GR|Mag’s Top Weekend Picks


From competitive yoga to daredevil stunts to cheap eats, there is plenty to do this weekend in Grand Rapids. Check out GR|Mag’s top weekend picks.

The Olympics comes to Grand Rapids, sort of

The State Games of America is being held Thursday through Sunday in Grand Rapids. This Olympic-style competition of amateur athletes includes competitions in 48 different sports, held in multiple venues across West Michigan.

In addition to taking in the competitions throughout the weekend, spectators can also visit the Athlete Village at Rosa Parks Circle on Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and attend the event’s opening ceremonies Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at Van Andel Arena, which begins with the parade of athletes and ends with the lighting of the Caldron, just like in the Olympics.

Visit the State Games of America for all the relevant information.

Meijer Summer Games BMX. Photo by Paul Brower

Daredevil stunts take over Fifth Third Ball Park

Nitro Circus Live comes to Fifth Third Ball Park on Sunday. Watch as more than 30 international acts perform stunts and tricks including freestyle motocross, BMX, scooter and inline.

The event begins at 7 p.m. at Fifth Third Ballpark. The cost is $79

Score a deal on burgers and beer

Long Road Distillers is hosting Burgers and Boilermakers on Thursday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. For $15 you can get a classic burger, endless fries, a shot of whisky and a 9oz pour of their new Long Road Lager. That seems like a pretty good deal.

Join The Full Rocky for Their Killer Beach Party

The Full Rocky is back! It has been a hot one out there this summer, and we arent just talking about our cast! No better time then the August show to have a Killer Beach Party! We will be in our beach wear and so should you! You may even get lei’d! You know we have the beach balls to pull this off!

$5 tickets! $5 prop bags! Note preshow starting at 10:45 (and you don’t want to miss this one) Remember to share this event to earn a free prop bag.

Rocky Horror Killer Beach Party takes place on Saturday at Celebration! Cinema North & IMAX from 10:45 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets are available at Celebration! Cinema.

Gallery Hop

It’s time for Avenue for the Arts First Fridays. Held the first Friday of every month, participating businesses located on South Division between Fulton and Cherry Streets stay open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. welcoming visitors.

Visit Avenue for the Arts for a list of shops and activities.

Get Your Geek On

Test your trivia savvy with Geeks Who Drink Grand Rapids at Atwater GR. Unlike school (where you’re rewarded solely by your personal sense of fulfillment and a letter grade), your knowledge is rewarded with brewery gift cards, mystery prizes and recognition/fear by your trivia competitors.

Gather a team of up to six players and join us for eight rounds with eight questions each varying in themes, presented by Quizmaster Avi M Forstein. Can’t find teammates? You’re welcome to take on the trivia solo and reap the benefits of going it alone. You can also visit us this week, sit at the bar, and make friends here. (Trust us, we’ve seen it happen!)

Geeks Who Drink at Atwater GR occurs every Sunday night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Take a Hops tour

The end of August and early September marks the peak of hop season. Farms across the state are harvesting their hop crops for breweries all over Michigan and the other parts of the world.

The tour, which originates at the JW Marriott Grand Rapids, will visit with Pam Miller at Hopyards of Kent County for a farm tour and samples, as well as two of the farm’s closest brewery partners — Rockford Brewing Co. and Gravel Bottom Craft Brewery & Supply. A pint or samples at the two brewery stop are also part of the tour.

Visit Hop Harvest Beer Tour for full details.

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