September Events



Artisans Market. Local artists display their handcrafted goods for public perusing and purchasing. Fulton Street Farmers Market. 11 am-3 pm.

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 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.

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


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

Science Tuesdays at the Museum: Art & Science. 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-7 pm.


Free admission for an evening of art viewing at The Grand Rapids Art Museum. 5-9 pm.

Fridays through September 23

Friday Farmers Market. An artisan market experience comes to beautiful Saugatuck this summer to bring market goers an eclectic mix of fresh produce, baked goods and handcrafted gifts. Saugatuck Center for the Arts. 9 am-3 pm.


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 to register. The Blue Bridge. 9-9:45 am.

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.


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

Superusted exhibit. View a collection of performing, interactive and mixed media pieces by 17 artists from the Midwest, whose work addresses challenges from the current moment in time. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. Exhibition hours at

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

Young Flint Speaks exhibit. The responsive exhibit features pieces created by Flint middle school students in response to the Flint water crisis’ impact on their lives. GVSU Pew Campus (Blue Wall Gallery).

September 1

Outdoor Yoga at Mangiamo! Funky Buddha Hothouse Yoga welcomes the public to a lunchtime yoga session held on the Italian restaurant’s beautiful lawn. Boxed lunches available for purchase. Mangiamo! Noon-12:45 pm. Register at

Lunchtime Concerts. Add a groove to your lunch hour by breaking from the desk and heading downtown for a free concert and delicious lunch items available for purchase by local food trucks. Rosa Parks Circle. Noon-1:30 pm.

O.A.R. at Summer Concerts at the Gardens. The finest national and international musicians are brought to the garden’s beautiful, outdoor amphitheater to thrill music lovers of all genres with glorious performances. Food and drink concessions available. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 6:30 pm.

Intro to Community Journalism. The Rapidian educates prospective journalists on compelling content with discussions, examples and insights. Wealthy Theatre. 7 pm.

September 2

Happy Hour Yoga & Drinks. Enjoy a new kind of happy hour with an outdoor yoga class followed by social time with a different, hand-crafted, Funky Buddha cocktail every week. Mangiamo! 3:30-4:30 pm. Register at

Sushi Night. Use your imagination to create your own signature sushi roll during this hands-on class. The Downtown Market. 6-8:30 pm. Register at

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.

September 3

Grand Rapids Marathon Training Run. Join the organizers of the Metro Health GR Marathon for community run that will prepare your legs and stamina for the big run in October. David D. Hunting YMCA. 7:30 am.

R. Kelly concert. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm. Tickets at

September 3, 9, 17 & 23

Ghosts of Grand Rapids Tour. The locals of Old Grand Rapids may lurk in our present as you discover the haunting history behind well-known buildings and places in the city, led by authors Robert and Nicole DuShane. Veterans’ Memorial Park (meet-up). 8 pm. Tickets at

September 6

Urban Street Farmers Market. Twelve booths featuring seasonal flowers, produce, cheeses and breads bring locals a taste of freshness from community farmers. Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Campus. 10:30 am-2 pm.

Get Gallery Ready: Building an Artist/Gallery Relationship. Gallery owner Linda LaFontsee and artist Randi Ford discuss how artists and galleries establish partnerships, highlighting best practices in building the relationship and generating sales. LaFontsee Galleries (Grand Rapids). 5:30-7:30 pm.

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

Prospective Literacy Tutor Orientation. Those interested in being a literacy tutor can learn more about the literacy center’s programs at this information session. Literacy Center of West Michigan. 6-7 pm.

Beer Run. A run with really cool people followed by a pint, munchies and door prizes. Vitale’s Comstock Park. 6:30-8:30 pm.

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

CMC Movie: Boogie Nights. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm.

September 7

VARI Seminar Series: Anthony Kossiakoff, Ph.D. Van Andel Institute. Noon.

Harvest Canning class. Take advantage of Michigan’s bounty of produce and use it to make a savory jam, sweet pie filling and tasty chutney. The Downtown Market. 6-8:30 pm. Register at

Gavin DeGraw & Andy Grammer at Summer Concerts at the gardens. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 6 pm.

September 7, 14 & 21

Alzheimer’s Secondary Caregiver. Learn the impacts this disease has on the patient and the caregiver in this informative class that provides resources for both. Mercy Health-Wege Institute. 6:30-8:30 pm.

September 8

Lunchtime Concerts. Break from the desk and head outside for a free concert and eats available for purchase by local food trucks. Rosa Parks Circle. Noon-1:30 pm.

VAI Lunch & Learn. Learn more about VAI’s current biomedical research and education initiatives featuring Dr. Viviane Labrie and Dr. Jerry Callahan. Van Andel Institute. Noon-1:30 pm.

Open House at Gold Coast Doulas. The staff invites you to celebrate their business’ new location and are being joined by Cascade Natural Health, Balanced 4 Life and Chiropractic and Serendipity Life Design for mingling and light refreshments. Gold Coast Doulas (Cascade). 12:30-1 pm and 6-7 pm.

Intro to GROW. Those thinking of starting their own business can enjoy discussions of the programs and services GROW offers. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. Noon-1 pm and 6-7 pm.

September 8-10, 14-18, 21-24

Rock of Ages. This musical comedy spoof takes audience members back to the times of big bands, big egos, big guitar solos and bigger hair, filled with rock hits from artists like Whitesnake, Journey, Pat Benatar and REO Speedwagon. Circle Theatre. Tickets and showtimes at

September 9

Fourth Annual Live Artfully Dinner. Celebrate Grand Rapids’ artistic culture and the people whose leadership, support and collaboration make it possible during an entertaining program featuring a cocktail hour, dinner and more. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 6-10 pm.

Midnight Bootlegger 5K. Make it 3.1 miles through the woods to the stompin’ grounds, where you’re rewarded with moonshine and live music. Art Van Sports Complex (Rockford). 8-10:30 pm.

September 9-11

9/11 Never Forget Traveling Exhibit. Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation shares this moving exhibit with the Grand Rapids community to honor the heroes and victims of 9/11 through interactive education and an unforgettable memorial. Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum.

43rd Annual Wheatland Music Festival, an annual celebration of music and art. Event schedule at

September 9-25

Good People. Follow the play where grief is balanced out with humor as a single, recently unemployed mother reconnects with her high school boyfriend in an effort to find work. Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. Tickets and showtimes at

September 10

Heels to Heal 5K benefiting Oasis of Hope. GVSU Kirkhof Center. 8-10 am.

West Michigan Mom’s Sale. Moms-to-be and moms already find everything they need from a place to sell their gently used baby or children’s clothing to a sea of vendor booths that offer more as your kids enter their next phase of life. DeVos Place. 9 am-1 pm.

Art in the Park. This juried arts and crafts exhibition is set along the scenic Rogue River in Rockford and features tons of vendor booths with stunning work available for purchase. Garden Club Park. 9 am-5 pm.

Eastown Streetfair. Celebrate arts, crafts, food, music and the Eastown neighborhood among over 130 booths filled with crafty creations, local band performances and yummy treats. Wealthy Street in Eastown. 9 am- 8 pm.

Monarch Day. Wish the zoo’s monarch butterflies “bon voyage” as zoo staff and participating kids release over 300 of them to begin their fall migration. John Ball Zoo. 10 am-3 pm.

For the Love of Their Brother film screening. The public is invited to free film screenings of this documentary recognizing 9/11 New York City firefighter, Stephen Siller, and others who faced tragedy on that fateful day. Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum. Showings at noon and 2 pm.

Tribute on the Grand. This free community event entices you to support the Grand Rapids Whitewater non-profit by featuring a party of live entertainment, Founders beer and more. Ah-Nab-Awen Park. 3-11 pm.

OddBall 2016: Future Talk. Get ready for a fully-immersive, one-of-a-kind event like no other as UICA invites guests to their annual fundraising gala featuring an exclusive reveal of the Future Talk exhibit, a cocktail hour, seated dinner, live performances and entertainment and a chance to mingle with the contributing artists of UICA’s ArtPrize Eight exhibit. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. 6-10 pm. Tickets at

WMEAC is proud to host the 13th Annual Mayors’ Grand River Cleanup at Sixth Street Park. Last year, over 1,100 volunteers came out to help pick up trash along 40 miles of the Grand River and its’ tributaries, collecting nearly 20,000 pounds of trash.There will be a small breakfast available before the event and a celebration after the cleanup with live music, lunch and Founders Brewing Company will provide beer to volunteers who are 21+. 8:30am until 1pm. www.

September 11

Scout Salute and Community Day of Remembrance. Join local scouting groups and other community members as they remember 9/11 throughout the day and honor those who sacrificed their lives. Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum.

Vintage Street Market. This monthly, vintage market brings a day of vintage shopping to market goers with clothing, crafts and other goods. The Downtown Market. 10 am-4 pm.

Tots’, Kids’ and Teens’ Brinner classes. Three classes for three age groups celebrate the most important meal of the day with tasty recipes and impressive meals that can be enjoyed anytime. The Downtown Market. Noon (tots’), 3 pm (kids’) and 6 pm (teens). Register at

Quota Cares Duck Walk. Raise funds for those with hearing loss during this community walk that is loaded with kids’ activities, entertainment, snacks and a silent auction. Millennium Park. 12:30-3 pm. Register at

Circle Theatre Annual Season Party. You’re invited to join the party packed with games, prizes, entertainment and a delicious lunch by Gilmore Catering while getting a sneak peek at upcoming performances. Circle Theatre. 1 pm.

September 12

Foster Parent and Older Child Adoption Orientation. Speak with D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s staff about different options and learn how adoption can positively impact your and the child’s life. D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s. 6:30-8:30 pm.

September  12 & 13

Classic to Cosmopolitan: Nashville Past and Present. Ride through country music history from Johnny Cash to Garth Brooks and the artists of today as you relive and rehear the most memorable moments of country music history. Circle Theatre. 7 pm. Tickets at

September 13

UICA ArtPrize Volunteer Orientation. Those interested in volunteering as gallery monitors, greeters and voter registration assistants during ArtPrize are invited to find out how at this special orientation. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. 5:30-6:30 pm.

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

Poutine & Beer class. Learn to make traditional, winter and dessert-style poutines and pair them with their best beer soul mate. The Downtown Market. 6-8:30 pm. Register at

Tuesday Swing. Bring friends, family and your groove for swing dancing at a local park. Blue Bridge. 7-9:30 pm.

Women’s Wellness Night: Navigating Online Dating. 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.

CMC Movie: Magnolia. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm.

September 13-October 1

Moving to Main Art Auction exhibit. Peruse 40 pieces of fine art in a variety of media donated by selected artists and participate in the silent, online auction to raise funds for the Moving to Main campaign. LowellArts! King Gallery. Gallery hours at

September 13-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

September 14

VARI Seminar Series: Suzanne Baker, Ph.D. Van Andel Institute. Noon.

Hormone Happy Hour. Join pharmacist Mary Heim for a small group discussion on hormones, health and resources. Keystone Pharmacy. 5-6 pm. RSVP to

Pure Barre on the Blue Bridge. Lift, tone, burn and support the Van Andel Institute during this pop-up barre class on Grand Rapids’ iconic Blue Bridge. 7 pm. Register at

September 14-20

ArtPrize Eight Preview Week. New this year, Edward Jones presents a week that lets local and visiting ArtPrizers get a first look at installations in progress around downtown GR. Downtown Grand Rapids.

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

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

Avenged Sevenfold. Van Andel Arena. 7 pm.

September 15

Member Morning: ArtPrize Eight. Have your morning coffee while exploring the galleries and getting a sneak peek at FUTURE TALK with UICA Exhibitions Curator Heather Duffy. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. 9-11 am. Register at

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

Several Parts Make a Whole workshop. This well-being workshop uses art to practice stepping back from little stressors and seeing the big picture for a fuller sense of well-being. Dominican Center at Marywood. 10 am-noon. Register at

ATHENA Awards Celebration. Celebrate those who have used their remarkable leadership to make a difference in our community by fostering paths to opportunity and professional growth, including the presentation of the Young Professional Award. JW Marriott. 11:30 am-1:30 pm. Register at

Lunchtime Concert Finale with La Furia Del Ritmo Original. Break from the desk and head outside for a free concert and eats available for purchase by local food trucks. Rosa Parks Circle. Noon-1:30 pm.

Local First Member Mixer. Mingle with the Local First team and members during this quarter’s mixer that includes a scavenger hunt and a look at the host building’s new space. Standale Interiors. 5:30-7:30 pm. RSVP at

Almost Home Member Opening. Meet the garden’s ArtPrize artists and listen to them discuss their work during a panel discussion with Chief Curator and Vice President Joseph Becherer. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 6-8 pm.

4th Annual ACF Brew Launch Party. Enjoy chef prepared foods, live acoustic folk music and the launch of the new American Culinary Federation’s beer Fall Off the Hayride, a caramel and cinnamon imperial ale. Grand Rapids Brewing Company. 6-10 pm.

Something’s Grilling Gala. Kent County Parks Foundation invites you to celebrate and support local natural areas and outdoor recreation spaces at this casual gala, featuring cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dinner at the park’s newest addition, The Meadows. Millennium Park. 6-9 pm. Tickets at

September 15 & 16

First & Main Open House. Celebrate the caring community’s 1st anniversary with a tour of the grounds and information about the services they provide for your loved ones. First & Main. 10 am-2 pm (Thu) and 4-6 pm (Fri).

September 16

Community Literacy Summit: Talent Challenge. Support the benefits and importance of literacy in the workplace by listening to keynote speaker Ms. Ronna Timpa of ESL Workspace Solutions and learning ways employers can integrate literacy training in their business for both English and non-English speakers. GRCC Leslie E. Tassell M-TECH. 8 am-noon. Register at

Late Summer Nights in Savannah. Capture southern flavors in the Market’s kitchen with dishes like Coca-Cola braised short ribs, roasted vegetables, cheesy grits, Georgia pecan salad and peach cobbler. The Downtown Market. 6-8:30 pm. Register at

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

EGR Movies in the Park: Cinderella (2015). The community is invited to enjoy an evening, family-friendly film surrounded by the beautiful Reeds Lake scenery. John Collins Park. Movies begin at dusk.

GRAM After Dark. Three battling DJs spin their best beats into wireless headphones that you wear while dancing your heart out in what becomes a silent nightclub scene. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 9 pm-midnight.

September 16 & 17

Rhapsody in Blue. Grand Rapids Symphony brings the moving jazz of Aaron Copland and George Gershwin to Grand Rapids audiences as part of the Richard and Helen DeVos Classical series. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm. Tickets at

September 16-December 31

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

The Big Bang 2017

September 17

Big Bang Art Fair. Support folk and outsider artists by browsing the artworks available for purchase at this avant-garde art fair. Mangiamo! 9 am-7 pm. Call (616) 881-3730 for details or visit the Big Bang 2016 Facebook event page.

Cooking Classics from Julia Child. Join the Market and learn how to recreate Julia’s classic recipes for French onion soup, chicken with herbes de provence and cherry clafoutis. The Downtown Market. 10 am-1 pm. Register at

Cheers to Michigan Brew Fest. Benefit friends and families of Cystic Fibrosis by sampling a library of craft beers at this fundraising event. DeltaPlex. Noon-4 pm. Tickets and brewery list at

Host Productions presents Ain’t Nothing Like Family: Part II. Enjoy an inspirational and hilarious performance about a family who shows the importance of sticking together and allowing faith to lead them through troubled times. Wealthy Theatre. 7 pm.

September 17 & 18

Fallasburg Festival for the Arts. Take a picturesque, autumn stroll through a generous collection of fine art and food booths, partake in craft demonstrations and enjoy plenty of outdoor music performances and kids activities during this festive fall event. Fallasburg Park. 10 am-5 pm Sat & Sun.

September 18

LMCU 5K and 10-Mile Bridge Run. See some of the best sights in Grand Rapids as you launch from the heart of downtown on a dash that takes you along the river and across the city’s historic bridges, finishing at Monroe Center with tables of post-run snack nirvana. Rosa Parks Circle. 8 am. Register at

Grand Rapids VegFest. This annual vegetarian food festival promotes a healthy lifestyle and educates visitors on vegan and vegetarianism by gathering vegan businesses, animal rights organizations, restaurants and wellness coaches in the enormous arena. DeltaPlex Arena. 10:30 am-5 pm.

Inside the Japanese Teahouse. Seize the opportunity to explore the tranquil ambience and exquisite architecture of the garden’s authentic Japanese Teahouse. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 1-5 pm.

Family Pasta Party. After a classic Italian appetizer, parents and kids are split to learn separate skills of creating a fine pasta dinner. At the end of class, everyone reunites to enjoy their culinary work by eating it. The Downtown Market. 6-8:30 pm. Register at

September 19 & 20

Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough: The Music of Michael Jackson. Experience the King of Pop’s best in the theater where every seat is the best seat in the house. Circle Theatre. 7 pm. Tickets at

September 20

Blood Drive. West Michigan Aviation Academy High School. 9:45 am-3:30 pm.

VARI Seminar Series: X. Shirley Liu, Ph.D. Van Andel Institute. Noon.

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

Make Fitness Foods. This class adds flavor to your healthy lifestyle menu by teaching you how to make delicious and nutritious meals that keep you at your best. The Downtown Market. 6-8:30 pm. Register at

Inforum: Nutrition Roundtable Discussion. Bring your questions and diet supplements to get answers on what works best for your body. Keystone Pharmacy. 6 pm. RSVP at

Prepare Your Garden for Winter class. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 6:30-8 pm.

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

CMC Movie: Punch-Drunk-Love. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm.

September 21

Local First INSight Series presents Creating a Culturally Competent Neighborhood Business. Business owners and employees are invited to learn about smart and sustainable practices that shape the local work environment for success. LINC Community Revitalization. 3-5 pm. Register at

GVSU ArtPrize Kick Off event. Join the Laker Marching Band, GVSU Dance Company and the community to celebrate the beginning of ArtPrize with music, dance and special programs. GVSU Eberhard Center. 5:45-6:45 pm.

Make One Pan Dinners. Learn to make a generous meal (dessert included) using just one pan, letting you enjoy your creation with minimal dishes to do. The Downtown Market. 6-8:30 pm. Register at

September 21 & 22

ArtPrize Education Days presents The Diatribe: Art Out Loud. Grades 6-12 learn how poets use life stories to inspire their work while narrowing the divide between our life experiences. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. 10:30-11:30 am. Detailed class list and registration at

September 21, 23 & 28

ArtPrize Education Days presents Balancing STEAM. Grades 7-12 engage in a synthesize of art, science and engineering to solve a given problem. Kendall College of Art & Design. 9-10:15 am. Detailed class list and registration at

ArtPrize Eight gets underway September 21
ArtPrize Eight gets underway September 21

September 21-October 9

ArtPrize Eight. Hone your walking shoes and fire up your artistic eye for the international art competition covering Grand Rapids with 1,453 entries by artists from all over the world. Explore the city during this 19-day festival and discover how your neighbors interpret new forms of communication while enjoying activities and events that ignite creativity and encourage conversation. Downtown Grand Rapids and surrounding areas, as well as Rumsey Street and Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. For all details, visit

September 22

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

I Rock My Own project. Frizzed or flat, this public portrait project celebrates your natural hair and your personal beauty. Wealthy Theatre. 7:30 pm-midnight.

The Art of Science with Dr. Albert Yu-Min Lin. Explore the importance of art and innovation with the internationally renowned scientist. ArtPrize HUB HQ. 7-8 pm.

September 22 & 23

ArtPrize Education Days presents URN-E. Children go on a guided tour of the entries on GRPM’s outdoor lawn and are asked to think about how and why the artists created the artwork they observe. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 9:30-10:30 am. Detailed class list and registration at

September 22 & 26-29

ArtPrize Guided Tour: Socially Conscious Art for grades 7-12. 50 Monroe (meet-up). Noon-1:30 pm. Detailed class list and registration at

September 23, 26 & 28

ArtPrize Education Days presents Foil Animals. Kids learn to sculpt an animal using foil with the help of artist Tracy Cole. Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum. 9-10 am. Register for age group at

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

(106) Gallery ArtPrize Opening Reception. (106) Gallery. 6-8 pm.

SiTE:LAB ArtPrize Opening event. Celebrate the opening for the venues ArtPrize Eight exhibit, EVERYTHING IS TRANSFORMED, with live music and talks with the artists. SiTE:LAB/The Rumsey Street Project. 6-11:45 pm.

September 23 & 24

Fall Bridal Show. Premier bridal vendors, gowns, tuxedos, photography, catering 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

September 23-25

The Piano Men. This must multi-media, musical journey recreates the cross-generational favorites by legends Billy Joel and Elton John as part of Fox Motors Pops. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm (Fri & Sat). 3 pm (Sun). Tickets at


September 24

Grand Rapids Heart Walk. Bring public awareness to the benefits of physical activity toward a heart healthy lifestyle in this non-competitive walking event where you can walk as an individual or compose your own team. Metro Health. 8 am.

Over the Edge. Watch community members face fears and have an adventure as they rappel down the 34-story building as part of an Easterseals fundraiser. Plaza Towers. 9 am-5 pm.

Love is an Action Word. Enjoy jazz, classical gospel, R&B, soul music and much more at this avant-garde theatre show. Wealthy Theatre. 5:45 pm.

DisArt Fashion Show. This eye-opening show features a culmination of work between designers and disabled models. SiTE:LAB/Rumsey Street Project. 8-10 pm.

September 24 & 25

ArtPrize Demo Days. See artists work live with metal, paint, wood scratchboard and more along with artist talks, food, cider, wine and BBQ available for purchase. Peaches Bed & Breakfast. Noon-6 pm.

September 25

Made in Michigan Pop Up Market. Explore Michigan-made goods at this Mitten smitten outdoor market before heading inside the Downtown Market space for more discoveries. 10 am-4 pm.

September 26

Connect to KCAD. The art college invites high school and transfer students to experience what it’s like to be a KCAD student by learning about the application process, scholarship and financial aid options and the opportunity to get portfolio feedback from current students. Kendall College of Art & Design. 10 am-3 pm. Register at

ArtPrize Eight Jurors Short List. Jurors present five nominees for each category’s awards. ArtPrize HUB HQ. 7-8 pm.

Tears for Fears at Summer Concerts at the Gardens. The band is pleased to perform their rescheduled concert in the garden’s beautiful, outdoor amphitheater. Food and drink concessions are also available. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. Tickets at

September 27

Lakeshore Fork Fest. Local First adds another Fork Fest to the community, this time in Holland. Celebrate and fill your plate with food from local restaurants, bakeries, farms, grocers and more during this lakeshore edition of the anticipated foodie event. Coppercraft Distillery. 6-8:30 pm. Tickets at

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

Kanye West: The Saint Pablo Tour. Van Andel Arena. 8 pm. Tickets at

CMC Movie: There Will Be Blood. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm.

September 27 & 28

Mini Mogul Academy presents the Art of Failure for grades 6-7. ArtPrize HUB HQ. 12:30-1:15 pm. Register at

September 27 & 29

Public Welcome Drawing Lessons. Department of Corrections Windows. Noon-1 pm.

Collaborative Culture Creation for grades K-6. Using fashion inspiration from artist Saya Woolfalk’s work, students create garments that fulfill the needs of future style. Grand Rapids Art Museum. Noon-1 pm. Register at

September 27-29

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

September 27-October 2

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

September 28

Blood Drive. Davenport University. 10 am-3:45 pm.

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

Rapid Delivery Improv. The local improv troupe gives a versatile show built 100% from audience suggestions, so don’t hold back your ideas. Dog Story Theater. 7:30 pm.

Overcomer Free Film Series: The Karate Kid. Wealthy Theatre. 6:30 pm.

September 28, 29 & 30

Chair Camp for kids and teens. Students use creativity and design elements to make artistic chairs using recycled objects and die-cut miniature chair forms. Chairs are on display through ArtPrize. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 10-11:30 am. Register for age group at

September 29

Run4Reading 5K. Help raise funds for the West Side Christian Library by participating in this walk/run that takes you 3.1 miles around the beautiful Grand Rapids park complete with pizza and band performances. Millennium Park. 6-8 pm. Register at

We Sow Hope Dinner. This dinner in the Garden’s Grand Room celebrates the supporters, partners and motivated beneficiaries of this magnificent attraction with a program packed with inspirational success stories, international videos, a dinner catered by Taste of the Gardens and live jazz music. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 6:30-9 pm. Tickets at

Grand Rapids Harmonica Summit Concert and Fundraiser. Celebrate the life of legend William Clarke with some of the best Blues musicians in the world. The B.O.B. 7-11 pm.

ArtPrize Eight: Latte Art Throwdown. To celebrate the collaboration between ArtPrize Eight and Ferris Coffee & Nut, baristas from across the country gather to compete in one-on-one rounds where they show their designing talent in the mediums of milk and espresso. Rosa Parks Circle. 7-10 pm (first pour begins at 8 pm).

September 29-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

September 30

ArtPrize Stroller Tour. An experienced leader guides families on a 90-minute art walk along with info on an open-ended ArtPrize scavenger hunt to do with the kids. Ah-Nab-Awen Park. 10 am-noon.

Autumn Nights in Bavaria class. Kick off the start of Oktoberfest by learning to make a signature beer cheese spread, classic schnitzel and rum chocolate truffles. The Downtown Market. 6-8:30 pm. Register at


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