If you want to go back and relive the '80s, you will have several options this upcoming weekend...

The 1980s

Several of the big news stories from the 1980s were the election of Ronald Reagan as our President, The big wedding of Lady Diana Spencer and Charles the Prince of Wales, Time Magazine named "The Computer" as the Man of the Year, Microsoft released their "Word" processing system, Coca-Cola introduced us to "New Coke", "The Simpsons" made their TV debut, and the Berlin Wall was torn down.

The 1980s was also an interesting and exciting time for music. In that ten-year stretch, we had disco, dance, new wave, soft rock, glam metal, adult contemporary, metal, rap, and lots of hair bands. The big artists included Madonna, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Billy Joel, Wham, Prince, and The Police -- to name just a few.

Take a Trip Back to the '80s This Weekend

For some unknown reason, it seems like the chance to travel back to enjoy music from the 80s is happening this weekend -- at several different locations and events...

98.7 FGR's Awesome '80s Weekend

FGR Awesome 80s Weekend
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Each and every week, starting at 2 p.m. on Friday afternoons, 98.7 FGR goes back to the '80s for the entire weekend. Hear all of your favorite songs from that decade all weekend long, the '80s music continues through Sunday night, wrapping up with a classic "American Top 40" from the 80s with Casey Kasem.

Totally '80s Dance Party at Gun Lake Casino

The 1985
Photo: The 1985 via Facebook

Here is your chance to party like it's 1985 with the band "The 1985" at Gun Lake Casino in Wayland. Starting at 10 pm on Saturday, the band will hit the stage playing the iconic jams of the 80s. The band features the music of Journey, Poison, Prince, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Blondie, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. Admission is FREE! More information can be found on the Totally 80's Dance Party @ Gun Lake Casino with The 1985! Facebook Events page.

'80s Party at the Vestal Inn

The Vestal Inn
Photo: The Vestal Inn via Facebook

As we get older, staying up late isn't as easy to do. The days of those all-night parties are just about over. If you want to start your trip to the 80s a little earlier on Saturday evening, The Vestal Inn on West River Drive in Belmont will have an 80s Party that starts at 8 pm. DJ ZacLA will be playing all the hits from the 80s. Dress in your best 80s attire and dance the night away. Read more on the 80's Party @ The Vestal Inn Facebook Events page.

World of Winter Silent Disco

Silent DIsco
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Even a little earlier on Saturday evening, you can head to downtown Grand Rapids and check out the World of Winter Festival. The big dance party will be at 555 Monroe, right by the Affinity art installation. Guests wear wireless headphones and can tune in any of the different DJ channels. You have full control of the music to jam out to. There will be performances by six different DJs along with live fire and LED performers. Food trucks will also be available along with heat sources to stay warm. This is also a FREE event. Additional information can be found on the World of Winter | Silent Disco Facebook Events page.

MANIA: The ABBA Tribute

After a night of partying to music of the 80s on Saturday, you can continue that fun with the music of ABBA. MANIA: The ABBA Tribute will be at DeVos Performance Hall on Sunday, February 5th at 8 pm. This group formed in 1999 and the show has sold out theaters and concert halls around the world ever since. Enjoy two hours of uplifting, dance-inducing, and sometimes heart-breaking songs from the group ABBA. Additional details can be found on the MANIA: The ABBA Tribute Facebook Events page.


This weekend it is your chance to take a trip back to the '80s all weekend long -- without having to pack a suitcase! Brightly colored clothing and big hair are encouraged!


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