Out & About: September 2019

September events – A few great things to do this month!
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Eastown Streetfair vendor booth
Courtesy Alex Comben

SPECIAL EVENTS
SEPT. 7
Eastown Street Fair: Family-friendly party with live music and entertainment, arts and crafts, kids activities, food. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Wealthy Street between Giddings Avenue and Lake Drive. Free. eastown.org.

STAGE & FILM
SEPT. 27 – OCT. 6
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”: GVSU Shakespeare Festival play. 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 2 p.m. Oct. 5-6. Louis Armstrong Theatre, PAC, GVSU, 1 Campus Drive, Allendale. $16 adults, $14 seniors, $7 students. gvsu.edu/shakes.

MUSIC
SEPT. 27 – 29
“Queens of Soul”:
GR Symphony performs music by Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Nina Simone, Gladys Knight, Pattie Labelle, Whitney Houston and Adele. DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave. NW. $18-$90. grsymphony.org.


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Sept. 6-14 – Allegan County Fair: Rodeo, parade, demo derby, super-cross racing, tractor pulls, petting zoo, food. Headliners: Dan + Shay, Live, Bush, Little Big Town. 150 Allegan County Fair Drive. allegancountyfair.com.

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Sept. 14 – Mayors’ Grand River Cleanup: WMEAC hosts 16th annual cleanup by volunteers. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sixth Street Bridge Park, 647 Monroe Ave. NW. Afterparty in park includes music, lunch and beer garden. wmeac.org/mayorscleanup.

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Sept. 7 – Pedal the Provinces: Fall bike tour around historic sites in Holland and Zeeland; 14-, 25-, 44- and 62-mile routes. 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Begins and ends at Windmill Island Gardens, 1 Lincoln Ave. Holland. $15-$35. tuliptime.com/events/bike.

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Sept. 6-8 – Wheatland Music Festival: 45th annual music and art festival with workshops, demonstrations, dances and impromptu jam sessions. Wheatland Festival Grounds, Remus. Weekend pass: $100-$110 adults, $80-$90 seniors, $10 children. wheatlandmusic.org.

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Sept. 21 – Step Up for Down Syndrome: Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan hosts annual walk and celebration. 8:30 a.m.-noon. Fifth Third Ballpark, 4500 West River Drive NE, Comstock Park. dsawm.ezeventsolutions.com/stepup.

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Sept. 25 – Our Westside Story: Dwelling Place fundraiser includes music, food, dancing. 5:30-9 p.m. Bissell Tree House at John Ball Zoo, 1300 W. Fulton St. $100. dwellingplacegr.org/events.

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Sept. 26 – Aquinas College Contemporary Writers Series: Thisbe Nissen, author of “The Good People of New York,” “Osprey Island” and “Our Lady of the Prairie.” 7:30 p.m. Wege Ballroom, Aquinas College. aquinas.edu/contemporary-writers-series.

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Special Events

Through Sept. 1 – GrandCon: Family-friendly board gaming convention with vendors, cosplay, seminars and celebrities. 10 a.m.-1 a.m. Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave. NW. $50 weekend, $35 Fri. or Sat., $20 Sun. grand-con.com.

Through Sept. 1 – Newaygo Logging Festival: Mid-Michigan Professional Lumberjack Competition, amateur log rolling contest, chainsaw carving demonstrations, music, entertainment, sidewalk sales, arts and crafts, food, parade, kids games. rivercountrychamber.com.

Through Sept. 19 – Relax at Rosa: Outdoor lunchbreaks with live bands and food trucks. Noon-1:30 p.m. every Thu. Rosa Parks Circle, 135 Monroe Center NW. downtowngr.org.

Through Sept. 29 – Fulton Street Artisans Market: Weekly market with local handmade art; also Kids Craft Day. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. every Sun. 1145 E. Fulton St. grartmarket.com.

Through Oct. 4 – Food Truck Fridays at Riverside Park: Grand Rapids Food Truck Association hosts food trucks every Fri. 5-9 p.m. 2001 Monroe Ave. NE. facebook.com/grfoodtrucks.

Sept. 1-2 – Cars for Cancer: 15th annual car show and cruise benefits Mercy Health Johnson Family Cancer Center. Kickoff party 5 p.m. Sun. with entertainment and car cruise. Pancake breakfast 7 a.m. Mon.; also auction, poker walk, voting and awards. Mercy Health Lakes Village, 6291 S. Harvey St., Muskegon.  bit.ly/CarsForCancer2019.

Sept. 2 – Grand Haven Community Bridge Walk: 3.5-mile Labor Day walk begins 9 a.m. at north side of Third Street Bridge and ends at Chinook Pier. visitgrandhaven.com.

Sept. 2 – Holland Labor Day BoardWALK: Four-mile walk begins 8 a.m. at Kollen Park/Heinz Waterfront Walkway, continuing along boardwalk to Windmill Island Gardens. downtownholland.com/events/2019/labor-day-boardwalk.

Sept. 2 – Holland/Zeeland Labor Day Truck Parade: Big rigs carrying locally made products drive from Zeeland to Holland. Parade starts at 9:15 a.m. Ice cream social at Holland Civic Center, 150 W. Eighth St., after parade. truckparade.org.

Sept. 2 – Muskegon Labor Day Parade: Begins 11 a.m. at Fourth Street and Clay Avenue intersection, down Clay Avenue past Hackley Park to Jefferson Street to Western Avenue, ending at 490 W. Western Ave. visitmuskegon.org.

Sept. 2 – White Lake Labor Day Community Walk: 13th annual walk on Hart/Montague bike trail begins 10 a.m. at east end of Spring Street. visitmuskegon.org.

Sept. 6 – First Friday Gallery Hop: Participating galleries, shops and eateries stay open 6-9 p.m., presented by Avenue for the Arts. South Division Avenue between Fulton and Cherry streets. avenueforthearts.com.

Sept. 6-7 – Fall Bridal Show of West Michigan: Area wedding exhibitors, fashion shows. 5-9 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave. NW. kohlerexpo.com.

Sept. 6-14 – Allegan County Fair: Rodeo, parade, demo derby, super-cross racing, tractor pulls, petting zoo, food. Headliners: Dan + Shay, Live, Bush, Little Big Town. 150 Allegan County Fair Drive. $7, $4 students, $5 parking. allegancountyfair.com.

Sept. 7 – Art in the Park: Annual juried art sale with more than 50 artists along the Rogue River in downtown Rockford. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Garden Club Park, 7 E. Bridge St. rogueriverartists.org.

Sept. 7 – Art on Center: Participating galleries host artist receptions and live music. 6-8 p.m. Downtown Douglas. saugatuck.com/event/art-on-center-10.

Sept. 7 – Eastown Street Fair: Family-friendly party with live music and entertainment, arts and crafts, kids activities, food. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Wealthy Street between Giddings Avenue and Lake Drive. Free. eastown.org.

Sept. 7-8 – Grand Valley American Indian Lodge Pow Wow: 58th annual event features American Indian dancing, drumming, crafts and food. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Riverside Park, 2001 Monroe Ave. NW. Free.

Sept. 7-Oct. 27 – Project 1: Crossed Lines: Five artists commissioned by ArtPrize create multifaceted installations, urban interventions and community-oriented projects, exploring the lines that unite and divide a city and what it means to belong. project.artprize.org.

Sept. 8 – Antiques on Ionia: More than 80 outdoor vendors sell furniture, clothing, collectibles, décor and kitchen items. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Downtown Market, 435 Ionia Ave. SW. downtownmarketgr.com.

Sept. 8 – Circle Theatre Season Kickoff: Lunch, season announcement, sneak peek performances, prizes. 1-4 p.m. Aquinas College, 1703 Robinson Road SE. $15. circletheatre.org.

Sept. 11-14 – Just Between Friends Consignment Sale: Clothing, baby items, toys, games, electronics, sporting goods. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Wed.-Fri., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat. DeltaPlex, 2500 Turner Ave. NW. $3 Wed., other days free. jbfsale.com.

Sept. 12-15 – Michigan Irish Music Festival: Irish and Celtic music (26 bands on seven stages), dance competition, food, market and store, kids activities, cultural center. Heritage Landing, 1050 Seventh St., Muskegon. $5 Thu., $20 Fri., $25 Sat., $15 Sun., $50 four-day pass, 12 and under free. michiganirish.org.

Sept. 13 – Live Artfully Dinner: Grand Rapids Art Museum honors Scott and Linda LaFontsee. 6 p.m. 101 Monroe Center NW. artmuseumgr.org.

Sept. 13 – Live Mannequin Night: Merchants in downtown Holland compete for awards by displaying themed live mannequins; this year’s theme is heroes. 7-8:30 p.m. downtown
holland.com.

Sept. 13-14 – Grand Haven Salmon Fest: Waterfront festival features salmon fishing contest, with entertainment, art fair, kids activities, cook-off. Municipal Marina and downtown Grand Haven. ghsalmonfest.com.

Sept. 13-15 – Fiesta Mexicana: Mexican Heritage Association hosts celebration of Mexican culture, art, food and music. Calder Plaza, 300 Monroe Ave. NW. facebook.com/mexicanheritageassociation.

Sept. 14 – Brewery Vivant Wood Aged Beer Festival: Ninth annual celebration with a variety of barrel-aged beers. Noon-3 p.m. or 5-8 p.m. 925 Cherry St. $40. breweryvivant.com.

Sept. 14 – Eastern & Alger Pop-up Market: Alger Heights hosts monthly market with local artisans and vintage dealers. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Eastern Ave. and Alger St. SE. facebook.com/easternalgerpopupmarket.

Sept. 14 – End of Summer Food Truck Rally: Kentwood hosts food trucks, live music, beer tent and cornhole tournament. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Outside Kentwood Library, 4950 Breton Road SE. kentwood.us/parks.

Sept. 14 – Kelly Miller Circus: Tri-Cities Kiwanis presents an animal-free circus with clowns, stunts, acrobats, food and entertainment. 5:30 and 8 p.m. Harbor Island, Grand Haven. tricitieskiwanis.org.

Sept. 14 – Mayors’ Grand River Cleanup: WMEAC hosts 16th annual cleanup by volunteers. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sixth Street Bridge Park, 647 Monroe Ave. NW. Afterparty in park includes music, lunch and beer garden. wmeac.org/mayorscleanup.

Sept. 14 – WestSide StreetFair: Live music, beer garden, family-friendly activities. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Broadway Avenue between Bridge Street and First Street. thewestsideproject.com.

Sept. 14 – Zeeland Fall Peddlers’ Market: Vintage furniture, flowers, gifts, apparel, accessories, homemade treats, live music. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Church Street between Main Street and Central Avenue, downtown Zeeland. feelthezeel.com.

Sept. 14-15 – Fallasburg Arts Festival: Fifty-first annual festival with more than 100 fine arts and crafts booths, craft demos, live music, food and kids crafts. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fallasburg Park, 1124 Fallasburg Park Drive NE, Lowell. Free. lowellartsmi.org/fallasburg-arts-festival.

Sept. 17-Oct. 7 – Grand Haven ArtWalk: Local art competition displays art in businesses and community buildings for public judging. ghartwalk.com.

Sept. 19-21 – Tulipanes Latino Art and Film Festival: Holland celebrates Latino art and culture through film, visual art, music, dance and poetry. laup.org/tulipanes-2019.

Sept. 20-22 – King of the Great Lakes Kitesurf Test Fest: 19th annual festival of riders with clinics, demos, competitions and parties. Grand Haven City Beach. mackiteboarding.com.

Sept. 21 – African American Arts & Music Festival: Celebration includes art, music, dance, entertainment and food. 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Martin Luther King Park, 900 Fuller Ave. SE. Free. facebook.com/GRAAAMF.

Sept. 21 – Allendale Fall Festival: Car show, craft fair, 5K run, chili cook-off, scarecrow building. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Allendale Community Park, 6610 Lake Michigan Drive. facebook.com/allendalefallfestival.

Sept. 21 – Byron Center Community Expo: Vendors, information, food. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Byron Township Community Center, 2120 76th St. SW. byroncenterchamber.org.

Sept. 21 – Family FunFest: Grant Me Hope fundraiser includes truck/car/motorcycle shows and admission to Nelis’ Dutch Village. 2-7 p.m. Holland Town Center, 12330 James St., and Nelis’ Dutch Village, 12350 James St. Freewill donation. grantmehope.org/funfest.

Sept. 21 – Macatawa River Clean-Up: Macatawa Watershed Project hosts volunteer river cleanup. 1-4 p.m. Window on the Waterfront, 20 S. River, Holland. outdoordiscovery.org/calendar.

Sept. 21 – Over the Edge: Easter Seals Michigan hosts fundraiser where participants rappel down Bridgewater Place, 333 Bridge St. NW. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $1,500; free to watch. overtheedgewestmi.com.

Sept. 21 – Pagan Pride Day: 19th annual celebration of religious diversity. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Richmond Hills Park, 1101 Richmond St. NW. Free. facebook.com/grandrapids.paganpride.

Sept. 21 – SeptemberFest Arts & Crafts Show: Hudsonville Christian School hosts 170 vendors with handcrafted items, plus food. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Hudsonville Fairgrounds, 5235 Park Ave. hudsonvillechristian.org/support/septemberfest.

Sept. 21-22 – Civil War Muster: Annual re-enactment with music, impressions of historical figures, medical scenarios, period-style vendors and battle scenes. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. Van Raalte Farm, 1076 E. 16th St., Holland. Free. vanraaltefarmcivilwarmuster.com.

Sept. 22 – Freedom Cruise: 25-mile car and bike cruise honors fallen soldiers. Noon check-in, 2-3 p.m. ceremony, 3 p.m. ride. Fifth Third Ballpark, 4500 West River Drive NE, Comstock Park. freedomcruisegr.com.

Sept. 25 – Our Westside Story: Dwelling Place fundraiser includes music, food, dancing. 5:30-9 p.m. Bissell Tree House at John Ball Zoo, 1300 W. Fulton St. $100. dwellingplacegr.org/events.

Sept. 26 – LIFEfest: Franciscan Life Process Center fundraiser for its counseling services. 6-8 p.m. Revel Center, 1535 Monroe Ave. NW. lifeprocesscenter.org.

Sept. 26 – Rock, Roar and Pour: John Ball Zoo hosts live music with Great Scott, craft beer and animal encounters. 21+ only. 6-9 p.m. 1300 W. Fulton St. $20. jbzoo.org.

Sept. 27-28 – Farmgirl Flea Pickers and Makers: Vendors with vintage goods and farmhouse-style décor. 4-8 p.m. Fri., 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. Hudsonville Fairgrounds, 5235 Park Ave. $15 Fri. and Sat., $5 Sat. only, kids 12 and under free. farmgirlflea.com.

Sept. 27-28 – West Michigan Oktoberfest: Edelweiss Club of Grand Rapids presents live music, German food, wine and beer, kids activities. 5-11 p.m. Fri., noon-11 p.m. Sat. John Ball Park, 1300 W. Fulton St. Free. oktoberfestgr.com.

Sept. 27-29 – Rockford Harvest Festival: Entertainment, tractor parade, scarecrow building, chili cook-off, kids activities and car show. Downtown Rockford. 5-11 p.m. Fri., 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun. rockfordmichamber.com.

Sept. 28 – UICA Oddball: Metal: UICA fundraiser includes a first look at Autumn Exhibition Series, meet the artists, hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, dinner. 6-10 p.m. 2 W. Fulton St. $197.28, $178.28 members. uica.org.

Sept. 29 – Allegan Antiques Market: Monthly market features 400 exhibitors inside and outside, rain or shine. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Allegan County Fairgrounds, 150 Allegan County Fair Drive. $4. alleganantiques.com.


Sports

Sept. 7 – Last Chance BQ.2: Marathon race designed as Boston Qualifier. 7 a.m. Millennium Park, 1415 Maynard Ave. SW. $125. runsignup.com/race/mi/grandrapids/lastchancebqgr.

Sept. 7 – Pedal the Provinces: Fall bike tour around historic sites in Holland and Zeeland; 14-, 25-, 44- and 62-mile routes. 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Begins and ends at Windmill Island Gardens, 1 Lincoln Ave. Holland. $15-$35. tuliptime.com/events/bike.

Sept. 7 – Rhoades McKee Reeds Lake Triathlon/Duathlon: Sprint distance triathlon, duathlon, aquabike and relay. 8 a.m. John Collins Park, 650 Lakeside Drive SE, East Grand Rapids. $60-$125. eastgr.org.

Sept. 8 – Holland Haven Marathon: Full and half-marathon, plus 8K races. Marathon begins at Rosy Mound Elementary School, 14016 Lakeshore Drive, Grand Haven at 7:30 a.m. ($115). Half-marathon begins at Camp Geneva, 3995 Lakeshore Drive, Holland at 8 a.m. ($90). 8K begins at CrossFit Soaring Ledge, 76 S. River Ave., Holland at 8:30 a.m. ($49). hollandhavenmarathon.com.

Sept. 14 – Lord of the Springs Bike Race: 24- or 37-mile singletrack and gravel races, plus beginner/youth races. 10 a.m. YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin, 1095 N. Briggs Road, Middleville. $30-$65. lordofthesprings.com.

Sept. 14 – Walk to End Alzheimer’s: Two-mile walk to support Alzheimer’s research. 10:30 a.m. Millennium Park, 1415 Maynard Ave. SW. act.alz.org.

Sept. 15 – Bridge Run: 10-mile run and 5K run/walk in downtown Grand Rapids. 8 a.m. Rosa Parks Circle, 135 Monroe Center NW. $20-$45. thebridgerun.com.

Sept. 16 – Hope Network Golf Classic: Benefits the Michael P. Lettinga Pediatric Fund. Shotgun start 10 a.m. Egypt Valley Country Club, 7333 Knapp St. NE, Ada. $300. hopenetwork.org/golf.

Sept. 21 – Byron Center Adventure Race: Four- to eight-person teams of 8- to 14-year-olds find checkpoints and solve challenges. 7:15 a.m. Whistlestop Park, 2120 70th St. SW. $10-$15. byroncenterchamber.org/adventure-race.

Sept. 21 – JDRF One Walk: 1.5-mile walk benefits juvenile diabetes research. 10 a.m. Millennium Park, 1415 Maynard Ave. SW. jdrf.org.

Sept. 21 – Oktoberfest Marathon, Half-Marathon and 5K: Races through Spring Lake benefit Faith Marie Losee Foundation. 8 a.m. Central Park, 101 Rotary Drive, Spring Lake. $10-$115. oktoberfestmarathon.com.

Sept. 21 – Step Up for Down Syndrome: Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan hosts annual walk and celebration. 8:30 a.m.-noon. Fifth Third Ballpark, 4500 West River Drive NE, Comstock Park. dsawm.ezeventsolutions.com/stepup.

Sept. 21 – West Side Walk for Gilda’s: Fifth annual 1.5-mile walk benefits Gilda’s Club. Noon walk, followed by block party. 1806 Bridge St. NW. gildasclubgr.org.

Sept. 26 – Heart Walk: American Heart Association walk. 4 p.m. Millennium Park, 1415 Maynard Ave. SW. grandrapidsheartwalk.org.

Sept. 28 – More Than Pink Walk: Komen West Michigan annual 5K run/walk and 1-mile community walk. 9 a.m. John Ball Zoo, 1300 W. Fulton St. komenmichigan.org.

Sept. 28 – Park2Park Half-Marathon and 5K: Holland Hospital’s race benefits Neighbors Plus. 8 a.m. half-marathon, 8:30 a.m. 5K. Ottawa County Fairgrounds, 1286 Ottawa Beach Road, Holland. $15-$70. park2parkrace.com.


Stage & Film

Through Sept. 1 – “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”: Mason Street Warehouse presents the story of an heir to a family fortune who wants to eliminate the relatives who stand in his way. 8 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. 400 Culver St., Saugatuck. $54 adults, $51 students. masonstreetwarehouse.org.

Through Oct. 5 – “Breaking Legs”: LowellArts Players presents a dinner theater comedy about Italian mobsters financing a playwright’s production. 6:30 p.m. dinner, 7:30 p.m. show; 2 p.m. Sept. 30 show only. Larkin’s Other Place, 315 W. Main St. $16-$20 show, $13 dinner. lowellartsmi.org.

Sept. 5-21 – “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”: Circle Theatre presents the reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father, 11 brothers and the coat of many colors. 7:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat., 5 p.m. Sun. Aquinas College PAC, 1703 Robinson Road SE. $26-$30. circletheatre.org.

Sept. 7 – Cedric “The Entertainer”: Actor and comedian. 8 p.m. DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave. NW. $49-$97. devosperformancehall.com.

Sept. 12-21 – “Hedwig and the Angry Itch”: Actors’ Theatre presents the story of an East German rock ‘n’ roll performer who is the victim of a botched sex-change operation. 8 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 3 p.m. Sept. 15. Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain St. NE. $28 adults, $24 seniors and students. actorstheatregrandrapids.org.

Sept. 12-Oct. 5 – “Anne of Avonlea”: Master Arts Theatre presents a musical about an 11-year-old orphan girl who is mistakenly sent to a farm where the owners had originally intended to adopt a boy to help them on the farm. 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Fri., 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sat. 75 77th St. SW. $19 adults, $17 seniors and students, $9.50 kids 12 and under. masterarts.org.

Sept. 13-28 – “The 39 Steps”: Muskegon Civic Theatre presents a fast-paced adventure with four actors playing more than 150 characters. 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 3 p.m. Sun. Beardsley Theater, 425 W. Western Ave., Muskegon. $22 adults, $20 seniors and students. muskegoncivictheatre.org.

Sept. 13-29 – “Ring of Fire”: Grand Rapids Civic Theatre presents a musical about Johnny Cash. 7:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. 30 N. Division Ave. grct.org.

Sept. 18 – Open Projector Night: UICA hosts short film screenings followed by Q&A with filmmakers. Audience votes for favorite. 8 p.m. 2 W. Fulton St. $10, $5 members. uica.org.

Sept. 21 – Eddie B: Comedian performs “I’m Already Professionally Developed Tour.” 8 p.m. DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave. NW. $32-$62. devosperformancehall.com.

Sept. 27-Oct. 6 – “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”: GVSU Shakespeare Festival play. 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 2 p.m. Oct. 5-6. Louis Armstrong Theatre, PAC, GVSU, 1 Campus Drive, Allendale. $16 adults, $14 seniors, $7 students.gvsu.edu/shakes.


Music

Through Sept. 18 – Meijer Gardens Summer Concerts: National acts perform in outdoor amphitheater. Sept. 4, Mandolin Orange. Sept. 8, Tash Sultana. Sept. 11, The B-52s 40th Anniversary Tour with OMD and Berlin. Sept. 18, Calexico and Iron & Wine. 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE. meijergardens.org.

Sept. 6 – The Avett Brothers: Folk-rock band. 8 p.m. Van Andel Arena, 130 W. Fulton St. $47-$210. vanandelarena.com.

Sept. 6 – Classics Up-Close: Holland Symphony Orchestra plays music by Debussy, Mozart and Weber. 7:30 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 57 W. 10th St., Holland. $22 adults, $5 students. hollandsymphony.org.

Sept. 6-8 – Wheatland Music Festival: 45th annual music and art festival with workshops, demonstrations, dances and impromptu jam sessions. Wheatland Festival Grounds, Remus. Weekend pass: $100-$110 adults, $80-$90 seniors, $10 children. wheatlandmusic.org.

Sept. 7 – Josh Trevino: Rap concert. 8 p.m. Park Theatre, 248 S. River Ave., Holland. $12. parktheatreholland.org.

Sept. 8 – Jonas Brothers: Pop singers perform Happiness Begins tour; also Bebe Rexha and Jordan McGraw. 7:30 p.m. Van Andel Arena, 130 W. Fulton St. $59-$509. vanandelarena.com.

Sept. 13 – NF: Rapper performs The Search Tour. 8 p.m. DeltaPlex, 2500 Turner Ave. NW. $32.50-$48. deltaplex.com.

Sept. 13-14 – “Hadelich Plays Beethoven”: GR Symphony classical concert with violinist Augustin Hadelich. 8 p.m. DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave. NW. $18-$90. grsymphony.org.

Sept. 19 – Between the Silos: Wildwood Family Farms summer concert series presents The Accidentals. 7:30 p.m. 7970 Snow Ave. SE, Alto. $18-$24. wildwoodfamilyfarms.com/2019-concert-artists.

Sept. 19 – Miranda Lambert: Country singer performs Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars tour. 7 p.m. Van Andel Arena, 130 W. Fulton St. $55-$115. vanandelarena.com.

Sept. 20 – Serie Latina 2019: Celebration of Latin culture with band La Santa Cecilia. 8 p.m. DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave. NW. $35-$40, $55-$60 VIP. devosperformancehall.com.

Sept. 20-21 – Fallfest: West Michigan Bluegrass Music Association’s annual camp and jam festival with workshops, band scramble and open mic/stage. Camping available. Kent County Fairgrounds, 225 S. Hudson St., Lowell. Free; donations appreciated. wmbma.org.

Sept. 21 – Echoes of Pink Floyd: Tribute concert. 8 p.m. Park Theatre, 248 S. River Ave., Holland. $30. parktheatreholland.org.

Sept. 23 – GVSU Concert: “Water on the Mind: A Baroque Musical Journey.” 7:30 p.m. Cook-DeWitt Center, GVSU Allendale Campus, 1 Campus Drive. gvsu.edu.

Sept. 25 – The Block Lunch n’ Learn: West Michigan Symphony previews its upcoming season. Noon-1 p.m. The Block, 360 W. Western Ave., Muskegon. Free. theblockwestmichigan.org.

Sept. 25 – Bruce Cockburn: Singer/songwriter and guitarist. 8 p.m. Calvin University Fine Arts Center, 1795 Knollcrest Circle SE. $30. calvin.edu.

Sept. 27 – Abbey Road 50th Anniversary Celebration: Beatles tribute concert. 8 p.m. Park Theatre, 248 S. River Ave., Holland. $20. parktheatreholland.org.

Sept. 27 – All-Russian Season Opening: West Michigan Symphony opens the season with music by Mussorgsky and Tchaikovsky. 7:30 p.m. Frauenthal Theater, 425 W. Western Ave., Muskegon. $24-$60. westmichigansymphony.com.

Sept. 27-29 – “Queens of Soul”: GR Symphony performs music by Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Nina Simone, Gladys Knight, Pattie Labelle, Whitney Houston and Adele. 7:30 p.m. Fri. and Sat., 3 p.m. Sun. DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave. NW. $18-$90. grsymphony.org.

Sept. 28 – LowellArts House Concert: Songwriters Showcase with Josh Rose. 7 p.m. 223 W. Main St., Lowell. $12. lowellartsmi.org.

Sept. 28 – Rachel Barton Pine Plugged In!: Violinist performs Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Miller Center, Hope College, 221 Columbia Ave., Holland. $22. hollandsymphony.org.


Lectures & Workshops

Sept. – Downtown Market Cooking Classes: Sept. 6, DIY Thai. Sept. 7, Mediterranean Made Easy. Sept. 12, Slow Your Roll: Beginner Sushi. Sept. 21, Market Masterclass with Field and Fire: Croissants. Sept. 28, Kimchi Three Ways. 435 Ionia Ave. SW. downtownmarketgr.com.

Sept. – FLPC Art Workshops: Sept. 4-7, “Painting Workshop on Color and Form” by Steven Assael. Sept. 16, “Your Own Collage Papers and Acrylics” by Kathleen Mooney. Sept. 26-28, “Unity and Variety: Simplifying and Expanding Compositional Possibilities” by Douglas Fryer. Franciscan Life Process Center, 11650 Downes St. NE, Lowell. lifeprocesscenter.org.

Sept. – Grand Rapids Public Libraries: Adults: book clubs, computer/technology instruction. Kids: Social Justice Begins With Me: A Book Club for Kids, Pajama Time!, story times. grpl.org.

Sept. – Kent District Libraries: Adults: Apple Users Group, Enhance Fitness Classes, book sales, book discussions, computer/technology instruction. Kids: Pokémon Club, story times. kdl.org.

Sept. – Summer Swing Dancing: 7-9:30 p.m. every Tue. in downtown Grand Rapids. First 30 minutes is instruction. Sept. 3 and 17, Rosa Parks Circle, 135 Monroe Center NW. Sept. 10 and 24, Ah-Nab-Awen Park, 220 Front Ave. NW. grandrapidsoriginalswingsociety.com.

Sept. 6 – Creativity Uncorked: Grand Rapids Art Museum hosts social evening and art workshop “Exquisite Corpse Drawings.” Ages 21+. Registration required. 6:45-9 p.m. 101 Monroe Center NW. $40. artmuseumgr.org/learn/creativityuncorked.

Sept. 12 – Passport to Adventure: Calvin University presents travel film series: “Wonders of the World” by Marlin Darrah. 7 p.m. Calvin University Fine Arts Center, 1795 Knollcrest Circle SE. $6 adults, $3 students. calvin.edu/academics/call/travel-film-series.

Sept. 13-14 – HARPfest: Franciscan Life Process Center presents harpist William Jackson hosting two-day workshop and concert at 7:30 p.m. Fri. 11650 Downes St. NE, Lowell. lifeprocesscenter.org.

Sept. 16 – GVSU Writers Series: Reading and book signing by Brian Oliu and Tasha Coryell. 6-7 p.m. Mary Idema Pew Library, GVSU Allendale Campus, 1 Campus Drive. gvsu.edu.

Sept. 17 – Aquinas Presentation: “Chelsea Nix (Aquinas ’09) and Mariano Cortez: The String Project, Winning ARTPRIZE 2018, and Project Simple.” 4-5 p.m. Kretschmer Hall, Aquinas College, 1607 Robinson Road SE. Free. aquinas.edu.

Sept. 24 – Wege Environmental Lecture: “Monarchs, Milkweed and Migration” by Dr. Anurag Agrawal. 7 p.m. Meijer Gardens, 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE. $14.50, members free. meijergardens.org.

Sept. 24-26 – Watermedia Abstraction: LowellArts workshop. 223 W. Main St., Lowell. $462. Lowellartsmi.org.

Sept. 26 – Aquinas College Contemporary Writers Series: Thisbe Nissen, author of “The Good People of New York,” “Osprey Island” and “Our Lady of the Prairie.” 7:30 p.m. Wege Ballroom, Aquinas College, 1703 Robinson Road SE. aquinas.edu/contemporary-writers-series.

Sept. 27 – Contra Dance: Grand River Folk Arts Society hosts instruction and dancing. 7 p.m. 701 Fifth St. NW. $10 adults, $8 members, $5 students and seniors. sites.google.com/site/grfolkarts.

Sept. 28 – Workshop with Rachel Barton Pine: Holland Symphony Orchestra hosts workshop with violinist. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Miller Center, Hope College, 221 Columbia Ave., Holland. $20. hollandsymphony.org.


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