10 Things To Do this Weekend: August 30th-September 2nd
It’s Labor Day Weekend! We have a Gaming Convention, Dinosaurs, Toys, Food Trucks, a Rad American Women Walk, Comedy, Flowers, Free Pinball, Walking the Mac Bridge, and a Laborfest. Get out and enjoy the holiday weekend!
Some activities include the kids, while others are more for the adults.
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GrandCon Gaming Convention
DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Friday, August 30th, 2019 - 9:00 am-1:00 am
Saturday, August 31st, 2019 - 9:00 am-1:00 am
Sunday, September 1st, 2019 - 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Cost: Daily Admission is $35 on Friday and Saturday. $20 on Sunday.
GrandCon is a family friendly board gaming convention. A place where you can shop exhibitors, artists, cosplay, play hobby games all weekend, attend seminars, participate in tournaments, and meet and mingle with industry guests. GrandCon welcomes all, and they invite you to Come Play with them!
Amazing Dinosaurs Exhibit!
Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, 11 Sheldon Ave., NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Open during Regular Children’s Museum Hours
Cost: Included with general admission
Experience the majestic world of dinosaurs through giant, lifelike re-creations that immerse visitors in an interactive journey through time. Explore the unique habitats, behaviors, and physical features of these amazing creatures with hands-on activities. Visitors can play the role of paleontologist for the day, dig for hatchlings and fossils, make dinosaur tracks, and more!
Grand Rapids Public Museum, 272 Pearl St., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Open during regular museum hours.
Cost: Included with regular general museum admission
TOYS! is an interactive, multi-generation exhibition of toys and games to rekindle childhood memories and spark the creation of new ones. This GRPM original exhibit features toys and games from the Museum’s Collections and on loan from the community, allowing visitors to imagine, compete and create, while going on a journey of toys through generations. The exhibit will even include a 1980s style arcade!
Food Truck Fridays at Riverside Park
Riverside Park, 2001 Monroe Ave., NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Fridays - 5:00 pm-9:00 pm
Cost: Free Admission
Celebrating their 3rd year at Riverside, Food Truck Fridays are back with more food truck action. Food Truck Fridays will be held through September. This year during the hot summer months they will be setting up in a new location to offer more shade. It will still be off the Guild St. entrance, but will require less of a walk to the trucks. They will start the season as usual near the disc golf course. All trucks in attendance take credit cards. Most trucks offer Vegan options and some Gluten Free option. The event is family friendly so bring a blanket and your pet, and enjoy the food and company.
MEMP Grand Rapids: Rad American Women A-Z
Grand Rapids Public Museum, 272 Pearl St., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Friday, August 30th, 2019 - 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
Cost: The Walk is Free
Join the Michigan Emerging Museum Professionals for a self-guided walking tour in Grand Rapids. They'll explore the Rad American Women A-Z portraits scattered throughout downtown. After, they will have dinner and drinks at a local restaurant. The tour is based on the New York Times best selling Rad American Women book series by Kate Schatz. GR Walks offers an app with biographical information of each women included in the tour. We will meet at the entrance of the Grand Rapids Public Museum.
Comedian Matt Holt
Dr. Grin’s at The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Friday, August 30th, 2019 - 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm
Saturday, August 31st, 2019 - 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm
Cost: Tickets are $10-$15 depending on time of show
Matt Holt displays a quick-wit and razor-sharp delivery along with a very laid back and conversational style on stage. With his relaxed style, Matt transitions seamlessly from scripted material to of-the-cuff conversation with the audience, leaving them laughing, applauding and gasping for air. In addition to his stand up performances, Matt has also kept busy creating one-man shows. In 2014 he wrote and produced his show "Thank You Johnny Carson," which received great reviews. In 2015 he debuted his latest show, "Acting My Age!" Matt has performed with many of the greats in the comedy world, including Louis CK, Dave Attel, John Pinette, Ron White, and Jimmy Pardo among many more.
National Dahlia Show at Meijer Gardens
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave., NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Saturday, August 31st, 2019 - 12:00 Noon-5:00 pm
Sunday, September 1st, 2019 - 11:00 am-4:00 pm
Stroll through the Grand Room filled with stunning blooms, entered by dahlia aficionados from throughout the country. Be amazed by flowers the size of dinner plates and discover the huge variety of flower colors and forms available. View lovely floral arrangements and chat with West Michigan Dahlia Society members. Attend a free talk on Saturday at 4 pm to learn how to grow this beautiful flower and discover why the National Garden Bureau named 2019 the "Year of the Dahlia.
Free Pinball Day
The Pyramid Scheme, 68 Commerce Ave., SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Sunday, September 1st, 2019 - 4:00 pm-2:00 am
Head out to play from free pinball! This is for 21+. Current list of pinball machines: Addams Family, Batman 66, Congo, Creature From The Black Lagoon, Deadpool, Dialed In, Game Of Thrones, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Indiana Jones Pinball Adventure, Iron Maiden, Medieval Madness, Metallica, Monster Bash, Scared Stiff, The Shadow, Simpsons Pinball Party, Spiderman, Star Wars, Tales Of The Arabian Nights, Theatre Of Magic, Total Nuclear Annihilation, Twilight Zone, White Water & Walking Dead.
Walk the Mackinac Bridge
Mackinac Bridge, St. Ignace or Mackinaw City, MI
Monday, September 2nd, 2019 - 7:00 am-11:30 am
This activity requires a road trip to the north! Labor Day is the only day of the year you can walk on the Mackinac Bridge. The Bridge Walk begins at 7 am. You may start walking any time after the governor’s party starts the walk at approximately 7 am. No one will be permitted to start after 11:30 am so make sure you arrive early. This year, the walk begins in St. Ignace at the north end of the Mackinac Bridge in the Upper Peninsula, AND in Mackinaw City at the south end of the bridge in the Lower Peninsula. To participate in the walk you may: Walk from either end of the bridge, then turn around at the midpoint and return to the community where you started the walk. Walk from either end of the bridge, and continue across to the other side. This option is most like previous bridge walks. However, since bus transportation across the bridge will not be available, walkers who choose this option will need to arrange for their own transportation back across after the bridge reopens at noon. Or walk from either end of the bridge, continuing across to the other side, then walking back to the end of the bridge you started from. This options will mean a 10-mile round trip for participants.
Ah-Nab-Awen-Park, 299 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Monday, September 2nd, 2019 - 11:00 am-5:00 pm
There will be free admission all day to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. There will also be free live entertainment. Many fun things for the kids, including: a Penny Throwing Contest, Free Rides on the Kiddie Ferris Wheel, Jump for free in the Bouncy House, Free Rides on the Berry-Go-Round, Create Sidewalk Chalk Art, Free Country Fresh Ice Cream, and Face Painting. Several food vendors will also be there, along with a Beer Tent. There will also be local arts and crafters, Labor exhibits, and an “American Made” car and motorcycle show.