The weather for the weekend looks great. It should be a beautiful fall weekend for both outdoor and indoor events. We have over ten different things for you do to...we have art, music and lights, old movies, beer, chili, red flannel, Muppets, and more!


Photo: ArtPrize via Facebook

Thursday, September 15-Sunday, October 2, 2022 - Downtown Grand Rapids, MI For 18 days, art is exhibited throughout the city in public parks and museums, in galleries and vacant storefronts, in bars and on bridges. ArtPrize awards $450,000 directly to artists, through grants to support their ambitious work and through prizes which you can help decide through the ArtPrize website. More details are on the ArtPrize Facebook page.

IllumiZoo - Living Lights

Photo: John Ball Zoo via Facebook

Friday, September 30-Sunday, November 13, 2022 - John Ball Zoo, Grand Rapids, MI
The popular, family-friendly, and interactive nighttime event, IllumiZoo is back for another year of illuminated adventures through the zoo. Get outdoors, celebrate Michigan’s beautiful fall weather, and explore and learn more about the animals and organisms that lights up the night. Vibrant lights and sounds will transform the Zoo, enriching the appreciation of wildlife and wild places found all around us. Get more information on the John Ball Zoo Festival Facebook page.

Wizard of Oz Festival

Michigan Wizard of Oz Festival
Photo: Michigan Wizard of Oz Festival via Facebook

Friday, September 30-Saturday, October 1, 2022 - Brick Street Studio, Ionia, MI
The film that started it all, will be shown at the historic Ionia Theatre and priced the same as it was years ago, at only 25 cents per ticket! A variety of Oz related contests, Author's Alley, and much more, are planned. Vendors will be on hand with a great assortment of arts and crafts, shabby chic treasures, antiques, and various other gifts. Get additional information on the Michigan Wizard of Oz Festival Facebook page.

Red Flannel Festival

Red Flannel Festival
Photo: Red Flannel Festival, Inc. via Facebook

Friday, September 30-Saturday, October 1, 2022 - Cedar Springs, MI
It all started back in 1936 with an article stated there were no red flannels in the U.S. to keep people warm in the winter. The local paper, The Cedar Springs Clipper, replied that “just because Sak’s Fifth Avenue does not carry red flannels, it doesn’t follow that no on in the country does. Cedar Springs’ merchants have red flannels!” A Red Flannel Day was planned for the fall of 1969 and the festival has become a yearly tradition for 83 years! Events include carnival rides, a flapjack breakfast, a marching band competition, a parade, a pie eating contest, a car show, and so much more. Get additional information on the Red Flannel Festival, Inc. Facebook page.

The Judds

Friday, September 30, 2022 - 7:30 pm - Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI
Country Music Hall of Famer Wynonna Judd has announced that the highly anticipated, previously announced “The Judds: The Final Tour” will move forward after the tragic passing of her mother and musical partner Naomi Judd.

The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited

The Jim Henson Exhibition
Photo: Grand Rapids Art Museum via Facebook

Saturday, October 1, 2022-Saturday, January 14, 2023 - Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI
This exhibition reveals how Jim Henson and his team of designers, writers, technicians, and performers brought to life the enduringly popular worlds of The Muppet Show, the Muppet movies, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, and much more. See over 170 historical objects related to Henson’s career. You will see iconic puppets, historic costumes, character sketches, storyboards, photographs, annotated scripts, film and television clips, and behind-the-scenes footage. Get additional information on the Grand Rapids Art Museum Facebook page.

Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival
Photo: Blandford Nature Center (Jennie King Photography) via Facebook

Saturday, October 1, 2022 - Blandford Nature Center, Grand Rapids, MI
Enjoy a day of crafts, games, candle dipping, face painting, horse petting, and more. You can even make your own scarecrow to take home with you! This fun-filled day will also include wildlife presentations, blacksmith demonstrations, and concessions, including food for sale from El Caribe Food Truck. More information can be found on the Blandford Nature Center Facebook Events page.

Ballpark Series Chili Cook-off

Ballpark Series Chili Cook-Off
Photo: Fans of Valley Field via Facebook

Saturday, October 1, 2022 - Sullivan Field, Grand Rapids, MI
The Grand Rapids' Chili Cook-Off is back and with live music from Mark Lavengood, Pretzel Logic, Lighten Up Francis and Blue Velvet. Gates open at 11 am and chili cooking begins! The judging and chili tasting runs from 3-5 pm with the winners announced at 5:30 pm. There will also be other food options for purchase. You will be able to get hotdogs, kielbasa dogs and vegan brats from Lewandoski's and also Semifreddo ice cream! The concession stand is also stocked with plenty of snacks! A full bar will be available! For additional details, check out the Ballpark Series Chili Cook-Off Facebook Events page.

Brews at the Calder 2022

Brews at the Calder
Photo: Beer City Brewers Guild via Facebook

Saturday, October 1, 2022 - Calder Plaza, Grand Rapids, MI
Celebrate 10 years of Beer City USA! This year’s lineup showcases 30 Beer City Brewers Guild member breweries along with their Pro-AM beers. Now in its fifth year, the guild’s Pro-Am competition has grown into an annual staple that pairs decorated home brewers with commercial brewers to brew a unique batch of beer. There will also be food trucks. For more information, check out the Brews at the Calder 2022- Beer City Brewers Guild Facebook Events page.

International Festival of Holland

International Festival of Holland
Photo: International Festival of Holland via Facebook

Saturday, October 1, 2022 - Downtown Holland, MI
The International Festival of Holland celebrates the variety of cultures living, working, and playing in West Michigan. It creates awareness of our neighbors locally and across the world in a fun, family-oriented way. The best way to do this is through everyone’s favorite things: food, music, art, and shopping! Details can be found on the International Festival of Holland Facebook page.

Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band

Saturday, October 1, 2022 - 9 pm - Four Winds Casino, New Buffalo, MI
Throughout his career, Ringo Starr has received nine GRAMMY® Awards and has twice been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame -- first as a Beatle and then as solo artist. Ringo was knighted and in 2019 he celebrated 30 years of touring with his All Starr Bands.

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