10 Things To Do this Weekend: May 17th-19th
This weekend we have more Festivals, Baseball, Cirque du Soleil, The Cult, Comedy, a Fire Expo, and a Tour of Historic Homes. There is something for people of all ages this weekend!
Some activities include the kids, while others are more for the adults.
Click on the event title for additional information.
Endangered Species Day
John Ball Zoo, 1300 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Friday, May 17th, 2019 - 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Cost: Free with Regular Zoo Admission
Help save our world's wildlife. Come learn about endangered species and what you can do to help them. Extra activities all day. Meet Milton the Massasauga and learn about Michigan's only Rattlesnake and the conservation efforts that JBZ participates in. Meet ambassador animals throughout the zoo. Learn more about tigers, mountain bongos, cotton-top tamarins, and other endangered species at John Ball Zoo
John Ball Park, 1300 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Friday, May 17th, 2019 - 12:00 Noon-10:00 pm
Saturday, May 18th, 2019 - 11:00 am-10:00 pm
Sunday, May 19th, 2019 - 12:00 Noon-6:00 pm
Cost: Free Admission
Diversity, creativity and energy that will open your eyes to the awesomeness that is the West Side of Grand Rapids, WestFest is quickly becoming one of West Michigan's destination festivals. And this year it's bigger and better than EVER! Be sure to get your ride wristbands early and save BIG! There will be more live music, on-site BBQ, GRFD Fire Trucks and other Emergency vehicles and a family-friendly Scavenger Hunt! Join in the fun that is WestFest 2019!
Baseball: The West Michigan Whitecaps vs. The Great Lakes Loons
Fifth Third Ballpark, 4500 W. River Dr., NE, Comstock Park, MI 49321
Friday, May 17th, 2019 - 7:05 pm
Saturday, May 18th, 2019 - 7:05 pm
Sunday: May 19th, 2019 - 2:00 pm
Cost: Tickets start at $9.00
The West Michigan Whitecaps take on the Great Lakes Loons this weekend at Fifth Third Ballpark. On Friday night it will be a another FANomenal Friday! This week it will be Pokémon Night with the first 500 fans 14 & under getting a Pokémon Ash Hat. There will also be an appearance by Pikachu, Charmander and Squirtle. After the game on Saturday, stick around for the Family Fare Fireworks. And on Sunday it will be 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.
Cirque du Soleil Crystal
Van Andel Arena, 130 Fulton St. W, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Friday, May 17th, 2019 - 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 18th, 2019 - 4:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 19th, 2019 - 1:30pm & 5:00 pm
Cost: Tickets start at $59.00
Cirque du Soleil is thrilled to return to Grand Rapids with its coolest arena show yet - Crystal. This one of a kind arena production blends circus acts and the world of ice skating in a stunning production that will take the audience on a journey into a whimsical frozen playground where figure skating mingles with acrobatics and aerial feats. Crystal, the misfit heroine, takes you on an exhilarating tale of self-discovery as she dives into a world of her own imagination. She soars through this surreal world to become what she was always destined to be: confident, curious, and creative. Crystal invites you to suspend reality and glide into a world that springs to colorful life and astounding visual projections and a soundtrack that seamlessly blends popular music with the signature sound of Cirque du Soleil. Crystal is suitable for all ages.
The Cult - A Sonic Temple
20 Monroe Live, 11 Ottawa Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Friday, May 17th, 2019 - 8:00 pm
Cost: Tickets start at $42.50
The Cult will perform a show drawing from their 10 studio albums, with the centerpiece being a super set that’s focused on the core songs from Sonic Temple; some of these songs have not been performed since the album (their fourth) was originally released. This gathering and celebration for fans of The Cult is an opportunity to come together for one truly memorable night.
Comedian Ian Bagg
Dr. Grin’s at The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Friday, May 17th, 2019 - 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm
Saturday, May 18th, 2019 - 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm
Cost: Tickets are $10-$15 depending on time of show
Ian Bagg started his comedy career in his native country, Canada. So, what does a Canadian do when he has done it all? He boards a train to New York City, lives in a youth hostel and ends up on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," "The Late Late show with Craig Ferguson" and "Tonight Show with Jay Leno." It is not always fun and games. He was forced to do "Make Me Laugh," "Showcase Comics with Louie Anderson," "Fridays" on NBC and the "Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn." He has had 2 half-hour specials, "Comedy Central Presents" and HBO's "A Comics Climb" and has been featured in 2 seasons of "Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand-Up Revolution" on Comedy Central. In 2015, Ian was a fan favorite and placed in the Top 5 on NBC's "Last Comic Standing."
Grand Rapids Fire Department Fire Expo
Grand Rapids Fire Department Headquarters, 38 La Grave Ave., SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Saturday, May 18th, 2019 - 11:00 am-4:00 pm
Learn more about your Fire Department at this free all-ages event. Activities include: Tours of the fire station, Chance to hang out with firefighters, Chance to check out a variety of fire apparatus, including our 1937 fire engine, rescue boat, ladder truck, rescue engine and Hazmat response vehicle, Demonstrations from 1-4 pm that include a vehicle extrication, rope rescue, hazardous material response devices and live fire demo, and Free refreshments. During the Fire Expo, the Fire Department’s fire safety smoke house will be set up in front of the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum to teach important safety tips.
Annual Heritage Hill Weekend Tour of Homes
Various Heritage Hill Homes
Saturday, May 18th, 2019 - 11:00 am-5:00 pm
Sunday, May 19th, 2019 - 12:00 Noon-6:00 pm
Cost: Tickets are $25.00
The Annual Heritage Hill Weekend Tour of Homes Turns 50! Step inside 8 restored private houses originally built for prominent Grand Rapids business and political leaders. Several of the featured homes were open on the original Tour in 1969. Three historic public buildings complete Tour’s line-up. As one of the country’s largest urban historic districts, the neighborhood will amaze you. 2019 Tour’s highlights include an outstanding Georgian beauty with 3 sun porches, 10 bedrooms, an impressive mahogany staircase and a working original Aeolian pipe organ in the music room; A shingle style charmer with a working fountain in its solarium and an 1875 Italianate that houses a 2-story wood-lined library designed to replicate one in a castle of Sir Walter Scott.
Roll'N Out Food Truck Festival
Heartside Park, 301 Ionia Ave., SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Saturday, May 18th, 2019 - 11:00 am-8:00 pm
Cost: Free Admission
The Grand Rapids Food Truck Association (GRFTA), will host the 3rd annual Roll’N Out Food Truck Fest on Saturday. Up to 30 food trucks and trailers will participate, making the event Grand Rapids’ largest food truck rally! In addition to the food trucks lining both sides of Ionia Avenue , the 3rd annual Roll’N Out Food Truck Fest will feature: Picnic space in Heartside Park (bring a blanket to enjoy food truck fare and music!), Entertainment from the Heartside Park stage, and Community Partner areas providing complimentary family-friendly activities. There will also be local live entertainment throughout the day!
Great Lakes International Cider Festival 2019
Rosa Parks Circle, 135 Monroe Center St., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Saturday, May 18th, 2019 - 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Cost: $15.00 (Admission includes 10 drink tickets with participating cideries.)
It will be a fun afternoon at Rosa Parks Circle experiencing a wide variety of ciders from Michigan and beyond! You won't want to miss out on Michigan's premier cider event; dry, sweet and crazy - there is cider here for everyone! Don't think you like cider? Let them prove you wrong! Love cider and looking for something new? This event is for you! Join them as they celebrate Grand Rapids Cider Week 2019 with live music and delicious cider!