October Events


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. www.gazellesports.com/thedirtyherd


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


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

Science Tuesdays at the Museum: Creepy Chemistry. A variety of activities and interactive displays are featured at the museum in conjunction with current exhibits, including a guest science speaker in the Meijer Theater once a month. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 10 am-4 pm. www.grpm.org

TABATA Bootcamp. Start the morning by packing six rounds of 12 exercises into a 30-minute workout over the Grand River. First workout is free. Register by texting TABATA to 71441. The Blue Bridge. 9-9:45 am. www.experiencegr.com


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

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

Saturdays & Sundays

The Famous Pumpkin Train. All aboard the fall-time favorite locomotive, where the Grand Pumpkin and a cast of costumed characters fill the 90-minute ride through colorful family farms and fields with music, laughs and fun. The Coopersville & Marne Railway. Departure times at www.mitrain.net.


Have a hay day with events at the Kent District Library this month. Kids have fun with fall crafts, games and pumpkin art and can even attend a day at Hogwarts. Teens learn to make film fest-worthy movies on their smartphones and adults can kick back with the return of KDL Uncorked events. Find all events and library locations at www.kdl.org.

Inspired Style exhibit. GRPM partners with KCAD’s school of fashion to reveal a stylish exhibit that follows fashion spanning from the 1850s to the 1950s. Grand Rapids Public Museum. Museum hours at www.grpm.org.

Robinette’s Corn Maze. See if you can navigate through the orchard’s 6.5-acre seasonal corn maze. Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery. Rates and times at www.robinettes.com.

Almost Home exhibit. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Hours at www.meijergardens.org.

Young Flint Speaks exhibit. GVSU Pew Campus (Blue Wall Gallery). www.gvsu.edu/artgallery

Through October 8

Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play. Eavesdrop on a campfire taking place in a post-apocalyptic world as survivors find entertainment in recalling snippets of pop culture and discover how the memories of one era evolves into the mythology of another. Spectrum Theater. Tickets and showtimes at www.actorstheatregrandrapids.org.

Through October 9

ArtPrize Eight. It’s the final week of this international art festival, featuring 1,453 entries throughout Grand Rapids. Explore the artwork by artists from all over the world and discover how your neighbors interpret new forms of communication while enjoying activities and events that ignite creativity and encourage conversation. Downtown Grand Rapids, Rumsey Street and Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. For all details, visit www.artprize.org.

Free Field Trips for Kids. Mondays through Thursdays, Central Reformed Church offers fun field trips for the family at their friendly venue, including hands-on activities and the chance to meet the artists. Central Reformed Church. 8 am-5 pm. Book field trip by contacting artprize62590@gmail.com. www.artprize.org

GVSU Fall Arts Celebration presents SeoulTech and GVSU Faculty Exhibition. Grand Valley State University (Allendale). 5-7 pm. www.gvsu.edu

Through October 15

Rethink, Reshape, Revitalize. A partnership between Kendall College and Goodwill presents an exhibit featuring work in which artists have used reclaimed materials provided by Goodwill to create work confronting the ways that we produce and consume. Kendall College of Art & Design Fed Galleries. Hours at www.kcad.edu/artprize.

Through October 17

FUTURE TALK exhibit. UICA’s ArtPrize Eight exhibition displays works by emerging and established artists that survey digital, new and post-Internet media. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. Gallery hours at www.uica.org.

Through October 23

Superusted: 4th Midwest Biennial exhibit. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. Gallery hours at www.uica.org.

Through October 30

Past/Present/Future exhibit. The 15 artists who have entries in GRAM during ArtPrize Eight use a broad variety of ideas and materials to communicate how they feel about past, present and future. Grand Rapids Art Museum. Hours at www.artmuseumgr.org.

October 1

Grand Rapids Marathon Training Run. Join the organizers of the Metro Health GR Marathon for community run that prepares your legs and stamina for the big run at the end of the month. David D. Hunting YMCA. 7:30 am. www.grandrapidsmarathon.com

Run With the Nuns 5K Trail Run/Walk. Enjoy a course featuring seven music stations that rewards you with fresh bread and stew at the finish line. Franciscan Life Process Center. 9 am-12:30 pm. www.lifeprocesscenter.org

Gold Coast Doulas Anniversary Celebration and Giveback event. Celebrate the pregnancy wellness company’s one-year anniversary with food, a photo booth, activities and giveaways while they welcome diaper donations for families in need. Nestlings Diaper Bank. 10 am-1 pm. www.goldcoastdoulas.com

Big Green Eggfest. Witness the quality cooking that occurs with the Big Green Egg smoker/grill/oven with demonstrations, live music and prizes. Rylee’s Ace Hardware (Michigan Street). 11 am-2 pm. www.ryleesace.com

Blue Bridge Music Festival. Join ArtPrize Eight artists and Michigan bands for musical entertainment that turns GR’s well-known pedestrian bridge into a music festival venue. Blue Bridge. Noon-10 pm. www.artprize.org/blue-bridge

Open House Celebration. Check out the building’s new expansion while enjoying cocktails, appetizers and conversation with the friendly staff members. Grand Rapids Natural Health. 2-6 pm. www.grnaturalhealth.com

Destiny II Launch Party. Celebrate the launch of this new sewing machine with door prizes, refreshments and special guest, Nancy Zieman. Family Sewing. 2:30-5:30 pm. www.familysewing.com

SiTE:LAB at Night. Spend the evening at the show-stopping venue for performances, live music, DJs and a neighborhood full of artists and the projects they’ve contributed to ArtPrize Eight. SiTE:LAB/Rumsey Street Project. 6-11:45 pm. www.artprize.org

Intro to Zentangle. Experience the benefits of the Zentangle method, including increased focus and creativity. Dominican Center at Marywood. 6:30 pm. www.dominicancenter.com

October 1 & 2

Fall Bonsai Show. Bonsai trees of all ages and varieties are on display at the Gardens along with members of the West Michigan Bonsai Club, on-hand to answer your questions and perform demonstrations. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 10 am-5 pm (Sat) and 11 am-5 pm (Sun). www.meijergardens.org

Cinderella. Broadway Grand Rapids delights audiences with a contemporary take on the classic tale of a downtrodden woman who gets the chance to discover royalty. DeVos Performance Hall. Tickets and showtimes at www.broadwaygrandrapids.com.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Circus Xtreme. America’s favorite family entertainment experience returns with a set of X-traordinary and un-Xpected circus spectacles never seen before. Van Andel Arena. 1 and 3 pm (Sat) 1 pm (Sun). Tickets at www.vanandelarena.com.

Ghosts of Grand Rapids authors and tour leaders Robert DuShane and Nicole Bray.
Ghosts of Grand Rapids authors and tour leaders Robert DuShane and Nicole Bray.

October 1,7, 15, 21, 22 & 28

Ghosts of Grand Rapids Tour. Awaken the Halloween thrill as you discover the haunting history behind Grand Rapids’ well-known buildings, including locations of paranormal sightings. Veterans’ Memorial Park (meet-up). 8 pm. Tickets at www.ghostsofgrandrapids.com.

October 1 & 8

Informal Fashion Show. ArtPrize Eight artist Angel Casarez combines inspiration from the Flint water crisis and summer dresses of the 1900s to present a five-piece collection that represents the effect the crisis had on adults and children of the city. The City Water Building. 3-6 pm. www.artprize.org

October 2

ArtPrize Final 20 Announcement. Join the community for the official announcement of the 20 finalists that made it through the first round of voting, broadcasting live on WZZM13. Rosa Parks Circle. 1-2 pm. www.artprize.org

October 2-6

ArtPrize Round 2 Voting. Vote which of the 20 finalists you think deserves the Public Vote grand prize. Voting ends at 11:59 pm on October 6. www.artprize.org

October 3

Prospective Literacy Tutor Orientation. Those interested in being a literacy tutor can learn more about the literacy center’s programs at this information session. Literacy Center of West Michigan. 10-11 am.  www.literacycenterwm.org

Jason Isbell with special guest Josh Ritter. DeVos Performance Hall. 7:30 pm. Tickets at www.devosperformancehall.com.

October 3 & 4

ArtPrize Critical Discourse: Why These Finalists? A small panel of art experts discuss the ArtPrize Eight finalists in a lively and humorous debate that explores the tension between the public and judges’ approach when assessing art. Both are broadcasting live on WOOD TV8. ArtPrize HUB HQ. Part I (Mon) and Part II (Tue) at 7-8 pm. www.artprize.org

October 4

Seeds of Growth Awards Luncheon. Enjoy this luncheon and fundraiser that celebrates the achievements of those in the categories of Business of the Year, Leadership Award and the Lee Ann Moss Service Award. JW Marriott. 11:30 am-1:30 pm. Tickets at www.growbusiness.org.

Estate Planning Seminar with Jennifer Coles, an established estate planning attorney. Learn solutions for securing your assets and addressing elder care issues. 5:30 pm. Call (616) 308-3509 to register. www.coleslawfirm.com

Grand Rapids Department of Corrections is offering public drawing lessons outside their building on the corner of Division and Monroe. Noon-1 pm. www.artprize.org

Local First INSight Series presents Providing Alternative Mobility Options in the Workplace. Business owners and employees are invited to learn about smart and sustainable practices that shape the local work environment for success. The Rapid. 3-4:30 pm. Register at www.localfirst.com.

Sensory Friendly Museum Night. The museum welcomes families affected with autism and other sensory-processing challenges to its exhibits, free of charge, to explore the floors in a comfortable environment. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 5:30-7:30 pm. www.grpm.org

Knit Night. Get going on your knitting project with tea, friends and hands-on help with techniques. Have Company. 6-9 pm. www.artprize.org

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

Beer Run. Run with really cool people followed by a pint of beer, munchies and door prizes. Peppino’s Downtown. 6:30-8:30 pm. www.grandrapidsmarathon.com

Tuesday Swing. Bring friends, family and your groove for swing dancing at a local park. Rosa Parks Circle. 7-9:30 pm. www.grandrapidsoriginalswingsociety.com

Physician as Writer Lecture Series: Dr. Abraham Verghese. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. www.meijergardens.org

CMC-Movie: The Thing. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. www.grcmc.org

October 4 & 5

Gordon Food Service Food Show. Network with food service operators, explore industry trends, discover new products and learn time-saving techniques you can practice in your business at this annual tradeshow. DeVos Place. 9 am-5 pm (Tue) and 9 am-4 pm (Wed). Register at www.gfs.com.

October 4-6

Visual Story Telling for grades K-4 with Kevin Kammeraad & WIMAGE. Grand Rapids Public Library. 10:15-11 am. www.grpl.org

October 5

Into the Noise @ ArtPrize. Immerse yourself in reflective conversation on how ArtPrize Eight has impacted us while enjoying a prepared dinner and special guests. Founders Brewing Company (Centennial Room). 6-9 pm. www.artprize.org

PedalGR: Grand Rapids Bicycle Ride. Take a bike ride with community members, covering 12-20 miles, starting and ending at the brewery where you can grab a refreshing drink to celebrate. Founders Brewing Company. 6:30 pm-8 pm. www.artprize.org


October 6

All That Glows beauty event. Join the Bengtson experts at this event that celebrates all things beauty with deals on amazing products and services, a peek at fabulous trends for the upcoming season and prizes. Bengtson Center. 5-8 pm. RSVP at www.bengtsoncenter.com.

Sweet Peony Grand Opening. Peruse the unique home finds and gifts at Grand Rapids’ new boutique. Sweet Peony. 4 pm. www.facebook.com/mysweetpeony

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. www.growbusiness.org

Wine, Women & Chocolate. Get ready for a fabulous night of wine, gourmet chocolate, fancy hors d’oeuvres and good company as you peruse silent auction and raffle items while supporting the Women’s Resource Center. The Cheney Place. 5-7:30 pm. www.grwrc.org

Family Art Night. Enter the museum at a reduced admission rate to get creative with your kids by partaking in crafts and art projects with supplies provided. Grand Rapids Children’s Museum. 5:30 pm. www.artprize.org

Reading the Great Lakes. This monthly book club explores our beloved Great Lakes. This month’s selection is The Turner House by Angela Flournoy. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7 pm. For a complete list of books, visit www.grpl.org/rtgl.

October 7

Young Nonprofit Professionals Mini Conference. Millennials who have interest in nonprofits and want to advance their career are invited to this conference packed with sessions covering professional development, social media networking, personal branding, health care and more. CityFlats Hotel. Noon-5 pm. www.ynpngr.org.

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown free film screening. Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery. 5 pm. www.robinettes.com

First Fridays by Avenue for the Arts. Original artwork and handmade goods by local artist take over gallery and building spaces along South Division Avenue. Exclusive food and drink specials, offered by local businesses, make for an exciting evening of culture and libations. South Division. 6-9 pm. www.avenueforthearts.com

Downtown GR Bike Party: Glow Ride. Hop on your bike and join other riders for a community ride through downtown during ArtPrize Eight. Rosa Parks Circle. 7-9 pm. www.facebook.com/sheridesherownway

8th Annual ArtPrize Awards Ceremony. Join the community watch party where the 2016 ArtPrize winners are announced on a live broadcast by WOOD TV8. Food trucks and Founders beer are on site for purchase. Rosa Parks Circle. 7:45-9 pm. www.artprize.org

WMU Jazz Showcase presents Randy Brecker. St. Cecilia Music Center. 8:30 pm. www.scmc-online.org

Straight Outta ArtPrize Eight: Dance Party & Silent Disco. This old school dance party features jams from the 80s, 90s and 2ks where you can grab a pair of headphones, pick a DJ that’s spinning your favorite tunes and silently dance the night away. JW Marriott. 9 pm-1 am. Tickets at www.artprize.org.

October 7 & 8

MSA Snow Expo. Chill out at this snowmobile swap meet presented by the Michigan Snowmobile Association, featuring enviable machines that own the Michigan winters. DeltaPlex. 3-9 pm (Sat) 9 am-6 pm (Sun). www.msagsnow.org

Rachmaninoff Paganini Variations. Grand Rapids Symphony brings listeners an evening of musical magic from East Europe, including the enchanting theme score from the Michigan-filmed movie, Somewhere in Time. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm. Tickets at www.devosperformancehall.com.

October 7-9

Pulaski Days Celebration. Fourteen Polish halls and organizations invite all nationalities to join the party celebrating 44 years of Polish Pride with food, drinks and Polish music. Find a list of participating clubs at www.pulaskidays.org/clubs.

Quilts on the Grand. West Michigan Quilters’ Guild invites you to share your love for quilting at this massive expo that includes workshops, lectures, skill sharing and more. DeltaPlex. Schedule at www.wmqg.org

MOVEMEDIA: Made in America. Celebrate America by watching Grand Rapids’ talented dancers perform ballets designed by America’s gifted choreographers. Peter Martin Wege Theatre. 7:30 pm (Fri and Sat) 2 pm (Sun). Tickets at www.grballet.com.

GVSU Opera Theatre presents Gianni Schicchi & the 20th Season Alumni Gala Concert. Wealthy Theatre. 6:30 pm (Fri and Sat) 1 pm (Sun). www.grcmc.org

October 7-9 & 14-16

The University Wits presents Escanaba in da Moonlight. Dog Story Theater. 8 pm (Fri and Sat) 3 pm (Sun). www.dogstorytheater.com

Help The Cheese Lady celebrate their 4th anniversary by visiting the Grilled Cheese Showdown on Saturday, October 8 from 1-5 p.m. Munch on gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, party in the beer and wine tent and enjoy live music and the spirit of competition. At Fuller Park across from The Cheese Lady.

October 8

Bee Brave 5K. Join the Purple Community for the fight against breast cancer by walking or running this 5K course where all proceeds go towards local breast cancer research by VAI. 6195 Buttrick Avenue. 9 am. Details at www.give.vai.org.

Grilled Cheese Showdown. Cheese lovers and those who want to prove they’ve perfected the art of the grilled cheese are invited to the annual competition where grilled cheese-making teams go head-to-head in concocting a sandwich that pleases the judges, hoping to win cash prizes, trophies and bragging rights. The public is invited to this fun, family event. Fuller Park. 1-5 pm. Sign up at www.facebook.com/thecheeseladygrandrapids

Fall Family Day. Visit the Children’s Garden for family fun including fall-themed tunes, crafts, stories and a scavenger hunt naturalist walk. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 1-4 pm. www.meijergardens.org

Bark in the Dark. This glow-in-the-dark 5K calls you and your pet to take a 3.1-mile evening stroll through the park to benefit the Humane Society of West Michigan, followed by a post-race celebration with music, activities, food and a beer tent. Riverside Park. 6:30-9 pm. Register at www.hswestmi.org/events.

I Love the 90s presented by SiriusXM. Reminisce over the trend-setting decade with a few of the most iconic, indelible names in rap, hip-hop and R&B that dominated your compact disc player. Van Andel Arena. 7:30 pm. Tickets at www.vanandelarena.com.

October 8 & 9

Annual Gallery Stroll and TOAST exhibit. Seize your last chance to view the large group show that celebrates another successful gallery season in beautiful Douglas. LaFontsee Galleries (Douglas). Noon-5 pm. www.lafontsee.us

October 10

Foster Parent and Older Child Adoption Orientation. Speak with the staff about different adoption options and learn the positive impacts it can make for you and the life of a child. DA Blodgett-St. John’s. 6:30-8:30 pm. www.dabsj.org

October 11

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

Inforum: Fitness and Exercise Roundtable Discussion. Learn how to stay active in a busy lifestyle. Keystone Pharmacy. 6 pm. RSVP at www.keystonerx.com

Tuesday Swing. Bring friends, family and your groove for swing dancing at a local park. Ah-Nab-Awen Park. 7-9:30 pm. www.grandrapidsoriginal swingsociety.com

Women’s Wellness Night: Stopping Self-Sabotage. This support group offers women good company and friendly venting while learning healthy coping methods with couple and family therapist, Kerry Hart, LLMFT. Grand Rapids Natural Health. 7-8 pm. www.grnaturalhealth.com

CMC-Movie: Friday the 13th. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. www.grcmc.org

October 12

VARI Seminar Series: Cheryl H. Arrowsmith, PhD Van Andel Institute. Noon. www.vai.org

UICA Film: Written on Water. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. 6 pm. www.uica.org

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

October 13

Check out the YWCA’s new space at their community open house where you can meet the friendly staff and see the improvements they’ve made in their building. YWCA. Noon-1:30 pm. www.ywcawcmi.org

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

Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Open House. A special celebration, complete with refreshments, library tours and door prizes. Kent District Library (Wyoming Branch). 3-5 pm. www.kdl.org

KDL Uncorked: Wine Tasting. Enjoy buy-one-get-one tastings and a presentation by winery owner, Karen Grossman. Kayla Rae Cellars. 6:30-7:30 pm. www.kdl.org

A Slightly Odd Artist Exhibition. This one-night show takes a twisted tour through Eric Kuhl’s work of two years worth of oil paintings inspired by folklore, religion and symbolic meaning. Mercury Head Gallery. 6-9 pm. www.facebook.com/mercuryheadgallery

October 14 & 15

Wurlitzer Organ Concert Series: A Haunted House. The powerful series kicks off with an eerie performance by the organ accompanied by the short film, A Haunted House. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 7-7:45 pm (Fri) 2-2:45 pm (Sat). www.grpm.org

María de Buenos Aires. Expose your tastes to an unconventional hybrid of tango, opera and surrealism during this seductive and haunting performance that bends genres and intoxicates audience members with pule and poetry. Betty Van Andel Opera Center. 7:30 pm. Tickets at www.operagr.org.

Enjoy pumpkin carving at Hudsonville’s Urban Hay Day.

October 15

West Michigan Employment Expo. Prospective employers gather under one roof, eager to meet the right person for the job, accepting applications and even doing on-site interviews. DeltaPlex. 9 am. www.deltaplex.com

Special Families Fun Fest. Enjoy a low-cost, low-stress day filled with resources and fun activities designed for individuals and families with special needs. DeltaPlex. 10 am-4 pm. www.familyhopefoundation.org

Laker Homecoming 5K. Celebrate homecoming with the Lakers at a fundraising 5K that weaves throughout GVSU’s beautiful Allendale campus. Grand Valley State University (Kelly Family Sports Center). 10 am-noon. www.gvsu.edu

Urban Hay Day. Packed with autumn activities, this free fall festival is a great way for all ages to kick off the season. Gemmen’s Home and Hardware and Street and Farmers Co-op (hayride trolleys transport attendees between both locations). 11 am-4 pm. www.urbanhayday.com

Zombie Beer Fest. This beer festival is one to die for with attendees dressing in their most horrid zombie gear and, of corpse, sampling a variety of Michigan beers and wines. Gillett Bridge. 5-9 pm. Tickets at www.beercityfestivals.com.

Rock the Runway GR. Designs are brought fresh from designer showrooms to this fundraising fashion show that shows off the most desired styles while raising breast, colon and prostate cancer awareness and prevention. Willian C. Abney Auditorium. 6-10 pm. Tickets at www.rocktherunwaygr.com.

Dierks Bentley concert. Van Andel Arena. 7:30 pm. Tickets at www.vanandelarena.com.

Michigan Dance Festival. Celebrate the diversity and talent of Michigan dancers by participating in various master classes, workshops, feedback sessions and more. Grand Rapids Ballet Company. 2-6:30 pm. Schedule at www.michigandance.org.

October 15 & 16

Giant Pumpkins. Weighing in at hundreds of pounds, these massive pumpkins amaze kids and adults alike. Cooking demonstrations (1:30 and 3 pm each day) and pumpkin facts highlight the versatile use of this autumn gourd. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 9 am-5 pm (Sat) 11 am-5 pm (Sun). www.meijergardens.org

October 16

Mum Day at the Gardens. Enjoy walking tours and demonstrations led by the horticulture staff. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 1-4 pm. www.meijergardens.org

Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions. See members of the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Gymnastics teams that dazzled us during the Olympic games with their grace, finesse and unbelievable performances. Van Andel Arena. 6 pm. Tickets at www.vanandelarena.com.

The Hit Men: Time Travel Tour. Travel through the most magnificent years of rock ‘n roll with these legendary performers as they share stories of their career and serenade you with music. Van Singel Fine Arts Center. 7 pm. www.vsfac.com

October 16 & 17

Rock the Cats. Melt as you watch a talented troupe of real, rescued house cats perform tricks involving hoops, skateboards and tight ropes, along with a purrformance by the all-cat band Tuna and the Rock Cats. Wealthy Theatre. 1 and 5 pm (Sun) 7 pm (Mon). www.grcmc.org

October 17

Monday Night Jazz Gumbo. Libby York and the Terry Lower quartet take the stage to perform a cool and artful jazz concert while audience members listen and enjoy an accompanying gumbo dinner. The Guest House. 6:30-8:30 pm. www.wmichjazz.org

Invest in Ability Dinner. You’re invited to enjoy a cocktail reception, silent auction and delicious dinner to celebrate and support the work of Disability Advocates of Kent County. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 5:30 pm. Tickets at www.dakc.us.

October 18

Postpartum Depression Prevention Group. Attendees of this support group learn how to reduce the risk of postpartum depression by making a plan and learning to recognize warning signs. Pine Rest (Northwest Clinic). 5:30-7:30 pm. Complete class schedule at www.pinerest.org.

Stews & Brews class. Learn to make a classic gumbo, a hearty meat and bean chili, cornbread and chocolate stout brownies paired with some great brews. The Downtown Market. 6-8:30 pm. Register at www.downtownmarketgr.com.

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

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

I Am for the Child dinner. Enjoy an evening of celebration featuring cocktails, a strolling dinner and an award presentation during this fall fundraiser supporting CASA. Watermark Country Club. 6-8 pm. Tickets at www.casakentco.org.

Yoga Under the Whale. GRPM and Mindful Vinyasa School of Yoga invite you to experience a yoga session under the Museum’s massive whale skeleton. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 6:30-7:45 pm. www.grpm.org

CMC-Movie: Nightmare on Elm Street. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. www.grcmc.org

How to Alleviate Back Pain. Join a physical therapy expert at this free interactive seminar that educates attendees on practices to reduce back pain. Keystone Pharmacy. 6-7 pm. www.keystonerx.com

October 19

The Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure. Featuring fan favorites and new songs led by the eight-member crew, this show invites audiences on an underwater quest for adventure. DeVos Performance Hall. 6 pm. Tickets at www.devosperformancehall.com.

KDL Uncorked: Ladies Night. Sip and socialize with your girlfriends with wine tastings provided by The Crushed Grape paired with chocolate and cheese by The Cheese Lady. Kent District Library (Richard L. Root Branch). 7:30 pm-8:30 pm. www.kdl.org


October 20

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

Member Monster Mash. Come to the zoo in your Halloween costume for trick-or-treating, spooky entertainment and animal activities. John Ball Zoo. 5-7 pm. www.jbzoo.org

Local First Fork Fest. Save the date and save some tummy room for the annual event that brings delicious bites and treats from over 40 of West Michigan’s finest restaurants, farms, grocers, bakeries and more. Romence Gardens & Greenhouses. 5-9 pm. Tickets at www.localfirst.com.

An Evening of Hope Fundraising Dinner. Help support Our Hope Association at this special community event celebrating recovery and the message that there is life beyond addiction, featuring Marti MacGibbon as the keynote speaker. Sophia L. and Peter M. Wege Conference Center. 5:30-8:45 pm. Tickets at  www.ourhopeassociation.org.

Green Drinks with WMEAC. Join WMEAC staff for a beer and a deli sandwich and chat with a lively mixture of people from NGOs, academia, government and business. Founders Brewing Company. 5-7 pm. www.wmeac.org

Festival of Praise. DeVos Performance Hall. 7 pm. Tickets at www.devosperformancehall.com

October 20, 22 & 23

The Crucible presented by Catholic Central High School and Grand Rapids Catholic Secondary Schools. Circle Theatre. 7 pm (Thu) 2 pm (Sat and Sun). Tickets at www.circletheatre.org.

October 21

Classical Coffee Concert. Perk up your Friday morning with a coffee hour and concert expressing the genius of Mozart and playing selections from the upcoming Mostly Mozart performance. St. Cecilia Music Center. 9 am (coffee) 10 am (concert). www.grsymphony.org

Hallowee-Ones garden party. Kids get creative as they get in costume to blend in with the Children’s Garden, participating in a costume parade and listening to Halloween stories. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 10 am-noon. www.meijergardens.org

Pumpkin Patch Cooking. This class teaches you how to use fall’s favorite gourd in the most delicious ways including pumpkin sage soup, cupcakes and more. The Downtown Market. 6-8:30 pm. Register at www.downtownmarketgr.com.

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. www.grcmc.org

Brand New concert. DeltaPlex. 7:30 pm. Tickets at www.deltaplex.com.

The Classical Concert: Mostly Mozart. St. Cecilia Music Center. 8 pm. Tickets at www.grsymphony.org.

October 21-23

Grand Rapids Comic-Con. Heroes, villains and sidekicks step out of their human disguises to gather under one roof for the greatest fandom event in the city, featuring stars like Julian Glover from Game of Thrones, a Ninja Turtles cast reunion and over 100 hours of programming from films to costume contests in a colossal vending hall. DeVos Place. Full schedule at www.grcomiccon.com.

GR Ballet Junior Company presents Peter Pan. Grand Rapids Ballet Company. Tickets and showtimes at www.grballet.com.


October 21-23 & 28-30

Zoo Goes Boo. The zoo goes wild with over-the-top decorations and Halloween fun for all ages, including trick-or-treating and animal watching. John Ball Zoo. 10 am-3 pm. www.jbzoo.org

October 21-30

Holes. Stanley Yelnats’ lifelong bad luck gets him convicted of a crime and sentenced to a camp in the desert where the convicts are forced to dig holes only to discover the warden may have a hidden reason for making them do so. Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. Tickets and showtimes at www.grct.org.

October 22

Grand Raggidy Roller Girls Double Header. Rivertown Sports. 5-9:30 pm. www.grandraggidy.com

Jack O’ Drinks class. Explore the upgrades that pumpkins bring to your beverages as you sample pumpkin beer, make a pumpkin spiced margarita and stir up a Jack O’Lantern whiskey cocktail. The Downtown Market. 6-7:30 pm. Register at www.downtownmarketgr.com

The Zombie Dash 5K. See if you can survive this 3.1-mile course through the zombie-infested streets of downtown Grand Rapids as you dodge zombies who try to pull at your life strips. Ah-Nab-Awen Park. 6:30 pm. Register at www.thezombiedash.com.

Dreamworks Animation in Concert. Celebrate Dreamworks’ beloved characters on the big screen with the films’ iconic music scores performed live by the Grand Rapids Symphony. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm. Tickets at www.grpops.org.

October 22 & 23

Jack O’Lantern Jamboree. Expert pumpkin carvers create custom masterpieces and you can use them as inspiration to tackle your own pumpkin carving project at the Market. The Downtown Market. 10 am-7 pm. www.downtownmarketgr.com

October 23

Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon. Whether you run or spectate, this event is full of non-stop spirit and people bashing through barriers as they run 26.2 miles through Grand Rapids and Millennium Park during this annual marathon that celebrates community, strength and continuing adventure. David D. Hunting YMCA. 8 am. Schedule and details at www.grandrapidsmarathon.com.

Motorcycle Swap Meet. Rev your engines to buy, sell or trade everything for your biking needs from motorcycles to parts and clothing while enjoying food and beer from expo vendors. 10 am-4 pm. www.deltaplex.com

Grand Rapids Feminist Film Festival. Celebrate the dynamics of gender, race, sexuality, ability, class and age at this eye-opening film festival that elevates voices and showcases talent from historically underrepresented groups in mainstream media. Wealthy Theatre. Noon-8 pm. www.grfff.org

Artists in Conversations: Almost Home exhibit featuring Darlene Kaczmarczyk and Nate Lareau. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 2-3 pm. www.meijergardens.org

Beer Run. Run with really cool people followed by a pint with the same cool people, munchies and door prizes. The Beer Garden at Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon. 6:30-8:30 pm. www.grandrapidsmarathon.com

October 23-January 15

Year of the Innovative Woman presents Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion. The art museum composes a major exhibit featuring work of innovative women artists of the past, present and future. Grand Rapids Art Museum. Museum hours at www.artmuseumgr.org.

October 24

Dream Theater concert. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm. Tickets at www.devosperformancehall.com.

October 25

KDL Uncorked: Vander Mill Tour and Tasting. Join fellow cider sippers for a tour of the new Grand Rapids facilities and four, 2 oz tastings of Vander Mill’s innovative hard ciders. Bring your library card for 10% off food afterwards. Vander Mill Cider Grand Rapids. 6-7 pm. Register at www.kdl.org.

Boozy Halloween Cocktail Party. This class teaches you to make spooky Halloween cocktails and the perfect appetizer and dessert to pair with them. The Downtown Market. 6-8:30 pm. Register at www.downtownmarketgr.com.

An Evening with Dietrich Klinge. The internationally renowned sculptor and printmaker, who rarely speaks publicly of his work, is the keynote speaker at this year’s C. Schoenknecht and W. Paul lecture. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. www.meijergardens.org

Book Discussion: The President’s Book of Secrets. CIA insider during the Clinton and Bush administrations, David Priess, discloses 50 years worth of stories about the past presidents, including insights from their staff. Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum. 7 pm. www.fordlibrarymuseum.gov

Women Helping Women Annual Bazaar. Support the Women’s Resource Center and their life-changing programs at this fundraiser that also gives your business a chance to increase sales and exposure. Boulder Creek Golf Club. 5:30-8:30 pm. For more details, contact Roberta@robertalathrop.com.

CMC-Movie: Psycho. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. www.grcmc.org

October 26

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

VARI Seminar Series: Michael Karin, P.h.D. Van Andel Institute. Noon. www.vai.org

October 27

Hope on the Hill: The Great Gatsby. Channel the style of the roaring twenties during 2016’s gala featuring cuisine from the finest local restaurants, live entertainment and dancing the night away in Club Hope. All proceeds benefit medical research and science education at VAI. Van Andel Institute. 6-11 pm. Tickets at www.vai.org.

Estate Planning Seminar with Jennifer Coles. This established estate planning attorney presents solutions for securing your assets and addressing elder care issues. 6 pm. Call (616) 308-3509 to register. www.coleslawfirm.com

October 27-November 12

American Idiot. Adapted by the rock band’s 2004 album, this musical centers on three young men who escape suburbia to find freedom and excitement in the city, only to discover the harsh realities of the world. Spectrum Theater. Tickets and showtimes at www.actorstheatregrandrapids.org.

October 28 & 29

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. Tchaikovsky’s music of Czarist Russia and Shostakovich’s grittier style collides in this violin concerto, part of the Richard and Helen DeVos Classical series. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm. Tickets at www.grsymphony.org.

October 28, 29 & 30

Bassnectar Halloween concert festival. DeltaPlex. Tickets and showtimes at www.deltaplex.com

October 29

Opening of Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown exhibit. Explore the making of the animated Peanuts classic complete with comic strips, seasonal novelties and a video that dives into the details of producing this beloved classic. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 9 am-5 pm. www.grpm.org

Stranger Things Halloween Party. Get in costume and celebrate the bizarre holiday in the back room that has been turned upside down with decorations and special features, including food and drink specials. Stella’s Lounge. 10 pm-2 am. www.stellasgr.com

Learn Spooky Halloween Design. Join the design experts at this workshop that shows you how to make a floral arrangement perfect for your Halloween season décor. Eastern Floral. 10-11:30 am. Save your spot by calling (616) 949-2200. www.easternfloral.com

October 30

Artists in Conversations: Almost Home exhibit featuring Norwood Viviano and Joyce Recker. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 2-3 pm. www.meijergardens.org

October 31

Happy Halloween!


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