10 Things To Do this Weekend: April 27th-29th
It looks like another nice weekend in West Michigan. We have a variety of outdoor and indoor events. Several sporting events...from baseball, to boxing, disc golf, to auto racing. It is also the final weekend to see the Butterflies are Blooming exhibit. There will be tree planting, gardening, recycling, and even a White Elephant Sale. There is also a couple of opportunities to get rid of the unwanted drugs you may have.
Some activities include the kids, while others are more for the adults.
Click on the event title for additional information.
2018 YMCA White Elephant Sale
Former Baker Furniture Warehouse, 1661 Monroe Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Friday, April 27th, 2018 - 8:00 am-9:30 am Early Bird Sale ($5 Admission), 9:30 am-9:00 pm
Saturday, April 28th, 2018 - 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Cost: Free Admission except for the Early Bird Sale Friday morning from 8:00 am-9:30 am
Grand Rapids largest garage sale. This White Elephant extravaganza has been referred to as a Rummage Sale on steroids. The sale supports YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin, this year focusing on the Willem Discovery Place -- a new nature education center and trail.
Butterflies Are Blooming - Final Weekend
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave., NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Runs through Monday, April 30th, 2018 - During Regular Hours
Cost: Included with regular admission
The annual Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies Are Blooming exhibition at Meijer Gardens is the largest temporary tropical butterfly exhibition in the nation. Tropical butterflies from around the world fly freely in the Tropical Conservatory in March and April. Throughout the exhibition, there is special educational programming and the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden offers butterfly-themed activities.
Baseball: The West Michigan Whitecaps vs. The Lansing Lugnuts
Fifth Third Ballpark, 4500 W. River Dr., NE, Comstock Park, MI 49321
Friday, April 27th, 2018 - 6:00 pm
Saturday, April 28th, 2018 - 4:00 pm
Sunday, April 29th, 2018 - 2:00 pm
Cost: Tickets start at $8 ($1 Lawn tickets on Sunday)
The West Michigan Whitecaps host the Lansing Lugnuts for games this weekend. Along with their regularly scheduled games, they also will be making up to postponed games from earlier in the month against the Lugnuts.
2018 Mayor's Greening Initiative Tree Planting
Sullivan Field, 650 Valley Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Friday, April 27th, 2018 6:00 pm-7:00 pm - Tree Giveaway
Saturday, April 28th, 2018 - 9:00 am-2:00 pm - Tree Planting and Community Celebration
You're invited to participate in the 3rd Annual Mayor’s Greening Initiative, hosted by Mayor Bliss, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, and the City’s Forestry Department! The Mayors Greening Initiative brings together community and corporate volunteers to plant hundreds of trees around the City of Grand Rapids during Arbor Week, April 22-28. This initiative gives the communities and individuals of Grand Rapids a chance to participate in bringing Grand Rapids closer to the City’s master plan goal of 40%t tree canopy cover.
Friday from 6–7 pm, they will be giving away 100 five gallon trees to Grand Rapids residents at Sullivan Field. Trees are sponsored by Bartlett Tree Experts and are available on a first come, first serve basis so get there early!
Saturday at Sullivan Field there will be a community tree planting from 9 am-12 pm. This year’s one-day community tree planting will take place in the neighborhoods near Sullivan Field and Stocking Elementary on the city’s West Side. followed by a lunchtime celebration of Arbor Week from 12:30-3:00 pm.
West Michigan Golden Gloves Championship
The DeltaPlex Arena, 2500 Turner Ave., Grand Rapids, MI 49544
Friday, April 27th, 2018 - 7:00 pm
Cost: Tables Seats $35 each, Ringside $20, General Admission $12
Michigan Golden Gloves Presents the West Michigan Championship at The DeltaPlex Arena on Saturday. Doors are scheduled to open at 6:00 pm, Fights begin at 7:00 pm. Amateur female and male boxers of all ages boxing to become the West Michigan Champions. Open female and male boxers move on to the National Golden Gloves in Omaha, Nebraska.
Disc Golf: Kentwood Classic
Jaycee Park, 1200 Gentian Dr., SE, Kentwood, MI 49508
Saturday, April 28th, 2018 - 8:00 am-6:00 pm
Sunday, April 29th, 2018 - 8:00 am-6:00 pm
Cost: $15 player packs from Innova for all amateurs. Open players will have the option to purchase a player pack disc for $10.
Grand Rapids Disc Golfers United (GRDGU) are happy to invite you to play in the Kentwood Classic at Jaycee Park this weekend. They will be playing two rounds of 18 holes. There is an optional $5 50/50 and an optional $5 Ace Pool. If nobody hits an ace during play we will hold a ctp throw to determine a winner.
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 4950
Saturday, April 28th, 2018 - 1:00 pm–2:30pm
Cost: Members $5, Non-members $8
If you would like to start a garden, but aren’t sure where to begin, this is the workshop for you! They will go over the square garden spacing technique, address common plant diseases and pests and how to manage them, and have a Q and A session where you can ask questions specific to your space. Participants will leave the workshop with a garden plan, and will have the opportunity to glean some seeds leftover from last year’s farm production. Please come to the workshop with the dimensions of your garden space, raised beds, or patio containers. If you don’t have a garden space already made, please come with your projected dimensions.
Drug Take Back Day
The Widdicomb Building, 665 Seward Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Saturday, April 28th, 2018 - 10:00 am-2:00 pm
Spectrum Health, The Grand Rapids Police Department, and Families Against Narcotics are partnering to host this collection site along with Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker. Drop off ANY unused drugs you may have in your home this Saturday! (There will also be a Drug Take Back Day in East Grand Rapids. Bring your unused prescription drugs to the Public Safety Department, 770 Lakeside Drive, in East Grand Rapids for safe disposal from 10:00 am-2:00 pm.)
C.A. Frost Environmental Science Academy, 1460 Laughlin, NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Saturday, April 28th, 2018 - 10:15 am-2:40 pm
This is a great recycling opportunity for the whole community. They will be accepting paper for their Paper Gator, including newsprint, damaged hard and soft cover books, shredded paper, and wrapping paper (nonmetallic). NO paperboard or cardboard They are also accepting paint -- both usable and non-usable. All usable paint will be used to do an art project at the middle and high school -- the rest will be sent for proper disposal. They will also be accepting metal recycling, which is also a fundraising opportunity.
Auto Racing: College Night
Berlin Raceway, 2060 Berlin Fair Dr., Marne, MI 49435
Saturday, April 28th, 2018 - Racing Starts at 6:30 pm
Cost: $12 Adults, $5 Children
Show your College ID for Free Admission! There will also be $1 Beers and $1 Hot Dogs. Scheduled are Super Late Models, Superstock, Sportsman, Mini Wedge and Compact Racing.