This Saturday is the Amway Riverbank Run. Sunday is Mother’s Day! Along with that, we have the Tulip Festival, West Michigan Whitecaps baseball, food trucks, Alice in Wonderland, Star Wars, comedy, a nature walk, and bonsai trees.

Some activities include the kids, while others are more for the adults.

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    Holland Tulip Festival

    Various Locations in Holland, MI

    Runs through Sunday, May 12th, 2019 - Various Times

    Cost: Varies depending on event

    Celebrating their 90th year, Tulip Time has grown over the years to be so much more than a flower festival. Back in 1929, the City of Holland planted its first crop of 100,000 tulips and the overwhelming number of visitors over the years as the Festival took shape resulted in the addition of programs,  pageantry, costumes, parades and the popular Dutch Dancers. Each year, they strive to showcase all that Holland, Michigan has to offer. There will be parades, entertainment, food, a carnival, tulips and more! The Muziekparade is Saturday at 2:00 pm.

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    Food Truck Fridays at Riverside Park

    Riverside Park, 2001 Monroe Ave., NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505

    Fridays - 5:00 pm-9:00 pm

    Cost: Free Admission

    Celebrating their 3rd year at Riverside, Food Truck Fridays are back with more food truck action. Food Truck Fridays will be held through September.  This year during the hot summer months they will be setting up in a new location to offer more shade. It will still be off the Guild St. entrance, but will require less of a walk to the trucks.  They will start the season as usual near the disc golf course. All trucks in attendance take credit cards. Most trucks offer Vegan options and some Gluten Free option. The event is family friendly so bring a blanket and your pet, and enjoy the food and company.

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    Baseball: The West Michigan Whitecaps vs. The Cedar Rapids Kernels

    Fifth Third Ballpark, 4500 W. River Dr., NE, Comstock Park, MI 49321

    Friday, May 10th, 2019 - 7:05 pm

    Saturday, May 11th, 2019 - 7:05 pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $9.00

    The West Michigan Whitecaps take on the Cedar Rapids Kernels on Friday and Saturday. On Friday night it will be a FANomenal Friday! That means there will be Kids themed giveaways, a Kids "Happy Hour" from 5:45-6:45 pm, Free Meijer Hometown Playground Inflatables, Half-off hot dogs and 16oz. soda (for kids only), and Mascot Autographs in the 7th-9th inning. This week it is Muppet night with an appearance by Kermit the Frog! On Saturday, Las Calaveras de West Michigan will make their appearances this summer as part of the MiLB Copa de la Diversion initiative. The Whitecaps will take on a new identity and celebrate the best of Hispanic/Latino culture and heritage with music, food, family, and fun! After the game, stick around for the Family Fare Fireworks.

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    Alice in Wonderland

    Peter Martin Wege Theatre, 341 Ellsworth Ave., SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Friday, May 10th, 2019 - 7:30 pm

    Saturday, May 11th, 2019 - 7:30 pm

    Cost: Tickets are $48.00

    Go down the rabbit hole for the triumphant return of the dizzyingly  beautiful Alice in Wonderland from choreographer Brian Enos and visual artist Luis Grane. No collaborative effort more fully captures the surrealist and symbolic possibilities of this beloved tale with such exquisite beauty and extravagant imagination.

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    Star Wars, Star Trek, Middle Earth, and More!

    DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Friday, May 10th, 2019 - 8:00 pm

    Saturday, May 11th, 2019 - 8:00 pm

    Sunday, May 12th, 2019 - 3:00 pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $18

    The Grand Rapids Symphony brings Star Wars, Star Trek, Middle Earth, and More! to DeVos Performance Hall this weekend. Grand Rapids Pops boldly goes where no orchestra has gone before in Star Wars, Star Trek, Middle Earth, and More with highlights from such favorite films as "Star Trek," "Superman," "Lord of the Rings," and "Harry Potter!"

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    Comedian Steve Iott

    Dr. Grin’s at The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Friday, May 10th, 2019 - 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm

    Saturday, May 11th, 2019 - 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm

    Cost: Tickets are $10-$15 depending on time of show

    Steve Iott is an embattled veteran comic who has seen it all, and has plenty to say about it. He does comedy without the aid of props, mirrors, or sleight-of-hand camera tricks. Known as a master of improvisation, Steve takes the audience along as he spins his bizarre tales of ridiculous life experiences. No topic is safe, and no two shows are ever the same.

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    Amway River Bank Run

    Downtown Grand Rapids

    Saturday, May 11th, 2019 - 7:00 am

    Cost: Varies depending on Run

    Featuring the largest 25K in the country, the event is also the USATF 25 km Open Championships More than 18,000 people are expected to participate in race day events including a 25K Relay, 25K Handcycle and Wheelchair Division, 10K, 5K Run and 5K Community Walk. If you don’t want to participate in the runs -- come down and cheer on the runners!

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    Michigan All-State Bonsai Show at Meijer Gardens

    Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave., NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

    Saturday, May 11th, 2019 - 12:00 Noon-5:00 pm

    Sunday, May 12th, 2019 - 11:00 am-5:00 pm

    Cost: Free

    Join bonsai artists, aficionados, and admirers from across the Midwest to see stunning bonsai on display in the Huizenga Grand Room. Visit the sales area for a great selection of specialty tools, pots, wire and bonsai trees. Have the experts help you find the tree that fits your taste, experience level and growing environment. Be sure to attend free demonstrations offered throughout the weekend. Bonsai artists, including this year’s guest artist, Todd Schlafer, will demonstrate pruning, wiring, and other styling techniques. Todd’s specialty is working with native collected trees, many of which have sparse foliage and unconventional branches and present quite a styling challenge! Todd will be teaching two “Bring Your Own Tree” workshops to help bonsai artists style and refine their trees. Additional workshops, designed for all skill levels, are available during the weekend.

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    Nature Spy: An Afternoon with Mary Jane Dockeray

    Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

    Saturday, May 11th, 2019 - 12:30 pm-2:00 pm

    Cost: Members $9, Non-members $12

    Join Blandford Nature Center’s founder Mary Jane Dockeray for a presentation that is both humorous and informative. Mary Jane will share stories, slides, and artifacts from her long career as a naturalist working with wildlife and people. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn from the legend herself! Light refreshments will be served. Pre-registration is reguired. This program is for adults only.

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    Mother’s Day

    Various Locations

    Sunday, May 12th, 2019 - Various Times

    Cost: Varies by event

    This Sunday is Mother’s Day. Hopefully you will be able to spend some time with your Mother. There are several Mother’s Day brunches and other events going on around West Michigan.

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