10 Things To Do this Weekend: May 18th-20th
This weekend there is a lot of comedy, a carnival, cider, food trucks, a Royal Wedding, Baseball, microbes, home tours and kayaking. Truly something for everyone!
Some activities include the kids, while others are more for the adults.
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Runs through Saturday, May 19th, 2018 - Various Times
Cost: Varies by location
Michigan is one of America’s largest producer of apples – and the majority are grown on family farms stretching north from Grand Rapids. So it’s no coincidence that we have so many skilled cider makers in the area, plying their trade at an increasing number of excellent craft cideries. You’ll find their lip-smacking libations in local stores, bars, restaurants, tasting rooms – and straight from the source at cider mills. Cider Week GR celebrates the local cider scene with seven days of events and activities culminating with a cider festival on downtown’s Gillett Bridge. With more than 45 cider-themed events, there is a lot to do for cider enthusiast.
John Ball Zoo Greenspace, 1300 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Thursday, May 17th, 2018 - 4:00 pm-10:00 pm
Friday, May 18th, 2018 - 12:00 Noon-11:00 pm)
Saturday, May 19th, 2018 - 11:00 am-11:00 pm
Sunday, May 20th, 2018 - 12 Noon-6:00 pm
Cost: Free Admission. Rides require tickets or wristbands
West Grand Rapids' biggest family festival is back for the 27th year, bigger and better than ever! Sponsored by Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, WestFest features the Skerbeck Entertainment Carnival with plenty of rides and attractions. This year WestFest is adding Food Trucks, Ethnic Dance Performers and a Beer & Wine Tent serving selections from New Holland and The Mitten Breweries!
Baseball: The West Michigan Whitecaps vs. The Lake County Captains
Fifth Third Ballpark, 4500 W River Dr NE, Comstock Park, MI 49321
Friday, May 18th, 2018 - 7:05 pm
Saturday, May 19th, 2018 - 7:05 pm
Sunday, May 20th, 2018 - 2:00 pm
Cost: Tickets start at $8.00
The West Michigan Whitecaps take on the Lake County Captains this weekend. On Friday, it is Pirate Night. Captain Jack Sparrow and his hearties needs your help to find the buried treasure at Fifth Third Ballpark. There will also be an appearance by the Piano Juggler. Have you ever seen a man play the piano while juggling? Well you will! On Saturday, it is Armed Forces Night and Girl Scout Night. There will also be Family Fare Fireworks after the game. And on Sunday, it will be Helen DeVos Children's Hospital Family Day
First 1,000 kids eat free! Fans can get autographs and play catch on the field before the game from 1:15-1:30 pm. Kids Run the Bases after the game presented by Milk Means More! There will also be an appearance by Daniel Tiger.
20 Monroe Live, 11 Ottawa Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Friday, May 18th, 2018 - 8:00 pm
Cost: Tickets start at $30.00
Comedian Rodney Carrington makes a stop in Grand Rapids on Friday night. He has released six major-label studio albums and a greatest-hits package. His comedy act typically combines stand-up comedy and original songs. Carrington has also starred in the TV sitcom “Rodney” and in the 2008 film “Beer for My Horses”.
Royal Wedding Watch Party
20 Monroe Live, 11 Ottawa Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Saturday, May 19th, 2018 - Wedding Broadcast starts at 7:00 am
Cost: Tickets start at $40.00
See Meghan Markle & Prince Harry get hitched while having some tea (or a mimosa) and breakfast, brought to you by Channel 13's My West Michigan! No special dress code, but fancy hats are encouraged! Admission includes the breakfast buffet and one mimosa.
An English Breakfast provided by Applause Catering.
Zoo In You: Microbes Opens!
Grand Rapids Public Museum, 272 Pearl St., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Runs Saturday, May 19th, 2018 through Sunday, September 2nd, 2018 - During Regular Museum Hours
Cost: Free with general admission to the Museum
Did you know trillions of microbes make their homes inside our bodies? In fact, these non-human organisms outnumber our human cells 10 to 1, “colonize” us right from birth, and are so interwoven into our existence that without each other, none of us would survive! In the new exhibit, “Zoo in You”, learn about our constant microbial companions, where they live, how diverse they are, and in what ways scientists are realizing just how important they are to our personal health.
Annual Heritage Hill Weekend Tour of Homes
Heritage Hill Historic District, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Saturday, May 19th, 2018 - 11:00 am-5:00 pm
Sunday, May 20th, 2018 - 12:00 Noon-6:00 pm
Cost: Tickets start at $18.00
Celebrate Heritage Hill Association's 50th Anniversary with their Annual Heritage Hill Weekend Tour of Homes! Tour one of the country's largest urban historic districts in its spring bloom. The 48th annual Heritage Hill Tour opens doors to 7 lovingly restored private houses and three historic public buildings. Get a rare glimpse inside stunning turn of the century homes owned by prominent early Grand Rapids business and political leaders. Heritage Hill, which was named by This Old House as one of the “Best Old House Neighborhoods” in the country, dates back to 1843. Its 1,300 homes represents Michigan's finest collection of 19th and 20th century American architecture ranging from Greek Revival to Prairie.
Food Truck Fest
Heartside Park, 301 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Saturday, May 19th, 2018 - 12:00 Noon-8:00 pm
Cost: Free Admission
It’s the 2nd annual Roll’N Out Food Truck Fest coming to Grand Rapids on Sunday. This will be the largest food truck rally to date in Grand Rapids. About 30 food trucks and trailers will be lined up on Ionia Ave and Heartside Park. There will be entertainment, like live music while you eat; along with family-friendly activities. In addition, the Downtown Market will host a beer garden in their parking lot... plus a chance to win gift certificates to the food trucks. Picnic space will also be available at Heartside Park.
Summer Adventure Series Kayak Trip
Wisners Canoe Rentals, 25 West Water St., Newaygo, MI 49337
Saturday, May 19th, 2018 - 1:00 pm-7:00 pm
Everyone will meet at Wisners Canoe Rentals and then we will all take a bus to Thornapple boat launch. The kayak trip will begin at Thornapple boat launch and will end at Wisner's Canoe. After the kayak trip, there will be a party at Jimmy's Roadhouse with barbecue and drinks! You can purchase passes with a discount through Wisner Canoe Rental to join along for the fun. Call Wisner Canoe Rentals at (231) 652-6743 for reservations.
Steve Martin & Martin Short
DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Sunday, May 20th, 2018 - 7:30 pm
Cost: Tickets start at $100.00
Two entertainment legends, Steve Martin and Martin Short, bring you An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life. You can join these friends of over thirty years as they give you a glimpse into their history when they take the stage for one night. Featuring musical guests The Steep Canyon Rangers and Jeff Babko.