There are butterflies, boats, basketball, and more on the schedule for this weekend. You will also find hockey games, comedy, concerts, a time change, food and more!

Butterflies are Blooming

Runs Through Thursday, April 30, 2023 - Frederik Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids, MI

The annual Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies Are Blooming exhibition is the largest temporary tropical butterfly exhibition in the nation. Tropical butterflies from around the world fly freely in the Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory every March and April. Throughout the exhibition, there is special educational programming and the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden offers butterfly-themed activities. Get more information on the Butterflies Are Blooming Facebook page.

Gilda’s LaughFest

Gilda's LaughFest
Photo: LaughFest via Facebook

Runs Through Sunday, March 12, 2023 - Various Locations around Grand Rapids, MI

Gilda’s LaughFest, the nation’s first-ever community-wide festival of laughter, has quickly earned a reputation for being one of the nation’s marquee events for both participants and artists. LaughFest is more than just a seriously good time. It also raises funds and awareness for a very important cause – Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids. Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids is a free emotional health support community of children, adults, families and friends on any kind of cancer journey or those grieving a death due to any cause. Find more information on the LaughFest Facebook page.

Grand Rapids Ultimate Sport Show

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Photo courtesy ShowSpan

Thursday, March 9-Sunday, March 12, 2023 - DeVos Place Convention Center, Grand Rapids, MI

The features at this show are famous: Antique Lures, Trout Pond, Hawg Trough, Woodcarvers, and the Rock Wall. Nearly 100 fishing and hunting seminars will be held on 5 stages, including “Lake Ultimate,” the 110,000 gallon indoor lake. Get additional details on the Ultimate Sport Show - Grand Rapids Facebook Events page.

Lenten Fish Fry

Fish Fry
Photo: Matt Milhouse, Townsquare Media

Fridays During Lent - Various Locations and Times

Start your weekend with a nice fish dinner on Friday. We have put together a your complete guide for finding a Friday Fish Fry in West Michigan. Use the interactive map to find the fish fry nearest you.

Grand Rapids Griffins

Grand Rapids Griffins
Photo: Grand Rapids Griffins via Facebook

Friday, March 10 & Saturday, March 11, 2023 - 7 pm - Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI

The Grand Rapids Griffins are back on their home ice at VanAndel Arena this weekend. On Friday they take on Rockford IceHogs. It's a Friday night game, that means $2 Beers and $ Hot Dogs! It will also be the 11th Annual Purple Game presented by Van Andel Institute with a Purple Jersey Auction. On Saturday, the Griffins will be playing the Cleveland Monsters. It will be Margaritaville Night with a trucker hat giveaway and post game player autographs. Both games start at 7 pm.

Larry The Cable Guy

Friday, March 10, 2023 - 8 pm - Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Mt. Pleasant, MI

Larry the Cable Guy is a multi platinum recording artist, Grammy nominee, Billboard award winner and one of the top comedians in the country. He has his own line of merchandise and continues to sell out theaters and arenas across the United States. Larry has created The Git-R-Done Foundation, which was named after Larry’s signature catchphrase, and has donated more than 7 million dollars to various charities. Get additional details on the An Evening with Larry the Cable Guy Facebook Events page.

Tony Orlando

Friday, March 10, 2023 - 8 pm - FireKeepers Casino, Battle Creek, MI

Tony Orlando is one of America’s most endearing and enduring iconic stars. Tony brings his exhilarating energy, warmth and humor to concert shows across the nation as he celebrates over five decades as a beloved entertainer. More information is on the Tony Orlando Facebook Events page.

GRFD vs. GRPD Charity Hockey Game

GRFD vs, GRPD Hockey Game
Photo: Grand Rapids Fire Department via Facebook

Saturday, March 11, 2023 - 12"30 pm - Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI

The second annual GRFD vs. GRPD Hockey Game is this Saturday. Members of the Grand Rapids Fire Department and the Police Department will lace up their skates at hit the ice at Van Andel Arena. A portion of every ticket purchased will benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Read more about the game here.

Maple Sugar Festival

Maple Sugar Festival
Photo: Kalamazoo Nature Center via Facebook

Saturday, March 11, 2023 - Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo, MI

Celebrate the maple sugaring season at the Kalamazoo Nature Center’s largest fundraiser, with proceeds supporting high-quality, innovative programming offered throughout the year. There will be events at the Visitor Center and also at the DeLano Homestead and Farms. Get more information on the Maple Sugar Festival Facebook Events page.

Spring Forward

European daylight saving time. Alarm clock on wooden desk, blur spring nature background. 3d illustration
Getty Images/iStockphoto

Sunday, March 12, 2023 - 2 am

Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 12 at 2 am. Most people will set their clocks ahead before they go to bed on Saturday night or first thing when they get up on Sunday morning. Remember to "spring forward" or you will be an hour late for everything! It also means  your weekend will be an hour shorter (boo!!). The time change is also a great reminder to check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Grand Rapids Gold

Grand Rapids Gold
Photo: Grand Rapids Gold via Facebook

Sunday, March 12, 2023 - 3 pm - Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI

The Grand Rapids Gold are back in action this Sunday at the VanAndel Arena. The Gold take on the Raptors 905.

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