May Events



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


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

Tuesdays & Thursdays

Adult Ballet Classes. Master strength and finesse by learning ballet technique, stretching, conditioning and all the ways ballet can help you stay fit. Your first class is free. Meijer-Royce Center for Dance. 6:30-7:45 pm.


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


Saturday Sips. Featuring four rotating draft beers from local breweries, bottled craft beer, a greenhouse herb-infused cocktail and a growler filling station, it’s a great way to check out the special brews our market has to offer. Grand Rapids Downtown Market. 11 am-3 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.

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

Through May

The Kent District Library features a flowerpot of events this month for everyone ranging from babies to adults. Find your latest obsession at a Friends of the Library book sale, have documentary film screenings open your mind, perk up with KDL caffeinated, learn how to make a backyard oasis and learn to master computer basics. Find times and info for these events and more at

Be Curious exhibit. Thousands of years of ancient Egyptian culture visits the present in this display of ancient Egyptian jewelry, funerary masks, statuettes and other artifacts in the museum’s collection. Grand Rapids Public Museum. For museum hours, visit

Through the Eyes of Weidenaar. Grand Rapids Public Museum. For exhibition hours, visit

Through May 3

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Join the final chance to be the company of Alex’s misery in this entertaining musical that will engage audiences of all ages. Civic Theatre. For tickets and showtimes, visit

Through May 17

Michigan Artist Series: David Greenwood. Featuring sculptures by the Grand Rapids artist demonstrating his use of symbols and allegory in reflecting on the human condition. Grand Rapids Art Museum. For museum hours, visit

Uncommon Beauty in Common Places exhibit. Design Quest. For gallery hours, visit

Through May 22

LowellArts! Student Art exhibit. Featuring innovative, creative and well-executed artwork by local middle and high school students. Hudson St. Gallery. 10 am-6 pm (Tue-Fri) 1-4 pm (Sat).

Through June 4

Spring exhibition of Splendors of Shiga. The exhibit, featuring treasures from Japan, re-opens for spring displaying more than 60 Japanese historical works of art from pottery to scrolls, screens and more. Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Plan your journey at

Through July 31

Art of the Lived Experiment. Take some time to visit one or all of the venues featuring the exhibition of contemporary art that addresses change, adjustment and social perceptions in the lives of disabled people. Grand Rapids Art Museum. For exhibition hours and venue locations, visit

May 1

First Friday Gallery Hops. Presented by Avenue for the Arts, South Division Ave. becomes the ultimate destination to find artwork by local artists and handmade goods along with food and drink specials. Make a night of it by visiting one of the featured eateries for dinner and winding down with a drink. South Division. 6-9 pm.

Cool Jazz with Terell Stafford. It’s a hot night of cool jazz featuring this gifted jazz musician joined by award winning Byron Center Jazz Ensembles. Van Singel Fine Arts Center. 7:30 pm.

Eat. Drink. Be Merry: Wine Tasting and Auction. Benefit St. Cecilia Music Center by enjoying great wine and food provided by Martha’s Vineyard along with amazing auction items. St. Cecilia Music Center. 5:30 pm.

May 1 & 2

Tosca. Opera Grand Rapids presents the story of Tosca, her lover who happens to be an escaped prisoner, and the scheming Baron Scarpia who will stop at nothing to make Tosca his own. Sung beautifully in Italian with English titles. DeVos Performance Hall. 7:30 pm.

May 1-3

Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Sorcerer. A polished, witty comedy poking fun and a love potion at Victorian England’s notion that social and economic similarities determine who citizens should marry. Peter Wege Auditorium. For showtimes, visit

Draw Me Out. The Stark Turn Players present a two-act show about a bi-polar teen who meets his opposite and discovers his creative abilities. Dog Story Theater. 8 pm (Fri-Sat) 3 pm (Sun).

May 1-17

The Tropical Pickle Dinner Theater. Dinner and a show, but do your best not to spit out your food from laughing at this comedy, written by Jeff Daniels, about the peculiar Lee family trying to impress a company president with a dinner party that goes awry. Larkin’s Other Place. For showtimes and tickets, visit

May 2

Fifth Third River Bank Training Run. Give your legs a taste of the trample and practice endurance with 8 and 11-mile distances followed by re-energizing refreshments and a chance to catch up with fellow runners. David D. Hunting YMCA. 8 am.

Tulip Time Run. You may not be running through a field of flowers, but can choose between a 5K or 10K through beautiful Holland during one of the most anticipated festivals of the year. Kollen Park. 8 am. For more information and to register, visit

Walk to Cure Arthritis at John Ball Park Zoo. John Ball Park Zoo. 8:30 am.

Bike 101 Maintenance. The Spoke Folks share tips on keeping your bike in great shape just in time for the warm months ahead. Rylee’s Ace Hardware (Michigan St. location). 9 am. Register at

West Michigan Mom’s Sale. Buy or sell your gently used baby, childrens or maternity clothing, toys, nursery furniture and anything else that is baby or maternity related at the ultimate mom to be/mom already expo. DeVos Place. 9 am-2 pm.

Grand Raggidy Roller Derby 10th Anniversary. Celebrate with the Raggidy Roller Girls as they take on the Carolina Rollergirls in this action-packed double-header. Rivertown Sports Arena. 5 pm.

Carnaval Gala. Enjoy a fun, tropical-inspired evening with cocktails, dinner and live entertainment, benefiting the museum’s artistic and educational programming. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 6:30-9:30 pm. Reserve your spot at

May 2-9

It’s Tulip Time in Holland, Michigan. With national entertainment acts, events and activities for all ages, and some of the largest parades in Michigan, the Tulip Time Festival offers world-class fun. The stars of the show are the 4.5 million tulips in City parks, at public attractions, and along City streets.


Tulip Time Festival. A week-long festival with fun for the whole family along with wonderful Dutch traditions including parades, an arts & crafts fair, the Dutch market and live music. Holland, Michigan. For more information, visit

May 3

Build Your Own Bloody Mary. A great way to get your vegetable fixings, learn different mixes and start the week off well. Grand Rapids Downtown Market. 10 am-2 pm.

Underground Concert Series: Harrison Bankhead. LaFontsee Galleries. 3 pm.

Grand Band and Grand String Orchestra Spring Concert. Celebrating the coming of spring, SCMC’s adult ensembles present a free concert of classical favorites for the entire family. St. Cecilia Music Center. 3-6 pm.

Rutter’s Requiem performed by the Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Choruses. Basilica of Saint Adalbert. 7 pm.

May 4

NeedToBreathe concert. Stopping in Grand Rapids for their Tour de Compadres, the recording group brings along Ben Rector, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors and Colony House.
DeVos Performance Hall. 6:30 pm.

Registration Party for 5/3 River Bank Run. A great chance to sign up just in time for the big road race and save $5.30 on your registration while getting your questions answered by the event staff. Buffalo Wild Wings (Alpine Ave. location). 5:30-7:30 pm.

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. 6:30-7:30 pm.

May 5

Losing it with Chef Lisa. Retrain your brain how to cook, eat and get healthy by learning simple techniques that will make a big difference in your health and your pants size. D&W Fresh Market Culinary Classroom. 11 am-1 pm. Call 1-888-296-5850 to register.

Art and Gardens Book Discussion Group. This month’s insightful discussion will be on Red-Tails in Love by Marie Winn. 1-3 pm.

13th Annual Feast for Kids. Local top chefs and talented high school culinary students provide a decadent four-course meal that will exercise palates and celebrate the flavors of Grand Rapids while benefiting the Kids’ Food Basket. Noto’s Old World Italian Dining. 5:30 pm.

Small Business Class: Marketing 101. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6-9 pm.

May 6

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

MySymohony360 sneak peak. Meet Grand Rapids Symphony musicians, network with young professionals, listen to great music and get an insider’s look to the upcoming season. DeVos Performance Hall. 5:30 pm.

Celebrity in Chief: A History of the Presidents and the Culture of Stardom. Join author Ken Walsh as he discusses his book, Celebrity in Chief. Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum. 7 pm.

May 6-10

Spring Break Youth Camps. Nourish your child’s zest for creativity by signing them up for one of KCAD’s Continuing Studies programs featuring workshops in animation, superheroes and even Pokémon. Kendall College of Art and Design. For a list of classes and to register, visit

May 7

Voices from the Margin: Exploring the Future of Feminism. City Flats Hotel Ballroom. 6-9 pm. For tickets, visit

Reading the Great Lakes. This monthly book club explores our beloved Great Lakes. This month’s selection is The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides. 7 pm. For a complete list of books, visit

Disney Vacation Planning Event. Experts will be there to answer all of your vacation planning questions during a fun event that erases pre-vacay stress. Breton Travel. 7 pm.

Jason Aldean: Burn it Down tour. Van Andel Arena. 7:30 pm. For tickets, visit

May 7-9

Evita. The musical masterpiece exposes audiences to the incredible yet short life of Argentina’s controversial First Lady as she goes from starlet to mistress and to First Lady before her tragic end. Circle Theatre. 7:30 pm.

May 8

Fifth Third River Bank Run Sports and Fitness Expo. Pre-game for the run of your life at this free expo featuring over 130 vendors, food samples, discounted apparel, prize drawings and a pasta dinner. DeVos Place. 11 am-8 pm.

Live Lunch with Lady Lamb. Incorporate an unforgettable performance by, fearless performer and enigma, Aly Spaltro, during your lunch hour. Koning Micro-cinema at Wealthy Theatre. Noon.

Power Objects: Collector’s Talk. You’re invited to join a one night only discussion with collector Joshua Rogers and UICA Executive Director Miranda Krajniak.  Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. 7-9 pm.

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

UICA Movie: Salad Days. The UICA movie theater will be showing this cultural documentary about the early DIY punk show. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. 10 pm.

May 8 & 9

Grand Rapids Symphony presents David’s Grand Finale. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm.

May 8-10

Beethoven. Mario Radacovsky’s creates choreography that energetically surrounds the dense and driving narratives of Beethoven’s symphonies. Peter Martin Wege Theatre. 7:30 pm (Fri & Sat) 2 pm (Sun). For tickets and more showtimes, visit

May 9

Fifth Third River Bank Run. Whether you’re trampling through the 5, 10 or 25K, those months of running in the cold and powering through on the treadmill will finally show their worth at the largest road race in the United States. Downtown Grand Rapids (outside of DeVos Place and Fifth Third Bank). 8 am. For more information and event start times, visit

Daryl Hall & John Oates. Van Andel Arena. 7:30 pm.

May 9 & 10

Michigan All State Bonsai Show. Stunning bonsai trees will be on display and on sale along with a variety of workshops and on-going demonstrations including bonsai celebrity, Suthin Sukosolvisit, who will be refining a large bonsai while discussing his vision. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Noon-5 pm (Sat) 11 am-5 pm (Sun).

May 10

Mother’s Day Brunch. Treat mom with a delicious array of menu items, chef action stations, a bloody Mary bar and a dessert station that will earn you the top spot in her heart. Ballroom at CityFlatsHotel. 10 am-2 pm.

Mother’s Day Brunch with Mom. Enjoy brunch with mom in beautiful Rockford with more food stations than you can imagine. Timbers Inn Restaurant & Tavern. 10 am-2 pm. For reservations, visit

Treat Mom to Pietro’s where she’ll be treated like family, and Pietro’s will treat her again to a complimentary lunch on her next visit. 11 am-3 pm full buffet, 4-9 pm, full dinner menu. Reservations encouraged.

Summer Concert Series: Shed a Little Light. Summer brings concerts to Grand Rapids and this summer’s series kicks off with the music of James Taylor and the opportunity to experience live performances in a close and personal setting. Circle Theatre. 7 pm.

May 11

Foster Parent Information session. D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s. 6:30-8:30 pm.

May 11-July 12

Brenda Sipe art exhibit. Beautiful art made with both traditional and explorative materials influenced by nature will be gracing the walls and filling the frames at this beautiful exhibit. Frames Unlimited. 10 am-9 pm (Mon-Fri) 10 am-6 pm (Sat).

May 11-15

Grand Rapids Active Commute Week. Bike Grand Rapids challenges you to walk, ride your bike, take the bus, carpool, run and join the community for a dip into a new mode of transportation this week. Register for the challenge, make a team and find fun events for the week at

May 12

Local First INsight Series: Frank Vincent Stanley. Patagonia’s longest term employee will speak with the business community about responsible companies. Goei Center. 5:30 pm.

UICA Movie: Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. 8 pm.

May 13

Great Gardens Party. Sample hors d’oeuvres, sip beverages and eat a delicious sit-down dinner at this signature spring fundraising event that will include auction with items spread throughout the beautiful Scenic Corridor. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 6-9 pm.

Sushi for a Dinner Party. Learn rice basics, garnishes, dressings, salads, vegetable cuts and advance techniques for sushi party planners. D&W Fresh Market Culinary Classroom. 6-9 pm. Call 1-888-296-5850 to register.

Life Reimagined. Explore possibilities and join in the step-by-step approach that helps you prepare for change and make your ideas real. Grand Rapids Public Library. 6 pm. Register by calling 1-877-926-8300.

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. 6:30-7:30 pm.

RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles. Go on a live, multi-media journey through the life and times of The Beatles, featuring hits and classics from their legendary music career. DeVos Performance Hall. 7:30 pm. For tickets, visit

May 13-16

Evita. The musical about the incredible yet short life of Argentina’s controversial First Lady. Circle Theatre. 7:30 pm.

May 14

Presidents & Their First Ladies: Dramatically Speaking performance. Actors expertly portray Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, providing an entertaining and historical peek into the leader’s lives. Covenant Village of the Great Lakes. 11 am. To register, visit

Burger Bash. You’ll try everything from the classic burger to the salmon burger to black bean burgers along with learning new sides like avocado fries, homemade root chips and bruschetta salad. D&W Fresh Market Culinary Classroom. 6-9 pm. Call 1-888-296-5850 to register.

Music in the Stacks: Saltbreaker. Enjoy music while browsing through the library’s collection. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7 pm.

May 15-17

Thai Message Fundamentals with Brent Doornbos & Brooke Dillane. Spend the weekend learning body mechanics, positioning, compression, working with passive stretches and more that will help you on your way to mastering the art of massage and improving quality of lives. Expressions of Grace Yoga. To sign up, visit


Beethoven. Peter Martin Wege Theatre. 7:30 pm (Fri & Sat) 2 pm (Sun). For tickets and more showtimes, visit

Grand Rapids Symphony Presents Symphonic Silhouettes with Le Ombre. World-class performers use their silhouettes to create stunning shadow art while incorporating live vocals. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm (Fri & Sat) 3 pm (Sun).

May 16


Opening of Discovery of King Tut exhibit. Discover the tomb, the treasures and the offerings meant to serve the king on his journey to the Underworld with more than 1,000 reconstructed replicas and multi-media technology that will give visitors a vivid illustration of the ancient Egyptians. Grand Rapids Public Museum. For more information and exhibit hours, visit

Kent County Girls on the Run 5k Celebration. Join the celebration with nearly 2,000 West Michigan girls who have enjoyed months in the unique program that combines the empowering curriculum with running, teaching girls about self-respect, a healthy lifestyle and culminating into this energetic event to celebrate and show their growth and confidence. Calder Plaza. For more information, visit

Gluten Free Food Fair. Learn more about the benefits of a gluten-free diet and find new dining choices to add to your home menu with vendors, cooking demonstrations, samples and more. DeltaPlex. 10 am-4 pm.

Losing it with Chef Lisa. Learn simple techniques that will make a big impact on how you cook, eat and your overall health. D&W Fresh Market Culinary Classroom. 11 am-1 pm. Call 1-888-296-5850 to register.

Family Matinee of Symphonic Silhouettes with Le Ombre. DeVos Performance Hall. 3 pm.

Live Coverage 2015. See the region’s most exciting visual artists create work live and have the chance to bid on the finished pieces in the silent and live auctions at this magnificent fundraising event. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. 7-11 pm. For tickets, visit

May 16-17

Heritage Hill Home Tour. Explore the stunning insides of eight restored private houses and three historic public buildings, gaining invaluable insight on the building’s history with tour experts as Heritage Hill opens its doors to the mansions and structures that we awe from the outside. Heritage Hill. 11 am-5 pm (Sat) noon- 6 pm (Sun). Purchase tickets at

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May 17

Evita. Circle Theatre. 5 pm.

Kevin Hart: What Now?. The man who brings the hilarity to shows like Real Husbands of Hollywood and countless, acclaimed comedies brings it to Grand Rapids for a performance that will have audiences laughing through the night. Van Andel Arena. 8 pm. For tickets, visit

May 18

Handlebar Happy Hour. In honor of Active Commute Week, meet up with the bikers, runners, bus-takers and other participants for drinks, food, door prizes and challenge winner announcements. Brewery Vivant. 4:30-7:30 pm.

Summer Concert Series: Leather & Lace Women of Rock. Featuring the music of Carly Simon, Grace Slick, Janis Joplin and other female rock legends. Circle Theatre. 7 pm.

Meanwhile Movie: Office Space. Peter Wege Auditorium. 8 pm.

May 19

Jamaican Night. Join the classroom and learn how to make many of the island’s mouth-watering favorites. D&W Fresh Market Culinary Classroom. 6-9 pm. Call 1-888-296-5850 to register.

Small Business Class: Branding and Personal Selling. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6-9 pm.

Japanese Fashion: From the Dynastic Kimono to the Contemporary Runway. See how the once strict fashion of Japanese clothing became inspiration for recent high fashion designs. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm.

Naneek: One Man’s Attempt to Overcome PTSD film screening and discussion. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7 pm.

The Sing-Off Live! Tour. The ultimate a capella experience will coat you with goose bumps as you hear the amazing pitches these performers can hit with their voice. DeVos Performance Hall. 7:30 pm.

WYCE Live at Wealthy Theatre presents Ryley Walker. Peter Wege Auditorium. 8 pm.

May 19 & 20

Western Michigan University Open House. Prospective students are invited to the all-programs open house where faculty, advisors, staff and alumni will be on site to answer questions. WMU Grand Rapids. 11 am-2 pm (Tue) 3-6 pm (Wed).

May 20

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

WISE Transform Personal Passion into Business Success. Guest speaker, Cari Draft, inspirers others with her journey through transforming her passion into a career that she loves and teaches others how they can do the same. Herman Miller, Inc. Design Yard (Eames Room). 4:30- 7:30 pm. Register at

Hormone Happy Hour with Mary. Keystone Pharmacy Seminar Room. 5 pm.

May 21

Create a Garden Oasis. Discover ways to create a private oasis in your backyard, regardless of where it may be. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 6:30-8 pm.

What’s Missing in Presidential Politics with Red Cavaney. Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum. 7 pm.

May 23

Losing it with Chef Lisa. Learn simple techniques that will make a big impact on how you cook, eat and your overall health. D&W Fresh Market Culinary Classroom. 11 am-1 pm.

West Michigan Jazz Society Memorial Weekend Member’s Celebration. The Terry Lower Quartet featuring Edye Evans Hyde will be jazzing up the theater at this culture celebration. Peter Martin Wege Theatre. 7 pm.

Alea Iacta Est presents Indoor/Outdoor. Follow the adventures of a kitten that leaves home to find herself in this heartwarming play. 7:30 pm.

3rd Annual Well House Heirloom Plant Sale. 10-4 pm.

May 20-23

Evita. The musical about the incredible yet short life of Argentina’s controversial First Lady. Circle Theatre. 7:30 pm.

May 24

A Night of Neo Soul featuring Marsha Ambrosius, Raheem DeVaughn and Dwele. DeVos Performance Hall. 7:30 pm.

May 27

Wild Kratts Live. Based off of the hit animated PBS television series, the Kratt brothers come to alive for a classic Wild Kratts story that audiences will love. DeVos Performance Hall. 7 pm.

Strings to Schools Concert. Students from Congress Elementary will perform, filling Royce Auditorium with sounds from the violin, viola and cello. St. Cecilia Music Center. 7 pm.

May 28

Glow in the Dark Party. Timbers is turning 21 and you’re invited to the party with food, giveaways and entertainment for all. Timbers Inn Restaurant & Tavern. 3-11 pm.

Family Dinner Night. Explore what’s in your pantry to make some fantastic foods like loaded cauliflower casserole, salmon steaks with green bean and cherry tomato salad, and pesto soup with homemade bread. D&W Fresh Market Culinary Classroom. 6-9 pm. Call 1-888-296-5850 to register.

May 29-31

Fiddler on the Roof Jr. 5th-12th grade students of Sacred Heart Academy present the spring musical and timeless story of Tevye, his five daughters and their struggles to live by the Jewish faith in a modernizing world. Peter Wege Auditorium. 7 pm (Fri and Sat) 2 pm (Sun).

May 29-June 14

Avenue Q. The multi-Tony Award winning musical brings adult laughs to Grand Rapids with the story of a human-puppet hybrid. Civic Theatre. For tickets and showtimes, visit

Purple Community 5K. Run or walk with the Purple Community in this event that supports research to find better treatments and therapies for patients dealing with diseases such as Parkinson’s. Fifth Third Ballpark. 8:30 am.

May 30

New Kids on the Block bring the Van Andel Arena into nostalgia for The Main Tour.


Nana’s 5K Walk/Run. If you weren’t in the mood to submerge yourself in the Ice Bucket Challenge, support the battle against ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) with an equally refreshing 5K run/walk in downtown Grand Rapids, benefiting patients and families. Huntington National Bank parking lot. 10 am. Sign up at

Iris Show. View a variety of irises from old favorites to some of the newest hybrids, all grown by iris enthusiasts. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 1-5 pm (Sat) 11 am-5 pm (Sun).

New Kids on the Block The Main Event summer concert. Van Andel Arena. 7 pm.

TLC also joins The Main Tour at the Van Andel Arena with New Kids on the Block and Nelly.





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