Celebrate the 4th of July in Grand Rapids

A Guide to Parades, Fireworks, and Fun!

A group of hands holds sparklers, lighting up the evening with joyful sparkles. The image captures the excitement and camaraderie of celebrating the 4th of July in Grand Rapids.

The 4th of July is just around the corner, and Grand Rapids and its neighboring communities are bursting with events to help you celebrate Independence Day! Whether you’re looking for family-friendly parades, stunning fireworks displays, or festive activities, there’s something for everyone. Let’s dive into the local celebrations that will light up your holiday!

**Grand Rapids Annual 4th of July Fireworks**

Kick off your 4th of July festivities in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids at Ah-Nab-Awen Park. Starting at 6 PM, the park will be buzzing with live entertainment, games, and food vendors. The evening culminates with a spectacular fireworks display over the Grand River at 10:30 PM on July 6th. This is the city’s biggest Independence Day celebration, so don’t miss out!

**East Grand Rapids 4th of July Celebration**

East Grand Rapids knows how to throw a party! The day kicks off with a patriotic parade at noon, followed by a festival featuring kids’ inflatables, food trucks, and a water ski show on Reeds Lake. As night falls, enjoy live music before the fireworks light up the sky at dusk. This all-day celebration on July 4th is a perfect blend of small-town charm and big-time fun.

**Kentwood 4th of July Celebration**

Start your day with a hearty pancake breakfast and a 5K race in Kentwood. The celebrations continue with a colorful parade, a carnival with rides and games, and an evening bash featuring food trucks, a beer tent, and live music. Cap off the night with a fireworks display at dusk. Events run from 7:30 AM to 10 PM on July 4th.

**Ada Township 4th of July Celebration**

Ada’s festivities begin bright and early with a pancake breakfast at 8 AM, followed by a lively parade and a classic car show. Spend the afternoon enjoying family activities and live music, then stick around for the fireworks at dusk. It’s an all-day affair on July 4th that brings the community together in a big way.

**Allendale 4th of July Celebration**

Allendale’s Independence Day starts with a parade at 10 AM, leading into a day of fun at the Allendale Charter Township Park. From 11 AM to 2 PM, enjoy activities, food, and live entertainment. The celebration wraps up with a dazzling fireworks display at 10:15 PM.

**Grandville 4th of July Celebration**

Grandville’s multi-day celebration kicks off on June 29th with a run/walk and continues with food, music, and games. On July 4th, enjoy a full day of food vendors, live entertainment, and kids’ activities, culminating in a spectacular fireworks show. It’s a festival you won’t want to miss!

**Ottawa Hills Hollyhock Lane Parade**

Don’t miss the oldest Independence Day parade in Michigan! The 89th Annual Hollyhock Lane Parade in Ottawa Hills starts at 8:30 AM on July 4th. This charming neighborhood tradition is perfect for early birds looking to start their day with some patriotic cheer.

**West Michigan Whitecaps Fireworks**

Baseball and fireworks – what could be more American? Head to LMCU Ballpark for a West Michigan Whitecaps game and stick around for the post-game fireworks on July 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. It’s a fun way to celebrate before the big day!

**Grand Haven Musical Fountain Fireworks**

On the evening of July 4th, make your way to Grand Haven for a unique fireworks experience paired with a musical fountain show at Lynne Sherwood Waterfront Stadium. It’s a perfect coastal celebration that combines music, water, and fireworks.

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These events are just a snapshot of the festive fun happening around Grand Rapids this 4th of July. Whether you’re staying in the city or exploring nearby towns, there’s no shortage of ways to celebrate America’s birthday. Grab your friends, family, and a blanket, and enjoy the fireworks, parades, and all the local traditions that make this holiday so special! Check out more local fun happening this week on the Weekly 411 page!

Have a fantastic 4th of July!

Summer Time in Grand Rapids

Summer in Grand Rapids is like stepping into a vibrant painting where every color pops with excitement! As the temperatures rise, so does the energy of this city, and I’m here to spill the beans on all the free-spirited festivities that make this season an absolute blast!

There are so many fun events and activities that happen weekly during the summer time. A lot of people don’t know all the free events that take place and I want to share the wealth! 😉 These will all be posted on the Weekly 411 as well but I think they deserve a special shoutout. So lets dive in! 

Let’s talk workouts, but not the boring treadmill kind. Grand Rapids Parks and Recs are turning the city into a fitness playground with FREE outdoor workouts! From Monday to Thursday, you can sweat it out in style with a jam-packed schedule of cardio, dance, and yoga sessions at parks and public spaces all across Grand Rapids.

And guess what? I’ve got the scoop on the weekly lineup:

Mondays – 

Basic Yoga at Mulick Park from 6 to 6:45 p.m.
SoulfulMOTION at MacKay Jaycees Park from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.
Zumba at Rosa Parks Circle from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.

Tuesdays – 

Barre on The Blue Bridge from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.
30 Minute HIIT at Lookout Park from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m.
Glute Aerobics at 555 Monroe from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.
Sunset Yoga at Lookout Park from 7 to 7:45 p.m.

Wednesdays – 

Sunrise Yoga at Indian Trails Golf Course from 6:30 to 7:15 a.m.
Pumped Up Strength at Cherry Park from 6 to 6:45 p.m.
African Dance at 555 Monroe from 7 to 7:45 p.m.
WERQ at Highland Park from 7 to 7:45 p.m.

Thursdays – 

Basic Yoga at Sixth Street Park from 12:00 – 12:45 p.m.
POUND on The Blue Bridge from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.
HIGH Low Fitness at Calder Plaza from 6 to 6:45 p.m.
Basic Yoga at MLK Park from 6 to 6:45 p.m.
Line Dancing at Roosevelt Park from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.

Every Tuesday get your dancing shoes on and head down to Rosa Park Circle for Swing Dancing! The Grand Rapids Original Swing Society offers free lessons starting at 7 p.m. followed by open dancing until 9:30 p.m. It is a great way to try something new and meet new people! No partner? No problem, dancers of all ages and abilities are welcome. They primarily do East Coast Swing and sprinkle in some fun line dances too. They have a live music and some weeks they will have special guest performers that you won’t want to miss! 

Oh, and mark your calendars for a midweek treat! The Food Trucks at the Airport Viewing Park: 2024 Food Truck season schedule is here! Every Wednesday in June through August from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., you can watch planes soar above while enjoying delicious bites from a variety of your favorite local food trucks. It’s a perfect blend of aviation and cuisine that you won’t want to miss!

Lets talk live music! Downtown Grand Rapids is turning lunch time into a jam lunch session! Every Thursday come to Relax at Rosa to listen to live music, enjoy the sunshine, lawn games, and a rotation of Grand Rapids best food trucks! Every Thursday starting now until September 12th, minus the 4th of July,  this event will be taking place from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. It is a great way to split up your day and get some fresh air and enjoy some live entertainment. 

Keeping the good grub going and Food Truck Fridays are making return to Riverside Park every Friday starting now until July 26th! There will be 20 food trucks on average every week rotating with so much delicious variety. If 20 different food trucks doesn’t seal the deal, there will also be live music at this event as well. Another great option for a fun Friday night out either with friends, a date, or bringing the whole family it will be fun for all! 

And as if that wasn’t enough excitement, Grand Rapids is buzzing with free festivals throughout the summer. So keep your eyes peeled for my weekly email newsletter because you won’t want to miss a single moment of the Grand Rapids summer scene!

So lace up those sneakers, grab your water bottle, and get ready to make this summer your best one yet in Grand Rapids. From sunrise yoga to swing dancing under the stars, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Let’s make memories that’ll last a lifetime!

Cheers, friends!

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Women-Owned Businesses in Grand Rapids

Celebrating Women-Owned Businesses in Grand Rapids: A Tribute to Women’s History Month

In honor of Women’s History Month, it’s time to shine a spotlight on the remarkable women-owned businesses that grace the streets of Grand Rapids. From chic boutiques to cozy coffee shops, these establishments not only contribute to the local economy but also add vibrancy and diversity to our community. Join me as we celebrate these trailblazing entrepreneurs and their contributions to our city!

Adored Boutique

Owned by Emily, Adored Boutique offers fair fashion apparel, shoes, and accessories with a purpose – to provide safe and dignified work conditions for individuals. Every purchase supports a life-changing impact.

Art of the Table

Nestled in Grand Rapids’ historic Wealthy Street business district, Art of the Table is a gourmet shop specializing in delicious products for entertaining, making life’s moments more memorable.

Books & Mortar

A proudly progressive and independent bookshop, Books & Mortar is committed to nurturing and empowering the community through literature and educational programs.

Brewery Vivant

The world’s first LEED certified microbrewery housed in a refurbished historic funeral home. Brewery Vivant promotes living the good life with European-inspired beers and locally sourced dishes.

Brush Studio

More than just a “Paint and Sip” class, Brush Studio offers a creative space for date nights, girls’ nights out, and family bonding. Their recipe includes paint, instruction, music, wine, and beer for magical results.


Encouraging women to feel comfortable and confident, Covet offers chic and effortless casual wear for real-life situations and body types.

Hopscotch Children’s Store: Founded by sisters Rachel and Chris, Hopscotch offers locally crafted products for children, inspiring creativity and exploration.

Kennedy’s Flowers & Gifts: More than just a flower shop, Kennedy’s offers an immersive experience with fresh flowers, inspirational gifts, and helpful staff ready to assist.

Happy Cat Café

A haven for cat enthusiasts and coffee lovers alike, Happy Cat Café partners with Fig and Friends Animal Rescue to create a safe, loving space for cats waiting for their forever homes.

Harmony Brewing Company

A home-brewer dream project turned Eastown staple, Harmony Brewing Company is known for its award-winning pizza and welcoming atmosphere.

Lee & Birch

Providing a personalized shopping experience, Lee & Birch offers high-quality clothing and accessories to leave every woman feeling confident and empowered.

Morning Ritual: A queer-owned coffee shop, Morning Ritual fosters community through coffee, conversation, and supporting local artists.

Parooz: Owned by Cathy, Courtney, and Brittany, Parooz Boutique Gifts offers a unique shopping experience with a selection of gifts for every occasion.

Pink Lemonade: Founded by Jill and Paula, Pink Lemonade specializes in unique gifts for children, home, and her, celebrating the art of gift-giving and life’s little joys.

LIMA United by Love

Created by sisters Linsey Jones and Maria Curtis in 2019, LIMA offers handmade candles and gifts, uniting, empowering, and giving back to the community.

Spirit Dreams

Committed to enriching spiritual life, Spirit Dreams provides seekers and practitioners with supplies and books to enhance their practice.

Sweet Details GR

Owner Vanessa specializes in bespoke desserts and confections at Sweet Details GR. With a passion for baking, Vanessa brings her Cuban upbringing and adult pursuit of baking to life in Grand Rapids.

The 12th House

Celebrating LGBTQ Pride year-round, The 12th House GR offers colorful and handmade gifts from local artists, spreading love and acceptance.

The Aroma Labs: Founded by Tanya Thompson Murphy, The Aroma Labs offers a creative experience for individuals to create their signature scents, adding a personal touch to everyday products.

The Counting House

Offering a moody and modern vibe, The Counting House provides quality collections for women, men, pets, and babies, creating a unique shopping destination.

These women-owned businesses are the heart and soul of Grand Rapids, enriching our lives and communities in countless ways. Let’s continue to support and celebrate their achievements, not just during Women’s History Month, but every day. Cheers to these incredible entrepreneurs and the mark they’ve made on our city!

Elevate Your Date Night

Unconventional Adventures Beyond Dinner and a Movie in Grand Rapids!

Love is in the air this February, and it’s time to break away from the ordinary dinner and movie date night routine in Grand Rapids! While there’s nothing wrong with the classics, let’s spice things up a bit with some unique and exciting date night options. Whether you’re a local looking to explore hidden gems or a visitor seeking memorable experiences, these ideas are perfect for creating fun experiences where you can talk, play, laugh, and savor each other’s company. Let’s explore some of my favorite Grand Rapids date night adventures, ensuring your evenings are filled with unforgettable moments and cherished memories.

**1. The Local Epicurean**

We took a cooking class! 😃 Such a fun date night idea if you are needing one! We went to The Local Epicurean and learned out to prepare a 3 course meal and oh my goodness its was incredible! Even if you dont take a cooking class check out their shop full of tasty goodies! #mygrandrapidslife #thelocalepicurean #cookingclass #datenightideas #datenight #cooktogether #grandrapids #eastowngrandrapids

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Why not turn your date night into a culinary masterpiece? Dive into a private cooking class dinner where you can enjoy a two-hour session with talented instructors guiding you through a delightful three-course meal. Say goodbye to crowded restaurants and waiting for a table – choose from 12 menus featuring unique recipes and cooking techniques.

My husband and I recently experienced this, and it was a blast! From a Burrata Caprese Salad to a Seared Garlic Steak with Wild Ramp Butter, and handmade Linguini with Sun-dried Tomato Pecorino Pesto, every bite was a delight. The best part? We made it ourselves! With a fantastic bar to complement the experience, it was a perfect 10/10. I can’t wait to go back and try another menu option!

**2. Painting with a Twist**

It was an amazing date night at Painting with a Twist! 🎨 and I love how both of our paintings turned out🤗 So much fun☺️ #mygrandrapidslife #datenight #grwm #paintingwithatwist #grandrapids #paintingdatenight

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No artistic skills? No problem! Painting with a Twist is all about connecting with your partner over a glass of wine, favorite snacks, and a night filled with laughter. They provide all the essentials – canvas, paint, brushes – and even have a bar to keep your favorite drinks flowing.

Having done a few sessions, my husband and I love these paintings, proudly displayed in our home. Each partner paints half of a picture, and when combined, it creates a beautiful masterpiece. It’s a fun and unique way to bond, and the paintings make for great conversation starters!

**3. The Aroma Labs**

Had such a fun experience at The Aroma Labs creating our own perfume workshop!😄 It was such a fun date night and would be really fun with a group of friends too! #mygrandrapidslife #thearomalabs #perfumeworkshop #datenight #giftanexperience #experiencegrandrapids

♬ Caramel Latte – Prod. By Rose

Embark on a scented journey like no other at The Aroma Labs. They believe in the power of scent for self-expression, memory ignition, and emotional evocation. Perfect for a special date night! Create your own perfumes, sharing scents and memories. It’s an enjoyable experience, and you leave with a unique gift made just for you and your partner.

I’ve taken my husband here, and we had a blast making our own perfumes. The laughter as we sniffed through various scents and created something special for each other was priceless. A perfect way to end the night with a unique and personalized gift.

Cheers to spicing up your Date Nights in Grand Rapids with your special someone! Say goodbye to the classic dinner and movie date night routine and hello to unforgettable adventures. These date night experiences aren’t just about trying new things; they’re about creating memories that’ll have you both smiling for days! Whether you’re diving into diverse menus, unleashing your inner artist, or crafting one-of-a-kind scents, Grand Rapids has a palette of excitement waiting for you. So, which fantastic escapade will you dive into first? Let the fun begin!

Grand Rapids World of Winter 2024

Get ready to immerse yourself in the enchanting embrace of winter wonder at the World of Winter festival in Grand Rapids, Michigan – a dazzling spectacle that has secured its spot as my absolute favorite winter event! Brace yourselves, because this festivity isn’t just grand; it’s the largest winter festival in the entire United States.

From January 12th to March 10th, the World of Winter will be sweeping across Downtown Grand Rapids like a majestic winter storm, transforming the city into a playground of frosty delights. With a staggering lineup of over 100 FREE events, activities, and breathtaking outdoor art installations, this festival is a celebration of all things winter, inviting families and adults alike to revel in the beauty of Michigan’s frost-kissed landscapes.

Downtown Grand Rapids is set to become a winter wonderland, where the magic of the season comes alive. The World of Winter isn’t just an event; it’s an immersive experience that allows you to explore and embrace the four-season offerings of this vibrant city. Whether you’re an art enthusiast, a thrill-seeker, or someone simply looking to bask in the winter ambiance, this festival has something for everyone.

Now, let’s dive into the upcoming events that promise to make this World of Winter an unforgettable journey. From captivating performances to interactive activities, each event is designed to elevate your winter experience. Get ready to mark your calendars, and stay tuned as I’ll be sharing these exciting updates on the Weekly 411 page as well, ensuring you don’t miss a moment of the frosty festivities.


  • Luminary Light Night Parade – World of Winter 2024 Festival Opening Celebration! January 12th, from 6-9pm at Ah-Nab-Awen Park
  • Fire & Ice – Witness the captivating show as we mix two opposites together, Fire and Ice. Watch fire performers glide and jump on the ice, showcasing a unique blend of elements. Plus, you’re invited to join the fun with an open skate session to end the evening.January 13th, from 5-9pm at Rosa Parks Circle. 
  • Ice Piano Performance #1 – Live piano performance and Colorful and Unique Venue. January 19th from 6:30-7:30pm at Canal Park. 
  • Ice Park + Food Truck Rally – Join us for frosty fun at the Ice Park! Chill out and enjoy cool games, delicious food from our lineup of food trucks and jam with the musical maestros at Frosty Boyz Entertainment. Learn the ropes and test-drive groovy instruments—it’s a frozen party you won’t want to miss! January 20th, from 12- 7pm at 555 Monroe. 
  • Ice Piano Performance #2 – Live piano performance and Colorful and Unique Venue. January 20th from 6:30-7:30pm at Canal Park. 
  • Art Installation Walking Tour – Bundle up and join your guide to learn all about the World of Winter Festival and art installations! January 26th, at 6pm, meet at Rosa Park Circle. 
  • Soundbath #1 – Ready for pure relaxation? Step into a sound bath – it’s like a spa day for your soul. Find a comfy spot and our sound wizard will transport you to a realm of serenity. Join us for a harmonious journey – your ears and inner chill guru will thank you! January 26th, at 6:30pm, at Calder Plaza. 
  • Art Installation Walking Tour – Bundle up and join your guide to learn all about the World of Winter Festival and art installations! January 27th, at 3pm, meet at Rosa Park Circle. 
  • Silent Disco – You know it, You love it. The fan-favorite, Silent Disco is back! Get ready to dance like there’s no tomorrow! Slap on some wireless headphones and take the reins of your own musical journey by tuning into various DJ channels. January 27th, from 7-10pm, at Calder Plaza. 
  • Art Installation Walking Tour – Bundle up and join your guide to learn all about the World of Winter Festival and art installations! January 31st, at 6pm, meet at Rosa Park Circle. 


  • Winter’s a DRAG – Get ready to sashay into the spotlight with Michigan Drag Brunch! Witness the Queens stealing the show, accompanied by our mystery guest. Plus: All drink purchases from the event will go towards AYA Youth Collective. February 3rd, from 11am-4pm, at Calder Plaza. 
  • Art Installation Walking Tour – Bundle up and join your guide to learn all about the World of Winter Festival and art installations! February 3rd, at 12pm, meet at Rosa Park Circle. 
  • Black History Walking Tour – Take a stroll through Grand Rapids’ Black History with our guide, Caroline Cook, and learn about the people, places, events and stories from 1826 to now. February 3rd, at 2pm, meet at Rosa Park Circle. 
  • Valent-ICE – Embrace Winter Wonderland with Valent-ICE, a standout attraction in the World of Winter Festival. Explore dozens of beautiful ice sculptures throughout #DowntownGR. February 9th–11th. 
  • Ice Sculpture Walking Tour – Cherish winter with Valent-ICE, a highlight of World of Winter. Bundle up and learn more about the dozens of ice sculptures across Downtown Grand Rapids. February 9th, at 6pm, meet at Rosa Park Cirlce. 
  • Snowga – Kick off your Saturday with a perfect blend of World of Winter magic, exercise and relaxation. February 9th, at 9am, at 555 Monroe. 
  • Ice Sculpture Walking Tour – Cherish winter with Valent-ICE, a highlight of World of Winter. Bundle up and learn more about the dozens of ice sculptures across Downtown Grand Rapids. February 10th, at 10am, meet at Rosa Park Circle. 
  • Ice Sculpture Walking Tour – Cherish winter with Valent-ICE, a highlight of World of Winter. Bundle up and learn more about the dozens of ice sculptures across Downtown Grand Rapids. February 10th, at 12pm, meet at Rosa Park Circle. 
  • Ice Breaker – Witness the magic as Ice Guru Randy Finch crafts a colossal ice sculpture. February 10th, from 12-3pm, at Rosa Park Circle. 
  • Ice Sculpture Walking Tour – Cherish winter with Valent-ICE, a highlight of World of Winter. Bundle up and learn more about the dozens of ice sculptures across Downtown Grand Rapids. February 10th, at 2pm, meet at Rosa Park Circle. 
  • Ice Sculpture Walking Tour – Cherish winter with Valent-ICE, a highlight of World of Winter. Bundle up and learn more about the dozens of ice sculptures across Downtown Grand Rapids. February 10th, at 2pm, meet at Rosa Park Circle. 
  • DJ Pop Up at Stargate – Dance the night away at our DJ pop-up with an electrifying lightshow. Groove to the rhythm, soak in the warmth of the fire pits and make unforgettable memories under the starry sky. Join us for this one-of-a-kind park party. February 10th, from 7-10pm, at Ah-Nab-Awen Park. 
  • Ice Sculpture Walking Tour – Cherish winter with Valent-ICE, a highlight of World of Winter. Bundle up and learn more about the dozens of ice sculptures across Downtown Grand Rapids. February 11th, at 12pm, meet at Rosa Park Circle. 
  • Ice Sculpture Walking Tour – Cherish winter with Valent-ICE, a highlight of World of Winter. Bundle up and learn more about the dozens of ice sculptures across Downtown Grand Rapids. February 11th, at 2pm, meet at Rosa Park Circle.
  • Black History Walking Tour – Take a stroll through Grand Rapids’ Black History with our guide, Caroline Cook, and learn about the people, places, events and stories from 1826 to now. February 11th, at 4pm, meet at Rosa Park Circle. 
  • GR Mardi Gras Glow Sidewalk Parade – Get ready for a night of Mardi Gras magic in Grand Rapids! Dress in your best Mardi Gras gear and join the parade through Downtown Grand Rapids. The celebration peaks at Uccello’s with a fantastic dance party—immerse yourself in the music and dance the night away with friends, old and new, in true Mardi Gras spirit. February 13th, from 7-11pm, at Grand Rapids Public Museum. 
  • Love On Ice – Bundle up, we’ve got your date night plans covered! Enjoy 2-for-1 ice skating with your special person on Valentine’s Day! Plus: Get your initials carved onto our love-themed ice wall and don’t forget to strike a pose for a FREE professional photo opportunity. February 14th, from 11am-9pm, at Rosa Parks Circle. 
  • Paint the Park – Help give the ice rink at Rosa Parks Circle a colorful makeover. Join us for a community ice painting party at Rosa Parks Circle. Not in the mood for painting? No problem! Join our street party on Monroe Center. February 17th, from 11am-5pm, at Rosa Parks Circle. 
  • Art Installation Walking Tour – Bundle up and join your guide to learn all about the World of Winter Festival and art installations! February 18th, at 2pm, meet at Rosa Parks Circle.
  • DJ Pop Up at Dandelion – Get ready to dance the night away inside of our ‘Dandelion’ installation. Groove to the rhythm, soak in the warmth of the fire pits and make unforgettable memories under the starry sky. Join us for this one-of-a-kind party. February 23rd, from 7-10pm, at Calder Plaza. 
  • Great Lakes Snow Snake Competition – Enter to compete for a chance at the grand prize of $1000! Snow Snake is a traditional northern Native American game of sport dating back to over 500 years ago. The game’s object is to throw the snow snake the farthest distance along a smooth trough made in the snow. You must make your own snow snake to compete, but practice snakes will be available for all to try. February 24th, from 11am-4pm, at Sixth Street Park. 
  • Human Hungry Hippo Tournament (Registration Required) – Got an appetite for adventure? Dive into the excitement of our Human Hungry Hungry Hippos Tournament on Ice.Join the fun on the ice, where both family and adult divisions can compete in this single-day extravaganza. Don’t miss your chance to snag awesome prizes as you roll and slide your way to victory! February 25th from 12:30-7pm, at Rosa Parks Circle.
  • Black History Walking Tour – ake a stroll through Grand Rapids’ Black History with our guide, Caroline Cook, and learn about the people, places, events and stories from 1826 to now. February 26th, at 6pm, meet at Rosa Parks Circle. 
  • Art Installation Walking Tour – Bundle up and join your guide to learn all about the World of Winter Festival and art installations! February 27th, at 6pm, meet at Rosa Parks Circle. 


  • Circus Wonderland – Imagine ‘The Greatest Showman’ minus the musical numbers. Experience stilt walkers, LED performers, fire performers and aerialists from the Grand Rapids Entertainment Group, all happening near our featured international installation, ‘Dandelion’. It’s an event you can’t afford to miss, complete with food trucks, games, and more. Join the circus and come on down! March 2nd, from 5-8pm, at Calder Plaza. 
  • Soundbath #2 – Ready for pure relaxation? Step into a sound bath – it’s like a spa day for your soul. Find a comfy spot and our sound wizard will transport you to a realm of serenity. Join us for a harmonious journey – your ears and inner chill guru will thank you! March 3rd, at 1pm, at Calder Plaza. 
  • Art Installation Walking Tour – Bundle up and join your guide to learn all about the World of Winter Festival and art installations! March 3rd, at 1pm, meet at Rosa Parks Circle. 
  • Noodle Fest – Get ready for Noodle Fest – where chefs battle it out to whip up the tastiest noodle dishes! Picture this: awesome food, live entertainment and vendors dishing out $6 bowls of noodle goodness. You decide the winner by throwing in your votes with your donations. Think of it like a chili cookoff, but way cooler – because it’s all about noodles!

Beyond the incredible events, brace yourself for a whimsical journey through a myriad of fun and interactive art pieces scattered throughout the charming streets of Grand Rapids. It’s like stumbling upon a treasure trove of winter wonders, turning every corner into a canvas of creativity!

As I’ve mentioned, World of Winter holds a special place in my heart – a beacon of joy that rescues me from the winter blues. In the midst of the seasonal chill, this festival becomes my escape, liberating me from the confines of my cozy abode to explore the city’s artistic tapestry and relish the invigorating winter breeze.

For more details and a guide to the artistic wonders, check out the art maps here. Now, I’m curious – what element of World of Winter are you most eager to experience? Share your excitement, and let’s make this winter extraordinary together!

Autumn Magic in Grand Rapids

Behold, the magic of autumn has arrived! In Grand Rapids, Michigan, the veil between worlds has thinned, and the realm of enchantment beckons. The trees, ablaze with a symphony of colors, signal the arrival of fall, and the air carries a crispness that whispers of the season’s delights. From apple orchards to pumpkin patches, every corner of Grand Rapids is bursting with the essence of autumn, and it’s time to immerse yourself in its wonders.

By day, the great outdoors plays host to an array of delights, and I, for one, am eager to explore them all. At Ed Dunneback Girls and Farm, apple picking is a cherished tradition, where the vivid colors of fall surround you with their magic. Robinettes Orchard, with its rows of apple trees and freshly baked pumpkin cider donuts, and winery is another idyllic spot that beckons.

For those seeking adventure, Lewis Farm offers a corn maze, hayrides, and a pumpkin patch, all infused with the essence of rural life. And don’t forget the petting zoo, where you can connect with the spirit of the season’s gentle creatures.

Chills and Thrills After Dark As the sun sets, the fun takes on a spookier note. Grand Rapids has some chilling attractions to make your Halloween season unforgettable. The Haunt is a bone-chilling haunted house experience that will leave you screaming for more (or for your mommy, depending on your bravery level). It’s a Halloween must!

If you’re up for more scares, the Witches of Salem Corn Maze is the place to be. With winding paths, creepy props, and surprises around every corner, you’ll feel like you’re in a real-life horror movie. Just remember to bring a friend to hold onto when things get a bit too eerie!

Embracing the Fall Lifestyle But Fall in Grand Rapids isn’t just about heart-pounding scares; it’s about embracing the cozy side of the season. Pumpkin spice lattes at local cafes, slipping into warm, oversized sweaters, and binge-watching your favorite scary movies – it’s all on the agenda.

Every corner of the city seems to be buzzing with the spirit of Fall, from Halloween-themed treats, markets, and the satisfying crunch of fallen leaves underfoot all speak of the enchantment of the season.

To ensure you don’t miss a single moment of the magic, check out the weekly 411 page for the latest updates on events and happenings in the area, and subscribe to the weekly newsletter to have all the exciting news delivered straight to your inbox.

Fall in Grand Rapids, MI, is a season of wonder and adventure, a time to embrace the essence of the season and create unforgettable memories. So, wrap yourself in your coziest sweater and imbibe the magic of pumpkin spice lattes, for this is the time of year we’ve all been waiting for, and it’s finally here!

Grand Rapids Local Gift Guide!

Unwrapping the Best Holiday Finds in Grand Rapids!

Hey, fabulous fam! The holiday season is upon us, and you know what that means – it’s time to spread the cheer with some seriously sensational gifts! This year, I’m all about supporting my local community, and lucky for you, I’ve rounded up the absolute gems of Grand Rapids for your holiday shopping extravaganza. Get ready to sleigh the season with me as we explore my favorite local shops and creators. Let’s dive in!

For Fashionistas: Unleash Your Inner Style Diva!

Covet: Elevate Your Casual Chic

First up, we’re hitting Covet – the brainchild of fashion dreams! 🌟 Ladies, get ready to embrace real-life situations and real body types in styles designed for leisure, living, and lazing. It’s all about feeling your absolute best while conquering the day-to-day grind. Because let’s face it, slaying in comfy casuals is an art form!

Woosah: Where Nature Meets Fashion

If your heart beats for nature-inspired art and apparel, Woosah Outfitters is your haven. Their designs revolve around woodcuts and the great outdoors. Each piece is handcrafted with love, giving you a unique and earthy vibe. Mother Nature approves!

Lee & Birch: Where Fashion Meets Confidence

Confidence is your best accessory, and Lee & Birch knows it! Offering a personalized shopping experience, they blend high-quality classics with trendy modern styles. Walk in feeling fabulous, walk out feeling unstoppable. That’s the Lee & Birch magic!

Courage and Soar: Endless Surprises Await!

Never step into the same store twice? Challenge accepted! Courage and Soar keep things fresh and interesting with a constantly rotating inventory. Can’t find your favorite brand? They’ll hunt it down for you. Now that’s what I call service with a smile!

For the Little Elves: Santa’s Workshop, Jr.

Pink Lemonade: Where Gifts Sparkle

With four locations in Michigan, Pink Lemonade is the go-to spot for unique gifts that’ll make any child (or adult) squeal with delight! Celebrate the little things in style!

Hopscotch Children’s Store: Playtime Perfection

Located in the thriving East Hills neighborhood, Hopscotch Children’s Store is a treasure trove for parents. Learning games, toys, baby gear, and more – it’s a haven for the little ones. Get ready to spoil those kiddos with some serious playtime magic!

Freshwater Whale Boutique: Eco-Friendly Finds

For families keen on consigning and upcycling, Freshwater Whale Boutique is a godsend. Practical, economic, and environmentally friendly – it’s a win-win for both parents and Mother Earth. The cutest sustainable finds for your tiny tots await!

Unleash Your Inner Fun Nerd!

Vault of Midnight: Geek Paradise

Vault of Midnight is on a mission to provide a shopping experience that defies comic shop expectations. Boardgames, books, and comics – they’ve got it all. Embrace your inner nerd and let the games begin!

Books and Mortar: Fighting for Books

Grand Rapids’s proudly progressive, consciously curated, and fiercely independent bookshop – that’s Books and Mortar for you! Support the literary cause while snagging some seriously awesome reads. It’s a win for the bookworm in you!

Schuler Books: Independent Book Bliss

Indie bookstores are the heartbeat of literature, and Schuler Books wears that badge proudly. Lose yourself in the world of words as you explore their independent collection. Who needs a mainstream bookstore anyway?

House Rules: Game On!

Get ready to level up your game at House Rules! Whether you’re into casual party games or intense strategy sessions, they’ve got it all. Need some guidance? The House Rules crew is here to lend a hand. Let the games begin!

For the Quirky and Unique!

Rebel: Gift Greatness

Great gifts are their thing, and they’re ready to curate something spectacular for you. Whether you’re gifting or treating yourself, Rebel’s got your back. Prepare for a gift-giving adventure like no other!

Commune: Where Beauty Meets Home

Elevate your living space with Commune’s beautiful home decor and beyond. Because who says your home can’t be as fabulous as you are? Spruce up your space with a touch of Commune magic!

Oh Hello Co.: From Cards to Customizable Goodies

What started as a greeting card company turned into a powerhouse of unique designs and patterns. Oh, Hello Co. offers customizable traveler’s notebooks and a collection of personalizable home goods. Because your style should be as unique as you are!

Lima: Handmade with Love

Lima is all about combining names, talents, and passion to share love through handmade products. Their attention to detail and use of premium quality ingredients result in perfect candles. Spread the love with Lima’s delightful creations!

Parooz: Love, Fun, and Uniqueness

Run by a mother-daughter trio, Parooz Boutique Gifts aims to provide a loving, fun, and unique shopping experience. From gifts for her to items for the home and kids, they’ve got it all. Get ready for a shopping spree filled with love and laughter!

The 12th House: Handmade Artisan Heaven

Dive into a wonderland of local handmade artisan goods at The 12th House. Mugs, jewelry, candles, clothing, bags, bath and body – they’ve got it all. Plus, indulge in tarot card readings, astrology sessions, and henna body art. It’s a mystical shopping experience you won’t forget!

Fox Naturals: Naturally Beautiful Skincare

For those who swear by natural skincare, Fox Naturals is your haven. They focus on naturally derived skincare and body care, catering to all levels of product users. Walk in and find the perfect fit for your skin’s needs!

Art of The Table: Gourmet Delights for Every Occasion

Art of The Table is a beloved specialty gourmet shop that’s been making moments memorable since 2003. Located in Grand Rapids’ historic Wealthy Street business district, they provide delicious products for entertaining. From unique libations to delightful table accessories, Art of The Table pairs personal taste with a unique range that delights customers from around the corner to across the country.

The Counting House: Home & Lifestyle Magic

Step into The Counting House for a magical experience in home and lifestyle goods. This shop is all about curating items that add a touch of enchantment to your living space. Discover unique pieces that turn your home into a haven of comfort and style.

For the Foodies: Gourmet Delights for the Epicurean in You!

Koeze: Peanut Butter Extravaganza

Since 1925, Koeze has been crafting fine, handcrafted Peanut Butter. Today, they’ve expanded to gourmet nuts, chocolate, and popcorn. Indulge in the finest treats – because life is too short for mediocre snacks!

Popnotch: Popcorn like Never Before

Popnotch Goods is rewriting the snack game on Wealthy Street with gourmet popcorn. From the popping process to the final treat, it’s a show worth witnessing. And if popcorn isn’t enough, they’ve got scooped ice cream and other top-notch snacks. It’s a snack lover’s paradise!

Sweet Details: Bespoke Confections

Craving bespoke confections and desserts? Sweet Details has your back! Cakes, cookies, macarons, chocolates – they’ve got a sweet surprise for every taste bud. Treat yourself or surprise someone special with these delightful creations!

For Gift Experiences: Making Memories that Last!

The Aroma Labs: Scented Journeys

Embark on a scented journey like no other at The Aroma Labs. Scent is a powerful form of self-expression, and they’re here to help you create a signature scent that speaks volumes. Dive into the art of personalized fragrance and unleash your creativity!

The Local Epicurean: Culinary Delights

Who needs crowded restaurants when you can have a private cooking class dinner? The Local Epicurean offers a two-hour cooking class and a three-course dinner with talented instructors. It’s a unique and delicious gift experience for food enthusiasts!

Amped Virtual Reality: Dive into the Virtual World

Amped Virtual Reality is your go-to spot for all things VR in Grand Rapids. Whether it’s solo gaming, birthday parties, date nights, or business events – they’ve got the virtual adventure you crave. Step into a world of excitement and endless possibilities!

Painting with a Twist: Art and Laughs

No artistic skills required! Painting with a Twist is all about connecting with friends over a glass of wine, favorite snacks, and a night of laughs. Release your inner artist in a relaxed and fun environment!

Brush Studio: More than Paint and Sip

Located in Downtown Grand Rapids, Brush Studio is not just your average “Paint and Sip” class. It’s a perfect solution for date night, girls’ night out, team bonding, and more. Mix creativity with camaraderie, add some music and a glass of wine or craft beer – and voila! Magical memories in the making!

Local Creators I Can’t Get Enough Of:

Radically You: Handmade Macramé Magic

If you’re into handmade macramé items with heart, Radically You is the brand for you. Elevate your space with their unique and heartfelt creations that add a touch of magic to any room!

Best Wishes: Whimsical Illustrations

Bright colors, whimsical imagery, and uplifting messages – that’s the magic of Best Wishes! Elevate your vibe and infuse everyday life with a sprinkle of magic through their enchanting illustrations.

Paisclayco: Effortless Jewelry Magic

For minimal and modern polymer clay jewelry that effortlessly enhances your style, Paisclayco has you covered. Say goodbye to styling woes with their chic and easy-to-wear creations!

Grand Rapids, get ready to sleigh this holiday season with the most fantastic local finds! Share the love, support your community, and make this holiday season one for the books.

Happy shopping!

My Epic Fall Adventure in Grand Rapids!

Embracing Pumpkin Spice Dreams and Cozy Sweater Schemes: My Epic Fall Adventure in Grand Rapids!

Hey there, fellow autumn enthusiasts! That’s right, fall is just around the corner, and in Grand Rapids, Michigan, it’s the most magical time of the year! So grab your favorite cozy sweater, dust off your boots, and get ready to dive headfirst into all the fabulous fall activities this charming city has to offer. It’s time to reveal my Fall Bucket List, and oh boy, am I excited!

First things first, you know it’s fall in Grand Rapids when the aroma of pumpkin spice lattes fills the air. I don’t know about you, but I’ve already got my coffee shop visits planned out to try all the seasonal pumpkin-flavored goodies. Whether you prefer it hot or iced, this delectable fall treat is an absolute must-have!

Now, onto the outdoor adventures! One of the highlights of my Fall Bucket List is exploring the gorgeous Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Trust me, the gardens are an absolute dream as they transform into a kaleidoscope of warm autumn colors. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the breathtaking beauty of this seasonal wonderland.

Next up, it’s time to embrace the spirit of fall and indulge in some classic harvest festivities. Head out to a local apple orchard with your friends or family and have a blast picking apples straight from the trees. Not only will you enjoy some deliciously juicy apples, but many orchards offer activities like hayrides and corn mazes for an extra dose of fall fun.

But wait, there’s more! We can’t forget about the iconic Grand Rapids ArtPrize, which usually takes place during the fall. The city comes alive with incredible art installations from talented artists all over the world. Wander around downtown, and you’ll find yourself in a mesmerizing open-air gallery, admiring unique creations that will leave you in awe.

And of course, we can’t talk about fall without mentioning Halloween! As the nights grow longer, Grand Rapids hosts some of the spookiest and most entertaining haunted attractions. Gather your bravest friends and prepare for a night of screams and laughter as you navigate through haunted houses and spooky mazes.

But hey, not everything on my Fall Bucket List involves adrenaline-pumping activities. I’m also looking forward to lazy afternoons spent at local parks, enjoying the colorful foliage, and maybe even a relaxing picnic with some warm apple cider in hand.

Let’s all celebrate the arrival of fall with open arms and hearts. Grand Rapids, with its charming atmosphere and delightful fall activities, offers the perfect backdrop for making unforgettable memories. So go ahead, put on that comfy sweater, take a sip of that pumpkin spice latte, and dive right into all the joys this season has to offer. Happy almost fall, everyone!

LGBTQ+ Owned Businesses

Celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride: Grand Rapids’ Vibrant Rainbow of Businesses

Pride Month is a time of joy, celebration, and above all, a powerful reminder of the LGBTQ+ community’s resilience, strength, and contribution to society. Grand Rapids, Michigan, known for its vibrant culture and warm community, is home to a thriving LGBTQ+ business scene. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at some of the fabulous LGBTQ+ owned businesses that make Grand Rapids a truly inclusive and welcoming city. Get ready to explore a world of creativity, diversity, and pride!

Let’s dive into thislist of Grand Rapids’ remarkable LGBTQ+ owned businesses:

The Apartment Lounge:

  1. A cornerstone of the LGBTQ+ community in Grand Rapids, The Apartment Lounge is a must-visit for locals and visitors alike. With its welcoming atmosphere, fun movie nights, and killer cocktails, this iconic lounge offers a space where everyone can come together to celebrate diversity.


  1. Basalt brings an elevated yet approachable brunch experience to West Michigan, infusing the vibrant flavors of Tex-Mex cuisine with a dedication to locally sourced ingredients. This establishment prides itself on crafting intentional and delicious food while providing the unbeatable hospitality that Michiganders are known for. Get ready to embark on a culinary journey that will tantalize your taste buds and leave you craving more.

The Cakabakery:

  1. Craving something sweet? Look no further than The Cakabakery. This bakery crafts delectable cakes, cupcakes, and other mouthwatering treats that are as visually stunning as they are delicious. 

Dry Bar/Lotus Brew Coffee:

  1. Step into the Lotus Brew Coffee and Dry Bar for a unique experience that combines two worlds: caffeine and mocktails. This LGBTQ+ owned establishment offers expertly brewed coffee and mocktails during the day and the evenings in a welcoming and accepting environment. Cheers to celebrating diversity over a fantastic cup of joe or a craft mocktail!

Fox Naturals:

  1. Embrace the power of natural skincare at Fox Naturals. They curate an impressive selection of handcrafted skincare products, utilizing ethically sourced ingredients to ensure your skin feels nourished, revitalized, and cared for.

Good Judy’s Market & Juice Bar:

  1. Where they believe in accessible, healthy foods. Over 75% of their suppliers are women, POCs, and LGBTQ+ founded businesses. With the finest organic, local produce, they craft plant-based meals and drinks that can transform your well-being. Good Judy’s is a place where accessibility, inclusivity, and delicious nourishment come together.

Happy Cat Café:

  1. Combining the joy of feline companionship with delectable beverages, the Happy Cat Café is a purr-fect destination for cat lovers. This LGBTQ+ owned establishment provides a cozy atmosphere where you can enjoy a cup of coffee while cuddling with adorable rescue cats, all available for adoption.

Lilith’s Lair:

  1. Step into Lilith’s Lair, a queer-owned salon that prides itself on fostering a creative and inclusive environment. At Lilith’s Lair, they believe in empowering individuals to express themselves and embrace their confidence through our expertise and creative direction.

Maggie’s Bar:

  1. For a lively night out, head to Maggie’s Bar. This LGBTQ+ owned bar is known for its warm hospitality, energizing atmosphere, and vibrant staff members. Enjoy a fabulous night of laughter, and fantastic drinks!

Michigan Drag Brunch:

  1. Combine two beloved activities—brunch and drag—at the Michigan Drag Brunch. This fabulous event is held regularly, featuring talented drag performers who will dazzle you with their charisma and show-stopping numbers while you savor a delicious brunch spread.

The 12th House:

  1. Discover your spiritual side at The 12th House, an LGBTQ+ owned metaphysical shop. From crystals and tarot cards to books and incense, this enchanting store invites you to explore the mystical realm and find tools for self-reflection, healing, and personal growth.

Outside Coffee Company:

  1. Wake up and smell the coffee at Outside Coffee Company, a charming LGBTQ+ owned coffee shop. Known for its top-quality beans, friendly staff, and inviting atmosphere, this is the perfect spot to enjoy a cup of joe while soaking up the vibrant energy of East Grand Rapids.

Outlook Barbershop and Salon:

  1. Step into Outlook Barbershop and Salon, an LGBTQ+ owned establishment where talented stylists work their magic. Whether you’re looking for a trendy haircut, a fresh color, or a bold new style, this welcoming space will leave you feeling confident and fabulous.


  1. Make a statement at Rebel, a trendy boutique that caters to the LGBTQ+ community. With an extensive collection of plants, accessories, and unique gifts, Rebel encourages you to embrace your individuality and express yourself authentically.

Rumors Night Club:

  1. Known for its unforgettable dance parties and vibrant drag shows, Rumors Night Club is a pillar of the LGBTQ+ nightlife scene in Grand Rapids. Get ready to dance the night away and be dazzled by the incredible talent that graces the stage.

Spirit Dreams:

  1. Explore the world of holistic wellness at Spirit Dreams, an LGBTQ+ owned metaphysical shop and wellness center. From crystals and essential oils to books and classes, this inspiring space invites you to nourish your mind, body, and spirit.

Steel Cat Bar:

  1. Prepare for a night of music, laughter, and camaraderie at Steel Cat Bar. This lively LGBTQ+ owned establishment offers a friendly and energetic atmosphere, where you can unwind, socialize, and create unforgettable memories.

Sticky Fingers:

  1. Indulge your sweet tooth with the delectable treats from Sticky Fingers, a locally owned LGBTQ+ candy store. Come get lost in their colorful world of candy, stickers, and other sticky-sweet goodies, including candy-jar classics, new faves, and even some trendy treats. 

Transfigure Printing Company:

  1. For custom merchandise and print services, look no further than Transfigure Printing Company. This LGBTQ+ owned print shop offers high-quality printing, allowing you to showcase your individuality through personalized apparel, accessories, and more.


  1. Immerse yourself in the captivating world of Woosah Outfitters, a Grand Rapids-based art and apparel brand that draws inspiration from nature. Founded and owned by Erica Lang, Woosah showcases her stunning artwork through a unique medium: woodcuts. This LGBTQ+ owned brand embraces the beauty of the outdoors and the art of handcrafted creations.

This Pride Month, let’s come together to support and uplift these LGBTQ+ owned businesses. By doing so, we celebrate the power of love, acceptance, and inclusivity. So, whether you’re a resident of Grand Rapids or just passing through, make sure to visit these amazing establishments and join in the vibrant spirit of Pride. Happy Pride Month, Grand Rapids! Let’s make it a month to remember!

Grand Rapids Pride!

Unleash the Pride Party: Get Ready for a Month of Unforgettable Fun in Grand Rapids, Michigan!

Get ready to paint the town rainbow because Grand Rapids, Michigan is gearing up for an epic celebration of love, acceptance, and pure exhilaration! This month, the city is set to host a sensational lineup of Pride events that will make your heart skip a beat. From dazzling parades to fabulous parties, this article is your ultimate guide to all the sizzling hot and utterly fabulous Pride events happening in Grand Rapids!

  1. Drag Queen Bingo: An Evening of Laughter, Fun, and Fabulousness!
    Date: June 2nd
    Time: 7:00pm
    Location: DAAC (Venue)
    Presented by Dear Mom, I’m Gay & David Allen, get ready for a night of pure entertainment at Drag Queen Bingo! This event promises an evening filled with laughter, excitement, and fabulous performances by the incredible DeeDee Chaunte, our hostess with the mostess.
  2. Queen O’clock: Michigan’s Ultimate Happy Hour Extravaganza!
    Date: June 2nd
    Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Location: House of Wine
    Get ready for the best happy hour experience in Michigan with Queen O’clock! This extraordinary event offers an hour of pure indulgence, featuring a delectable charcuterie board, bubbles, and a captivating interactive performance that will leave you spellbound.
  3. Pride Market: Celebrating LGBTQ+ Artists and Queer-Friendly Creators!
    Date: June 3rd
    Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    Location: The DAAC
    Get ready to immerse yourself in a vibrant celebration of LGBTQ+ artists and queer-friendly creators at the Pride Market, hosted by the one and only David Allen! This event is a showcase of talent, community, and love, bringing together local artists, musicians, and enthusiasts in a jubilant gathering.
  4. Lowell Pride 2023: Celebrating Diversity and Creating an Inclusive Community!
    Date: June 3rd
    Time: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
    Location: Riverwalk in Downtown Lowell
    Embrace the spirit of unity, acceptance, and celebration at Lowell Pride 2023! Presented by Lowell Pride, this incredible event is dedicated to honoring the diversity of LGBTQ+ culture and fostering a community that is safe, inclusive, and filled with love.
  5. Pride Night at LMCU Ballpark: Uniting Fans for a Night of Celebration!
    Date: Thursday, June 8, 2023
    Time: 6:35 PM
    Location: LMCU Ballpark
    Get ready to cheer on your favorite team while celebrating diversity, inclusion, and unity at Pride Night! Join us on Thursday, June 8, 2023, at 6:35 PM at LMCU Ballpark as the Whitecaps take on the Timber Rattlers in an exciting game filled with pride and camaraderie.
  6. 6th Annual Pride Bar Crawl: Unleash the Fun and Celebrate Pride!
    Date: Saturday, June 10, 2023
    Time: 4:00 PM – 11:59 PM
    Location: Rumors Nightclub
    Get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey through the vibrant streets of Grand Rapids during the 6th Annual Pride Bar Crawl! Join us on Saturday, June 10, 2023, starting at 4:00 PM at Rumors Nightclub for an epic celebration of pride, unity, and non-stop fun.
  7. GR Pride Tour: Unveiling the 2SLGBTQ+ History of Downtown Grand Rapids!
    Date: June 10th
    Time: 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Location: Downtown Grand Rapids (Meeting point to be announced)
    Prepare to embark on an enlightening and entertaining journey through the vibrant streets of downtown Grand Rapids with the GR Pride Tour! Hosted by the charismatic Eirann Betka-Pope of Betka-Pope Productions, this unique walking tour unveils the light-hearted and impactful stories that shape the 2SLGBTQ+ history of our city.
  8. Pride Drag Show + Bingo: A Fabulous Fusion of Fun and Games!
    Date: June 10th
    Time: 12:30pm
    Location: Golden Age at Creston Brewery
    Drag Show + Bingo in celebration of Pride Month? Count us in! Prepare for an afternoon of sheer fabulousness, as you sip on mimosas, savor a delectable brunch, and indulge in the exciting world of bingo with a fabulous twist.
  9. LGBTQ Wedding Expo: Celebrating Love and Equality!
    Date: June 11th
    Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Location: Golden Age at Creston Brewery
    Get ready to plan your dream wedding while celebrating equality at the LGBTQ Wedding Expo! Join us on June 11, 2023, from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM for an afternoon filled with planning, networking, and embracing the joyous journey to your big day. This event is free to the public and open to all who share a passion for love and equality.
  10. Pride Poetry Open Mic and Drop Party: Unleash Your Creativity and Celebrate!
    Date: June 15th
    Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Location: Courage and Soar
    Get ready to immerse yourself in the power of words, creativity, and celebration at the Pride Poetry Open Mic and Drop Party! Join us on June 15, 2023, from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Courage and Soar for an unforgettable evening of poetic expression and the launch of Fruit Basket drop.
  11. Karlesque: A Fabulous Karaoke & Burlesque Mashup for a Cause!
    Date: June 15th
    Location: Fulton Street Pub & Grill
    Get ready to unleash your inner diva at Karlesque, the sensational karaoke and burlesque mashup that’s back by popular demand! And this time, it’s for a special Pride Month fundraiser benefiting the GR Trans Foundation. Grab your friends and head to Fulton Street Pub & Grill for a night of unforgettable entertainment. Advance tickets are VIP tiers only. General admission is $15 at the door.
  12. Grand Rapids Pride Festival: A Spectacular Fiesta of Love!
    Date: June 17th 2023, 12pm-10pm
    Location: Calder Plaza
    Hold onto your hats and prepare for an electrifying extravaganza at the Grand Rapids Pride Festival! Calder Plaza will be transformed into a paradise of non-stop fun, overflowing with mind-blowing music, tantalizing treats, and a fabulous marketplace. Join the dance floor, soak up the positive vibes, and get ready to create unforgettable memories with your chosen family!
  13. Dance 4 Pride with Scott Hamilton: Move, Groove, and Support LGBTQ+ Charities!
    Date: Wednesday, June 28, 2023
    Time: 6:00 PM
    Location: City Flats Ballroom
    Get ready to dance, sweat, and support a great cause at Dance 4 Pride with Scott Hamilton! This vibrant event is all about raising funds for local LGBTQ+ charities while having a blast on the dance floor. Scott Hamilton, a renowned instructor, will lead you through an easy-to-follow dance-cardio sequence set to awesome music and filled with good vibes. No matter your skill level, this class is designed for everyone to enjoy and celebrate their uniqueness.

Grand Rapids, Michigan is about to unleash a Pride celebration like no other, overflowing with unbridled excitement, electrifying energy, and pure unadulterated fun! So, mark your calendars, gather your squad, and get ready to immerse yourself in a whirlwind of love, pride, and exhilaration. From the dazzling Pride Festival to the jaw-dropping Drag Shows, every event is set to create memories that will last a lifetime. Let your true colors shine and let’s make this Pride month in Grand Rapids the party of a lifetime!