10 Things to Do this Weekend: July 21st-23rd
It's another weekend of fairs and festivals. We also have movies, concerts and even a commissioning of a new aircraft carrier.
There are plenty of activities for all ages. No matter where you are in west Michigan there is something to do!
Some activities include the kids, while others are more for the adults.
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National Baby Food Festival
Downtown Fremont, MI
Runs through Saturday, July 22nd
Cost: Prices vary by event
You have to travel a little for this one! The National Baby Food Festival features many events and activities for everyone. Don’t miss the Kid's Zone, Community Picnic, Baby Crawl, Free Entertainment, Arts & Crafts Show, Farmers Market, Corporate Olympics, Bed Race, Car Show, Midway and many more events. The Grand Parade is on Saturday. There will also be Frog Jumping, Turtle Racing, Hula Hooping, and Baby Food Eating!
Sparta Town & Country Days
Various locations in Sparta, MI
Runs through Saturday, July 22nd, 2017
Cost: Prices vary by event
Friday kicks off at 10 am with a Kids Parade followed by Kids Day at Rogers Park. Carnival rides begin at Noon in the Village Parking Lot. Entertainment begins at 4 pm on Friday. Saturday will feature a pancake breakfast, the parade, a beer tent, a run through Sparta and more. Check the website for the complete schedule.
Ionia Free Fair
Ionia Fairgrounds, 317 S. Dexter Street, Ionia, MI
Runs through Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 - Times vary depending on event
Cost: Free Admission, various costs for events
It’s the 102nd year of the Ionia Free Fair. Check out the midway for rides, games and food. Various events this weekend include the NTPA Grand National Truck/Tractor Pulls, Mega 80’s, Fireworks and “American Idol” Matt Girard.
Grand Rapids Balloon Festival
Hudsonville Fairgrounds, 5235 Park Ave., Hudsonville, MI 49426
Friday, July 21st, 2017 - 5:00 pm-9:00 pm
Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 - 1:00 pm-9:00 pm
Cost: $5 per person (2 years and over)
Even though it's called the Grand Rapids Balloon Festival, this weekend's activities will be in Hudsonville. RE/MAX of Grand Rapids is proud to work with hot air balloon pilots from across the midwest to make the first ever Grand Rapids Balloon Festival a reality to raise money for Children's Miracle Network and Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, as well as other local charities. Hot Air Balloons, inflatables, kids carnival games, paintings, dunk tank, arts and craft & vendor booths, food vendors, and more. There is a balloon launch on Friday from 7-8 pm and a Night Glow from 9:30-10 pm. Saturday will feature a balloon fly in from 6:30-8 am with another balloon launch from 7-8 pm and Night Glow from 9-9:30 pm. Remember to bring your own lawn chair or blanket.
Movies in the Park – “The Book of Life” & “Jaws”
Ah-Nab-Awen Park, 220 Front Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Friday, July 21st, 2017 – 6:00 pm- 12:00 Midnight
Come and watch a movie outdoors! The pre-movie entertainment begins at 6 pm, the movie “The Book of Life” (PG) begins at 7 pm, followed by the movie “Jaws” (PG).
Grand Rapids Pops - Brass Transit: the Music of Chicago
Cannonsburg Ski Area, 6800 Cannonsburg Rd., NE, Belmont, MI 49306
Friday, July 21st, 2017 - 7:30 pm
Cost: Tickets start at $19
This dynamic Chicago tribute features spectacular attention to every detail of the CHICAGO songbook. You will hear hits like: “Saturday In The Park”, “If You Leave Me Now”, “25 or 6 To 4”, and “You’re The Inspiration”.
An Evening with ZOSO - The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Tribute
20 Monroe Live, 11 Ottawa Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Friday, July 21st, 2017 – 8:00 pm
Zoso - The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience formed in 1995 to perform the most accurate and captivating Led Zeppelin live show since the real thing. Zoso is one of the longest running Zeppelin tributes. They have performed at major festivals like Bonnaroo and Rib America Fest.
The Commissioning of the U.S.S. Gerald R. Ford
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, 303 Pearl St., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Saturday, July 22nd 2017 - 9:30 am
Cost: Free admission to the museum all day
Watch a live broadcast of the Commissioning of the U.S.S. Gerald R. Ford live from Norfolk, VA at 10 am. Family fun begins at 9:30 am.
River Cleanup and Afterparty
New Holland Brewing - The Knickerbocker, 417 Bridge St., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 - 10:00 am-2:00 pm
Cost: $10 (for lunch)
It’s a Grand River cleanup! The event will start and end at The Knickerbocker. Pick up trash along a route that travels down the Grand River (through Ah-Nab-Awen park) down to Fulton St., across the river and back. After the work, stick around for a BBQ picnic on The Knickerbocker's back patio. $10 includes chicken, pulled pork, sausage, cornbread, potato salad, & coleslaw.
Discovering Grand Rapids: A Walking Tour
Biggby Coffee, 146 Monroe Center St., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 - 10:30 am
This walking tour takes you on a journey around the city of Grand Rapids. No matter if you’re a local or new to the area, this tour is fun and informative. Enjoy beautiful sights that are unique to only Grand Rapids. Your journey will take you to several historic and stunning sights in our city.