10 Things To Do this Weekend: February 15th-17th
This weekend you have the opportunity to experience a Firkin Freezeout, meet a former astronaut, attend a Musicians Swap Meet, hear some great music, laugh with a few jokes, experience the World of Winter, see a hockey game, check out 5 acres of boats, and meet a Sinaloan snake!
Some activities include the kids, while others are more for the adults.
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Grand Rapids Boat Show
DeVos Place Convention Center, 303 Monroe Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Friday, February 15th, 2019 - 11:00 am-9:00 pm
Saturday, February 16th, 2019 - 10:00 am-8:00 pm
Sunday, February 17th, 2019 - 11:00 am-5:00 pm
Cost: Adults $12, Children 6-14 $5
A West Michigan tradition! In their 74th year, the Grand Rapids Boat Show is launching into an era where they will be showing the broadest array of power boats ever…5 acres of them, especially for the Great Lakes! The array of Motor Yachts, Cruisers, Runabouts, Fishing Boats, and Ski and Wakeboard Inboards is exceptional. Pontoon Boats continue to excel in new designs, features and cruising abilities. As we see technology advancing around us at fast speeds, we see advancements in boats – hull designs, power systems and the creature comforts. All summer long you marvel at the new boats you see on the water. Well now is your chance to board them and check them out! Boaters, this is your Show!
World of Winter
Downtown Grand Rapids, MI
Friday, February 15th, 2019 - 2:00 pm-10:00 pm
Saturday February 16th, 2019 - 10:00 am-8:00 pm
Sunday, February 17th, 2019 - 12:00 pm-7:00 pm
Cost: Free or low cost
Downtown Grand Rapids transforms into a winter wonderland this weekend at the second annual World of Winter Festival. Downtown GR will be decorated with over 50 ice sculptures. Attendees can join frozen fun activities like the Human Hungry Hungry Hippos on Ice Tournament, snow yoga, a silent disco, ice skating, and more! The World of Winter Festival is one of the largest ice festivals in Michigan. It is designed to take advantage of Michigan’s cold climate, provide fun ways for people to get outside and enjoy the season, and make Grand Rapids a better winter city - which makes Grand Rapids a better year-round city.
Hockey: The Grand Rapids Griffins vs. The San Antonio Rampage
Van Andel Arena, 130 Fulton St. W, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Friday, February 15th, 2019 - 7:00 pm
Saturday, February 26th, 2019 - 7:00 pm
Cost: Tickets start at $16.00
The Grand Rapids Griffins take on The San Antonio Rampage this Friday and Saturday at the Van Andel Arena. On Friday there will be $2 beers and $2 hot dogs along with a USA-themed jersey auction post-game. On Saturday it will be Star Wars Night along with a post-game autograph session.
Comedian Dave Landau
Dr. Grin’s at The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Friday, February 15th, 2019 - 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm
Saturday, February 16th,2019 - 5:30 pm, 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm
Cost: Tickets are $10-$15 depending on time of show
Dave is a throwback to another era of comedy. His mind goes to places that angels would fear to tread, and he has no problem telling you about it. The mark of a great comedian is the ability to find jokes where others would find tears. Cutting his comedic teeth as a teenager in Detroit in the Second City's Conservatory, Dave Landau has risen to become one of the most in-demand headliners working today. He's appeared on Comedy Central's "Live At Gotham" and was a finalist on season 8 of "Last Comic Standing."
Animal Adventures at Meijer Gardens
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 E. Beltline Ave., NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Saturday, February 16th, 2019 - 10:00 am-11:30 am
Cost: Members $5, Non-Members $10
Have fun exploring the survival techniques of a barn owl, a tarantula, a hedgehog, and a Sinaloan snake. Enjoy watching live animal presentations, listening to animal stories, completing art projects, playing animal-themed games, and trying your luck at animal challenges. Perfect for ages 3 to 6, but all ages are welcome. Come in from the cold and have some fun! This event is in collaboration with John Ball Zoo! Registration is required! Please call Meijer Gardens at (616) 975-3144, or John Ball Zoo at (616) 336-4300.
West Michigan Musicians Swap Meet
4 Mile Showplace, 1025 4 Mile Rd., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544
Saturday, February 16th, 2019 - 10:00 am-5:00 pm
An event about "all things musical" . Buy, sell, trade. Purchase a space and see old friends, create new friends and have fun with your musician counterparts!
Astronaut Nicole Stott presents "Space for Everyone"
Grand Rapids Public Museum, 272 Pearl St., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Saturday, February 16th, 2019 - 11:00 am
Cost: $2 plus general admission or $5 for lecture only tickets
Nicole Stott is “the Artistic Astronaut” who creatively combines the awe and wonder of her spaceflight experience with her artwork to inspire everyone’s appreciation of our role as crewmates here on spaceship Earth. She has dedicated her life to sharing the beauty of Earth from space with others, and believes that these perspectives have the power to increase appreciation and obligation to care for our home planet and each other. Her experience as a NASA Astronaut includes two spaceflights and 104 days spent living and working in space on both the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station. A personal highlight of her spaceflight was painting the first watercolor in space. She is also an Aquanaut, and along with her NEEMO9 crew, she lived and worked during an 18-day mission on the Aquarius undersea habitat. Now retired from NASA, Nicole creatively combines the awe and wonder of her spaceflight experience and artwork to spark inspiration and raise awareness of the surprising interplay between science and art. She is the founder of the Space For Art Foundation, and co-founder of Constellation.
Founders Sixth Annual Firkin Freezeout
Founders Taproom - Grand Rapids, 235 Grandville Ave., SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Saturday, February 16th, 2019 - 11:00 am-6:00 pm
Cost: No Cover Charge
11 AM · Founders Taproom - Grand Rapids · Grand Rapids, Michigan
Firkin Freezeout is one of Founder’s most unique and favorite parties of the year. It’s an outdoor, all-ages event taking place in their spacious Beer Garden and features over 40 expertly-crafted firkins, special food offerings, live ice carving and more! There’s no cover for this event: just show up, bundle up, drink up, and live it up! Get there early as the first 12 firkins tapped will be up for judging to see who makes the best firkin in the cellar. Guests will vote on their favorite with a winner's ceremony taking place at 3 pm!
I Love The 80s featuring Sixteen Candles: Valentines Edition
20 Monroe Live, 11 Ottawa Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Saturday, February 16th, 2019 - 8:30 pm
Cost: Tickets start at $7.50
An evening of fun. Fun things included a themed photo booth, decorations, and yard games. Rock out in your best 80s gear!
John Mellencamp: The John Mellencamp Show
DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Sunday, February 17th, 2019 - 8:00 pm
Cost: There are some resale tickets available
John Mellencamp's career in music, spanning more than 35 years, has seen him transition from pop star to one of the most highly respected singer/songwriters of a generation. Mellencamp is incredibly acclaimed; he is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a Grammy winner, a recipient of the John Steinbeck Award, ASCAP Foundation's Champion Award, The Woody Guthrie Award and American Music Association's Lifetime Achievement Award and more recently, the Founders Award, the top honor assigned by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Additionally, he was recently inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame this past June. He is also one of the most successful live concert performers in the world.