Gazelle Sports Dirty Herd. For those who love trail running and free weekly events, join a herd of runners as they navigate through dynamic terrain and the orchard’s woods. Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery. 4 pm. gazellesports.com/thedirtyherd
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
Meijer Free Tuesdays means free admission and explorations to the Grand Rapids Art Museum. 10 am-5 pm. artmuseumgr.org
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 and Saturdays
Holland Farmers Market. Over 90 vendors offering fresh produce, plants and varieties of baked goods and tasty treats. 8th Street Downtown Holland. 8 am-3 pm. hollandfarmersmarket.com
Meijer Free Thursday Nights means free admission and an evening of art pieces. The Grand Rapids Art Museum. 5-9 pm. artmuseumgr.org
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
Drop-In Studio: Pop Art Screenprints. Part of Drop-In Family Saturdays, learn how to repeat Andy Warhol’s most notable style by exploring his work in GRAM’s collection, then screenprinting your own series using pictures of Michigan celebrities. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 1-4 pm. artmuseumgr.org
Andy Warhol’s American Icons. Visit the mind of Andy Warhol through GRAM’s newest exhibit composed of the avant-garde artist’s paintings, prints, photographs and film, creating a collection of 20th century cultural icons. Grand Rapids Art Museum. Exhibit runs until February 11. Hours at artmuseumgr.org.
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. Sign up at any GRPL location for this early literacy program that invites you to introduce your child to the joy of books before they start school. Those who register receive a free starter pack to help you track your child’s progress from page one to school time. Grand Rapids Public Library. Details at grpl.org/1000books.
Cultivate exhibit. Artists use food as a lens to examine cultural history, social equity and the effects of globalization on communities in this intriguing, discussion-provoking exhibit. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. Gallery hours at uica.org.
Rodin and the Contemporary Figurative Tradition exhibit. Seventeen pieces invite visitors to examine the avant-garde artist’s relevance and vibrancy among contemporary sculptures. Exhibit runs until January 2018. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 9 am-5 pm. More info at meijergardens.org.
The Brain: The World Inside Your Head exhibit. Explore the human brain and partake in hands-on activities that reveal how the brain works. The exhibit also includes Life of the Mind, looking into mental health treatment throughout history. Grand Rapids Public Museum. Museum hours at grpm.org.
Through November 18
Capturing Shadows & Lights exhibit. Michigan artists showcase visual art they created in response to the Creative Youth Center’s student writing submissions. Madcap Coffee Co. (Monroe Center location). Enjoy the exhibit during opening hours. madcapcoffee.com
WISE Annual Giving Back Event: A Place to Flourish. Experience the empowerment and inspiration WISE programs offer and join fellow guests on an interactive scavenger hunt that lets you explore the grounds and network with like-minded people. Dominican Center-Marywood. 5:30-7:30 pm. Register at wiseconnections.org.
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
Westside Stride: Community Pub Run/Walk. Run, walk or do both during this fun event that gets you moving with your Westside neighbors followed by drinks and eats at a nearby eatery. Meet at Swift Printing & Communications. 6 pm. gazellesports.com
Forest Hills Public Schools 8th Grade String Extravaganza concert, held at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center. 6:30 pm. Tickets at fhfineartscenter.com.
Janet Jackson: State of the World concert. Van Andel Arena. 8 pm. Tickets at vanandelarena.com.
Membership Exchange. This month, GRPM and UICA members can relish in membership perks at both museums, each featuring intriguing collections unique to Grand Rapids. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts and Grand Rapids Public Museum. uica.org
Before the Wreath VIP preview show. Get access to the exhibitors at the annual Beneath the Wreath event early and peruse exclusive merchandiseand limited time specials while enjoying hors d’oeuvres, beverages, swag bags and entertainment. Cultural Center at St. Nicolas. 6-10 pm. Tickets at juniorleaguegr.com.
Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Gala: Hope, Freedom & All That Jazz. Join Mary Free Bed for their annual fundraising gala featuring multi-talented icon and award-winner, Ben Vereen, as he shares stories interrupted by his incredible singing while you enjoy cocktails, sit-down dinner and live entertainment throughout the evening. DeVos Place. 6 pm-10:30 pm. Tickets at maryfreebed.com.
Forest Hills Public Schools 7th Grade String Extravaganza concert, held at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center. 6:30 pm. Tickets at fhfineartscenter.com.
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents Essential String Trios. Works by Beethoven, Penderecki and Mozart are beautifully performed on violin, viola and cello. St. Cecilia Music Center. 7:30 pm. Tickets at scmc-online.org.
The Dixie Swim Club dinner theater show. Enjoy a delicious meal before the show or choose to see the show only at this dinner theater production about five Southern women and the tenacity of friendship, with lots of laughs along the way. Larkin’s Other Place. 6:30 pm (dinner) 7:30 pm (show). Tickets at lowellartsmi.org
November 2 & 16
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
Opening Reception for Coming Home and Organize Your Own. Enjoy light refreshments while getting a first look at UICA’s newest exhibit that features works by Michigan artists who use the mitten state for inspiration and creative development. Exhibit runs until January 28. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. 5:30-9 pm. uica.org
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
Andy Warhol’s American Icons Exhibition Party. Guests enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, live entertainment and a preview of GRAM’s newest exhibit. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 6-9 pm. RSVP at artmuseumgr.org.
Grand Rapids Drive vs. Erie Bayhawks basketball. DeltaPlex. 7 pm. deltaplex.com
Pop Scholars: Improv. GR’s very own 4-man improv troupe guarantee a night of laughter with witty, intelligent comedy molded into skits and hilarious remarks. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. grcmc.org
Andy Warhol Factory Party. You’re invited to an epic party that reflects the vanguard wonder of the 20th century artist, transforming the interior with silver surfaces, rainbow lights and transfixing tunes. ArtPrize HUB. 9 pm-1 am. Tickets at artmuseumgr.org.
November 3 & 4
Beneath the Wreath. The charity shopping event returns with 40 vendor booths offering items from stylish clothing to home décor to delectable treats and more, along with new events like a VIP pre-party and the chance to have cookies with Santa. This event helps you tackle your gift list early while you help support programs at the Junior League of Grand Rapids. The Cultural Center at St. Nicholas. 9 am-8 pm (Fri) and 9 am-4 pm (Sun). Tickets and details at juniorleaguegr.com.
Jurassic Quest. Over 80 life-sized dinosaurs scatter the expo hall for visitors to marvel at while getting photos of the creatures in a realistic prehistoric environment and even seizing opportunities to ride a few of the great beasts. DeVos Place. 3-8 pm (Fri) and 9 am-8 pm (Sat & Sun). devosplace.org
Indie Flea 2017. Begin gift shopping at this inaugural flea market loaded with gift possibilities from local homemakers, vintage sellers, artists and more. Wealthy Theatre. 10 am-4 pm. grcmc.org
Chris Stapleton’s All American Road Show. Van Andel Arena. 7 pm. Tickets at vanandelarena.com.
So You Think You Got Talent GR. Witness GR’s most talented live onstage during this local talent show where competitors compete for cash prizes and audience adoration. Wealthy Theatre. 8-11 pm. Tickets and registration info at grcmc.org.
Grand Rapids Bridal Show. Find inspiration, resources and everything you need to plan your perfect day in one convenient location. DeltaPlex. 11 am-6 pm. deltaplex.com
The Rodin Revolution, In and Out of Context. Join Chief Curator, Joeseph Becherer, for a look at Rodin’s work and learn which elements of traditional sculpture he borrowed and broke to create a style that continues to influence artists today. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 2 pm. meijergardens.org
Grand Rapids Drive vs. Raptors 905 basketball. DeltaPlex. 1 pm. deltaplex.com
The Art of Celebrated Service Feat. Small Giants: Choosing to Be Great. Small Giants author, Bo Burlingham, shares how local business and community members create a positive social and environmental impact, uniting attendees to join the conversation and keep it going for a better, more vibrant community. Celebration Cinema North. 3-5 pm. Tickets at localfirst.com.
Signature Chef’s Auction. Supporting a cause doesn’t get more delicious than the March of Dimes’ annual culinary event where guests sample local chefs’ finest cuisine and bidding on amazing auction packages. DeVos Place. 5:30 pm. Tickets at signaturechefs.marchofdimes.org.
Celebrating Originality: Defying Gravity with Aerial Dance Chicago and Reception. Louis Armstrong Theatre at GVSU Allendale Campus. 7:30 pm (pre-performance concert begins at 7:10 pm). gvsu.edu
Wine + Words. The Literacy Center of West Michigan invites you to join them for this annual event where guests enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres and playing word games with other attendees. Mark & Sara Peter’s Home. 6-9 pm. Tickets at literacycenterwm.org.
GROW Small Business Class: Financial Awareness Strategies. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6-9 pm. growbusiness.org
LowellArts Holiday Artists Market Open House. Join LowellArts for a festive holiday event, featuring opportunities to meet with the artists, enjoy refreshments and get a first look at the variety of goods available for purchase. LowellArts. 6-8 pm. lowellartsmi.org
Beer Run. Run with cool people, drink beer and feel good about yourself at this fun run that lets you choose between a 3- and 5-mile before returning to the starting location to indulge in munchies and win door prizes. New Holland: The Knickerbocker. 6:30 pm. Full Beer Run schedule at grandrapidsmarathon.com.
Grand Rapids Drive vs. Windy City Bulls basketball. DeltaPlex. 7 pm. deltaplex.com
Meanwhile Movie: Clue. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. grcmc.org
November 7 & 14
Mind Meets Music for Kids. Kindergarten-2nd graders improve their literacy skills through music in this free academic achievement program occurring weekly at the library. Grand Rapids Public Library.
6-6:30 pm. grpl.org
November 7-December 23
LowellArts Holiday Artists’ Market. Over 50 artists showcase handmade and one-of-a-kind gifts from artsy décor to fashion and invite you to peruse through the thousands of goods to find the perfect gift for your loved ones (and yourself) this holiday season. LowellArts. Market hours Tue-Sat 10 am-6 pm. lowellartsmi.org
November 7-February 11
Louder than Words: Rock, Power & Politics. Discover the ways rock changed attitudes about patriotism, peace, equality and freedom during the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War and more groundbreaking events in history. Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum. Hours at fordlibrarymuseum.gov.
YWCA Tribute Awards. Celebrate and honor the local trail-blazers that have worked relentlessly to make Grand Rapids a better place through Advocacy, Arts, Business, Management, Industry and Labor, Community Service, Professions, Sports and Fitness & Wellness. Lunch provided. DeVos Place.
Noon-1:30 pm. RSVP at ywcawcmi.org.
Teen Council Meeting. GRPL invites teens, grades 8-12, to help plan library programs, share input on the teen collection and hang out while decorating sugar skulls in celebration of Día de los Muertos. Grand Rapids Public Library. 3-4 pm. grpl.org
Local First’s Elissa Hillary’s 10th Anniversary Party. Join Local First to celebrate a decade of strong strides in making the community vibrant and inclusive while enjoying an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, live cooking demos and local networking opportunities. Vander Mill GR. 6-8:30 pm. Tickets at localfirst.com.
GROW Start Smart Business Readiness Course. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6-9 pm. growbusiness.org
Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. 7-9:30 pm. uica.org
Cocktail Week GR. Whether it’s date night or a night out, indulge in two Michigan-made cocktails over a creatively crafted appetizer for $25 during GR’s annual week, celebrating the phenomenal drink culture we have in our city. Grand Rapids Restaurants. Find menus at cocktailweekgr.com.
KDL Uncorked: Ladies Night. Join KDL for a night of wine tastings, sweet treats and socializing with others who are treating themselves to an evening out. Kent District Library (Kentwood Branch). 6-8 pm. kdl.org
Creativity Uncorked: Screenprinting Party. Add pop art to your plain shirt, bag or item of your choice at this special wine and art event that teaches you how to screenprint and make your own Warhol-style art piece. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 6:45-9 pm. Register at artmuseumgr.org.
The Meaning of the Vietnam War featuring Fredrik Logevall. Part of the Vietnam War Lecture Series, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author dives into detail of the Vietnam War and its tragic effect on both sides. Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum. 7 pm. fordlibrarymuseum.gov
Comedy Show: Tone Bell feat. Rojo Perez. Wealthy Theatre. 7-9 pm. Tickets at grcmc.org.
November 9-12 & 16-18
Passing Strange musical. Follow a young bohemian protagonist on his journey as he immerses himself in sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll in this daring musical. Spectrum Theatre. 8 pm. Tickets at actorstheatregrandrapids.org.
Mane Event. The top, most creative hairdressers from the area gather to awe people with their hair creations modeled after vintage Hollywood styles. Grab a beer or a cocktail and enjoy the glamour and excitement as stylists compete for cash rewards during this charity event. The B.O.B. (Eve). 8-11 pm. thebob.com
Mike Epps performance. The multi-talented comedian and musician visits Grand Rapids for his Mike Epps After tour. Van Andel Arena. 8 pm. Tickets at vanandelarena.com.
Johnson’s Log Home & Timber Frame Show. Builders, architects, designers and log cabin-lovers find the hottest trends in log cabin living and furnishing at this wood-erful expo. DeltaPlex. Showtimes at deltaplex.com.
November 10 & 17
Holidazzle 2017. The event that sets the bar for all holiday parties is back with a sweet new theme: Candyland. Join Flowerland CEO, Rick Vuyst, and a bouquet of special guests for wine tasting, music, treats, stunningly decorated Christmas trees, deals on things that help you create your own winter wonderland at home and more. Flowerland (Grand Rapids (11/10) and Kentwood (11/17) locations). 6-9 pm. Register at myflowerland.com.
Opening of Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids exhibit. Follow enduring mythological creatures to their roots through models and replicas, fossils, interactive exhibits that let you design your own mythical creature and more. Grand Rapids Public Museum. Exhibit runs until May 20. Hours at grpm.org
Lady Legends GO RED Running/Walking Tour of Downtown. Lace up with GR Running Tours for a run or walk throughout Downtown GR that celebrates our trailblazing local ladies by visiting 17 noteworthy sites connected with them. JW Marriott. 9 am (guided running tour) and 10:30 am (guided walking tour). Register at grandrapidsrunningtours.com.
Women of Substance. Join Girls Like Me PLUS in celebrating six local women who have relentlessly served our community and hear inspiring stories while enjoying a delightful lunch. Ellisville Christian Reformed Church. 10 am-2 pm. Tickets on Eventbrite. girlslikemeplus.com
The Snowman concert. Frosty is more alive than ever when the beloved winter film is projected onto the big screen and the heartwarming score is preformed live by the Grand Rapids Symphony. 3 pm. Tickets at devosperformancehall.com.
Grand Raggidy Roller Girls Double Header. Rivertown Sports. 5:30-9:30 pm. grandraggidy.com
Taste of Redwater. Support CASA of Kent County by indulging in unlimited food samples from the Chefs of Redwater restaurants along with wine and beer samples. Cork Wine & Grille. 6-9 pm. Tickets at corkwineandgrille.com/specials.
November 11 & 12
An American in Paris. Fox Motor Pops Series premiers the 1951 classic An American in Paris on the big screen while the Grand Rapids Symphony plays the music backing the films iconic songs, live. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm (Fri & Sat) and 3 pm (Sun). Tickets at grsymphony.org.
Foster Parent and Older Child Adoption Orientation. Learn more about being a foster parent and adopting an older child along with getting your questions answered by DABSJ staff. D.A. Blodgett St. John’s. 6:30-8:30 pm. dabsj.org
Heal screening. Join Wellness Collective GR for a documentary that reveals how our thoughts, beliefs and emotions impact our ability to heal by researching scientific studies and connections to the brain. Wealthy Theatre. 6:30 pm. grcmc.org
Yoga vs. Depression. Part of the Yoga for Community series, learn yoga and breathing techniques that ease symptoms of depression. Grand Rapids Natural Health. 7-8 pm. RSVP by calling (616) 26406556 or visit grnaturalhealth.com.
Dutch American Heritage Day. Celebrate Dutch-American history with a traditional Dutch dinner and festivities including an address from Vincent van Gogh’s great grandson, Vincent Willem van Gogh. Pinnacle Center. 5:30-9 pm. wmdutch-americanheritage.com.
Paint Like a Girl. Join Girls on the Run-Kent and Muskegon Counties for a paint night at Vander Mill, sipping on ciders and snacking on food while creating your own masterpiece to take home. Vander Mill Grand Rapids. 6-8 pm. Register at gotrkmc.org.
GROW Small Business Class: Financial Awareness Reporting and Analysis. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6-9 pm. growbusiness.org
BRAVO! Gala & Awards. Join the community in artistic celebration starting with a cocktail hour followed by dinner and an inspiring presentation. DeVos Performance Hall. 6 pm. Tickets at devosperformancehall.com.
Stellacade: Tron. This month’s choses arcade game is Tron, 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.
Meanwhile Movie: The Room. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. grcmc.org
A Conversation About Osteoporosis luncheon. Join Carol Van Andel, the VAI and Mary Free Bed for a discussion luncheon that addresses concerns about osteoporosis treatments and reveals current research that is being done to decrease symptoms. Van Andel Institute. 11:30 am-1:30 pm. Register at vai.org.
Workshop Wednesdays: Crafting Accessible Art Spaces for Children. Join a round table discussion that addresses the importance of creating a space for young minds to explore art. Avenue for the Arts. 6-8 pm. RSVP at avenueforthearts.com.
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
Fashionable Fundraiser. Treat yourself for a good cause by shopping through timeless trends and enjoying light refreshments. A portion of sales benefits Girls on the Run programming. Talbots (Breton Village Mall location). 5-8 pm. gotrkmc.org
Local First Measure What Matters Mixer. Learn how local companies use their business as a force for good, sharing your own practices and enjoying the company of others who advocate living local. The Image Shoppe. 5:30-7:30 pm. Register at localfirst.com.
Yoga at GRAM. Enjoy a Vinyasa-style yoga session with AM Yoga among GRAM’s beautiful interior architecture. 5:45-6:45 pm. artmuseumgr.org
Open Studio Night with Daily Robot Shop. Artist Alexis Brannan lets art-lovers in on her art-making experiment and invites you to join the creating process. Avenue for the Arts. 6-8 pm. avenueforthearts.com
Love on Your Baby Belly. Spend a night showing your baby bump some love with belly facials, live demos of pregnancy safe yoga moves, guest speakers, recipes and more. Grand Rapids Natural Health. 6-8:30 pm. RSVP at grnaturalhealth.com.
Outdoor Tree Lighting Ceremony. Join the community for a GR tradition that welcomes the holiday season by lighting the museum’s large Christmas tree, complete with a hot chocolate cart and the announcement of the Community Tree Awards. 7 pm. Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum. fordlibrarymuseum.gov.
Music in the Stacks: Karisa Wilson. Enjoy the award-winning songwriter’s soulful blend of folk, pop and jazz as you browse through the library for your next great read. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7-8:30 pm. grpl.org
SCMC Spectacular Jazz Series presents Christian McBride. The Grammy-winning jazz bassist takes the stage to kick off another season of bringing internationally known jazz musicians to Grand Rapids. St. Cecilia Music Center. 7:30 pm. Tickets at scmc-online.org.
Wine, Beer & Food Fest. Join wine and beer-lovers for the annual festival featuring wines, beers, ciders and spirits from all over the world that you can pair with culinary creations from local restaurants. DeVos Place. Showtimes at devosplace.org.
November 16, 17 & 18
Forest Hills Northern High School presents Beauty and the Beast. 7pm. Tickets at fhfineartscenter.com.
90s Dance Party. Fool House band plays the best bangers from the Backstreet Boys, Blink 182, Spice Girls, Outkast and more, bringing the dankest decade back to GR. HOME at The B.O.B. 9:30 pm-1:30 am. thebob.com
November 17 & 18
Mighty Wurlitzer Organ Concert Series presents Theatre Organ Through the Decades. Organist Justin Stahl takes you on a musical journey through history. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 7 pm (Fri) and 2 pm (Sat). grpm.org
Verdi Requiem presented by the Grand Rapids Symphony. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm. Tickets at devosperformancehall.com.
Christmas Through Lowell. Local shops transform their interiors with heartwarming Christmas décor while offering special items that help you get a head start on your gift shopping. Downtown Lowell. 9 am-9 pm (Fri & Sat) and 11 am-5 pm (Sun). lowellartsmi.org
November 17-December 17
Annie. Enjoy the beloved, classic tale of little orphan Annie as she searches for a family while avoiding the wrath of the tyrannical orphanage director, Miss. Hannigan. Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. Tickets and showtimes at grct.org.
Art Van Santa Parade. Kick off the holiday season with fellow Rapidians at the annual parade that crowds the streets with marching bands, carolers, live performers and Santa Claus himself. Downtown Grand Rapids. 9-10 am. experiencegrandrapids.com
Santa’s Workshop. Warm up post-parade at the library, where hot chocolate, Christmas crafts, storytime, Mrs. Claus and Santa are waiting for you. Grand Rapids Public Library. 10-noon. grpl.org
Meet Santa’s Reindeer. Meet and feed some of the sled-pulling team before their big journey this Christmas. Flowerland (Wyoming location). Noon-3 pm. myflowerland.com
Grand River Folk Arts Society presents Martin & Lamm. Wealthy Theatre. 7 pm. grcmc.org
Grand Rapids Drive vs. Canton Charge basketball. DeltaPlex. 7 pm. deltaplex.com
A Drag Queen Christmas. VH1’s Drag Race come to GR to deliver a fabulous holiday show filled with songs drag performances. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm. Tickets at devosperformancehall.com.
Monday Night Jazz presents Patty Gayle & Co. The Knickerbocker. 6:30-8:30 pm. wmichjazz.org
The Original Dickens Carolers. The beloved carolers stroll throughout the Gardens’ interior, performing holiday favorites for the enchanting season. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 6-8 pm. meijergardens.org
GROW Small Business Class: Financial Awareness Navigating Business Banking. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6-9 pm. growbusiness.org
Grand Rapids Drive vs. Oklahoma City Blue basketball. DeltaPlex. 7 pm. deltaplex.com
Meanwhile Movie: E.T. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. grcmc.org
Les Misérables. The Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon comes to the Grand Rapids stage with the wildly adored story of love, heartbreak and resilience, featuring the beloved songs of the tale that audience members remember long after the show. DeVos Performance Hall. Tickets and showtimes at broadwaygrandrapids.com.
A Perfect Circle concert with special guest The Beta Machine. DeltaPlex. 7:30 pm. Tickets at deltaplex.com.
Grand Rapids Turkey Trot 5K. Feel good about stuffing yourself with Thanksgiving dinner later by kicking the day off with a 5K through downtown, benefiting Grand Rapids Public Schools. Free Mini-Trot for kids ages 12 and under. Van Andel Arena. 8 am. Register at grps.org.
Mel Trotter Ministries Thanksgiving Community Meal. This benevolent banquet invites the hungry and homeless to sit at the community dinner table and enjoy a warm, communal meal in the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday. DeVos Place. 11 am-1 pm. Volunteer to share the joy at meltrotter.org/thanksgiving.
Meet Santa’s Reindeer. Meet and feed some of the sled-pulling team before their big journey this Christmas. Flowerland (Alpine location). Noon-3 pm. myflowerland.com
Grand Rapids Drive vs. Sioux Falls Skyforce basketball. DeltaPlex. 7 pm. deltaplex.com
GRAM Member Double Discount Weekend. GRAM members enjoy 30% off purchases in The Museum Store all weekend long. Grand Rapids Art Museum. Museum hours at artmuseumgr.org.
Small Business Saturday. Stroll Holland Furniture’s festive sales floor and score great deals on their products just in time for the holiday season. Holland Furniture. 10 am-4 pm. hollandfurnitureonline.com
Rooftop Reindeer. Santa’s reindeer are visiting the Children’s Garden to meet you and the kids before taking their big flight around the world. Don’t forget the camera. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 1-4 pm. meijergardens.org
Meet Santa’s Reindeer. Flowerland (Kentwood location). Noon-3 pm. myflowerland.com
Parade of Lights. Gather along the street for a spectacular parade featuring floats bedazzled with holiday lights and festive music booming from all directions. Downtown Holland. 6:30 pm. downtownholland.com
Meanwhile Movie: Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. grcmc.org
Family Sewing’s Wine and Cheese Shopping Night. Try out a new sewing machine and whip up a small project to take home while enjoying deals on products for the holidays. Family Sewing. 5-8 pm. familysewing.com
Grand Rapids Drive vs. Lakeland Magic basketball. DeltaPlex. 7 pm. deltaplex.com
SCMC Spectacular Jazz Series presents Brad Mehldau Trio. St. Cecilia Music Center. 7:30 pm. Tickets at scmc-online.org.
November 30-December 2
Willy Wonka: The Musical. Composers Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley put a musical spin on the beloved story of Charlie Bucket and his lucky chance to visit the famous chocolate factory, indulging in sweet adventures and facing some crazy challenges along the way. Van Singel Fine Arts Center. Tickets and showtimes at vsfac.com.