Not only is it the Festival of the Arts in downtown Grand Rapids this weekend, but there are also a couple of concerts and plays, two different runs, a free dental clinic, a reptile & exotic pet show, and a chance to adopt a dog.

Some activities include the kids, while others are more for the adults.

Click on the event title for additional information.


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    A Few Good Men

    Circle Theatre Grand Rapids, 1703 Robinson Rd., SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

    Runs Thursday, May 31st, 2018 through Saturday, June 16th, 2018 - Wednesday-Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sunday, June 10th at 5:00 pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $13.00

    Aaron Sorkin’s Broadway hit about the trial of two Marines for complicity in the death of a fellow Marine at Guantanamo Bay sizzles on stage. The Navy lawyer, a callow young man more interested in softball games than the case, expects a plea bargain and a cover up of what really happened. Prodded by a female member of his defense team, the lawyer eventually makes a valiant effort to defend his clients and, in so doing, puts the military mentality and the Marine code of honor on trial.

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    Free Dental Clinic

    Huizinga Tennis and Track Center, Calvin College, 3201 Burton St., SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

    Friday, June 1st, 2018 - Open at 6:00 am

    Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 - Open at 6:00 am

    Cost: Free

    The Michigan Dental Association and the Michigan Dental Association Foundation are now working to organize an unprecedented statewide dental access program — the Michigan Mission of Mercy event, to be held at Calvin College in Grand Rapids. Approximately 2,500 patients are expected to be treated over the course of two days. Free dental services (see all services below) for all ages

    Everyone is welcome-no income limitations. Doors open at 6:00 am sharp. Doors CLOSE when maximum capacity is reached. Arrive early-be prepared for long lines. Services offered include Fillings, Cleanings, Extractions, and Education. EXCLUDES bridges, crowns, dentures, metal-based partial dentures, orthodontics or extraction of wisdom teeth.

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    Festival of Arts

    Downtown Grand Rapids - Various Locations

    Friday, June 1st, 2018 - 12:00 Noon-10:30 pm

    Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 - 10:00 am-10:30 pm

    Sunday, June 3rd, 2018 - 10:00 am-7:30 pm

    Cost: Free Admission

    It’s the 48th Annual Festival of the Arts this weekend. This three-day community event features several stages of performances, a juried Regional Arts Exhibition, and dozens of food booths run by non-profit organizations. Plus, creative activities for children and adults to enjoy making their own art, as well as purchasing art from West Michigan artists. Every purchase at Festival --.from food to art to t-shirts and posters -- gives back to the West Michigan community.

  • 4

    Shrek The Musical

    Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, 30 Division Ave., N, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Runs Friday, June 1st, 2018 through Sunday, June 17th, 2018 - Shows Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday Matinees at 2:00 pm

    Cost: Tickets are $18-37

    Based on William Steig’s book, Shrek!, and DreamWorks’ beloved 2001 movie, comes a musical adaption of the favorite adventure of Shrek and Donkey! In a whirlwind mashup of classic fairy-tale characters, Shrek and Donkey begin a quest to save their swamp and confront the evil Lord Farquaad. Conquest, adventure, and love are combined to create a magical, new spin on the classic fairy tales of old. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

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    20 Monroe Live, 11 Ottawa Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Friday, June 1st, 2018 - 8:00 pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $28.00

    This show was rescheduled from its original date of March 31st. Long known as one of the best live acts in the business, BoDeans continue to tour year round and continue to deliver amazing, high-energy performances. Their reputation for delivering a dynamic live show garnered support slots with U2/Joshua Tree Tour, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Tom Petty, George Thorogood, The Pretenders, David Bowie, and appearances at Farm Aid, Summerfest, and ACL, among others. They’ve been featured on SNL, Letterman, Today, Imus, CNN, ESPN, and many more. BoDeans have a permanent installation at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland.

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    Marathon Training Kickoff

    YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, 475 Lake Michigan Dr., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

    Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 - 8:00 am-10:00 am

    Cost: Free

    Come join them to help kickoff marathon training season! Meet at the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids downtown and go for a group run at 8:00 am. Nothing too crazy, around 6 miles maximum but you are welcome to turn around when you need to.

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    The Super Run 5k

    Riverbend Pavilion, Riverside Park, 2001 Monroe Ave., NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505

    Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 - 8:00 am-11:00 am

    Cost: Registration starts at $29.99

    Be a Hero. Help a Cause. Join the Run. Grab your cuffs and fly over to The Super Run, a national series of Superhero-themed 5K fun runs that partner with nonprofit organizations to put on events to help raise funds and awareness for their cause. All Galactic Heroes are all welcome. Be sure to get your picture in front of the Superhero photo screen, get the official event Superhero Galactic Blaster Cuffs and finisher's medal, and enjoy the fun for all ages.

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    The Grand Rapids Reptile & Exotic Pet Expo

    The Highlands Golf Club, 2715 Leonard St., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504-3761

    Saturday, June 2nd, 2019 - 10:00 am-3:00 pm

    A great event for fans and families. A large variety of amazing reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and small mammals along with all the supplies and feeders you need for them at great prices. Tons of free parking.

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    The Asher House

    Humane Society of West Michigan, 3077 Wilson Dr., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534

    Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 - 1:00 pm-3:00 pm

    Cost: Free Admission

    The Asher House is currently embarking on a cross-country mission to get dogs out of shelters and into loving homes. Lee Asher and his team will be showcasing the animals at HSWM. They will also pay $25 towards the adoption of any dog 1 year and older during this event, as well as supplying the adopter with MyOllie dog food.

  • 10

    Gladys Knight

    Frederik Meijer Gardens Amphitheater, 1000 East Beltline Ave., NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

    Sunday, June 3rd, 2018 - 7:00 pm

    Cost: Member Cost: $71, Non-Member Cost: $73

    Very few singers over the last fifty years have matched Gladys Knight's unassailable artistry. This seven-time Grammy winner has enjoyed #1 hits in Pop, Gospel, R&B and Adult Contemporary, and has triumphed in film, television and live performance.

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