September 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. 6 pm.


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


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


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

Thursdays through September 17

Relax at Rosa. This new, free, lunchtime series invites the Downtown community to enjoy lunchtime at Rosa Parks Circle which food trucks and live entertainment. Rosa Parks Circle. 11:30 am-1:30 pm. Visit the Facebook page for more information.


Outdoor Farmers Market. Summer is here and the outdoor farmers market is open with locally grown products along with Michigan’s best produce, treats, meats and more. Come hungry for the food trucks that will be perched outside joining the market’s vast eating options. Grand Rapids Downtown Market. 9 am-2 pm.

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

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

Through September

Activities for all ages are falling from KDL branches this autumn. Kids can mimic Da Vinci art, sew a plush Franken-Beanie and create pampering products with their grandparents. Teens will learn videography, compete in the Super Smash Bros. Wii U Tournament and have the opportunity to enter in the Michigan Short Story Contest. Adults will enjoy a variety of workshops, comedy and KDL Uncorked events. Kent District Library. Find a list of all activities and locations at

Through September 26

Fiberx2: Tapestry Collaborations. Artists David Johnson and Geary Jones exhibit their collaborative, large-scale, 3-D installations while continuing conversation about fiber and weaving. LowellArts! King Gallery. For gallery hours, visit

Through October 31

Dusk to Dusk: Unsettled, Unraveled, Unreal exhibition. View an aesthetic of anxious paintings, photographs, sculptures and videos hosted through a collaborative project between various galleries. GVSU Performing Arts Center. For more information and gallery hours, visit

September 1

Hot dog cookout and public safety open house. Residents of the community are invited to see the emergency services that are available, enjoy hot dogs and ice cream, and receive up to date safety information. Hudsonville Fire Station. 4-7 pm.

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

September 2

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

Live & Local Happy Hour. Enjoy live music, local cocktails and craft beers in the market hall. Grand Rapids Downtown Market. 5-8 pm.

Summer Concerts at the Gardens: O.A.R. with special guest Allen Stone. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm.

September 3

Wine School. Everyone 21+ are invited to sip from a selection of over 25 wines and enjoy light appetizers while making new friends. Lawn at Mangiamo!. 6-8 pm.

Reading the Great Lakes. This monthly book club explores our beloved Great Lakes. This month’s selection is The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. 7 pm. For a complete list of books, visit

Visiting Film Artist Series: Paul Schrader. Get an exclusive opportunity to learn from Schrader in a Q&A, following a film screening, and enjoy local craft beer, wine and appetizers after. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. 7 pm.

September 3-5

Catch Me If You Can. Broadway Grand Rapids brings to stage the musical that tells the story of a con artist chasing his dreams without being caught. Circle Theatre. 7:30 pm.

John Hiatt at Meijer Gardens

September 4

Filmmaking Workshop with Paul Schrader. Catered lunch included. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. 9 am-1 pm. For tickets, visit

Donate blood. This month, American Red Cross and Sports Clips Haircuts is offering a free haircut coupon to blood donors. New Life Church of God in Christ. 11 am-3:45 pm. For more info and blood donation opportunities, visit

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

Friday at the Farm. Bushels of family fun awaits with farm inspired games, stories, music and more. Michigan’s Farm Garden. 1-4 pm.

Summer Concerts at the Gardens: John Hiatt & The Combo and the Taj Mahal Trio. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm.

September 4-October 29

Quiltangles exhibit. Quilt artist Sandy Dekker exhibits designed and painted art quilts with a cross between zentangle design and quilting. Design Quest. For gallery hours, visit

September 5 & 6

Maker Faire. This family-friendly celebration will feature rockets, robots, DIY science, urban farming, alternative energy, bicycles, local food and more, celebrating the Maker movement and all innovative minds. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 9 am-5 pm (Sat) noon-5 pm (Sun). For tickets and more information, visit

September 6

Opening Artists Reception for TOAST exhibit. Admire a collection of inspiring works made by various artists while enjoying refreshments at the gallery’s newest exhibit, which will run through October. LaFontsee Galleries. Noon-2 pm.

Circle Theatre’s Annual Season Kick-Off Party. You’ll join the staff and Board of Directors as you hear the theatre’s 2016 season announcement along with enjoying sneak peak performances, games, door prizes, a delicious lunch and the opportunity to receive discounts on season tickets. Circle Theatre. 1 pm.

September 7

Labor Day BoardWALK. Celebrate the holiday by walking along the beautiful Kollen Park boardwalk in Holland followed by a delicious continental breakfast. Heinz Waterfront Walkway. 8 am.

Labor Day Pancake Breakfast. Fill up on pancakes with the community and celebrate the holiday. Margaret Drake Elliott Park. 8 am-Noon. For more Labor Day events in West Michigan, visit

Labor Day Community Bridge Walk. Don’t miss the 3.5-mile walk in Grand Haven that will be a fun activity for the entire family and will get you to the beach for the holiday. North Side of 3rd Street Bridge. 9 am-5 pm.

Labor Day Bridge Walk and Pancake Breakfast. This grueling 19k begins on the Douglas side of the Blue Star Bridge and proceeds to the Saugatuck side. Revive your energy at the pancake breakfast following the hike. Blue Star Bridge. 9 am. For more info, contact (269) 857-1444 or visit

Summer Concerts at the Gardens: Tony Bennett’s 20th Anniversary Concert. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm.

September 7 & 8

Summer Concert Series: Shed a Little Light. Experience the music of James Taylor in an up-close and personal setting. Circle Theatre. 7 pm.

September 8

Small Business Class: Financial Awareness Analysis 101. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6-9 pm.

New Holland/Grand Rapids Marathon Beer Run. Join fellow runners and beer lovers for a run between three and five miles followed by beer, friends, fun and door prizes. Vitale’s of Comstock Park. 6:30 pm.

Meanwhile Movie: The Terminator. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm.

September 9 & 10

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. 6-7 pm (Wed) Noon-1 pm (Thu).

September 9-12

Catch Me If You Can. Broadway Grand Rapids brings to stage the musical that tells the story of a con artist chasing his dreams without being caught. Circle Theatre. 7:30 pm.

September 10

Lakeshore Member Mixer. Guests are invited to check out the center’s new space featuring bowling, laser tag, a high ropes course, arcade room and more at this fun, Local First member mixer. BAM! Entertainment Center. 5:30-7:30 pm.

Quiltangles Opening Artist’s Reception. Design Quest. 6-8 pm.

Jerry Seinfeld stand-up. America’s premier comedian will come to Grand Rapids for two performances of his signature stand-up routine, delivering laughter to all. DeVos Performance Hall. 7 pm and 9 pm.

Janet Jackson at Van Andel Arena

September 11

Community Day of Remembrance and Scout Salute. Join the Gerald R. Ford Council Boy Scouts of America as they salute the American flag from dawn to dust in memory and honor of September 11’s heroes. The exhibit 9/11: A Day That Changed America is on loan from the 9/11 Memorial Museum, and a rescue video will also be on display. Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum. For more information, visit

Volunteer Fair for seniors. Seniors interested in volunteering are welcome to this open house that will bring over 25 local organizations and feature information on community resources and volunteer opportunities. Grand Rapids Public Library. 10 am-12 pm. Register by calling (616) 222-7042 or visit

Dusk to Dusk: Unsettled, Unraveled, Unreal exhibition reception. GVSU Performing Arts Center. 5-7 pm.

Janet Jackson: Unbreakable. Van Andel Arena. 8 pm. For tickets, visit

September 11-13

Hispanic Festival 2015. Celebrate the rich heritage of our community with festivities and excitement including six international cuisines, local Latino artists, plenty of performances and West Michigan’s first outdoor Futsal Tournament. Calder Plaza. 11:30 am-11:30 pm (Fri and Sat) noon-5 pm (Sun). For more information, visit

September 11-27

The Great Gatsby. See the only stage adaption of the story about self-made millionaire, Jay Gatsby, as he passionately pursues the elusive Daisy Buchanan in a story of obsession, greed and danger. Civic Theatre. For tickets and showtimes, visit

September 12

Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Step up as a leader in the fight by joining the community in a 2-mile walk around the scenic park to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Millennium Park. 9 am (registration) 10 am (ceremony followed by walk). Register early at

The 3rd Annual “Rx Run.” Again, the event will run from 8 am-8 pm, and you can show up when you want and run or walk as far as you want! Fundraiser for Steepletown and Kitchen Sage. Discount Code: HOODY (all caps)

American Heart Association’s Grand Rapids Heart Walk. Join the fight against heart disease and stroke by joining the community in this non-competitive walking event that will promote a heart-healthy lifestyle. A Kid’s Zone will be available and dogs and strollers are permitted. Metro Health Village. 9 am.

West Michigan Mom’s Sale. Sell or buy gently used baby, children and maternity clothing, toys, nursery furniture and any related items at the Midwest’s largest mom-to-mom sale. DeVos Place. 9 am-2 pm.

Creston Days Car Show. Enjoy plenty of exciting features that will keep the whole family entertained including a beer tent, games and prizes for the kids, a pie eating contest and more. Vehicle registration for the car show starts at 9 am. Creston Business District. 11 am-1 pm.

Le Style de Vie. This entertaining outdoor event in downtown Holland will feature wine and craft beer tasting, live music, raffles and more. Proceeds benefit the Center for Women in Transition. Butch’s Dry Dock. 5-8 pm.

OddBall 2015: White Walls gala. Guests will get a first look at UICA’s ArtPrize seven exhibition while enjoying musical entertainment, libations and fine fare as they explore the galleries and meet the artists. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. 7-11 pm.

September 12-October 18

SENSE exhibit. Six site-responsive projects will be showcased in different locations throughout UICA’s exhibition space, encouraging guests to consider their own sensory experience when responding to the work. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. For exhibition hours, visit

September 13

Vintage Street Market. Enjoy a day of vintage shopping and find those rustic treasures from that perfect dress to a hand-painted sideboard and, new this year, stop by the outdoor market bar that features a variety of vintage drinks. Grand Rapids Downtown Market. 10 am-4 pm.

Brunch, Brews and a Movie: A Clockwork Orange. Start your Sunday right by meeting with John Serba for an entrée and choice of drink at GR Brewing Company followed by a screening of A Clockwork Orange at the UICA’s certified theater. Tickets sold at GR Brewing Co. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. 11 am.

March of Dimes: Babies, Blues & BBQ. Bands and barbeque merge to bring attendees a unique outdoor event where guests can enjoy food catered by Slows BBQ, a silent auction, live entertainment and more. Grand Rapids Harley-Davidson. 11:30 am-5 pm.

Quota Duck Walk. Gather your flock and waddle over to this family, fun walk that raises funds for hearing aids and other adaptive hearing equipment for all ages. Millennium Park. Noon-3 pm.

Catch Me If You Can. Broadway Grand Rapids brings to stage the musical that tells the story of a con artist chasing his dreams without being caught. Circle Theatre. 5 pm.

September 14

Van Andel Institute Golf Outing. Support research and science education and tee up for a day of golf featuring lunch, a cocktail reception and a buffet dinner. Wuskowhan Players Club. 10 am.

Summer Concert Series: Natural Women. Enjoy a live performance of the music of Carole King in an up-close and personal setting. Circle Theatre. 7 pm.

September 15

“Women! Let’s Hear It From The Men” professional development conference presented by Darlene Lee, PhD. at Rockford Construction. 9-11:30 am. Speakers include Skot Welch, Michael A. Finney, Roberto Torres and Kurt Hassberger.For tickets visit

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

GR Ballet Fall Gala. Join the ballet to celebrate their 44th season with a sensational evening of cocktails, dinner, dancing and inspiration. CityFlatsHotel Ballroom. 6:30 pm. To purchase tickets, visit

Summer Concert Series: Forever in Blue Jeans. Enjoy a live performance featuring covers of Neil Diamond’s most adored songs. Circle Theatre. 7 pm.

Meanwhile Movie: Mad Max 2. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm.

September 16

Join Treva and Judy, The Organizing Specialists, at Rylee’s Ace Hardware, as they assist you with tips, techniques and product suggestions to allow you to conquer your kitchen cupboard clutter. Seating is limited so please call early for your reservation. 6-7 pm. RSVP at

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

ArtPrize begins. Discover self-directed experiences, collbatorative performances where you’re invited to take the stage, hands-on activities, performing arts, film, educator, humor and art. View the extensive schedule of events at

Make the most of your ArtPrize experience with priceless tips and tricks at ArtPrize on Tap: Flight 17 – The Art of ArtPrizing at Founders. Free for ArtClub members, $10 non members and friends 5:30 – 7:30 pm.  Learn more about joining ArtClub at

ArtPrize Opening Day Celebration starting at Rosa Parks Circle with music and dance, and proceeding to GVSU, Eberhard Center. 6:30 pm – 11:59 pm.

September 16-19

Catch Me If You Can. Broadway Grand Rapids brings to stage the musical that tells the story of a con artist chasing his dreams without being caught. Circle Theatre. 7:30 pm.

September 17

Wellness Night: Be Busy and Balanced. Learn about how you can stay balanced in a busy world with nutrition and stress relief exercises while enjoying complimentary chair massages and fall smoothie and juice ideas from Sip Organic Juice Bar. Grand Rapids Natural Health. 6-9 pm.

Introducing Cellfina.The Cellfina system is the only FDA-cleared, minimally invasive procedure clinically proven to improve the appearance of cellulite in just one treatment. Wondering if Cellfina is right for you? Call to RSVP for the Cellfina Seminar at the Bengtson Center at (616) 588-8880. 5-7 pm.

Young at Heart Senior Sing-Along. Enjoy great food, a silent auction and the music of the Tom Hagen Trio featuring Mary Rademacher. Noto’s Old World Italian Restaurant. 6-10 pm.

Purse Auction to benefit Kids’ Food Basket presented by Women’s Life Chapter 862 at Celebration Cinema. 6 pm. RSVP by calling Charlotte at (616)  389-3081.

Runway on Wealthy: A Fall Fashion Show. Lee & Birch is partnering with Kid’s Food Basket and other Wealthy Street businesses to bring a stylish fashion show to the Garden of Wealthy at Charles, Donate a food item for an entry to win some awesome raffle prizes. 6 pm.

September 17-20

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey present: Legends. For tickets and showtimes, visit

September 18 and 19

“To be or not to be” is the question Shakespeare poses in Hamlet. Grand Rapids Symphony answers that question in a program inspired mostly by Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet. 8 pm.

September 19

Grand Raggidy Roller Girls vs. Ann Arbor Derby Dimes. Root for the tough-as-nails roller girls as they take on Ann Arbor to maintain our honor. Rivertown Sports. 5-9:30 pm.

September 20

LMCU Grand Rapids Bridge Run. Whether you pick the 10-mile run, 5K run or 5K walk, you’ll be running along the most beautiful sights in the city as this special course takes you along the Grand River, through parks and over Grand Rapids’ historic bridges before finishing at Monroe Center. Rosa Parks Circle. 8 am. For more information and to register, visit

In collaboration with Blue Lake Public Radio’s Lazaro Vega LaFontsee Galleries kicks off the The Underground Concert Series , the second season of experiential concert.  The opening concert will be an international ensemble featuring: Gebhard Ullmann on tenor sax and bass clarinet, Steve Swell on trombone, Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello, and percussionist Michael Zerang. 3 pm. Tickets at

September 21

Faculty Artistry Gems. Enjoy an entertaining evening featuring GVSU’s faculty artists as they perform music for guests. GVSU Performing Arts Center. 7:30 pm.


September 22-27

Newsies. Inspired by the real-life Newsboys strike of 1899, this crowd-pleasing musical is worth singing about. DeVos Performance Hall. For tickets and showtimes, visit

September 23

You have been busy canning delicious fruits and veggies to enjoy year round but you need ideas on how to take your “Canning Full Circle” with recipes and ideas for all your canning goodness, right?  Stop by Rylee’s Ace Hardware for The Canning Diva’s enlightening presentation. 6-7 pm. RSVP at

Join pharmacist and fellow in Anti-Aging & Functional Medicine, Mary Heim, for Hormone Happy Hour at Keystone Pharmacy. All things hormone related can be discussed in this small group Q&A. RSVP’s encouraged. Call 616) 558-8334

ArtPrize 7 officially begins. Round 1 voting starts.

September 23 & 24

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. 6-7 pm (Wed) Noon-1 pm (Thu).


September 23-October 11

Grand Rapids is a gallery and the public are art critics during Art Prize, the most highly attended public art event on the plane. Hundreds of artists display their work throughout the city during the 19-day event leading up to the award ceremony where winners are determined by public vote and international art experts. Stay informed on venues, volunteer opportunities and events at

September 24

Local First Member Mixer. Join fellow members at this month’s mixer and get a peak at the new 616 Lofts development while enjoying wine, beer and appetizers. 616 Lofts on Monroe Ave. 5:30-7:30 pm.

Jeans and Jewels Gala. This evening fundraiser invites you to dress down in your favorite jeans and dress up in the bling you’ve been waiting for a chance to showcase. Guests will enjoy a harvest dinner, live auction and entertainment under the stars. Blandford Nature Center. 6 pm. Tickets at

When to Keep Secrets and When to Tell Truths: Nuances of Writing About Your Family and Their History. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7 pm.

September 25

Member Preview of American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition exhibit. Grand Rapids Museum. 3-8 pm. RSVP at

September 25-26

Fall Bridal Show. Premier bridal vendors, gowns, tuxedos, photography and catering options and more gather under one roof to bring you everything you need to plan your dream wedding. DeVos Place. 5-9 pm (Fri) 11 am-4 pm (Sat). For more information and $1 off entry coupon, visit

A Grand Lampoon sketch comedy show. Rapidians will love this original show that takes a satirical look at Grand Rapids with a mix of sketch, musical numbers and improv. Dog Story Theater. 7:30 pm (Thu and Fri) 6 and 8:30 pm (Sat).

Wanda Jackson
Wanda Jackson at Wealthy Theatre

September 26

Farmgirl Flea Pickers and Makers at the Hudsonville Fairgrounds featuring more than 150 vendors with antiques and treasures, through handmade and unique goods and food. 9 am – 3pm. More details at

Opening of American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition exhibit. Step back in time and into the comprehensive exhibition about America’s most colorful and complex constitutional hiccup brining the story of Prohibition to life. Grand Rapids Public Museum. For exhibit hours, visit

WYCE Live presents Wanda Jackson. Fill Saturday night with the empowering sound of the woman who made her mark in the rock field of the fifties. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm.

September 28

Season of Hope event. Mel Trotter supporters and friends will enjoy community connectedness at this inspiring dinner featuring Liz Murray as she shares her empowering story of how she went from homeless to Harvard. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 6-9:30 pm.

Ariana Grande at Van Andel Arena

September 29

Ariana Grande. Van Andel Arena. 7:30 pm. Get tickets at

Meanwhile Movie: Silence of the Lambs. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm.

September 29 & 30

Criss Angel Presents The Supernaturalists. This phenomenal performance brings nine, mind-blowing magicians together to destroy reality and revolutionize the live magic ensemble experience as Criss Angel appears via live feed from Las Vegas throughout the night. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm.

September 30

Strange, Spooky, Wicked Michigan. Explore the mysterious side of Michigan with author and researcher, Amberrose Hammond, as you dive into the state’s ghostly lore, haunted history, forgotten criminals and strange places. Kent District Library (Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch). 6:30 pm.




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