GR|MAG’s Top Weekend Picks

It’s the last weekend of 2018 and GR|MAG has some suggestions on how to spend it. If you’re looking to hang with the whole family you’re in luck. Sesame Street Live is coming to town, or you can enjoy Snowflake Break at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. For some adults-only entertainment, two Michigan Street bars have paired up for a pub crawl, or head north to Rockford Brewing for live music.

Hoppy Holidays Pub Crawl
(Thursday)

7 Monks Taproom, Logan’s Alley and Shorts Brewing are wishing you a “hoppy holiday.” The bars have partnered with Shorts Brewing for a pub crawl that will let participants enjoy three hoppy beers at each location from Short’s Brewing Company’s 2018 Holiday Variety Pack: Goodnight Bodacious, Dan’s Pink Skirt, Step into the Haze, Batch 5000, Aww Jeah and Yoda’s Blend.

The pub crawl starts at 5 p.m. at 7 Monks Taproom.

Snowflake Break @ Grand Rapids Public Museum
(All Weekend)

"Expedition Dinosaur" at Grand Rapids Public Museum.
“Expedition: Dinosaur” at Grand Rapids Public Museum.

Are winter break woes getting you down? Head to the Grand Rapids Public Museum for Snowflake Break. The museum is offering a variety of family-friendly programs and activities themed around history, science and culture – and don’t forget to check out its special exhibits “Expedition: Dinosaur” and “TOYS!” Visitors can make their own themed snowflakes and punched tin take-home crafts, play a variety of games and more.

Snowflake Break is occurring every day through Jan. 6. Check the GRPM website for times and admission costs.

Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic @ DeVos Performance Hall
(Saturday & Sunday)

You and your family have four chances to see Sesame Street Live this weekend.

When magician extraordinaire Justin visits Sesame Street to put on a magic show for the whole neighborhood, Elmo wants to be part of the big event. But there’s one problem…Elmo doesn’t know how to do magic!

That’s when Elmo teams up with Abby and Justin, embarking on an amazing journey where Elmo will discover the “power of yet” —the lesson that with perseverance and practice, nothing can stand between you and your dream. Along the way, Elmo and Abby, joined by their friends Cookie Monster, Big Bird, Grover, Rosita, Count von Count, and Gonger, discover the many magical moments in everyday life.

Performances take place at DeVos Performance Hall on Saturday, Dec. 29 at 10:30 a.m. & at 2:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 30 at 10:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. Purchase tickets here.

Blue Soul Express Pre-New Years Party @ Rockford Brewing
(Saturday)

Celebrate the New Year a little early with Rockford Brewing Company’s Blue Soul Express Pre-New Year’s Party.

Blue Soul Express is a local five-piece band that blends Blues, Jazz, R&B, Soul and Funk. The band starts at 8:30 p.m.

*Main photo courtesy of 7 Monks Taproom. All other photos courtesy of individual organizations.

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