Our top Weekend Picks

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Blandford Nature Center Harvest Festival horse-drawn wagon ride

This weekend features a fall festival — and much more.

Harvest Festival
(Saturday)

This celebration of autumn includes a variety of family-friendly activities: scarecrow making, candle dipping, horse-drawn wagon rides, face painting, games, crafts and more. Doughnuts, tamales, apple cider and hard cider will also be on hand.

The festival is on Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Blandford Nature Center. Photo via fb.com.

“Poltergeist”
(Saturday)

“Strange and creepy happenings beset an average California family” in this two-hour horror classic. It is rated PG.

The screening is on Oct. 12 at 8 p.m. at UICA.

The Champagne Room: All Black Attire Affair
(Saturday)

This is the launch party for Motu Viget Brut, which is produced in Michigan. “Tastemakers and DJs will curate a soundtrack,” paying homage to hip-hop and R&B from various decades.

The party is on Oct. 12 at 20 Monroe Live. Doors open at 9 p.m.

The Cheese Lady Grand Rapids Anniversary Celebration
(Saturday)

The shop is celebrating seven years with live music, cheese tasting, grilled-cheese sandwiches, live music and a beer and wine tent.

The party is on Oct. 12 from 1-4 p.m. at The Cheese Lady.

Dogtoberfest
(Sunday)

The afternoon for dog lovers will feature music, house-made brats, candy, games, a photo booth and local dog vendors.

The fest is on Oct. 13 from noon to 2 p.m. at Kingma’s Market.

Bonus picks

“Broadway’s ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ is stopping in Grand Rapids”

“The Thriller! Chiller! is a ‘5-day adventure’”

“Theater producing Michigan premiere of ‘Gloria’”

“Blackbird East hosting trunk show”

“Opera Grand Rapids is hosting Latinx acts”

“Casper”

Wizards & Wands Bar Crawl

Wine-A-Palooza

The Great Pumpkin Run

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