There are a couple of reasons to wear red this weekend...Pulaski Days and the Red Flannel Festival. It’s also the final Friday for the Food Trucks at Riverside Park. There’s theater, comedy, a chance to run on the runway at the airport, a Donut Fest, small trees and flowers, a Pumpkin Train, and an event for you and the dog.

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

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    Pulaski Days

    Various Locations and Times

    Friday, October 4th, 2019

    Saturday, October 5th, 2019

    Sunday, October 6th, 2019

    Cost: Varies

    General Casimir Pulaski was an American Revolutionary War Hero, who, as a Polish immigrant, born into a noble family sacrificed his life for the cause of liberty in America. General Pulaski was the father of the US Cavalry, a General second to none, and a man known throughout Europe for his bravery and perseverance in defending freedom. Pulaski Days was founded in 1973 as a way to support the local social clubs by sharing Polish culture with the entire Grand Rapids community. Many Polish Halls and Clubs will have events going on this weekend. The Pulaski Days Parade will be Saturday morning, starting at 11:00 am. The parade will go down Fulton St between Seward and Marion.Numerous floats, polka and marching bands, clowns and organizations help celebrate Grand Rapids Polish pride. Bring the whole family out to enjoy this great event.

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    Red Flannel Festival

    Cedar Springs, MI

    Friday, October 4th, 2019 - 5:00 pm-12:30 am

    Saturday, October 5th, 2019 - 7:00 am-12:30 am

    Cost: Free Admission

    Put on your red and head to Northern Kent County for the 80th annual Red Flannel Festival. There will be carnival rides, a car show, food, contests, arts and crafts, entertainment and more. The Parade will be on Saturday at 3:00 pm.

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    Food Truck Fridays

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

    Friday, October 4th, 2019 - 5:00 pm-9:00 pm

    Cost: Free Admission

    This is the final Food Truck Friday for 2019. It is set up off the Guild St. entrance, but will require less of a walk to the trucks.  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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    Anne of Green Gables - The Musical

    Master Arts Theatre, 75 77th St., SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49548

    Friday, October 4th, 2019 - 7:30 pm

    Saturday, October 5th, 2019 - 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

    Cost: Adults $19.00, Seniors $17.00, Students $17.00, Children 12 and under $9.50

    Based on Montgomery's well loved novel, Anne of Green Gables, this musical follows Anne, an 11-year-old orphan girl who is mistakenly sent to two middle-aged siblings, Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, who had originally intended to adopt a boy to help them on their farm.

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    Comedian Debra DiGiovanni

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

    Friday, October 4th, 2019 - 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm

    Saturday, October 5th, 2019 - 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm

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

    Canadian comedian Debra DiGiovanni is one of a kind. She’s been called the "best comedian to see after a messy break-up." She has specials on Comedy Central and Showtime. Debra’s comedy has a sharp edge while maintaining a playful, happy air and her persona is one of the best developed of any comic working today. Couple that with a hilarious act that is so personal everyone can relate and you see why Debra is so popular.

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    GRR Runway 5K

    Gerald R. Ford International Airport, 5500 44th St., SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512

    Saturday, October 5th, 2019 - 7:00 am-10:30 am

    Cost: Registration starts at $23.00

    Want to run on and under a runway? Then this is a race for you! This is a truly unique experience.  Athletes will start by running through the tunnel that goes under the runway, then head out onto one of the major airport runways for a lightning fast 5K race! There will be awesome finishers medals, cool prizes and a first-class course!  The GRR Runway 5k is a must for your fall calendars (and your bucket list!) and is a great tune-up for your late season half and full marathons.

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    Fall Bonsai Show

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

    Saturday, October 5th, 2019 - 10:00 am-5:00 pm

    Sunday, October 6th, 2019 - 11:00 am-5:00 pm

    Cost: Free

    See a variety of bonsai on display, from trees in early stages of training to lovely older trees. Watch bonsai artists at work and shop for bonsai trees as well as bonsai tools and supplies. Also happening this weekend is Chrysanthemums & More!. This is an extensive chrysanthemum display showcasing thousands of flowering plants in both interior and exterior locations -- the largest of its kind in Michigan. 

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    The Famous Pumpkin Train

    Coopersville & Marne Railway, 311 E. Danforth St., Coopersville, MI 49404

    Runs on Saturdays and Sundays through October 27th, 2019

    Cost: Adults $20, Seniors (60+) $19, Children (2-12) $18, Under 2 FREE

    This is a Fall tradition that is not to be missed! Passengers are entertained during the journey by the Grand Pumpkin, Scarecrow and Little Crow! A cast of wacky characters love to sing and dance for you. Each paid child's ticket includes a free, locally grown, good-sized Pumpkin that the kids can pick from our Pumpkin Patch at the end of the ride. 

    Children under 2 yrs ride free and also get a small size Pumpkin.

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    Bark in the Dark

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

    Saturday, October 5th, 2019 - 5:00 pm-10:00 pm

    Cost: $35 for adults, $10 for kids ages 5-17, and kids under 5 are free. Tickets are required for all people attending, whether or not they are participating in the run/walk portion 

    Bark in the Dark is back and better than ever! Featuring our signature glow-in-the-dark 5k and 1 mile fun run/walk for humans and pups alike! Don't want to run? Come for the fun! All attendees can enjoy a dog costume contest, pup-a-razzi photo booth, local beverages, face painting, balloon animals and more! Grab the whole family and head to Riverside Park for a night of fun! All proceeds will benefit Humane Society of West Michigan. HSWM is a 100% donor-funded organization dedicated to improving the lives of animals in West Michigan.

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    Donut Fest Grand Rapids

    B.O.B’s Brewery, 20 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Saturday, October 5th, 2019 - 1:00 pm-5:00 pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $30.00 for adults

    Love Donuts? Who doesn't? It is Grand Rapids' sweetest fest at B.O.B.'s Brewing. Sample donuts, enjoy beer, coffee and more with a fun-filled tasty event! They also need your help to name Grand Rapids' Favorite Donut.

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