If you’re planning a trip to Grand Rapids, Michigan, this spring you’re in for a treat. The city comes alive as the flowers bloom and there’s plenty to do. We’ve listed some of our favorite annual springtime events for you to enjoy.
A Concert Under the Stars in Chaffee Planetarium
A brand new program is on offer at Concerts Under the Stars. Come in for an integrated audio and visual experience guaranteed to transport you into an imagined world. Enjoy looking out at a starry universe while listening to live music inspired by amazing local musicians Emma Loo and Sam. Museum members pay only ten dollars, non-members pay 12, and people who buy tickets at the door will be charged 15.
Ai Weiwei Art Exhibition
This spring, join the Grand Rapids community in welcoming internationally recognized artist, cultural figure, and humanist Ai Weiwei at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. The botanic garden will be an outstanding location for such an event that will share his innovative concepts and ideas. Weiwei’s artistic exploration investigates ideas regarding history, justice, and human dignity, often expressed with the use of ancient or traditional objects. It is a once in a lifetime show that should not be missed. The exhibition will be open between January 27 and August 20 and costs $14.50 for adult entry to the garden. Members come for free.
Beer City Brewery Hopping
Grand Rapids is a beautiful, walkable town, filled with eateries, shops, and–you guessed it–pubs galore. Naturally, the sidewalks and storefronts are even more lovely in the springtime. Gather around at your favorite drinking joints in Grand Rapids with a Beer City Brewsader Passport. Pick one up at one of the major breweries or at the Welcome Center at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. Use the passport to visit local breweries and to compare and contrast your tastes. The passport is free; brewery rates vary.
Laughfest is Grand Rapids’ ten-day comedy festival that brings together live shows, films, improvisational acts, stand-up comics, dance, community shows, and artists. Prepare for nights filled with joy, and all for a good cause: The funds raised support cancer, grief, and support programming at Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids. There’s always a huge turn-out–roughly 50,000 people come out each year–so you’re bound to find good company. Events take place across the Greater Michigan Region, though most of them will be in downtown Grand Rapids. To learn about the specific times and costs, visit the website.
Horse-Drawn Scenic Tour
Once you’re worn out from running around town and soaking up the latest in culture, sign up for a leisurely horse-drawn tour that will guide you through the ins and outs of Grand Rapids. Saddle up with various themes, such as romantic, old-fashioned, and princess. Rides are available any Friday or Saturday evening and can be picked up at the Fifth Third Bank. Fees are $60 in March and April and $40 from May onward.
Grand Rapids, Michigan, is a great choice for a vacation this season. Watch the city come alive, enjoy drinks and crowds, and take in art, music, and lots of laughs with these springtime events.