Your weekend will be anything but typical if you follow our Weekend Picks. Start the weekend off with a tribute to The Purple One, enjoy a murder mystery story and then fill up on your favorite brews while hanging out in your pajamas.
It’s the last weekend of 2018 and GR|MAG has some suggestions on how to spend it.
Celebrate the winter solstice this weekend with an evening at the GRAM. Get into the holiday spirit with a holiday organ concert at the Grand Rapids Public Museum or take in a performance by Cirque de Noël with the Grand Rapids Symphony. You can also help Rockford Brewing Company celebrate its sixth anniversary.
It wouldn’t be the holiday season without “The Nutcracker.” The Grand Rapids Ballet begins the first of two weekends of performances of this holiday favorite. Continue the holiday spirit with a visit to Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, where you can catch a glimpse of live reindeer. If you are looking to warm up, make a reservation for tea at the New Hotel Mertens. That’s not all. Read on for more ways to spend your weekend.
Hipster Santa is coming to town this weekend. Find out where you can score a picture with him. You can also catch a free screening of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” If you’re a Harry Potter fan, don your dress robes and head to the Yule Ball and enjoy a glass of Butterbeer.
Grand Rapids kicks off the holiday season this weekend with the annual tree lighting ceremony at Rosa Parks Circle. Santa makes a stop at an area orchard, and the Grand Rapids Symphony presents holiday favorite “Home Alone” in concert. That’s not all. See what else is happening this weekend!
Are you ready to eat? Before your stuff yourself with all of your Thanksgiving favorites, take part in the annual Turkey Trot 5K downtown. Need to dance off those extra calories, head out to the Back to the ’90s Pajama Jam.
Don’t let the snow keep you inside—go out and enjoy a few of the wonderful things Grand Rapids has to offer. You can start at the Robert Downes book signing at the library, enjoy a fresh take on a Disney classic, and kick off the holidays by seeing Santa’s parade followed by scoring a picture at his workshop.
Spend an afternoon checking out the “fantastic creatures” of John Ball Zoo or wake up early for an outdoor fitness session followed by coffee in igloos at Outside Coffee Co. You can also help The Mitten celebrate its sixth birthday, hear from area storytellers spinning tales for national Telebration, and check out winter fashions from Burton during a runway show at The BOB.
Get ready to cheer for the home team this weekend. The Grand Rapids Drive plays its first home game on Saturday. You can also check out local band Pink Sky when the duo plays the Grand Rapids Public Library’s Music in the Stacks series.