October Events

Sundays

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. 6 pm. gazellesports.com/thedirtyherd

Mondays

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

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

Tuesdays

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

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

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

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

Wednesdays and Saturdays

Holland Farmers Market. Over 90 vendors offering fresh fruits, vegetables, bouquets of flowers and varieties of baked goods and tasty treats. 8th Street Downtown Holland. 8 am-3 pm. hollandfarmersmarket.com

Thursdays

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

Saturdays

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

Ongoing

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 many books before they start school. Those who register receive a free starter pack so that you can track your child’s progress from page one to school time. Grand Rapids Public Library. Details at grpl.org/1000books.

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 Wisdom of Women exhibit. Guest artist, Karen Godfrey, displays sculptures, paintings and assemblage art that help women tap into their inner instincts and intuition in this empowering fall exhibit. Artist reception October 19, 5-8 pm. Flat River Gallery & Framing. Gallery hours at flatrivergalleryandframing.

The Brain: The World Inside Your Head exhibit. Explore the human brain and partake in hands-on activities that reveal how the brain works. Grand Rapids Public Museum. Hours at grpm.org.

Through October 8

ArtPrize 9. The ninth annual art festival is coming to a close and GR has one more week to serve as the ultimate open art gallery with sculptors, paintings and performances spreading across the city. artprize.org.

Animal Stories exhibit. Don’t miss this animal-themed art exhibit featuring adorable masterpieces by eight Michigan artists. Frames Unlimited. Gallery hours at framesunlimited.com.

Through October 27

Loeschner Art Competition. Calling for original 2-D works, artists have the chance to win $5,000 and have their submission become part of the Garden’s permanent collection. Entries due by October 27. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Info and application at meijergardens.org.

Through October 28

Between Turbulence and Tranquility. Discover how the displayed artworks lend understanding to the artists’ unique perspective in this multi-media exhibit featuring nine Michigan artists. LowellArts. Gallery hours at lowellartsmi.org.

October 1

Artisans Market. Visit the local artists and check out their handcrafted goods one last time before the artisan market closes for the season. Fulton Street Farmers Market. 11 am-3 pm. fultonstreetmarket.org

Drop-In Studio: ArtPrize 9. Create a work of art inspired by one of the pieces in GRAM’s ArtPrize 9 collection at this special edition of the art museum’s Drop-In Studio series. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 1-4 pm. artmuseumgr.org

Fall Bonsai Show. Catch the final day of the annual exhibit showcasing bonsai trees of all shapes and sizes while getting advice from members of the West Michigan Bonsai Club. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 11 am-5 pm. meijergardens.org

Calendar Girls. Based on a true story, this comedic play is about a woman who teams up with her friend to raise money for leukemia and lymphoma research by creating a pinup calendar featuring middle-aged garden club members. Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. 2 pm. Tickets at grct.org.

ComedyFestGR 2017. Get your laugh on with original comedy from new and seasoned comics, seizing the chance to crown one of them Queen or King of Comedy. Wealthy Theatre. 7 pm. Tickets at grcmc.org.

ZZ Top: The Tonnage Tour concert. DeVos Performance Hall. 7:30 pm. Tickets at devosperformancehall.com.

October 2

Be Here Now: Self-Care in the Present Moment. Join five local health experts for a panel discussion on self-care techniques on how to put them into practice emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually. Mindful Counseling GR. 6-8 pm. inspiredlifegr.com

October 3

Volunteer Education session. Those interested in becoming a volunteer tutor are invited to a free information session that teaches attendees more about the center’s programs. Literacy Center of West Michigan. 10-11 am. literacycenterwm.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 course before returning to the starting location to indulge in munchies and win door prizes. Buffalo Wild Wings GR. 6:30 pm. Full Beer Run schedule at grandrapidsmarathon.com.

Integrative Health Series & Mixer: Stress Management for Parents. Learn about a variety of health topics at this free monthly speaker series and kick off the October edition with a networking mixer preceding the lecture. Aquinas College (Donnelly Center). 5:30-6:15 pm (mixer), 6:30-8 pm (lecture). For topic line-up, visit uhsmi.com

Swing Dancing at Rosa Parks Circle. Have a snazzy good time swing dancing with the Grand Rapids community during the final few gatherings of this popular summer series where you dance the evening away to live music. No experience or partner required. 7-9:30 pm (swing lessons begin at 7 pm, dancing at 7:30 pm). Locations at grandrapidsoriginalswingsociety.com.

Meanwhile Movie: Evil Dead 2. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. grcmc.org

October 3 & 5

Nurtured Heart Approach (NHA) class. Strengthen the relationship between you and your child by learning more about this parenting approach with the experts at Pine Rest. Pine Rest Southwest Clinic. 10 am-noon (Oct 3) and 6-8 pm (Oct 5). pinerest.org

October 4

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

Mouthwatering cupcakes at Wine, Women & Chocolate 2016.

October 5

Fall Travel Show. Increase your vacation savvy and plan your trip with Dolphin vacations at this show where you can speak with top travel companies and register to win great vacation prizes. Noto’s Old World Dining. 3-7 pm. notosoldworld.com

Wine, Women & Chocolate. Join Women’s Resource Center, Cascade and Crushed Grape Winery, Painted Turtle Hard Cider, Patricia’s Chocolate, Furniture City Creamery and more at the annual wine and treat tasting event while supporting the resource’s programs to empower women.  Cascade Hills Country Club. 5-7:30 pm. Tickets at grwrc.org

Taps + Trails. Help support IKUS’s Life Enrichment Services by joining them and Trail Point Brewing Company for a fundraising event that has guests enjoying beer samples, food pairings and live music along the trail. Indian Trails Camp. 6-8 pm. Tickets at ikuslife.org.

Unexplained & Unbelievable Walking Tour: Grand Rapids’ Most Haunted. Grand Rapids Running Tours leads a stroll through GR’s most haunted places, sharing the spooky legends behind iconic buildings along the way. Meet in lobby of JW Marriott. 7-8:15 pm. Register at grandrapidsrunningtours.com.

October 5 & 19

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

October 5-8 & 12-14

The Nether. Actors Theatre GR invites you into The Nether, a virtual wonderland where people achieve their greatest desires, but things go awry when a detective discovers criminals are using it to cause harm. Spectrum Theater. 8 pm. Tickets at actorstheatregrandrapids.org.

Live entertainment at 2016’s ArtPrize Awards Ceremony.

October 6

GROW Ernst & Young Connect Day. Let Ernst & Young professionals ease your stress over business financials during this panel discussion and Q&A followed by time to meet one-on-one with an E &Y volunteer. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 9 am-1 pm. growbusiness.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

ArtPrize 9 Awards Ceremony. The anticipated awards ceremony moves to 20 Monroe, making room for all media to hear the 2017 winners and surrounds the fun with music, comedy, performances, can’t-miss speakers and more followed by the ArtPrize After Dark party. 20 Monroe Live. 5:30-9 pm. artprize.org

SiTE:LAB Glow Ride ArtPrize 9. Deck you and your bike out with glow gear and join She Rides Her Own Way for a glowing bike ride through Downtown Grand Rapids during the fall evening. SiTE:LAB. 7-10 pm. Details on the event’s Facebook page.

ArtPrize After Dark. Immediately after the award ceremony, ArtPrize and LIFEWTR continue the celebration with an all-inclusive after party featuring dancing, live performances by Detroit band ONEFREQ and trap house jazz artist Maségo and more. 20 Monroe Live. 9 pm-midnight. Tickets to party at universe.com. artprize.org

October 6 & 7

Harvest Festival. Benefit Feeding America West Michigan at the local grocer/garden center where the days are packed with activities, live music and awards. Horizen Hydroponics. Noon-7 pm (Fri) and 10 am-5 pm (Sat). horizenhydroponics.com

Grand Rapids Symphony presents Sibelius Symphony No. 2. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm. devosperformancehall.com

October 6-8 & 13

From Russia with Love. This array of dance performances realizes every ballet-lover’s dream with selections from Giselle, Flames of Paris, Esmeralda, Don Quixote and more. Peter Martin Wege Theatre. Tickets and showtimes at grballet.com.

October 6 & 20

Outdoor Guided Sketching. Bring your a sketchbook and gather around one of Rodin’s best-known works while an illustrator guides you in gestural drawing. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 3:30 pm. meijergardens.org

October 7

Bee Brave 5K. Take a 3.1-mile walk or run through this annual 5K’s new location while supporting breast cancer research at Van Andel Institute. Shagbark Farms. 9 am.  Register at purplecommunity.vai.org.

Natural & Fit Day. Celebrate health and fitness with a day full of competitions that challenge participants to find their limits and push themselves beyond them. DeltaPlex. 10 am-10 pm. Tickets at deltaplex.com

Harvest Hullabaloo. The Market fills with fall-themed fun from produce and products to sack races and square dancing demos. Bring your appetite for the Donut Challenge. Downtown Market. 11 am-4 pm. downtownmarketgr.com

October 9

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

Yoga for the Community. Learn yoga techniques that calm stress, enhance concentration and reduce anxiety symptoms. Grand Rapids Natural Health. 7-8 pm. RSVP by calling (616) 264-6556. grnaturalhealth.com

October 9-19

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction information sessions. Grand Rapids Center for mindfulness offers an eight-week series of mindfulness courses and invites you to attend one of their free information sessions that help you determine which is right for you. Session locations and class registry at grandrapidscenterformindfulness.com

October 10

Well House Harvest Luncheon. Have lunch with the Well House team at this free luncheon where attendees learn about the programs that provide safe, affordable housing to the homeless in our community. City Flats Hotel Ballroom. 11:30 am-1 pm. wellhousegr.org

Seeds of Growth Awards Luncheon. Join GROW and neighborhood business leaders as they recognize those who have made exceptional contributions to our community this year. JW Marriott. 11:30 am-1:30 pm. Tickets at growbusiness.org.

An Evening of Celebration gala. Indulge in dinner, an auction and more while you support programs that help children with cerebral palsy and other mood disorders at the Conductive Learning Center. Watermark Country Club. 5:45-9 pm. For tickets and more information, call (616) 575-0575. conductivelearningcenter.org

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

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

Integrative Health Series: Medicines from the Earth. Aquinas College. 6:30-8 pm For topic line-up, visit uhsmi.com

Unexplained & Unbelievable Running Tour: Grand Rapids’ Most Haunted. Grand Rapids Running Tours leads a jaunt through GR’s most haunted places, sharing the eerie legends behind the city’s most iconic buildings along the way. Meet in lobby of JW Marriott. 7-8:15 pm. Register at grandrapidsrunningtours.com.

Swing Dancing at Rosa Parks Circle. 7-9:30 pm grandrapidsoriginalswingsociety.com.

Meanwhile Movie: Army of Darkness. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. grcmc.org

October 11

Teen Council meet-up. Tell your teen about the library’s teen council where they can help plan library programs, share ideas for the teen collection and hang out with other teens. Grand Rapids Public Library. 3 pm. grpl.org

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

A spooked group from GR Running Tours in the cemetery.

October 12

Volunteer Education session. Learn more about the center’s programs at this free information session. Literacy Center of West Michigan. 6-7 pm. literacycenterwm.org

12th Annual Couture for a Cure. This fundraising event for VAI puts you next to the runway for a fashion show featuring an exclusive preview of Creature of the Wind Spring collection followed by an appearance by designers Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters. Enjoy a cocktail hour and nosh on cuisine from local restaurants before the show. Van Andel Institute. 6-11 pm. Tickets at vai.org.

Signature Chef Series dinner. Treat yourself to dinner at one of GR’s finest restaurants during this series featuring four local chefs using their culinary talents to hand-craft a five-course meal that you can indulge in while supporting Kids’ Food Basket’s fight against childhood hunger. Vander Mill Grand Rapids.
6-8:30 pm. List of restaurants and ticket information on the event’s Facebook page.

Unexplained & Unbelievable Walking Tour: Fulton Street Graveyard. Meet at Fulton Street entrance to the cemetery. 7-8:15 pm. Register at grandrapidsrunningtours.com.

October 13

Midnight at the Museum. Release your inner child for Halloween fun at the Children’s Museum, enjoying games with experts from Vault of Midnight, refreshments from Elk Brewing and the company of your spooky community. Grand Rapids Children’s Museum. 6-10 pm. Tickets at grcm.org.

October 13 & 14

Holland Fall Fest. Embrace the fall season by joining the community at the autumn festival that features pumpkin painting activities, arts and crafts, the famous farmers market and live pumpkin carvers who light their pumpkin at nightfall for a massive jack-o-lantern display like you’ve never seen before. Downtown Holland. 3-7 pm (Fri) and 10-7 pm (Sat). hollandfallfest.com

Mighty Wurlitzer Organ Concert Series presents Phantom of the Opera. Perfect for the spooky month of October, organist Andrew Rogers performs musical scores from the silent film. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 7 pm (Fri) and 2 pm (Sat). grpm.org

Opera GR presents Rigoletto. Experience the performance that is considered the birth of Italian opera and has audience members at the edge of their seats in an unfolding drama about a feud between jester and duke, and an innocent daughter caught in the middle. Join opera-lover Glen Peterson for a pre-performance talk, one hour before curtain (6:30 pm).DeVos Performance Hall. 7:30 pm. Tickets at operagr.org.

October 14

Metro Health GR Marathon Expo. Pick up your packet for tomorrow’s marathon and browse through the many athlete booths that are dishing out race information, samples, demos and deals on sportswear. David D. Hunting YMCA. 9 am-6 pm. grandrapidsmarathon.com

West Michigan Employment Expo. DeltaPlex. 9 am-2 pm. deltaplex.com

Fall Family Day. Bring the whole family to the Children’s Garden for fall activities, stories and a color hunt. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 1-4 pm. meijergardens.org

Releasing the Grasp of Trauma: Self-Care Strategies. Learn simple techniques that help you heal from past events that caused you stress and continue to affect your well-being. Grand Rapids Natural Health. 1-4:30 pm. grnaturalhealth.com.

Cheese Lady 5-Year Anniversary/Grilled Cheese Showdown. Bring your appetite to celebrate Cheese Lady GR’s 5th birthday in correlation with the annual Grilled Cheese Showdown where cheese masters try to make a grilled cheese sandwich cheddar than all the others. Fuller Park (across from The Cheese Lady GR). 1-5 pm. Find more info and register to compete in the showdown on the event’s Facebook page. thecheeselady.net

Rock’n the Runway GR. Breast Cancer fighters and survivors take over the runway to raise breast cancer awareness, strutting the line wearing the latest fall fashion. Attendees enjoy live entertainment and get a chance to add to their own wardrobe at the clothing vendor booths. William C. Abney Auditorium. 6-9 pm. Tickets at rocktherunwaygr.com.

Unplugged House: Alive and Well concert. The gallery space transforms into a concert venue for LowellArts’ new fall concert series, kicking off with a performance by local rock/pop group, Alive and Well. LowellArts. 7 pm. lowellartsmi.org

October 14 & 15

Healing Body and Spirit Psychic Expo. Psychic mediums, holistic healers, body workers, spirit artists and more gather in the expo hall to expose new approaches to well-being and offer glimpses into your past and future. DeltaPlex. 10 am-7 pm (Sat) and 10 am-6 pm (Sun). deltaplex.com

Shopping & Lifestyle Expo. Take the weekend to indulge in the latest lifestyle trends including shopping, entertainment and relaxation at this inaugural expo packed with hundreds of exhibitors. DeVos Place. 11 am-5 pm (Sat) and 11 am-4 pm (Sun). More information and admission discount coupon at kohlerexpo.com.

October 15

Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon and 1/2 Marathon. Whether it’s tradition or you’re running your first marathon, the GR Marathon is a community favorite that takes runners through a course bursting with autumn colors and ends with an unbeatable sense of accomplishment plus a pint of New Holland beer. David D. Hunting YMCA. 8 am. More info and registration at grandrapidsmarathon.com.

Forest Hills Adult Community Band presents their Fall Concert. Enjoy a free concert performed by passionate musicians who are welcoming fall with live music. Forest Hills Fine Arts Center. 2:30 pm. fhfineartscenter.com

Beer Run. If you need a cool down after the GR Marathon, join some cool people for a post jog followed by beer, munchies and door prizes. Beer Garden at Metro Health    GR Marathon. 6:30 pm. Full Beer Run grandrapidsmarathon.com.

October 16

Monday Night Jazz: Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown. Grab a beer and a seat at this live jazz performance featuring the Chicago-based duo along with Michigan natives Paul Keller and Pete Siers. The Knickerbocker. 6:30-8:30 pm. wmichjazz.org

Steely Dan concert. Van Andel Arena. 7:30 pm. Tickets at vanandelarena.com.

October 17

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

Integrative Health Series: Detoxing Your Home. Aquinas College (Donnelly Center). 6:30-8 pm For topic line-up, visit uhsmi.com

Screening: The Vietnam War with Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. The directors share their experience making the newly released documentary series via live simulcast. Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum. 7-8 pm. fordlibrarymuseum.gov

Swing Dancing at Ah-Nab-Awen Park. 7-9:30 pm. Full line-up at grandrapidsoriginalswingsociety.com.

Meanwhile Movie: Re-animator. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. grcmc.org

Don’t miss the chance to talk candidly about breast cancer at Candid Conversations, October 18.

October 18

Volunteer Education session. Learn more about the center’s programs at this free information session. Literacy Center of West Michigan. 10-11 am. literacycenterwm.org

Candid Conversations: Breast Cancer Awareness. Join an open discussion on breast cancer as speakers share their personal stories, health experts provide helpful information and attendees get to ask questions in a casual, fun setting complete with refreshments. East Kentwood High School. 4-6:30 pm. Please RSVP at spectrumhealth.org.

October 18-November 5

Wicked. Visit the Land of Oz from the viewpoint of the Wicked Witch of the West and learn that she did not start off so “wicked” after all, DeVos Performance Hall. Tickets and showtimes at broadwaygrandrapids.com.

October 19

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

All That Glows: Beauty Event. Let experts at Bengtson Center treat you to an evening of beauty as you explore the newest innovations and styles while enjoying refreshments, drinks and deals. Bengtson Center. 5-8 pm. RSVP at bengtsoncenter.com.

Artist Reception: Kristin Godfrey. Meet the artist behind the exhibit, The Wisdom of Women, while enjoying refreshments and exploring the gallery. Flat River Gallery & Framing. 5-8 pm. flatrivergalleryandframing

Open Studio Night with Daily Robot Shop. Artist Alexis Brannan lets art-lovers in on her art-making experiment and join the creating process. Avenue for the Arts.6-8 pm. avenueforthearts.com

Harvest & Hops. The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation invites you to enjoy beer and wine samples paired with a delicious strolling dinner while benefiting programs that improve the lives of those suffering from Crohn’s disease. The Waddell Center. 6:30-10 pm. Tickets at crohnscolitisfoundation.org.

Green Drinks with WMEAC. Chat with the people of the West Michigan Environmental Action Council and other passionate people over food and drinks at GR’s newest brewery. City Built Brewing Company. 5-7 pm. wmeac.org

October 19-21

Reformation the musical. This production follows the life of a monk whose struggle to please God leads to division and an unintended movement. Wealthy Theatre. 7:30 pm (Thu & Fri) and 2 pm (Sat). Tickets at grcmc.org.

October 20

Hallowee-Ones. Bring your child in a costume inspired by something in the Children’s Garden and partake in Halloween fun with stories and a costume parade. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 10 am-noon. meijergardens.org

Tree Planting/Park Party with Brewers Grove. Spend an afternoon with the Brewers Grove planting trees followed by an after party at Creston Brewery. Highland Park. Noon-6 pm. friendsofgrparks.org

Freedom Fund Dinner & Awards. Embrace this year’s theme, Revolution: The Shift, and celebrate the strides we’ve made as revolutionaries and our commitment to continue seeking social justice. JW Marriott. 6-8 pm. Tickets at naacpgr51st.eventbrite.com.

Unexplained & Unbelievable Walking Tour: Saints & Spirits. Meet at Fulton Street entrance to Aquinas College. 7-8:15 pm. Register at grandrapidsrunningtours.com.

God’s Music. Go beyond music and experience how hymns reveal fascinating historical facts and tell the stories of the past. Van Singel Fine Arts Center. 7:30 pm. Tickets at vsfac.com.

October 20-22

Grand Rapids Comic Con. This year’s expo of all things comic, fantasy and animation bursts with a royal line-up of celebrities, special guests, cosplay, activities and more, inviting everyone to shed their citizen disguise and hone their costumed alter-ego to join the community in the greatest fandom event of the year. DeVos Place. Schedule at grcomiccon.com.

October 20-29

Seussical the Musical. This musical takes audience members on a heart-filled journey of discovery and the importance of imagination, starring characters from Horton Hears a Who!, The Cat in the Hat and Miss Gertrude McFuzz. Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. Tickets and showtimes at grct.org.

October 20-22 & 27-29

Zoo Goes Boo. Kids and families are invited to dress in their favorite costumes and go trick-or-treating among the animals, marvel at awesome decorations, partake in games and enjoy loads of Halloween fun. Even the animals get treats! John Ball Zoo. 10 am-3 pm (daily). Admission and hours at jbzoo.org.

October 21

Grand Rapids Feminist Film Festival. Experience how film is used as a powerful tool to elevate voice, showcase talent and spark viewer discussion during this film festival featuring over 20 new films. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. Noon-10 pm. Film schedule at uica.org.

Zombie Dash 5K. A zombie epidemic has hit GR and you must run for your life through the urban quarantine area, avoiding the hungry zombies littered along the course. Ah-Nab-Awen Park. 6:45 pm (first wave starts). Register at thezombiedash.com.

October 21 & 22

Shipshewana On the Road. This gift, food and craft show is overflowing with great finds that you won’t find elsewhere, giving you inspiration for the approaching holiday shopping season. DeltaPlex. 9 am-6 pm (Sat) and 10 am-5 pm (Sun). deltaplex.com

Friends of the Library Book Sale. Find your next read for a great bargain at this sale benefiting the library. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7 pm. grpl.org

October 20 & 21, 27 & 28

The Dixie Swim Club dinner theater show. Enjoy a delicious meal before the show 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 only). Showtimes at lowellartsmi.org

October 24

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

Integrative Health Series: Healthy Habits for Winter Hibernation. Aquinas College (Donnelly Center). 6:30-8 pm For topic line-up, visit uhsmi.com

Pooches on the Patio: Halloween. You and your pooch are invited to dress in your favorite costumes and join the people of Pet-Agree for a community dog walk followed by food and drinks for both of you on the patio. One Trick Pony. 6:30-8:30 pm. Stay updated on the event’s Facebook page.

Unexplained & Unbelievable Running Tour: Saints & Spirits. Meet at Fulton Street entrance of Aquinas College. 7-8:15 pm. Register at grandrapidsrunningtours.com.

Meanwhile Movie: The Exorcist. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. grcmc.org

October 26

Addams Family Halloween. Arrive to this eerie party in your Halloween costume or take style inspiration from Morticia Addams and wear all black as you drink and dance the night away. Circle Theatre. 7-11 pm. Tickets at circletheatre.com.

SCMC Acoustic Café Series presents Leo Kottke. The amazing acoustic guitarist returns to bring audience members a beautiful performance to kick off SCMC’s Acoustic Café season. St. Cecilia Music Center. 7:30 pm. Tickets at scmc-online.org.

Fork Fest GR. Wear loose pants because it’s impossible not to taste everything at the annual Fork Fest, where local restaurants, bakeries, catering companies, farms, grocers, breweries and others bring their best to the table and you get to taste it all. Romence Gardens & Greenhouses. 5-9 pm. Tickets and list of participating eateries at localfirst.com.

Hope on the Hill: The Games People Play. This year’s premier fundraising gala invites you to taste cuisine from the neighborhood’s finest restaurants, sip cocktails from the chiseled ice bar, enjoy live entertainment while dancing the night away and sport your best cocktail attire with a dash of your favorite game incorporated into your style. Van Andel Institute. 6 pm. Tickets at vai.org.

October 27

Volunteer Education session. Learn more about the center’s programs at this free information session. Literacy Center of West Michigan. 2-3 pm. literacycenterwm.org

Noto’s Charity Wine Fest. Benefit a local charity by enjoying international wine samples and Italian cuisine while listening to live musical entertainment by Tom Hagen Trio and Rick Reuther. Noto’s Old World Italian Restaurant. 7-10 pm. Tickets at notosoldworld.com.

October 28

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

Unpluggled House concert. This new concert series brings local music groups to Lowell’s gallery space and invites listeners to get hooked on new music. LowellArts. 7 pm. lowellartsmi.org.

Bob Dylan featuring Mavis Staples concert. Van Andel Arena. 7:30 pm. Tickets at vanandelarena.com.

October 28-November 1

Día de los Muertos. Everyone is invited to join in the celebration of those who have passed on by exploring personal family altars decorated by members of the community, participating in activities and bidding “bon voyage” as the spirits embark on the journey following life. Grand Rapids Public Library. Hours at grpl.org.

October 29

National Portfolio Day. Aspiring artists and designers are invited to bring their portfolio to the art college and meet one-on-one with representatives from the country’s top art and design schools, who review your portfolio and provide helpful feedback for pursuing your creative career. Kendall College of Art & Design. 8:30 am-5 pm. Register at kcad.edu.

Día de los Muertos: Family Day. Bring your family to the library and learn more about the Day of the Dead with activities, bilingual story time, live music and ethnic food. Grand Rapids Public Library. 1-4:30 pm. grpl.org

October 30

Denise Leary: Why We Don’t Suck show. Wealthy Wealthy Theatre. 7 pm. Tickets at grcmc.org.

Irma Thomas, The Blind Boys of Alabama & The Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet concert. Treat yourself to an evening of musical collaborations as these southern souls take the stage to deliver an unforgettable evening of sound. Forest Hills Fine Arts Center. 7:30 pm. fhfineartscenter.com

October 31

Meanwhile Movie: Rocky Horror Picture Show. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. grcmc.org

Happy Halloween from Women’s LifeStyle Magazine! May your evening be full of spooky fun and bags of treats that you indulge in guilt-free. We’ll see you in November!


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