GR|Mag’s Top Weekend Picks

With the Labor Day holiday on Monday, GR|Mag has added an extra day of fun to our Weekend Picks. From a dance party to a community walk to a chance to make your own artwork, we’ve got you covered. We’ve even added a fun activity for those of you spending the weekend on the lakeshore.

Between what we hope is a lot of lounging around, take advantage of some of the fun activities occurring in and around Grand Rapids this holiday weekend.

Grand Rapids Labor Day Bridge Walk
(Monday)

After a one-year hiatus, the Labor Day walk is returning to Grand Rapids. The Community Bridge Walk kicks off at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 4 at Ah-Nab-Awen Park.

The event spans five miles, crossing the iconic Sixth Street, Blue and Gillett bridges. Walkers will also cross bridges on Pearl, Bridge and Wealthy streets. Walkers looking to travel less than five miles can select a half or two-mile walk option. The event is free with no registration required.

Grand Rapids Pride Center Presents PRISM
(Thursday)

20 Monroe Live will be transformed into an LGBTQ dance club on Thursday night for Grand Rapids Pride Center’s PRISM event. Celebrating “irrepressible love” the event seeks to “open up more safe and joyful space in Grand Rapids for all LGBTQ+ people to be fearlessly, fiercely themselves.”

DJ Monica Parker will be spinning throughout the night. There will also be pop-up performances from special guest drag queens from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. and go-go dancers from Daredevil Circus will be in attendance. Grand Rapids RED Project will provide free, confidential HIV testing on-site.

For every ticket sold, $1 will be donated to the Grand Rapids Pride Center. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $13 and available through Ticketmaster.

Make some art at GRAM
(Saturday)

The Grand Rapids Art Museum is offering drop-in studio hours this weekend in support of Gisela Colon’s mysterious Ovoid Glo-Pod (Iridescent Lilac), which is part of the GRAM’s permanent collection.

Stop in on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and enjoy hands-on art making. You can create your own translucent sculptures that seem to “glimmer, shimmer and shine.” Glow Your Own Way is free for GRAM members and included with admission.

UB40 at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
(Friday)

Original UB40 members Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue will close out the Fifth Third Bank Summer Concert Series at Frederik Meijer Gardens.

The original UB40 line-up, which included Campbell, Astro and Virtue, enjoyed huge success over a period of 30 years from 1979 until 2008, performing reggae and pop songs that included number one albums and multiple top 10 gold and platinum selling albums along with several Grammy nominations and four number ones worldwide. The three founding members eventually left the band and in 2013 joined forces with a world tour. Today they continue to tour as UB40.

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“It Shoulda Been You” at Mason Street Warehouse
(runs through Sunday)

If you are spending Labor Day weekend in Saugatuck, be sure to catch a performance of “It Shoulda Been You” at Mason Street Warehouse.

This show invites you to a wedding day you’ll never forget, where anything that can go wrong does, and love pops up in mysterious places. The bride is Jewish. The groom is Catholic. Her mother is a force of nature; his mother is a tempest in a cocktail shaker. And when the bride’s ex-boyfriend shows up, the perfect wedding starts to unravel.

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