10 Things To Do this Weekend: August 9th-11th
Restaurant Week GR is underway! There are also a few festivals going on this weekend. It’s the Anniversary of Gerald R. Ford being sworn in as our 38th President, so it’s a reason to celebrate at the Presidential Museum. We also have Concerts, Comedy, Movies, Baseball, and Super Party Wonder Day!
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 18, 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.
Cowpie Music Festival 2019
Shagbark Farms, 7525 Alaska Ave., Caledonia, MI 49316
Friday, August 9th, 2019 - 9:00 am-4:00 am (Saturday)
Saturday, August 10th, 2019 - 9:00 am-4:00 am (Sunday)
Cost: Tickets start at $50.00
The Cowpie Music Festival is presented by the Michigan Heritage Music Association, a non-profit with a mission to further music accessibility and education in our region. The festival takes place every 2nd weekend in August on Shagbark Farm. Shagbark is a working cattle farm run by Farmer John. This eclectic, family-friendly event is jam-packed with amazing music, workshops for all ages and interests, a Pasture Market filled with artisans, a gourmet food court, and even a disc golf course! A weekend filled with great music, fun, and camping, it is not to be missed!
Grand Rapids Hispanic Festival
Calder Plaza, 351 Ottawa Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Friday, August 9th, 2019 -11:30 am‑12:00 midnight
Saturday, August 10th, 2019 - 11:30 am‑12:00 midnight
Sunday, August 11th, 2019 - 11:30 am‑5:30 pm
Cost: Free Admission
The Hispanic Center of Western Michigan is excited to welcome you back to their historic Hispanic Festival scheduled for the second weekend of August! This 3 day long event is Free, family friendly, and open to the public. Celebrate and support the various rich Hispanic cultures that are present in West Michigan. There is going to be live entertainment, kid activities, dancing, food, beverages, our famous Mercadito, and more!
Sparta Celtic Festival
Rogers Park, 75 N. Union St., Sparta, MI 49345
Friday, August 9th, 2019 - 5:00 pm-10:00 pm
Saturday, August 10th, 2019 - 11:00 am-10:00 pm
The Sparta Celtic Festival is a Free, family friendly event focused on the expression of Celtic heritage. The festival offers music, food, and merchants with a Celtic focus. The annual festival features three stages filled with music and dancing. Highland Games, historical encampments, Scottish clans and more.
Movies on Monroe: “Mean Girls” & “10 Things I Hate About You”
City of Grand Rapids Property, 555 Monroe Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Friday, August 9th, 2019 - Gates open at 6:00 pm, First movie starts at 7:30 pm
Movies on Monroe, the premier outdoor film series in Grand Rapids, returns this summer with big screen entertainment by the banks of the Grand River! This event will feature “Mean Girls” (PG-13) and “10 Things I Hate About You” (PG-13). Movies will play on 400-square foot LED video wall. Moviegoers are encouraged to bring their own chairs, beer, wine, and snacks. Rental lawn chairs will be available for $2 per chair. Food trucks will be on-site and various snacks will be available for purchase at the event. Pets are welcome! This is a smoke-free event series. Costumes are encouraged.
Swinging and Swearing In!
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, 303 Pearl St., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Friday, August 9th, 2019 - 7:00 pm
Celebrate the 45th anniversary of the swearing in of our 38th President Gerald R. Ford. There will be swing music and dancing on the Museum's plaza! Music provided by The John Shea Trio with special guests Jon Montgomery (Tenor Sax) and Max Colley III (Trumpet). (The event will be moved inside if the weather isn't cooperating.)
Baseball: The West Michigan Whitecaps vs. The Bowling Green Hot Rods
Fifth Third Ballpark, 4500 W. River Dr., NE, Comstock Park, MI 49321
Friday, August 9th, 2019 - 7:05 pm
Cost: Tickets start at $9.00
It’s going to be a busy Friday night at Fifth Third Ballpark! First, it’s a FANomenal Friday and Hero Night! It's a bird, it's a plane, no it's a hero! Thor, Spiderman, Wonder Woman, and many other heroes will be in attendance for photo opportunities! Plus, Fan favorite Daniel Davis is back, He is a contemporary hip hop violinist that will amaze you with his incredible skills throughout the game. After the game it’s Family Fare Fireworks!
Comedian Andy Woodhull
Dr. Grin’s at The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Friday, August 9th, 2019 - 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm
Saturday, August 10th, 2019 - 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm
Cost: Tickets are $10-$15 depending on time of show
This past summer Andy was the first comedian to make his network television debut on the "Tonight Show: Starring Jimmy Fallon." He has also recently appeared on "Conan," "Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen," and "Gotham Comedy Live" on AXS. He was also a semi-finalist in CMT's "Next Big Comic." He won the Best of the Midwest Competition at Gilda's Laugh Fest in 2011. His 2012 album release "Lucy" was named top 10 comedy albums of the year by comedyreviews.com.
Tommy Tutone with special guest The Westmorelands
Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill, 760 Butterworth St., SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Saturday, August 10th, 2019 - 6:00 pm
Cost: Tickets are $15.00
Everyone remembers Jenny’s phone number: 867-5309. The album Beautiful Ending opens a new chapter for Tommy Tutone. Defined by what he calls, Nu-Wave Americana, Tutone is a passionate storyteller, songwriter, and poet whose creative energy has evolved beyond his rock star status. Capturing the reality of living in the moment, his songs are individual collages of his perception of his surroundings. Merging elements of rock and roll, country, rockabilly, and soul, Tutone offers a memorable album of what could very well be his finest work. The album features the single Beautiful Ending, as well as Tutone's interpretation of the classic Jim Croce song, Operator.
Super Party Wonder Day
The Meadows at Millennium Park, 1415 Maynard Ave., SW, Walker, MI 49534
Sunday, August 11th, 2019 - 2:00 pm-7:00 pm
Cost: Free Admission
What is Super Party Wonder Day? In a nutshell, it’s Bands, Beer, Bikes and BBQ. Super Party Wonder Day is a celebration of all the unexpected experiences that Kent District Library has to offer! With performances by Afro Zuma, Cønrad Shøck + the Nøise, Drums for All (Josh Dunigan), The Porters and Zumba Kids Rock (Sara Leonardo), kids programs, giant lawn games, a Silent Disco, a board game tent hosted by GrandCon Gaming Convention, organized bicycle rides by the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition, craft beer and wine from local breweries, a rib cook-off with public tasting hosted by The Grilling Company, food trucks, the Kent District Library Bookmobile, and much much more!