10 Things To Do this Weekend: July 6th-8th
This weekend we still have fireworks at a couple locations (if you haven’t had enough of things exploding in air). There are also concerts, comedy, judo competitions, reptiles, movies, nature, auto racing, robots, and a vintage market...just a few suggestions of things to do this weekend!
Some activities include the kids, while others are more for the adults.
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Free Friday at Blandford Nature Center
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Friday, July 6th, 2018 - 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Cost: Non-Members $3, Members FREE
Visitors will receive FREE general admission to explore all of the opportunities Blandford has to offer. Go see the owls, hike the trails or visit the farm all without charge.
National Judo Competition
DeVos Place Convention Center, 303 Monroe Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Friday, July 6th, 2018
Saturday, July 7th, 2018
Sunday, July 8th, 2018
It’s the USJF Junior National Championships (United States Judo Federation) at DeVos Place Convention Center this weekend. Who will take home the gold in Grand Rapids?
Movies on Monroe
Movies on Monroe, 555 Monroe Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Friday, July 6th, 2018 - 6:00 pm
Movies on Monroe, formerly Movies in the Park, is the premier outdoor film series in Grand Rapids. Films will be shown, free of charge, on a giant video wall along the banks of the Grand River every other Friday from June thru August. Guests are invited to treat the evening like a picnic and bring your own blanket, chairs, beer, wine and snacks for a special night under the stars. Gates open at 6:00 pm, Pre-movie entertainment begins at 6:30 pm. The first film starts at 7: 30 pm followed by an additional feature shortly after the first ends. This week’s movies are Major Payne (PG-13) and Saving Private Ryan (R).
Van Andel Arena, 130 Fulton St. W., Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Friday, July 6th, 2018 - 7:00 pm
Cost: Tickets start at $23.00
Kesha's latest album 'Rainbow', called "an artistic feat" by Entertainment Weekly and "the best music of her career" by Rolling Stone, marks a new beginning for Kesha. Based around inner strength and musical exploration, her latest No. 1 album finds Kesha at "her defiant, unbridled best" (USA Today), boasting collaborators ranging from Ben Folds to Eagles to Death Metal to Dolly Parton. The album has garnered praise from the New York Times, Billboard, NPR Music and more, and earned Kesha her first-ever GRAMMY nominations at the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards for "Best Pop Vocal Album" and "Best Pop Solo Performance" for "Praying."
Comedian Paul Strickland
Dr. Grin's at The BOB, 20 Monroe Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Friday, July 6th, 2018 - 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm (10:30 pm show is 21+)
Saturday, July 7th, 2018 - 5:30 pm, 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm (10:30 pm show is 21+)
Cost: Tickets start at $10.00
Paul Strickland has won numerous awards for his performances, including "Best Solo Performance" award from Freeline Media and the Linda Bowen "Pick of the Fringe" award from the Cincinnati Fringe Festival, and most recently received rave reviews from the Winnipeg Free Press and Edmonton Sun on his solo shows at Winnipeg and Edmonton Fringe Festivals (the two largest theater festivals in North America) where he sold out numerous shows. Paul is signed to "ON TOUR" Record Label, and his albums "Levels of Difficulty" and "Adolescence of Adulthood" are played daily on Sirius / XM Satellite Radio.
Grand Rapids Public Library- Main Branch, 111 Library St., NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Saturday, July 7th, 2018 - 10:00 am-12:00 Noon
Kids ages 10 and up can explore robotics every Saturday at the library. Using Lego Mindstorms EV3 kits, these hands-on robotics teach essential coding skills, problem solving, and more. This is a self-guided, drop-in event.
The Grand Rapids Reptile & Exotic Pet Expo
The Venue at The Highlands, 2715 Leonard St., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Saturday, July 7th, 2018 - 10:00 am-3:00 pm
This is a fun for the whole family event. A huge selection of reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, small mammals and all the foods, feeders and supplies you want and need for them. Lots of great door prizes and tons of free parking.
Auto Racing: 4th of July Celebration Night
Berlin Raceway, 2060 Berlin Fair Dr., Marne, MI 49435
Saturday, July 7th, 2018 - 6:30 pm-9:30 pm
Cost: Tickets start at $12.00
It’s Berlin Raceway’s 4th of July Celebration night on Saturday! All military, veterans and seniors 65+ are FREE and you won't want to miss their FIREWORKS display!!
Saturday, July 7th, 2018 - Dusk
There will still be a few fireworks displays this Saturday. If you haven’t had your fill of things exploding in the air just yet, you can head off to Coldwater, Shelbyville or Grand Rapids to see more! The Amway Family Fireworks will be at Ah-Nab-Awen Park, in front of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.
Vintage Street Market at the Downtown Market
Downtown Market Grand Rapids, 435 Ionia Ave., SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Sunday, July 8th, 2018 - 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Cost: Free Admission
Shop the Vintage Street Market, Grand Rapids' only monthly vintage market. Join them the second Sunday of every month for a day of vintage shopping. Whether you are looking for that perfect couture vintage dress, or a hand-painted vintage sideboard, the Vintage Street Market is where you’ll find that exciting treasure to complete your collection. This year’s Vintage Street Market vendors were carefully curated to provide the best variety of vintage goods Grand Rapids has to offer.