5 Activities You Don’t Want to Miss in January

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The Green Bird

Kick off the New Year by adding these five fun activities to your calendar.

Downtown Market Cooking Classes
Throughout January

The Downtown Market is hosting a series of cooking classes throughout January. Grab a group of friends or plan a fun date night with your sweetie and choose from classes like: Wrap & Roll: A Taste of Vietnam (Jan. 5), Get to Know Gnocchi (Jan. 8), Tapas de Barcelona (Jan. 12), Asian Inspired Apps (Jan. 18) and more.

Find out more here.

Head Back to the Classroom with “School of Rock”
Jan. 8 – 13

Broadway Grand Rapids brings “School of Rock” to DeVos Performance Hall Jan. 8 – 13. Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. The production features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

All performances take place at DeVos Performance Hall. Find out more here.

The 20th Annual Show of Shows at UICA
Jan. 11 – Feb. 7

The Animation Show of Shows at the UICA will present 15 thought-provoking, poignant and very funny animated shorts from around the world.

“In a year when the best and worst of human nature has been on constant display, the works in this year’s show remind us of both the universality of shared ideals, as well as the diverse challenges we face.”

Find out more here.

Concerts Under the Stars at Grand Rapids Public Museum
Jan. 17

Concerts Under the Stars returns to the Grand Rapids Public Museum’s Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium this month. This unique concert series pairs local musicians with local visual artists for a multi-sensory experience.

Fiona Dickinson kicks off the series with dark folk music. She will be accompanied by live visuals on the planetarium dome created by Meghan Moe Beitiks. Find out more here.

Michigan Adventure Race Winter Edition
Jan. 19

Michigan Adventure Race brings you its Winter Edition on Jan. 19. One of the largest winter adventure races in the United States, Winter Edition will have you running on and off the trail, taking on Amazing Race-style challenges, orienteering and snowshoeing your way to the finish line.

The race takes approximately three hours to complete. It is being held at Camp Roger in Rockford. Find out more here.

*Main photo courtesy of the UICA. 

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