-Strung: The Singing String Quartet concert. Saugatuck Center for the Arts. 8 pm. sc4a.org

July 15

Opening of the Puzzle Room: Quest for Conviction exhibit.Grand Rapids Public Museum. 9 am-5 pm. grpm.org

Macatawa Water Festival. Come enjoy water activities and educational experiences designed to engage everyone and teach them about restoring and preserving our lake and watershed. Holland’s Windmill Island. 9 am-1 pm. wmeac.org

Grand Rapids on Tap. Join the party and sample beer from over 100 craft breweries from across the country while jamming to live music, grabbing food from local vendors and having a drink with the beer-loving community. Calder Plaza. 3-7 pm. Tickets at americaontap.com.

Frivolous Follies. This variety show entertains audience members with singing, dancing by humans and dogs, comedy, juggling and more. Wealthy Theatre. 8-10:30 pm. Tickets at grcmc.org.

July 15 and 16

Standard Flower Show. The Kent Garden Club presents an inspirational show filled with creative floral designs and opportunities to learn about the beautification projects the Garden Club has done throughout the community. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 9 am-5 pm (Sat) and 11 am-5 pm (Sun). meijergardens.org

July 16

Free Day at GRPM. Spend the day exploring the museum’s exhibits and partaking in fun activities free of charge. Grand Rapids Public Museum. Noon-5 pm. grpm.org

Grand Rapids Galaxy vs. Toledo Threat basketball. DeltaPlex. 3 pm. Tickets at deltaplex.com.

Huey Lewis & The News at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. Tickets at meijergardens.org.

July 17

Read the book and enjoy the experience with Grand Rapids Public Library’s GR Reads. The Book: Dark Matter. The Experience: The Science of Dark Matter, a discussion with Paulette Epstein, Planetarium Manager and Staff Astronomer at the Michigan Science Center. 7 p.m. grpl.org/grreads

Jazz in the Park: Kevin Jones Band. Ah-Nab-Awen Park. 6:30-8:30 pm. Full schedule at wmichjazz.org.

Summer Concerts at the Gardens presents Elvis Costello & The Imposters. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. Tickets at meijergardens.org.

Circle Summer Concerts presents Ladies Night: The Music of Legendary Divas. Immerse yourself in the summer concert series where every seat feels like the front row and enjoy music by the most iconic women singers across time. Circle Theatre. 7 pm. Tickets and more showtimes at circletheatre.org.

Sweet Edible Art class. Cookies become a creative medium as children, ages 5+, are invited to join baker Christina Firmiss for a decorating extravaganza. Saugatuck Center for the Arts. 9 am-noon. sc4a.org

July 17-19

Lights, Camera, Action Workshop. The only limit is the imagination as you learn about video production while planning and editing a short film based off a script that you’re free to alter and make your own. Wealthy Theater’s Back Studio. 1-4 pm. Register at grcmc.org.

July 17-21

Young Dancer Summer Ballet Camp: Alice in Wonderland Theme. Keep your little one’s mind and body active by signing them up for this themed ballet summer camp where they learn basic ballet techniques and enjoy otherworldly activities. Grand Rapids Ballet. 9:15-10:30 am (ages 5-6). Enroll at grballet.com.

July 17-22

Byron Center Meats 71st Anniversary Celebration and Sale. Grills will be going all week with delicious meat samples. Prize drawings and give-aways. Specials on beef, pork and chicken. byroncentermeats.com

July 17-26

FLIGHT: Summer Youth Theater Experience. If your child is interested in theater, sign them up for this beginner’s theater class that culminates into a production titled “How to Fly in Your Dreams” where everyone gets a part. LowellArts. 6-7:30 pm. lowellartsmi.org.

July 18

Toddler Tuesday: Natural Habitat. Bring your child to SCFA’s studio for this nature-themed art class that lets them explore the natural world through painting. Saugatuck Center for the Arts. 10-11:30 am. sc4a.org.

Read the book and enjoy the experience with Grand Rapids Public Library’s GR Reads. The Book: The Tumbling Turner Sisters. The Experience: Bangarang Circus, a performance by Grand Rapids-based circus troupe. 7 pm.  grpl.org/grreads

GROW Small Business Class: Branding and Personal Selling. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6-9 pm. Register for the class cluster at growbusiness.org.

Tuesday Evening Music Club presents Rollie Tussing & The Midwest Territory Band and The Muteflutes. 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.

July 19

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

Blood Drive. Total Health Chiropractic. Noon-4:45 pm. Sign up and find more donation opportunities at redcrossblood.org.

Measure What Matters Workshop: The Importance of Diversity in Small Business. One World Diversity performs scenes highlighting the importance of diversity in the workplace through humorous and thought-provoking skits during this month’s workshop. Start Garden. 3-5 pm. localfirst.com

Workshop Wednesdays: Graphic Novels. Follow graphic novelist Kenny Porter and Detroit-based illustrator Jim Towe into the world of graphic novels and their ever-expanding artistic field, a fascinating opportunity for those interested in entering the comic business. Avenue for the Arts. 6-8 pm. Register at avenueforthearts.com.

97LAV Summertime Blues Concert Series: Walter Trout. DeltaPlex. 6 pm. deltaplex.com

Summer Concerts at the Gardens presents Barenaked Ladies. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. Tickets at meijergardens.org.

July 20

Relax at Rosa lunchtime concerts: All American Funk Parade. Rosa Parks Circle. Noon-1:30 pm. Full line-up at downtowngr.org.

Maranda’s Park Party: Holland. Join TV’s Maranda for an afternoon of family fun during her free community park parties throughout the summer. Kollen Park. Noon-2 pm. Line-up at Wotv4women.com.

Monroe North Neighborhood Happy Hour. Mix and mingle with the Monroe North community who work, live or play in the area while enjoying happy hour specials, games and prizes. JD Reardons. 5-7 pm. mnbagr.org

Green Drinks with WMEAC. Network with a lively mix of people from NGO’s to sustainability experts over craft beer. Brewery Vivant. 5-7 pm. wmeac.org

Ford After Five: Jazz Night. Hear beats from the John Shea Trio during a free jazz session at the museum. Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum & Library. 5:30 pm. fordlibrarymuseum.gov

GRAM on the Green presents The Great Ones, Hip Hop. 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

Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers with the Wood Brothers at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 6:30 pm. meijergardens.org.

Cherry Street Music Series presents Cinco en Clave. 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.

Lowell Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts present Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys (Americana music). Riverwalk Plaza. 7-9 pm. Full line-up at lowellartsmi.org.

July 20 & 21

The Piano Cottage Rocks 2017. Bring the family to experience the Piano Cottage kids jamming out and delivering summer rock and roll concert by the keys. Wealthy Theater. 7:30-9 pm. Tickets at grcmc.org.

D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops presents The Music of Chicago. Chicago tribute band Brass Transit replicates a crowd-pleasing Chicago concert and obtains a unique sound with the company of the Grand Rapids Symphony. Cannonsburg Ski Hill. 7:30 pm. grsymphony.org.

July 21

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

Summer Concerts at the Gardens presents Amos Lee. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. Tickets at meijergardens.org.

Movies in the Park: The Book of Life and Jaws. Pack a picnic and a blanket to enjoy an outdoor movie 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.

July 21-August 6

Fully Committed. Enter the relatable life of Sam, an employee at a five-star restaurant, as he deals with rude customers and eccentric coworkers. Saugatuck Center for the Arts. Tickets and showtimes at sc4a.org.

July 22

Cookies 5K Run & Walk. This event is open to everyone and invites you to join Team Orphans on a 5K trail course that leads right to a pile of cookies. Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery. 8 am. teamorphans.com.

Bike & Historic GR Cemeteries Tour. She Rides Her Own Way hosts a bike tour that takes riders through the Oakhill and Fulton Street Cemeteries and shares interesting historical facts about the route along the way. Oakhill Cemetery. 11 am-2 pm. Stay updated on the Facebook event page.

Made in Michigan Pop-Up Marketplace a The Downtown Market. 9 am-4 pm. Runs the 4th Saturday of every month. madeinmipopup.com.

July 23

Lowell Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts present the 126 Army Band The Governor’s Own (military ensemble). Riverwalk Plaza. 3-5 pm. Full line-up at lowellartsmi.org.

July 24

Jazz in the Park: Jim Cooper & Organic Vibes. Ah-Nab-Awen Park. 6:30-8:30 pm. Full schedule at wmichjazz.org.

Summer Concerts at the Gardens presents Andrew Bird featuring Esperanza Spalding. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. Tickets at meijergardens.org.

Circle Summer Concerts presents California Dreamin’: Cool Cali Vibes Past & Present. Ride the waves through this concert that floods the auditorium with good, beachy vibes through the music of The Beach Boys, Jimmy Buffet, Maroon 5 and more. Circle Theatre. 7 pm. Tickets and more showtimes at circletheatre.org.

Summer in the Studio: Danika and the Jeb concert. The duo delivers a show to remember as Danika’s smooth vocals and Jeb’s phenomenal guitar playing create hymns of positive and encouraging songs. Saugatuck Center for the Arts. 8-10 pm. sc4a.org

July 24 and 26

Read the book and enjoy the experience with Grand Rapids Public Library’s GR Reads. The Book: HorrorStor. The Experience: Scandinavian Cooking with the Ginger Chef. 7 p.m. grpl.org/grreads

July 24-28

Teen Camp: Creative Cartoons. Teen campers explore cartoons by learning the basics of drawing them and experimenting with different techniques to develop their own characters. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 2-5 pm daily. Register at artmuseumgr.org.

Young Dancer Summer Ballet Camp. Keep your little one’s mind and body active by signing them up for summer ballet camp where they learn basic ballet techniques and enjoy fun activities throughout the session. Grand Rapids Ballet. 9:15-10:45 am (ages 6-7). 11 am-12:30 pm (ages 8-9). Enroll at grballet.com.

July 25

Toddler Tuesdays: Shapes and Shadows. Children express themselves and experiment with sensory play and discover different shapes and the shadows around them. Saugatuck Center for the Arts. 10-11:30 am. sc4a.org

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

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

Tuesday Evening Music Club presents The Moxie Strings and The Dave Sharp World’s Trio. 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.

The Who concert. Van Andel Arena. 7:30 pm. vanandelarena.com.

July 26

Workshop Wednesdays: Artist Residency Roundtable. Learn more about exploring the world in an artist in residency program along with how to apply and raise funds in this free casual discussion. Avenue for the Arts. 6-8 pm. Register at avenueforthearts.com.

97LAV Summertime Blues Concert Series: Big James & The Chicago Playboys. DeltaPlex. 6 pm. deltaplex.com

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

Summer Concerts at the Gardens presents The Beach Boys. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. Tickets at meijergardens.org.

July 26 & 27

Grocery/Fresh Show. Learn about the products and produce that freshen up your lifestyle during this flourishing tradeshow. DeltaPlex. Schedule at devosplace.org.

July 27

GROW Connects: Building Your Online Business on a Budget. Learn about free to low-cost resources that help you launch your online business based on your current income. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 8-11 am. growbusiness.org.

Read the book and enjoy the experience with Grand Rapids Public Library’s GR Reads. The Book: You Can’t Touch My Hair. The Experience: Beautifully Wrapped: the Global Art of Headwrapping with Zarinah El-Amin Naeem, founder Beautifully Wrapped at LINC Gallery. 6:30 p.m. grpl.org/grreads.

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

Read the book and enjoy the experience with Grand Rapids Public Library’s GR Reads. The Book: The Red Market. The Experience: Exploring Michigan’s Urban Legends with local history enthusiast Amberrose Hammond at Grand Rapids Brewing Company. 8 p.m. grpl.org/grreads

Lowell Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts presents Natchez Trace (country rock music). Riverwalk Plaza. 7-9 pm. Full line-up at lowellartsmi.org.

Summer Concerts at the Gardens presents The Shins. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. Tickets at meijergardens.org.

Dancing with the Stars LIVE. Seize the chance to see the best ballroom dancers saunter from your TV to the stage as ABC’s popular hit show performs live with group numbers, steamy duets and awe-striking original pieces. DeVos Performance Hall. 7:30 pm. Tickets at devosperformancehall.com.

GRAM on the Green presents COMPLETE VII and SuperDre. Ages 21+ are invited to enjoy this free outdoor concert and grab eats and drinks from the food trucks and cash bar onsite. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 9-11:45 pm. artmuseumgr.org

July 27 & 28

D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops presents Women Rock. Celebrate the women singers and songwriters who changed rock and roll forever at this concert where the Grand Rapids Symphony performs the music of Janis Joplin, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin and more. Cannonsburg Ski Hill. 7:30 pm. Tickets at picnicpops.org.

July 28

4th Annual Chek Fest Golf Outing. Enjoy an afternoon of golf to support the International Myeloma Foundation, which uses funds to prolong lives and discover new treatments toward fining a cure for the disease. The Meadows Golf Club at GVSU. 1-5:30 pm. myeloma.org

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

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

July 28 & 29

Little Women the Broadway Musical. Follow the four March sisters from their musical adolescence to singsong adulthood as they grow up and face the world together. Wealthy Theatre. 7 pm (Fri), 1 and 7 pm (Sat). Tickets at grcmc.org.

July 28-31

Hairspray Jr. Spunky teen Tracy Turnblad has a dream to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show, but, 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

War on the Catwalk. This flamboyant “drag race” stars everyone’s favorite people fromVH1’s popular show. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm. Tickets at devosperformancehall.com.

July 29-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, along with an empress and a young warrior, to save the kingdom. Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. Tickets and showtimes at grct.org.

July 31

Lifehouse & Switchfoot at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 6 pm. meijergardens.org.

Jazz in the Park: Metro Jazz Voices. Ah-Nab-Awen Park. 6:30-8:30 pm. Full schedule at wmichjazz.org.

Read the book and enjoy the experience with Grand Rapids Public Library’s GR Reads. The Book: The Harlem Hellfighters. The Experience: The Right to Fight and Serve: The Montford Point Marines. Sharon Stokes-Perry shares the story of the Harlem Hellfighters. 7 p.m. grpl.org/grreads


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