10 Things To Do this Weekend: August 16th-18th
Restaurant Week GR continues through the weekend. We have a Greek Festival, a Block Party, Find Your Roots, Catch a Baseball Game, Go ORVing for Free, Enjoy some Comedy, Visit the Princesses at the Zoo, Catch some Jazz Music, and Swim with your Dog! You are going to have a busy weekend!
Some activities include the kids, while others are more for the adults.
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Restaurant Week GR
Various Locations around Grand Rapids, MI
Runs through Sunday, August 18th, 2019
Restaurant Week GR is your chance to Taste the City! Savor specially priced lunches, dinners or both at 70+ area restaurants. Each restaurant will create a special menu highlighting fresh, local ingredients for the event. Restaurant Week GR has provided over $150,000 to students through an endowed scholarship fund at the Grand Rapids Community College Secchia Institute for Culinary Education. Participating locations donate $1 for every Restaurant Week GR meal sold.
Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 330 Lakeside Dr NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
Friday, August 16th, 2019 - 3:00 pm-10:00 pm
Saturday, August 17th, 2019 - 11:00 am-10:00 pm
Sunday, August 18th, 2019 - 12:00 Noon-4:00 pm
Cost: Free Admission
Yassou means welcome and we welcome you to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. They are thrilled to bring Grand Rapids an event celebrating the culture and traditions of the Greek Orthodox people. They look forward to sharing with you music, dances, gifts and of course Food! Visit and tour their beautiful church and ask about the Orthodox Faith. The 8th Annual Greek Festival is a celebration of the Greek cultural that features: authentic farm to table food, drinks, dancing, shopping and live entertainment for the entire family. Opa!
Kroc Block Party
GR Kroc Center, 2500 Division Ave S, Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Friday, August 16th, 2019 - 5:30 pm-8:30 pm
Wind down the summer with a big Kroc Block Party on Friday. This outdoor event is free for everyone! They will have their giant slip & slide open, lots of games for families on our outdoor campus, and opportunities for you to connect with other local resources. Food will also be available for purchase.
Grand Rapids Public Library - Main Branch, 111 Library St., NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Friday, August 16th, 2019 - 6:00 pm-10:00 pm
Have you ever wanted to find your roots? Come to the Grand Rapids History and Special Collections Department for a free after-hours program just for genealogists. Learn how to use the library databases, newspaper microfilm and other resources, and take advantage of free copying and printing during the event. Bring your family history questions or problems — volunteers from the Western Michigan Genealogical Society will be on hand to assist. Network with other genealogists — you never know what you might find. Registration required.
Baseball: The West Michigan Whitecaps
Fifth Third Ballpark, 4500 W. River Dr., NE, Comstock Park, MI 49321
Friday, August 16th, 2019 - 7:05 pm - vs. the Great Lakes Loons
Saturday, August 17th, 2019 - 7:05 pm - vs. the Lake County Captains
Sunday, August 18th, 2019 - 2:00 pm - vs. the Lake County Captains
Cost: Tickets start at $9.00
The West Michigan Whitecaps have home games all weekend! On Friday night it’s another FANomenal Friday and Bob the Builder Night! Bob the Builder will be making an appearance. On Saturday, Las Calaveras de West Michigan will make another appearance as part of the MiLB Copa de la Diversion initiative. The Whitecaps take on a new identity and celebrate the best of Hispanic/Latino culture and heritage with music, food, family, and fun! Sunday is Helen DeVos Children's Hospital Family Day. The first 1,000 kids eat free! Also get autographs and play catch on the field before the game and Kids Run the Bases after the game.
Comedian Mike Lebovitz
Dr. Grin’s at The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Friday, August 16th, 2019 - 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm
Saturday, August 17th, 2019 - 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm
Cost: Tickets are $10
A burgeoning international star now based in New York, Mike has offended nostrils in Montreal as a "New Face" of the 2013 Just For Laughs, and in Switzerland where he won the international competition at the 2013 The Montreux Comedy Fest. Mike returned to Montreux in 2014 as the "Godfather" of the competition, that year he also recorded his debut album, Two Slob Household for Stand-Up Records. It is still possible that it may be released one day. In 2015 he appeared on Season 9 of NBC's Last Comic Standing.
Free ORV Weekend
Michigan DNR designated routes and trails and scramble areas
Saturday, August 17th, 2019
Sunday, August 18th, 2019
Residents and out-of-state visitors are invited to ride DNR-designated routes and trails. Riders will not not need to possess an ORV license or trail permit. Riders will have access to nearly 3,700 miles of off-road trails and the state’s five scramble areas (St. Helen’s Motorsport Area, Black Lake Scramble Area, Silver Lake State Park, Bull Gap and The Mounds). All other ORV rules and laws still apply, and the Recreation Passport is required where applicable (ie. scramble areas).
Princess Day at the Zoo
John Ball Zoo, 1300 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Saturday, August 17th, 2019 - 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Cost: Included with General Admission
Come meet your favorite princesses at John Ball Zoo! All princesses, princes, and knights are welcome. Meet Snow White, Ice Queen, Snow Princess, Island Princess, Frog Princess, Mermaid Princess, Rapunzel, and Sleeping Beauty. Princess hair and makeup services as well as tiaras, wands, fans, and bracelets will be available for purchase. Please note that characters rotate throughout the day. There will also be a Breakfast with the Princesses. They are offering you the opportunity to purchase tickets for an exclusive breakfast with the princesses! It’s a magical morning of food, fun, and adventure! Enjoy a breakfast buffet in the beautiful Bissell Tree House with a sweeping view of downtown Grand Rapids while interacting with beloved characters Princess Jasmine, Cinderella, and their Princes! Immerse yourself in a fairy tale world while they share stories of adventure and encourage you to make an adventure of your own. Space and tickets are limited and are first come first served. Tickets are only available online.
The 8th GRandJazzFest
Rosa Parks Circle, 155 Monroe Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Saturday, August 17th, 2019 - 12:00 Noon-10:00 pm
Sunday, August 18th, 2019 - 1:00 pm-8:00 pm
Cost: Free Admission
It is the Free, family-friendly 8th GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Foundation on Saturday and Sunday at Rosa Parks Circle. Ten diverse live jazz bands over the 2 day festival. Freee face-painting by Fancy Faces, a Family Guitar Tent with a Free raffle each day to win a guitar (must be present to win). Walk, Bike, Bus or Drive (carpool) and be there!
Wag 'n' Wade Dog Swim
Richmond Park Pool, 1101 Richmond St., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Sunday, August 18th, 2019 - 12:00 Noon-4:00 pm
The Wag 'n' Wade dog swim is back for its third year! Grand Rapids is going to the dogs! They are closing the 2019 pool season with another pawsome event at Richmond Pool. The event is free and open to all community members but pre-registration is required. The event is split into four 45-minute sessions. Each session has room for 175 dogs. They want to make sure every dog has a chance to swim, please only register for one session. You have to bring: Paper proof of rabies vaccination (if you didn't upload them when registering), a leash for taking your dog in and out of the pool area, and a towel (optional).