It’s another weekend of summer Fairs and Festivals. There are also Concerts and Comedy, Plays and Movies, and Superheroes and Sales!

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

Click on the event title for additional information.


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    Ionia Free Fair

    Ionia Fairgrounds, 317 S Dexter St, Ionia, MI 48846

    Runs through Saturday, July 21st, 2018 - Various Events and Times

    Cost: Free Admission, rides and some events require tickets

    They call it the “10 Best Days of Summer”! The Ionia Free Fair is back. Enjoy the rides and events at the Ionia County Fairgrounds. The Fair runs through Sunday.

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    Sparta Town & Country Days

    Downtown Sparta, MI

    Thursday, July 19th, 2018 - 12:00 Noon-9:00 pm

    Friday, July 20th, 2018 - 8:30 am-12:00 Midnight

    Saturday, July 21st, 2018 - 8:00 am-12:00 Midnight

    Cost: Varies, depending on event

    There will be a little bit of everything in Sparta this weekend...from Carnival Rides, to a Beer Tent, Parades, Runs, Movies and Entertainment.

  • 3

    Grand Rapids Symphony: Picnic Pops: 80’s Rewind

    Cannonsburg Ski Area, 6800 Cannonsburg Rd NE, Belmont, MI 49306

    Thursday, July 19th, 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Friday, July 20th, 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Cost: $25

    Remember the 80s? It was the era of bangles, teased hair and parachute pants and the dawn of Wham!, R.E.M. and MTV. Relive the days of alternative pop and industrial rock with the Scorpions’ Rock You Like a Hurricane, Billy Joel’s Uptown Girl, U2’s Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For and much more.

  • 4

    Grand Rapids Balloon Festival

    Ah-Nab-Awen Park, 220 Front Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

    Thursday, July 19th, 2018 - 6:00 pm-10:00 pm

    Hudsonville Fairgrounds, 5235 Park Ave, Hudsonville, MI 49426

    Friday, July 20th, 2018 - 5:00 pm-10:00 pm

    Saturday, July 21st, 2018 - 6:30 am-9:30 pm

    Cost: Free on Thursday, $5 per person on Friday and Saturday

    There is a great line-up of activities for the entire family, and of course the highlight of the event -- the balloons. The event happens in Grand Rapids at Ah-Nab-Awen Park on Thursday and then moves to the Hudsonville Fairgrounds for the activities on Friday and Saturday.

  • 5

    Movies on Monroe

    Movies on Monroe, 555 Monroe Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Friday, July 20th, 2018 - 6:00 pm

    Cost: Free

    Movies on Monroe, formerly Movies in the Park, is the premier outdoor film series in Grand Rapids. Films will be shown, free of charge, on a giant video wall along the banks of the Grand River every other Friday from June thru August. Guests are invited to treat the evening like a picnic and bring your own blanket, chairs, beer, wine and snacks for a special night under the stars. Gates open at 6:00 pm, Pre-movie entertainment begins at 6:30 pm. The first film starts at 7: 30 pm followed by an additional feature shortly after the first ends. This week’s movies are West Side Story (G) and The Shape of Water (R).

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    The Princess & The Pauper

    Master Arts Theatre · Grand Rapids, Michigan

    Friday, July 20th, 2018 - 7:00 pm

    Saturday, July 21st, 2018 - 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm

    (Runs through Saturday, July 28th, 2018)

    Cost: Tickets are $7.00

    Based on Mark Twain's classic, “The Prince and the Pauper”. Princess Victoria invites Bette, a Pauper flower seller, to her room. After trying on each other's clothes for fun, they are mistaken for each other. Victoria is thrown out of the castle while Bette is prepared for the crowning ceremony. It doesn't take long for them to realize that the grass is not greener on the other side of the fence.

  • 7

    Summer Sizzler Sale

    8 Western Michigan Salvation Army Stores - Various Locations

    Saturday, July 21st, 2018 - 9:00 am-8:00 pm or 9:00 pm, depending on location

    Cost: Free Admission

    All Clothing 99 cents. All Shoes, Accessories, Purses, and Linens 50% off. Going on at all 8 Western Michigan Salvation Army Family Store Locations: Alpine (9 am-9 pm), Battle Creek (9 am-9 pm), Holland (9 am-8pm), Kentwood (9 am-9 pm), Division Ave. (9 am-8 pm) Northview (9 am-9 pm), Plainwell (9 am-8 pm), and Portage (9 am-9 pm).

  • 8

    Superhero Day at the Zoo

    John Ball Zoo, 1300 Fulton W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

    Saturday, July 21st, 2018 - 9:00 am-2:30 pm

    Cost: Free with regular paid admission. Adults (ages 13-61) $8.50, Seniors (ages 62 and up), Children (ages 2 - 12), and College Students (must present valid School ID) $7.50, Children (1 and under) Free, Military Discount (must have valid military ID - available to active & Veteran US Military personnel and their spouses) $6.50

    It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Superhero Day at John Ball Zoo! Come dressed as your favorite superhero and meet amazing superheroes! Come meet your favorite superheroes: Thor, Black Panther, Supergirl, Jesse Quick, Black Widow and Captain America! Members can join us for a special superhero meet & greet from 8 am - 9 am.

  • 9

    Symphony on the West Side

    John Ball Zoo, 1300 Fulton W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

    Saturday, July 21st, 2018 - 7:00 pm

    Cost: Free, but tickets are required.

    **LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE** Please note that advance tickets for the concert are currently unavailable. There will be a limited number of tickets available at the concert the day of show. They will be distributed on a first come, first served basis beginning at 5:30 pm. John Varineau, Conductor and Edye Evans Hyde and the Terry Lower Trio. It will be a FREE family-friendly community concert! Enjoy pre-concert music and activities for kids before they take the stage with music from The Pink Panther and Jurassic Park, the finale from Dvorák's Symphony No. 9 and more! This concert is free but TICKETS ARE REQUIRED! To get your FREE ticket for this event, call the Grand Rapids Symphony at (616) 454-9451 x4 or stop by any of the following locations: John Ball Zoo, Grand Rapids Public Schools Administrative Building, Nawara Brothers Home Store, or Rylee's Hardware - Michigan St, Fulton St and Remembrance Rd.

  • 10

    Kevin Hart: The Irresponsible Tour

    Van Andel Arena, 130 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Sunday, July 22nd, 2018 - 7:00 pm

    Cost: Tickets are $35.00

    2017 was a banner year for Hart, his memoir I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons debuted at Number One on the New York Times Bestseller list and remained on the list for ten consecutive weeks.  The book also topped records on the Audible platform, selling over 100,000 copies in the first five weeks. Earlier in the year Hart voiced a title character in Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.  To close 2017, Kevin appeared in the Sony reboot of the classic film Jumanji alongside Dwayne Johnson and Jack Black. Jumanji has been Kevin’s highest grossing box office release to date, the movie has made over $800 million worldwide.  (This show has a very strict CELL PHONE policy in place. Once you enter the seating area of Van Andel Arena, no phones are allowed -- this means NO texting, talking, tweeting, cameras, social media, recording devices etc. This includes prior to the show starting.)

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