10 Things To Do this Weekend: July 12th-14th
We have more fireworks... along with a Fair, Food, Music, Baseball, Movies, Comedy, Wagon Rides, and even an event for the dog!
Some activities include the kids, while others are more for the adults.
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Ionia Free Fair
Ionia Fairgrounds, 317 S. Dexter St., Ionia, MI 48846
Runs through Saturday, July 20th, 2019 - See Website for Event Times
Cost: Free Admission
It’s time for the Ionia Free Fair -- called “The 10 Best Days of Summer”. Events include a parade, fair food, amusement rides, concerts, and fair animals.
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.
Heart: Love Alive Tour
Van Andel Arena, 130 Fulton St. W, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Friday, July 12th, 2019 - 7:00 pm
Cost: Tickets start at $29.50
Ann and Nancy Wilson are back together again and touring! Heart will be in Grand Rapids on their Love Alive Tour, with special guest Sheryl Crow and Lucie Silvas, at Van Andel Arena on Friday.
Baseball: The West Michigan Whitecaps
Fifth Third Ballpark, 4500 W. River Dr., NE, Comstock Park, MI 49321
Friday, July 12th, 2019 - 7:05 pm - vs. Quad Cities River Bandits
Saturday, July 13th, 2019 - 7:05 pm - vs. Kane County Cougars
Sunday, July 14th, 2019 - 6:00 pm - vs. Kane County Cougars
Cost: Tickets start at $9.00
The West Michigan Whitecaps are in the middle of a six-game homestand. On Friday, the Whitecaps take on Quad Cities. It will be another FANomenal Friday. This week it’s Hello Kitty night featuring a Hello Kitty appearance. There will also be fireworks after Friday night’s game. On Saturday, the Whitecaps play Kane County. Las Calaveras de West Michigan will be back as part of the MiLB Copa de la Diversion initiative. The Whitecaps take on a new identity and celebrate the best of Hispanic/Latino culture and heritage with music, food, family, and fun! There will also be fireworks after the game on Saturday. Then on Sunday, it’s Helen DeVos Children's Hospital Family Day. The first 1,000 kids eat free! Also get autographs and play catch on the field before the game and Kids Run the Bases after the game.
Movies on Monroe: "Matilda" & "Crazy Rich Asians"
City of Grand Rapids Property, 555 Monroe Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Friday, July 12, 2019 - Gates open at 6:00 pm, First movie starts at 7:30 pm
Movies on Monroe, the premier outdoor film series in Grand Rapids, returns this summer with big screen entertainment by the banks of the Grand River! This event will feature Matilda (PG) and Crazy Rich Asians (PG-13). Movies will play on 400-square foot LED video wall. Moviegoers are encouraged to bring their own chairs, beer, wine, and snacks. Rental lawn chairs will be available for $2 per chair. Food trucks will be on-site and various snacks will be available for purchase at the event. Pets are welcome! This is a smoke-free event series. Costumes are encouraged.
Patton Oswalt Live: 2019 Tour with Orlando Leyba
20 Monroe Live, 11 Ottawa Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Friday, June 12th, 2019 - 7:30 pm
Cost: Tickets start at $39.50
A comedian, actor, and writer, Patton Oswalt continues to find success in all areas of entertainment. From his Emmy-winning and Grammy-nominated comedy specials to his many memorable film roles and guest appearances on his favorite TV shows (including “Parks and Recreation,” for which he received a TV Critics Choice Award), Oswalt continues to choose work that inspires him and entertain audiences. In April, Oswalt released his sixth comedy special “Talking for Clapping” (Netflix) and can currently be seen on Netflix’s new show “Lady Dynamite,” starring fellow comedian Maria Bamford, and on HBO’s “Veep.” He also recently finished shooting the big screen adaptation of Dave Eggers’ novel “The Circle, alongside Tom Hanks, Emma Watson, and John Boyega.
Grand Rapids Picnic Pops - Classical Fireworks: Salute to America
Cannonsburg Ski Area, 7825 Cannonsburg Rd NE, Cannon, MI 49341
Friday, July 12th, 2019 - 8:00 pm
Join the Grand Rapids Pops as they celebrate America with a playlist featuring “The Armed Forces Salute”, “Overture to Candide”, “God Bless America,” John Williams’ “Theme from Born on the 4th of July”, and Sousa's “Stars and Stripes Forever”. In honor of their 25th anniversary celebration pianist, Rich Ridenour, will return for an encore performance of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” along with the 3rd movement of his “Concerto in F”! The evening will end in an explosion of color and grandeur against the backdrop of the night sky while the Grand Rapids Symphony performs Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture”.
Comedian Stewart Huff
Dr. Grin’s at The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Friday, July 12th, 2019 - 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm
Saturday, July 13th, 2019 - 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm
Cost: Tickets are $10-$15 depending on time of show
Stewart Huff's knack for embracing the foibles of humanity and his refreshing originality make him as likeable as he is hilarious. A storyteller at heart, Huff continues to amaze with his clever material and personal wit. Huff has performed in comedy clubs nationally and internationally, including the Improv in Los Angeles and New York, the Punchline in Atlanta and the Funny Bone in Omaha, as well as countless others. A finalist in the 2006 Boston Comedy Festival, Huff was also invited to perform in the HBO Las Vegas Festival, where his act can be viewed on pay-per-view.
2nd Annual Pooch Street Party at Creston Brewery
Creston Brewery, 1504 Plainfield Ave., NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Saturday, July 13th, 2019 - 11:45 am-4:00 pm
Cost: Free Admission
It’s another Pooch Street Party at Creston Brewery! They will be kicking off the event with a Community Dog walk at 11:45, led by Nature of the Dog. The walk will wind up back at Creston for a dog costume contest (the best dressed pup will win a prize!), live music and lots of fun vendor booths to check out. Make sure to bring a donation for Pleasant Hearts Pet Food Pantry! Buddies Pet Photography will be offering Mini Pet & People Photo Booth Sessions. Fido & Stitch will be providing dog tattoos, A Pleasant Dog will have a dog kissing booth, Uniquely K9 will be selling their fantastic locally made dog collars, Shaggy Pines Dog Park will have their Shaggy Shuttle parked and ready for tours, and Mi Beer Dog will be offering treat samples! If your dog is people friendly AND dog friendly, this party is for you!
Wagon Rides through the Orchards
Robinette's Apple Haus & Winery, 3142 4 Mile Rd., NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Saturday, July 13th, 2019 - 12:00 Noon-2:00 pm
Cost:$2.00 per person, 2 & under are free
Most people think a wagon ride is just an activity to do in the fall. Not at Robinette’s! Join them for a wagon ride through the orchards. Learn about the different types of apples and other fruit that they grow at Robinette’s. Rides will leave every half hour (12:00, 12:30, 1:00, 1:30 and 2:00). Weather permitting.