May Events


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

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


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

Meanwhile Movie. Kick back for a viewing of a cult classic, with titles varying every week at Wealthy Theatre. Bar privileges open to members. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm.


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


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


GRAM Selects ArtPrize Eight: Encore. Take a second glance at some of the strongest works exhibited during last year’s ArtPrize Eight festival. Grand Rapids Art Museum. Hours at

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

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

Janet Y. Johnson: A Tribute Exhibition. Celebrate the life of the late artist as you browse through her artwork and visit Flat River Gallery & Framing to find her work for sale with proceeds benefiting LowellArts. LowellArts. Gallery hours at

Who’s Who? LowellArts Members Exhibit. LowellArts. Gallery hours at

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.

Through May 14

US IS THEM and Here + Now exhibit. Featuring works from 42 international artists, issues of politics, religion and racism are confronted through a diverse range of mediums. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. 6-9 pm.

Through May 15

Alive in Color exhibit. Painter Carlos Tobar and photographer Eric Tank give viewers a glimpse of Ecuador’s landscape and locals through multi-layered and intriguing pieces. Richard App Gallery. Gallery hours at Richard App Gallery Facebook page.

May 2

GRAM Matinee: Royal Wedding. Enjoy a free screening of the classic film about love, travel and a sibling dance act. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 1:30-3:30 pm.

Ele’s Place Healing Hearts Fundraising Breakfast. Grab a seat or a table for your coworkers and enjoy a delightful breakfast while learning more about Ele’s Place programs, hearing testimonials from their families and learning about the positive impact the organization makes in children’s lives. DeVos Place. 7:45-9 am.

Broadway Grand Rapids presents Motown, running May 2-7.

May 2-7

Motown the Musical. The Motown family fights against the odds to create the soundtrack of change in America. DeVos Performance Hall. Tickets at

May 3

GROW Business: Get Found on Google Search and Maps. GROW experts teach you how to set up Google My Business. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 9-11 am.

Meet Your Neighbors Luncheon. Enjoy a complimentary lunch provided by Senior Neighbors while learning about the impact donations make on seniors living independently in the area. New Vintage Place. Noon-1 pm. Register by calling (616) 233-0739.

Ladies Night: Discussion & Shopping Event. Pharmacist Mia Heim and Nutritional Consultant Brandi Grimmer discuss hormones, women’s health and diet. Following the presentation, guests enjoy an exclusive after-hours shopping event throughout the pharmacy. Keystone Pharmacy. 5:30-7 pm. RSVP by calling (616) 974-9792 or visit

Prospective Literacy Tutor Orientation. Those interested in being a literacy tutor can learn more about the literacy center’s programs at this information session. Literacy Center of West Michigan. 6-7 pm. Call (616) 459-5151 to register.

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.

May 4

Creative Chocolate Class. Experience a new artistic medium with chocolate by learning to create, design and make your own mouthwatering chocolate bar that you can give as a gift for Mother’s Day or devour for yourself. Chocolates by Grimaldi. 6:30-8 pm. Reserve by calling (616) 935-7740.

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

Reading the Great Lakes. This monthly book club explores our beloved Great Lakes. This month’s selection is The Charm Bracelet by Viola Shipman, the pseudonym of Wade Rouse. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7 pm.

Music in the Stacks: The Howlers. Enjoy a rock performance by The Howlers as you browse the library’s collection. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7 pm.

Spectacular Jazz Series presents the Music of Miles Davis. The SFJAZZ Collective pays tribute to the jazz legend with fresh arrangements of his work. St. Cecilia Music Center. 7:30 pm. Tickets at

May 4 & 18

Intro to GROW. Get information on programs and services GROW offers for business starters. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. Noon-1 pm and 6-7 pm.

May 4-7

The Music Man Jr. Sacred Heart Academy presents the tale of a man posing as a band leader selling instruments, uniforms and his fabricated ability to teach music. Wealthy Theatre. 7 pm. Tickets at

May 4-6, 10-14 & 17-20

The Addams Family. The adored, dark characters from the cartoon, comic strip and movies take the stage in an original story where Wednesday Addams falls in love with a sweet boy and begs her father not to tell her mother. Circle Theatre. Tickets at

May 5

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.

May 5 & 6

Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding dinner theater. You’re invited to attend the tacky and hilarious wedding and reception of Tony Nunzio and Valentina Vitale with dinner and dessert served to audience members during the production. Larkin’s Other Place. 6:30 pm. Tickets at

May 5-7

Alice in Wonderland. The mystifying, psychedelic story of Alice and her exploration of Wonderland is performed through brilliant choreography and visual effects by the GR Ballet. Peter Martin Wege Theatre. Tickets and showtimes at

May 6

Community Training Run. Rise and shine to train for Grand Rapids’ biggest road race with a free group run followed by snacks and camaraderie with fellow runners and goal-setters. David D. Hunting YMCA. 8-10 am. Full schedule at

Tulip Time 5K & 10K. Run through Holland’s tulip-lined streets during the flower festival with Dutch culture, food and activities. Kollen Park. 8-11 am. Register at

Party for the Planet. Celebrate Earth Day at the zoo by meeting with the local conservation, recycling and environmentally minded organizations on-hand. John Ball Zoo. 9 am-6 pm.

Girls Rock! Grand Rapids is wo-manning a table in front of the Vault of Midnight comic book shop during Free Comic Book Day. Stop by to score a free comic book and find out about volunteer opportunities. 10 am-4 pm.

Tailor Made Bridal Pop-Up Shop. The plus-sized bridal boutique is open for business at the pop-up shop featuring wedding, bridesmaid and formal dresses along with accessories and expert wedding vendors on-hand to help plan your special day. GR Pop Up Shop on Division Street. 10-4 pm.

It’s Tulip Time throughout the City of Holland, May 6 through May 14. Nine days of celebrating arts, Dutch culture, food, craft, dancing, concerts and festival fun.

May 6-14

Tulip Time Festival. Join festival-goers from all over the world as they flock Holland for popular flower festival featuring parades, dance lessons and workshops along with Dutch food and a full-on celebration of Dutch culture. Holland, Michigan. Full schedule at

May 7

Chefs Live! Cooking & Food Show. West Michigan’s best chefs gather in the arena to perform cooking demos led by Chef Janna Arcidiacono, dish out samples and share information about their food. Don’t forget to visit the show’s Bloody Mary bar. DeltaPlex Arena. 11 am-3 pm.

Tulip Time Dutch Organ Concert. Organist Rhonda Sider Edgington gifts listeners with the breadth and depth of Dutch organ music during this new festival feature. Hope Church. 7-8 pm.

May 7-June 25

Everyone’s Downstream. This moving exhibit displays the work of 20 artists, who capture our connection and global dilemma we face with water, in their work. Fountain Street Church. Gallery hours at

May 8

Some of your favorite divas are represented at Circle Theatre for an evening of music by Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Barbara Streisand, Aretha Franklin, Adele, Cher, Beyoncé, Patti LaBelle, and more. 7 pm.

May 9

Measure What Matters Workshop: Renewable and Efficient Energy Usage. Local First’s new workshop series kicks off with a discussion with  representatives from energy-efficient advocates who share their story of how they achieved an environmentally friendly business. Catalyst Partners. 3-5 pm.

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

No Problems Training Run. Running is better when you know there is beer afterwards. Join fellow runners at the brewery for a casual group run followed by a pint, treats and good conversation. Perrin Brewing Company. 6-8 pm. Full schedule at

The Paleo Diet, Bio-Individuality & You. Learn more about today’s dietary theories and which work best for you with GR Natural Health’s health coaches Audrey Byker and Andrea Hop. Harvest Health in Hudsonville. 6:30-7:30 pm. RSVP at

May 10

Blood Drive. BSI Healthcare. 11 am-3:45 pm.

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

Great Gardens Party. Celebrate spring by wining and dining while seizing the opportunity to support the Gardens by participating in the silent auction, raffle and wine garden. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 6-9 pm. For more information, contact Careena at (616) 975-3168.

Rapid Delivery Improv. The local improv troupe gives a versatile show built 100 percent from audience suggestions, so don’t hold back your ideas. Dog Story Theater. 7:30 pm.

May 11

7-Year Anniversary Party. Celebrate Stella’s Lounge’s 7th birthday with $5 burgers, free-play on all arcade games, Geeks Who Drink trivia and a number of new drink releases. Stella’s Lounge. 11 am-2 am.

Yoga at GRAM. Stretch it out during a yoga class surrounded by the art museum’s beautiful architecture. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 5:45-6:45 pm.

The Canning Diva book signing. Celebrate the Canning Diva’s first published book by getting it signed, enjoying refreshments and meeting others who are also passionate about canning. Rylee’s Ace Hardware (Michigan Street location). 6-7:30 pm.

Eric Church. En route on his Holdin’ My Own tour, the Nashville singer brings an unforgettable show to Grand Rapids. Van Andel Arena. 8 pm. Tickets at

May 12

Fifth Third River Bank Run Sports & Fitness Expo. Find your race bib, scour discounted apparel and food samples, get a beer from the Perrin Brewing Beer Garden and pick up your race packet at this pre-race day expo featuring all sorts of fun and opportunities to sign up for future races. DeVos Place. 11 am-8 pm.

Opera Affiliates Pre-Opera Dinner. Enjoy a cocktail hour and a delicious dinner with other opera fans at this fundraising event that benefits Opera Grand Rapids. University Club. 5:30-7 pm. Tickets at

Wish Ball: Let Your Dreams Take Flight. Celebrate the Make-A-Wish mission and the work they’ve done with the community to improve the lives of many children and families by attending a gala filled with hors d’oeuvres, drinks and inspirational speakers. DeVos Place. 6 pm. Tickets at

Failure Lab Grand Rapids. Speakers take the stage to share their personal stories of failure with listeners during this non-judging event that allows audience members to consider, reflect and think about each story and how inevitable failure actually empowers life and learning, depending on how it is handled. Fountain Street Church. 7 pm.

Blue Water Ramblers concert. Folk fans enjoy the diverse styles of this five-member band, who work many references about Michigan and the Great Lakes into their lyrics. LowellArts. 7 pm. Tickets at

Pop Scholars: Improv Comedy. Laugh with a night of smart, risk-taking improv comedy performed by Grand Rapids’ 4-man improvisational experts. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm.

The Barber of Seville delights audiences with performances on May 12 and 13.

May 12 & 13

The Barber of Seville. Experience the comical masterpiece performed in beautiful ballads that don’t lose sense of the story’s humor. DeVos Performance Hall. 7:30 pm. Tickets at

May 13

Fifth Third River Bank Run. Whether you’re dashing or spectating, the country’s largest road race brings energy to everyone as the community spreads out up to 15.5 miles throughout the city to cheer on the runners and handcyclers as they race toward personal glory and the wild after party. Race begins in front of Fifth Third Bank. 8 am. Register at

Opera at the Movies: Der Rosenkavalier. Enjoy the experience of world-class opera in the comfort of the movie theater. Celebration Cinema North. 12:30 pm.

Fashion and Tea at the museum. Learn about fashion, customs and culture while exploring the museum’s collection of vintage clothing and enjoying tea with sweet treats. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 2-4 pm. Tickets at

Sample Flow Soaps at Rylee’s Ace Hardware’s Michigan Street store. Flow Soaps are Michigan made with non-GMO and sustainable oils, scented with no pure essential oils. 10 am-2pm.

The Preservers concert. All band members, hailing from Lowell, bring a brilliant rock performance to the stage that leaves audience members’ hearts pumping and hands waving. LowellArts. 7 pm. Tickets at

Flanked by tour mates New Kids on the Block and Boyz II Men, Paula Abdul hits the stage at Van Andel Arena for a hit-fueled showcase on Saturday, May 13.

New Kids on the Block Total Package concert with Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men. Van Andel Arena. 7:30 pm. Tickets at

Divas Unite: West Michigan Gay Men’s Chorus Spring Concert and Auction. This concert features music by Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Bette Midler, Madonna and more of the world’s most notorious divas. Wealthy Theatre. 7:30 pm. Tickets at

May 13 & 14

Michigan All State Bonsai Show. See a variety of bonsai trees of all shapes and sizes during this show that fascinates attendees annually with their displays, shaping demos and workshops that teach the art of bonsai. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 9 am-5 pm (Sat) and 11 am-5 pm (Sun).

May 14

Celebrate Mom with a chef inspired brunch buffet where she’ll be treated like family at Pietro’s, 11-3 pm. Reservations encouraged by calling (616) 452-3228.

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

May 15

The a trip up and down the Pacific coast with music of The Beach Boys, The Mamas & The Papas, Jimmy Buffett, Katy Perry, Gwen Stefani and Maroon 5 at Circle Theatre’s Calivornia Dreamin’: Past & Present. 7 pm.

Healthy U Lecture: Shingles. Learn how to identify the signs, symptoms and how prevent shingles from expert clinical pharmacists. Covenant Village of the Great Lakes. 10-11 am.

Author Talk and Book Signing. Rachael Steil, author of Running in Silence, addresses body image and the secret world of eating disorders during this presentation open to the public. First Park Congregational Church. 6 pm.

May 16

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

Ask the Experts: Gut Health. Get your questions answered during the first of GR Natural Health’s monthly Ask the Experts panel discussion focusing on a variety of health topics each month. This month focuses on stomach health. Grand Rapids Natural Health. 6:30-7:30 pm. RSVP at

Red Shoe Brew Festival. Support the Ronald McDonald House’s mission by treating yourself to food, music and sips from several local breweries. Ronald McDonald House. 5-8 pm. Tickets at

An Evening Filled with Hope with Wade Rouse. The author of The Charm Bracelet visits the library to discuss his newest novel, The Hope Chest, and shares why hope and sentimentality are overlooked in today’s literature. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7 pm.

ArtFeast 5. Benefiting Exalta Health and their mission to help others afford health care, this artistic event features the opportunity to bid on showcased masterpieces, meet the artists, watch them create artwork and participate in a silent auction while enjoying hors d’oeuvres, good company and a cash bar. The Harris Building. 5:30-8:30 pm.

May 17

VARI Seminar Series presents an Integrative Approach to Understanding HIV-1 and Host Interactions with Dr. Peijun Zhang. Van Andel Institute. Noon.

Green Smoothies 101. Raw Food Chef Dawn Wolfe-Hamilton shows attendees how to pack a lot of nutrients into a great tasting smoothie. Keystone Pharmacy. 5:30-7 pm. RSVP at

May 18

Reds, Whites & Brews fundraiser. Discover new drinks and treats during an evening of wine and microbrew tasting, music from Brena, hors d’oeuvres and a live auction with all proceeds benefiting Indian Trails Camp’s scholarship. The Downtown Market. 6-10 pm. Tickets at

Body & Breast Seminar. Dr. Brad Bengtson gives a presentation on breast and body procedures available and is also available to answer all of your questions. Bengtson Center. 5-7 pm. RSVP at

Mallory Skilling: Back Home Again benefit concert. Come listen to and celebrate a visit from this local singer/songwriter, who now lives in Nashville where she is pursuing her musical career. Van Singel Fine Arts Center. 7:30 pm. Tickets at

May 19

GRAM Circle Preview of The Art of Rube Goldberg exhibit. GRAM donors, corporate partners and special guests are invited to a pre-reception of the art museum’s newest exhibit. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 6-7 pm.

Cottage Bar 90th Anniversary Party. The oldest pub in Grand Rapids invites you to its 90th anniversary party and is filling the night with celebration features like samples of Don Julio Tequila 1942, commemorative t-shirts available for purchase, live entertainment, drink specials and more. Cottage Bar & Restaurant. 3-11 pm.

May 19 & 20

Beethoven’s Eroica. Hear how this heroic symphony blazed the trail for the Romantic era in music by breaking most compositional rules during the Richard and Helen DeVos Classic series. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm. Tickets at

May 19-21

Mini-Tales & Bolero. The GR Ballet Junior Company features family-favorite fables in this performance that’s fun for all ages. Peter Martin Wege Theatre. Tickets and showtimes at

May 20

Kent County Celebration 5K. Join the girls of GOTR-KMC to celebrate the work they’ve done during this season’s Girls on the Run program with an empowering 5K run that weaves downtown and is scattered with support, tutus and smiles. Calder Plaza. 8 am. Register at

Barley, BBQ & Beats. Nosh on barbecue from leading pit masters and sip on handcrafted cocktails while listening to live music by local favorites. Van Andel Arena. 5 pm. Tickets at

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 Vine. 11 am. Register at

Ain’t Nothing Like Family: Ms. Wilkins Birthday Bash. The cast of the comedic play is back to celebrate Mr. Wilkins’s birthday, including an unexpected guest that none of them predicted would show. Wealthy Theatre. 7 pm.

Fluorescent Black: The Party. This dance party is good vibes only as you dance the night away to DJ sets from Super Dre, Todd Ernst, DJ Composition, DJ Snax and A/B. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 8-11:45 pm. Tickets at

May 21

Wild Kratts LIVE! The popular kids show comes to life during this adventure with the Kratt brothers. DeVos Performance Hall. 1 pm. Tickets at

Heritage Hill Home Trolley Tour. Hop aboard for a trolley tour that weaves through the Heritage Hill neighborhood, showcasing the beautiful architecture of the old mansions. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 1:30-3:30 pm.

May 23

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

GROW Connects: How to Pitch Your Business. Join Principle and Creative Director Chelsie Wyse as she shares tips on how to pitch your business. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 9:30-11 am. Register at

Team Up to Beat Parkinson’s Disease with Kirk Gibson presented by Spectrum Health Neurosciences. DeVos Performance Hall. 4-6:45 pm. Tickets at

A Night with Dr. Amy Goldstein. Dr. Amy Goldstein discusses treatments, testing and finding local support for Mitochondrial disease. Butterworth Hospital Conference Room. 6:30 pm. RSVP at

May 24

FREE Seminar. Healthy Aging for Women presented by Spectrum Medical Group 6 pm-8:30 pm at Prince Conference Center. Moderator: Diana Bitner, MD, Ob-Gyn and Midlife Specialist.

GROW Business: Using QuickBooks to Successfully Manage Your Business. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6-9 pm. Register at

May 25

GROW Connects: How to Pitch Your Business. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 9:30-11 am. Register at

Clean Eating 101. Chef educator Sue Stauffacher shares the meaning of the clean eating movement and reveals simple ideas and recipes for attendees to incorporate their own clean eating practices into their lifestyle. Central Reformed Church. 7 pm.

May 26

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

Kid’s Night Out: Night Hikers. Don’t worry about finding a sitter because JB Zoo is hosting a kid’s night full of animals, friends and a pizza dinner. John Ball Zoo. 5:30-9 pm.

May 27

Krazy Kids Inflatable Fun Run. Kids ages 3-12 conquer a variety of inflatable obstacles stretched across a 1.5-mile course during this fun run that has participants bouncing toward glory. Riverside Park. 8:30-11 am. Register at

Made in Michigan Pop-Up Marketplace. Hosting over 50 local vendors, the outdoor marketplace 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 Sunday of every month. Dates at

May 27 & 28

Iris Show. View a variety of irises along with arrangements centered on the theme “Simple Country Pleasures” while getting your iris inquiries answered by members of the Grand Valley Iris Society. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 1-5 pm (Sat) and 11 am-5 pm (Sun).

May 27-August 6

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

May 27-September 4

Realm of Flight Bird Show. The zoo’s World Bird Sanctuary takes flight with educational opportunities on nature’s creatures of the sky with professional bird handlers presenting three shows daily featuring birds like the Black Vulture, Seriema, Bateleur Eagle and more. John Ball Zoo. Details and showtimes at

May 30

Baby & Me at GRAM. Bring the little ones to GRAM for a free interactive tour and discussion inspired by the exhibitions and collections. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 11 am-noon.

May 31

Volunteer Fair. Learn about non-profit volunteer opportunities and talk with various organizations on how you can give your time to benefit others. Covenant Village of the Great Lakes. 2-5 pm.



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