Artisans Market. Local artists display their handcrafted goods for public perusing and purchasing. Fulton Street Farmers Market. 11 am-3 pm. fultonstreetmarket.org
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
Studio Night at Grand Rapids Brewing Company. Work on your art projects among accessible collaboration from fellow creators. 25% discount for all who participate. Grand Rapids Brewing Company. 6-11 pm. grbrewingcompany.com
Comedy Outlet Mondays. Laugh Monday off as you watch a variety of improv, sketch, puppet and musical performances. Dog Story Theater. 7 pm. dogstorytheater.com
Meijer Free Tuesdays means free admission and explorations to the Grand Rapids Art Museum. 10 am-5 pm. artmuseumgr.org
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
Swing Dancing in the Park. Have a snazzy good time swing dancing with the Grand Rapids community during the annual swing summer series where you dance away to music by a local live band or DJ. 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. 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
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 plants and varieties of baked goods and tasty treats. 8th Street Downtown Holland. 8 am-3 pm. hollandfarmersmarket.com
Meijer Free Thursday Nights means free admission and an evening of art pieces. The Grand Rapids Art Museum. 5-9 pm. artmuseumgr.org
Friday Farmers Market. It’s the final month to visit the artisan market in beautiful Saugatuck featuring an eclectic mix of fresh produce, baked goods and handcrafted gifts. Saugatuck Center for the Arts. 9 am-3 pm. sc4a.org
Mindstorm Saturdays. Bring your kids to the library for a morning of exploring robotics by playing with provided kits, learning coding skills and making friends along the way. 10-11 am. grpl.org
Drop-In Family Saturdays welcome families to join the fun and participate in exciting art activities in the museum’s Education Studio. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 11 am-5 pm. artmuseumgr.org
Through September 4
Realm of Flight Bird Show. Visit the zoo to witness amazing bird shows, put on daily, featuring majestic creatures like hawks, bald eagles, owls, ravens, parrots and more. John Ball Zoo. For show schedule, call (616) 336-4300. jbzoo.org.
Through September 17
Mindbender Mansion. GRPM’s popular detective-style exhibit extends to give you and your team the chance to solve puzzles, brainteasers and challenges, rewarding your savvy with acceptance into the coveted Mindbender Society. Grand Rapids Public Museum. Museum hours at grpm.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
Summer Concerts at the Gardens presents UB40. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 6:30 pm. Tickets at meijergardens.org.
It Shoulda Been You. Be a guest at an unforgettable wedding where all the comedic nightmares of what can go wrong at a wedding unravel, leaving the sister of the bride to mitigate the special day into happily ever after. Saugatuck Center for the Arts. Tickets and showtimes at sc4a.org.
September 1-3 & 7-10
Princess Story. When Prince Sebastian shows up to save Princess Maggie, he finds she’s already rescued herself and prefers to maintain her adventurous lifestyle. The following argument between the two leads to a new quest where they must work together to save the day. Dog Story Theater. Tickets and showtimes at dogstorytheater.com.
Zamora Entertainment presents Industria del Amor. DeltaPlex. 8 pm. Tickets at deltaplex.com.
September 2, 9 & 16
Drop-in Studio: Glow Your Own Way. Absorb inspiration from Gisela Colon’s mysterious Ovoid Glo-Pod before going to the GRAM Studio to create a glimmering, translucent sculpture of your own. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 1-4 pm. artmuseumgr.org
Truckin’ Tuesdays. Take a lunch detour to Calder Plaza where several food trucks are on site to dish out their tasty on-the-go cuisine, and enjoy games and pop-up performances. Calder Plaza. 11:30 am-1:30 pm. Stay updated by visiting the event’s Facebook page.
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. Call (616) 459-5151 to register. 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 jaunt before returning to the starting location to indulge in munchies and win door prizes. Cannonsburg Ski Area. 6:30 pm. Full Beer Run schedule at grandrapidsmarathon.com.
Swing Dancing at Rosa Parks Circle. 7-9:30 pm. Full line-up at grandrapidsoriginalswingsociety.com.
Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk film screening. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. 8 pm. uica.org
Meanwhile Movie: The Man Who Fell to Earth. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. grcmc.org
Napportunity: Nap for Cause. Local charity i Understand and Comfort Research encourage you to nap during the workday and entice you with big bean bags placed in the park; for every person that “naps” on a bean bag, $10 is donated to i Understand. Rosa Parks Circle. 11 am-1 pm. Details at event’s Facebook page. iunderstandloveheals.com
VARI Seminar Series: Mechanisms of early cancer cell dissemination, dormancy and metastasis with Dr. Julio A. Aguirre-Ghiso. Van Andel Institute. Noon. vai.org
An Evening with Downtown Developers. Enjoy complimentary snacks and drinks while learning about new development projects in the downtown neighborhood. Rockford Construction. 5:30-7:30 pm. Send RSVP to email@example.com.
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
Kid Rock concert. Van Andel Arena. 7:30 pm. Tickets at vanandelarena.com.
September 6-October 28
Turbulence and Tranquility. Discover how the displayed artworks lend understanding to the artist’ unique perspective in this multi-media exhibit featuring nine Michigan artists. LowellArts. Gallery hours at lowellartsmi.org.
Relax at Rosa lunchtime concerts: Ttypes. Pair music with your lunch hour by heading to the heart of Downtown GR and enjoying a live performance by a local band and grab an afternoon bite at one of the several food trucks onsite during the concerts. Rosa Parks Circle. Noon-1:30 pm. Full line-up at downtowngr.org
Garden Art Gala. Bring the beauty of Windmill Islands Garden to your home by perusing the art available for purchase while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and entertainment. Windmill Island Gardens. 6-8 pm. downtownholland.com
ACF/GRBC Brew Launch Party. Support local culinary programs by drinking beer and eating food created by GR Chefs during this annual party celebrating the launch of GR Brewing’s summer happy hour and the delicious food/beer our local culinary masterminds bring to the city. Grand Rapids Brewing Company. 6-9 pm. More at the event’s Facebook page.
September 7 & 21
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
It Shoulda Been You. You’re invited to attend the Steinberg family’s wedding where everything that can go wrong does go wrong. Circle Theatre. Tickets and showtimes at circletheatre.org.
Downtown GR Bike Party. Join GRNow and She Rides Her Own Way for a Downtown GR bike ride ending at Long Road Distillers for a live concert. Meet at Rosa Parks Circle. 7 pm. More info on event’s Facebook page.
Moonlight Bootlegger 5K. Run through the candle-lit woods of Merrell Trails that light up with bluegrass music at each mile. Celebrate the finish with more live music and moonshine cocktails. Art Van Sports Complex. 8:15-10 pm. Register at bootlegger5k.com.
Rhoades McKee Reeds Lake Triathlon/Duathlon. Whether you do the full, part or relay, you’ll cross the finish line with another reached goal under your belt at this endurance event. Reeds Lake John Collins Park. 7 am. For specific start times and registration, visit eastgr.org.
Mayors’ Grand River Clean Up. Join Mayor Rosslyn Bliss in showing our river some love during this community clean up. Participants enjoy a light breakfast and lunch during the event. Meet at Sixth Street Bridge Park. 8:30 am-1 pm. wmeac.org
West Michigan Mom’s Sale. This annual sale saves everyone money, offering deals on new and gently used baby, children’s and maternity clothing along with toys, nursery goods, books and more. DeVos Place. 9 am-1 pm. devosplace.org
Monarch Day. Kids can send JB Zoo’s monarch butterflies on their seasonal migration and partake in fun themed activities. John Ball Zoo. 10 am-3 pm. jbzoo.org
Atwater GR Oktoberfest party. Germany’s and Detroit’s annual tradition comes to Grand Rapids with a daylong celebration of craft beer, giveaways, live music, and German fare and tradition. Ages 21+ only. Atwater Brewery in GR. 1 am-midnight. More info on the event’s Facebook page. atwaterbeer.com
Le Style de Vie. Benefit the Center for Women in Transition by enjoying wine and beer tasting, a fashion show, raffles and networking. Butch’s Dry Dock. 5-8 pm. downtownholland.com
OddBall 2017: Cultivate. Enjoy a cocktail hour, seated dinner and live entertainment including the presentation of the 2017 Arts Advocate Award, and get a first look at UICA’s ArtPrize 9 exhibit, Cultivate. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. 6-10 pm. Tickets at uica.org.
Grand Raggidy Roller Girls Double Header. Rivertown Sports. 5:30-9:30 pm. grandraggidy.com
Brian Regan stand-up show. DeVos Performance Hall. 7 pm. Tickets at devosperformancehall.com.
ISSA Comedy Show. The funniest up and coming comedians flood the stage to bring you fresh laughs and sidesplitting humor during this multi-performance comedy show. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. Tickets at grcmc.org
The Vintage Street Market. Enjoy a day of outdoor vintage shopping as you peruse clothes, jewelry and trinkets among the market’s collection. The Downtown Market.10 am-4 pm. vintagestreetmarketgr.com
Circle’s Annual Season Party. Eat delicious barbecue-style food, play fun games, celebrate an outstanding 2017 season and enjoy preview performances of what the theatre is doing for 2018. Circle Theatre. 1-4 pm. Tickets at circletheatre.org.
Il Divo concert. DeVos Performance Hall. 7 pm. Tickets at devosperformancehall.com.
9/11 Community Day of Remembrance. Join the Boy Scouts in honoring the lives lost on September 11, 2001 as they salute from dawn until dusk at the museum. Ford Presidential Library & Museum. 7 am-8 pm (free museum admission 9 am-5 pm). fordlibrarymuseum.gov
Blood Drive. Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum. 11 am-4:45 pm. Register at redcrossblood.org.
Downtown Holland Job Fair. Bring copies of your resume and visit the local businesses that are looking to hire part- and full-time positions ranging from retail and customer service to restaurant and bakery work. Downtown Holland. 3-7 pm. downtownholland.com
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
Essential Oil Classes: Essential Oil Basics. Hyatt Place at Metro Health. 7 pm. No RSVP necessary. mydoterra.com/oilsfortoday
Circle Summer Concerts presents Ladies Night: The Music of Legendary Divas. Immerse yourself in the summer concert series where every seat feels like the front row and enjoy music from the most iconic women singers across time. Circle Theatre. 7 pm. Tickets and more showtimes at circletheatre.org.
College Week. Two-for-one admission all week at the zoo makes it a new and interesting place to go on a date and do homework, taking breaks to explore the zoo. John Ball Zoo. 10 am-4 pm. jbzoo.org
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. 2-3 pm. literacycenterwm.org
Swing Dancing at Ah-Nab-Awen Park. 7-9:30 pm. Full line-up at grandrapidsoriginalswingsociety.com.
Medication Education Group for Women Planning Pregnancy. Learn how to safely continue taking psychiatric medicine during pregnancy with expertise from Dr. Madhavi Nagalla. Pine Rest. 6-7 pm. pinerest.org
GROW Small Business Class: Strategic Planning. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6-9 pm. Register at growbusiness.org
Stellacade: Asteroids. This month’s chosen arcade game is Asteroids 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 information at the event Facebook page.
May It Last: A Portrait of The Avett Brothers film screening. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. 8 pm. uica.org
Meanwhile Movie: Escape from New York. 8 pm. grcmc.org
September 12 & 19
West Michigan Community Chorale Open Rehearsals. Foster your passion for music and voice, surrounding yourself with other talented vocalists who share your enthusiasm. Grandville High School. 7 pm. For more information, call (616) 706-0720 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
VARI Seminar Series: Breaking Bad: Lysine methyl signaling in chromatin and cancer regulation with Dr. Or Gozani. Van Andel Institute. Noon. vai.org
GROW Start Smart Business Readiness Course. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6-9 pm. growbusiness.org
Just Between Friends Sale. Shop and save on a variety of items from clothing to furnishings to DVDs at this massive sale that also offers consignment opportunities. DeltaPlex. 9 am-8 pm (Wed-Fri) and 9 am-1 pm (Sat). deltaplex.com
ArtPrize 9 Preview Week. Get a first look at the entries in this year’s ArtPrize festival and catch some of the artists at work, installing their piece at various venues open during the week. Downtown Grand Rapids and Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Venues, events, updates and more at artprize.org.
2017 ATHENA Awards Celebration. Celebrate the women who are being recognized for their exceptional passion and commitment to the community, and join the applause when President and CEO of Priority Health, Joan Budden, is bestowed with the 2017 ATHENA Award during this empowering luncheon. JW Marriott (International Ballroom). 11 am-1:30 pm. Register at grandrapids.org.
Relax at Rosa lunchtime concerts: Cabildo. Rosa Parks Circle. Noon-1:30 pm. Full line-up at downtowngr.org.
ArtPrize Drop-In Tour. Learn about GRAM’s ArtPrize 9 exhibition before the big festival begins and get insights by one of GRAM’s trained docents. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 1-2 pm. artmuseumgr.org
Breast & Body Event. Dr. Brad Bengtson discusses breast augmentation and body contouring services offered during this casual evening of learning and light refreshments. Bengtson Center. 5-7 pm. RSVP at bengtsoncenter.com.
Purely You Women’s Event. WOOD TV8’s Jordan Carson hosts an evening featuring hors d’oeuvres, beverages, demos and Holland Hospital’s wellness experts answering your questions about the latest natural health trends. Holland Hospital. 5:30-8 pm. RSVP at hollandhospital.org/womensevent.
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
The Search for the Westmoreland author visit. Author and shipwreck hunter Ross Richardson discusses the Westmoreland treasure ship and her sinking in Lake Michigan, sparing 17 survivors and maybe even treasure. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7 pm. grpl.org
Join in for real talk conversations and support in your journey to redefine, reinvent and rediscover purpose and happiness in your life at the We Are the Experts of Us Conference by Encore of the Grand Rapids Community Foundation. Luncheon keynote with author Elizabeth White. 8:30 am – 1:30 pm. encore.grfoundation.org
Opening of Rodin and the Contemporary Figurative Tradition. FMG displays 17 pieces that 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. Details at meijergardens.org.
Live Mannequin Night. Mannequins in the storefront windows come to life tonight, showing off chic and fun fashions, bringing a new kind of energy to the charming town of Holland. Downtown Holland. 7-8:30 pm. downtownholland.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. grcmc.org
GRAM After Dark. Wireless headphones surge with three different music stations that you can shift through as you dance the night away in GRAM’s Cook Auditorium. Attendees can also wear their headphones throughout the museum so they can explore the galleries without missing a beat. Ages 21+ only. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 9 pm-midnight. Tickets at artmuseumgr.org.
September 15 &16
Fiesta Mexicana. Swing by and celebrate with Mexican food, entertainment, artisan vendors, activities and culture during this free, family-friendly event. Downtown Market and Heartside Park. 11 am-11 pm. downtownmarketgr.com
Grand Rapids Symphony presents Bolero. Audience members are exposed to Latin-infused energies in music and dance that has them tapping their toes throughout the entire performance. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm. Tickets at devosperformancehall.com.
September 15-October 1
Calendar Girls. Expect to laugh out loud at this comedic play based on a true story 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. Tickets and showtimes at grct.org.
SRHOW Bike Historic Cemeteries Tour. Cruise on an afternoon bicycle tour of the historic Oakhill and Fulton Street cemeteries, learning about interesting facts and figures along the way. 11 am-2 pm. Details at the event’s Facebook page.
Eastern Floral Pop Up Shop. Browse local artisan goods and, as a special treat, author Kenneth Kragel visits for a reading and signing of his new book Green Pants! Eastern Floral (Grand Rapids location). 11 am-3 pm. easternfloral.com
80s vs. 90s w/ FeelGood. Indulge in everything you love about 80s and 90s jams with tribute band FeelGood as they spark the can’t-miss dance party of the weekend. The B.O.B. 9 pm-2 am. thebob.com
September 16 & 17
49th Annual Fallasburg Art Festival. What’s become an enchanting fall tradition returns for another year in the picturesque park, stocked with over 100 fine arts and craft booths, food vendors and a children’s activity area. Fallasburg Park. 10 am-5 pm. lowellartsmi.org
ArtPrize Drop-In Tour. Get insider knowledge about GRAM’s ArtPrize 9 exhibition from one of GRAM’s trained docents during this intimate gallery tour. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 1-2 pm. artmuseumgr.org
September 16-January 7
The Brain: The World Inside Your Head exhibit. Take an exploration inside the human brain, traveling through an electrical brainstorm of thoughts and sensations as you partake in hands-on learning activities, video games, optical illusions and interactive displays that reveal how the brain functions and malfunctions. Grand Rapids Public Museum. Museum hours at grpm.org.
2017 Bridge Run: 10-Mile & 5K. Dash through a 3.1- or 10-mile course that leads runners across some of Grand Rapids’ greatest sights including historic bridges, local parks and nearby towns. Rosa Parks Circle. 8-11 am. Register at thebridgerun.com.
GR VegFest. This festival flourishes with vegan businesses and vendors bringing you food samples, products, demos, speakers and fashion that encourage their mission to promote a healthy lifestyle and teach attendees about foods that feed the heart and soul. DeltaPlex. 10:30 am-5 pm. deltaplex.com.
Circle Summer Concerts presents California Dreamin’: Cool Cali Vibes Past & Present. Ride the waves through the music of The Beach Boys, Jimmy Buffet, Maroon 5 and more. Circle Theatre. 7 pm. Tickets and more showtimes at circletheatre.org.
River City Wild Ones 10th Anniversary Celebration and Presentation. Keynote speaker, Heather Holm, shares how your plant selection can attract certain bees and beneficial insects to your garden. Calvin College (Covenant Fine Art Center). 7-9:30 pm. Register at rcwo-10th-anniversary.eventbrite.com.
Essential Oil Classes: Weight Loss. Hyatt Place at Metro Health. 7 pm. No RSVP necessary. mydoterra.com/oilsfortoday
Gordon Lightfoot concert. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm. Tickets at devosperformancehall.com.
Luncheon for Literacy. Join the Literacy Center of West Michigan for a luncheon where you gain a greater understanding of their mission to improve our nation’s literacy levels thanks to programs like one-on-one tutoring, work-related classes and family literacy programming. Waddell Center. Noon-1 pm. Register at literacycenterwm.org.
GROW Small Business Class: Choosing Your Business Structure. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6-9 pm. Register at growbusiness.org.
Ask the Experts Panel: Cold & Flu Season. GRNH team of integrative and naturopathic doctors share natural remedies to cold and flu season along with preventable practices to keep symptoms at bay. Grand Rapids Natural Health. 6:30-7:30 pm. grnaturalhealth.com
Swing Dancing at Ah-Nab-Awen Park. 7-9:30 pm. Full line-up at grandrapidsoriginalswingsociety.com.
Spoken Word, Hip-Hop, Suicide Awareness and More. In honor of Suicide Prevention Awareness month, GR’s premier wordsmiths and poets gather to perform and share their own stories around the topic of mental health. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7 pm. grpl.org
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band concert. Van Andel Arena. 7:30 pm. Tickets at vanandelarena.com
Meanwhile Movie: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. grcmc.org
September 19, 21, 26 & 28
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 (Sep 19 & 26) and 6-8 pm (Sep 21 & 28). pinerest.org
September 20-October 8
ArtPrize 9. This colossal art competition is in its ninth year of gathering national and international artists and community members to make and experience art in all forms. Explore nearly 200 venues in the city, casting your vote for the pieces you think are worthy of the $200,000 cash prize. Downtown Grand Rapids and Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. For ArtPrize events, voter registration, art location and updates, visit artprize.org.
VARI Seminar Series: Small molecule manipulation of Gbg subunit signaling with Dr. Alan Smrcka. Van Andel Institute. Noon. vai.org
Measure What Matters Workshop: Business Ownership Options. Local First’s new workshop series kicks off with a discussion featuring representatives from energy-efficient advocates who share their story of how they achieved an environmentally friendly business. Atomic Object. 5-6:30 pm. localfirst.com
ArtPrize On Screen. Six documentaries play on screen following a Michigan short film that introduces you to the filmmaking talent in our community. Ladies Literary Club. 7:30-9:30 pm. Film line-up at artprize.org/film.
Ladies Night Out. Grab your girlfriends for an evening of door prizes, cocktails and all the fun of sisterhood before heading to tonight’s performance of Calendar Girls at Civic Theatre. $75. Women’s City Club. 5-7 pm. grct.org/events.
Open Studio Night with Daily Robot Shop. Artist Alexis Brannan lets art-lovers in on her art-making experiment and invites you to join the creating process. Avenue for the Arts. 6-8 pm. avenueforthearts.com
Pain Relief without Pills: The Revitalizing Power of Light Therapy. Dr. Wisniewski and White Dove Global Founder, Jake Cunningham, explain the science and benefits of light energy at this free discussion. Grand Rapids Natural Health. 6:30-8:30 pm. grnaturalhealth.com
September 22 & 23
Over the Edge. Look up to see the bold souls (including our editor, Elyse Wild) rappel 345 feet from the top of GR’s second tallest building during this adventurous event benefiting Easterseals Michigan. Plaza Towers. 4-7 pm (Fri: Media Day) and 10 am-6 pm (Sat: Main Event Day). Find out how you can go Over the Edge at overtheedgewestmi.com.
Fall Bridal Show. Whether you’re overwhelmed with wedding planning or you love the chaos, this is the perfect place to find top wedding vendors and planners, inspiration and fashion, test hair-dos and desserts, and find fun for the whole wedding party. DeVos Place. 5-9 pm (Fri) and 11 am-3 pm (Sat). Discount admission coupon and more information at kohlerexpo.com.
African American Arts & Music Festival. Immerse yourself in African American art, music, dance and food, celebrating our city’s diversity. Calder Plaza.
Grand Rapids Symphony presents Landslide: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm (Fri & Sat) and 3 pm (Sun). Tickets at devosperformancehall.com.
Drone Racing Championship & Expo. Watch these robots of the future compete for a grand cash prize and see some of the latest models on display. Van Andel Arena. Tickets and schedule at greatlakescup.com.
Soul Pose Yoga. The creators of the Color Run bring you the Happiest Yoga on the Planet with Soul Pose black light yoga sessions, beginning with a pre-session block party featuring body paint, confetti and tons of fun for all yogi levels. DeVos Place. Sessions at 8:30 am, 11:30 am, 2:30 pm and 5:30 pm. Register at soulpose.com.
Do It Like Beyoncé Fitness Jam. Get pumped with outdoor Zumba, a spinning class and a Beyoncé dance-off during this community fitness party. Calder Plaza. 9 am-noon. More info on event’s Facebook page.
Metro Health VITALity Gala at DeVos Place Ballroom. metrohealth.net
Made in Michigan Pop-Up Marketplace. Hosting over 50 local vendors, the outdoor marketplace area fills with made-in-Michigan jewelry, clothing, housewares and homemade treats that skyrocket every shopper’s mitten pride. The Downtown Market. 9 am-4 pm. downtownmarketgr.com
Ms. Wilkins Birthday Bash. Host Productions invites you to join Ms. Wilkins and her family for her birthday in a hilarious show based around family and faith. Wealthy Theatre. 7 pm. Tickets at grcmc.org.
Spend an afternoon exploring the wonderful world of art during Kids’ ArtFest at Grand Rapids Children’s Museum. Paint, sculpt, draw, design jewelry, create mosaics, enjoy live performances at the stage and meet ArtPrize artists. All outdoor activities are free. Noon – 5 pm. www.grcm.org/kidsartfest
Shake Your Teal Feathers. Raise Ovarian Cancer Awareness and support the fight by registering for a walk, run or bike ride at this active community event complete with finish-line snacks, fun activities and prizes. Millennium Park. Noon-5 pm. More information on the event’s Facebook page.
Drop-In Studio: ArtPrize 9. Create a work of art inspired by one of the works in GRAM’s ArtPrize 9 collection at this special edition of the Drop-In Studio series. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 1-4 pm. artmuseumgr.org
Blood Drive. MVP Work-Space. 9 am-2:45 pm. Register at redcrossblood.org.
Samaritas 83rd Anniversary Celebration Dinner. Help Samaritas support their life-changing outreach programs to kids, seniors and those with disabilities by enjoying a delicious dinner and live musical entertainment. JW Marriott. 6:15-9:30 pm. Tickets and information at samaritas.org/83rd-anniversary.
Essential Oil Classes: Hormone Balance. Hyatt Place at Metro Health. 7 pm. No RSVP necessary. mydoterra.com/oilsfortoday
Joe Bonamassa concert. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm. Tickets at devosperformancehall.com.
Blood Drive. West Michigan Aviation Academy HS. 8 am-1:45 pm. Register at redcrossblood.org.
Blood Drive. Davenport University. 10 am-3:45 pm. Register at redcrossblood.org.
GROW Small Business Class: Successful Relationship Building. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6-9 pm. Register at growbusiness.org.
PJ Masks: Time to Be a Hero LIVE. Bring the kids to this new, fully-immersive musical production featuring the characters of the hit Disney Junior show and their adventures after bedtime. DeVos Performance Hall. 6 pm. Tickets at devosperformancehall.com.
Mel Trotter Ministries Season of Hope featuring a keynote address by author Ron Hall. JW Marriot. 7-9 pm. meltrotter.org/seasonofhope
Swing Dancing at Rosa Parks Circle. 7-9:30 pm. Full line-up at grandrapidsoriginalswingsociety.com.
Meanwhile Movie: Vertigo. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. grcmc.org
Red Cross Blood Drive. 1-6:45 pm. Register at redcrossblood.org.
After Work Tree Tim. Join the Urban Forest Project to help keep the trees planted in the Ottawa Hills area healthy by freeing them of their dead limbs. Grand Rapids Christian Elementary School. 5:30 pm. friendsofgrparks.org
September 27 & 28
International Parkinson’s Symposium: The Role of Energy Metabolism. Gather along with hundreds of scientists, clinicians and people with Parkinson’s to explore the disease’s latest research with a focus on cellular metabolism. Van Andel Institute. Schedule and registration at grandchallengesinpd.org.
Be Great Tailgate. Wear your favorite sports jersey to the Boys & Girls Club of GR’s 5th annual tailgating event, featuring local food, signature drinks, tons of auction items and more to bring the classic fun of fall tailgating to the community for a good cause. Paul L. Phillips Club. 5:30-8:30 pm. bgcgrandrapids.org
Lakeshore Fork Fest. Local restaurants, grocers, farms, bakeries and breweries bring an early fall feast to the lakeshore, providing samples of their tastiest dishes that you can enjoy as you go from booth to booth indulging in new treats. Coppercraft Distillery. 6-8:30 pm. Tickets at localfirst.com.
GROW Connects: Social Media Bootcamp. Learn how to use and understand main social media platforms that can help you grow your business in this educational class. Participants must bring a laptop for hands-on learning. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6-9 pm. Register at growbusiness.org.
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
2017 Mock Rock. Enjoy great music and lots of laughs as multiple performers compete for bragging rights and a $300 cash prize at this inaugural Mock Rock event. Wealthy Theatre. 7 pm. Tickets at grcmc.org.
West Michigan Hip Hop Festival 2. The hippest hip hoppers take the stage for part deux of this wild performance fest featuring Fetty Wap, B.o.B, Mystikal, Juvenile, Ying Yang Twins and Jim Jones. Van Andel Arena. 8 pm. Tickets at vanandelarena.com.
September 29 & 30
Blue Bridge Music Festival. Music bursts as an artistic medium during the annual festival that fills two days with live performances by national bands and musicians who, by participating, are eligible to enter in the time-based category for ArtPrize 9. The Blue Bridge. 4-11 pm (Fri) and noon-11 pm (Sat). Details and line-up at artprize.org/music.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets CineConcert. Watch the unforgettable movie with equally memorable music, brought to life by the Grand Rapids Symphony as they perform John William’s iconic score live while the film plays out on the big screen. DeVos Performance Hall. 7:30 pm (Fri). 2 pm and 7:30 pm (Sat). Tickets at grsymphony.org.
Grand Rapids Heart Walk. Gather your friends, family and co-workers for a 1.5-mile walk at the ballpark to encourage a heart-healthy lifestyle and raise funds for the American Heart Association. Fifth Third Ballpark. 8 am-1 pm. Register at grandrapidsheartwalk.org.
The City is Mine 4: RnB Edition. A line-up of amazing local musicians is taking the stage to showcase their talent and give audience members a night to remember. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. Tickets at grcmc.org.