We have a chance to Empty the Shelters, Tulips, the Kentucky Derby, Cinco de Mayo, a Farmer’s Market, a Mom’s Sale, a Shooting Competition, Free Comic Books and more! Get out and enjoy the first weekend in May.

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

Click on the event title for additional information.


  • 1

    Comedian Nate Craig

    Dr. Grin’s at The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Friday, May 3rd, 2019 - 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm

    Saturday, May 4th, 2019 - 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm

    Cost: Tickets are $10-$15 depending on time of show

    Nate Craig has appeared on "AXS Gotham Comedy Live" and has appeared on Comedy Central's "Tosh.0" and "Mash-up" which he also wrote for. His new album Nate Craig "Eggshell" will be featured in the Pandora's "Comedy Spotlight" at Pandora.com. Nate has headlined both the "Laugh Your Asheville Off" and "San Francisco Comedy and Burrito Festivals" and been featured at the RIOT LA, Bridgetown and HBO Las Vegas Comedy Festivals.

  • 2

    Holland Tulip Festival

    Various Locations in Holland, MI

    Runs Saturday, May 4th, 2019 through Sunday, May 12th, 2019 - Various Times

    Cost: Varies depending on event

    Celebrating their 90th year, Tulip Time has grown over the years to be so much more than a flower festival. Back in 1929, the City of Holland planted its first crop of 100,000 tulips and the overwhelming number of visitors over the years as the Festival took shape resulted in the addition of programs,  pageantry, costumes, parades and the popular Dutch Dancers. Each year, they strive to showcase all that Holland, Michigan has to offer. There will be parades, entertainment, food, a carnival, tulips and more!

  • 3

    Opening Day 2019 at the Fulton Street Farmers Market

    Fulton Street Farmers Market, 1145 Fulton St. E., Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Saturday, May 4th, 2019 - 8:00 am-2:00 pm

    Cost: Free Admission

    The Fulton Street Farmers Market kicks off their 97th Main Market Season! With the end of a very successful Winter Market, they are ready to jump right into the 2019 Main Market season! There will be a diverse selection of vendors selling Michigan-grown produce, vegetable transplants to get your garden started, mushrooms, pastured meat, dairy, eggs, locally-crafted food products, and handmade artisan goods!  There will also be a Gettin' Fresh food truck on site if you're hungry and want to try one of their delicious, sandwiches, salads, or soups! They also always have a vegetarian option, and often have vegan options too!

  • 4

    Spring West Michigan Mom's Sale

    DeVos Place Convention Center, 303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Saturday, May 4th, 2019 - 9:00 am-1:00 pm

    Cost: $3-5 donation at the door

    The West Michigan Mom’s Sale is the best place in Grand Rapids to save money! Buy new or gently used baby and children clothing (boy/girl size 0-16), maternity clothing, toys, nursery furniture, books, bikes, and anything else that is baby, child, or maternity related!  You’ll find everything you need for your children, all in one place! Don’t miss this one-day event! Small Strollers Welcome

  • 5

    “American Civil War Shooting Association” Jewell Skirmish

    Red Flannel Rod and Gun Club, 7463 18 Mile Road, Cedar Springs, MI

    Saturday, May 4th, 2019 - 9:00 am-5:30 pm

    Sunday, May 5th, 2019 - 9:30 am-1:00 pm

    Cost: Free Admission and Free Parking

    Named in remembrance of the Cedar Springs “Jewell branch of the “Grand Army of the Republic””.  This is not a reenactment, this is a live fire competition with teams representing both Union and Confederate units using Civil war weapons.  This is a kid/family friendly event.

  • 6

    Free Comic Book Day

    Various Locations

    Saturday, May 4th, 2019 - Various Times

    Cost: Free

    Free Comic Book Day is an annual event founded on the belief that for every person out there, there’s a comic book they’ll love. Every year, on the first Saturday in May, the industry comes together to give away free comics and encourage fans, both old and new, to flock to the best place in the comic book community: local comic shops. These are the hubs of our community, where fans can come together and discover new comics, make lifelong friends, and find a sense of commonality. Various businesses in Grand Rapids are participating, including Vault of Midnight, Tardys Collectors Corner, and The Comic Signal

  • 7

    Bissell Pet Foundation's Empty the Shelters

    Various Locations

    Saturday, May 4th, 2019 12:00 Noon-

    Cost: $25.00

    Every pet deserves a loving home and the Empty the Shelters event makes this dream a reality for thousands of shelter pets. You have the chance to adopt a pet from one of the 112+ participating shelters for just $25 and Bissell Pet Foundation will cover the remainder of the adoption fee. If you plan on adopting, take the time to prepare and do your research! For a full list of participating shelters and for more details visit their website: https://www.bissellpetfoundation.org/empty-the-shelters/. Pre-approval is strongly encouraged.

  • 8

    Kentucky Derby Parties

    Various Locations

    Saturday, May 4th, 2019 - Post time: 6:50 pm

    Cost: Varies by location

    Grab your big hats and your mint juleps! The Kentucky Derby is this Saturday. Post time is 6:50 pm with coverage on NBC (WOOD TV-8 locally) beginning at 2:30 pm. Many bars and restaurants will be having watch parties. Check with your favorite establishment to see if they have anything planned.

  • 9

    Cinco de Mayo Parties

    Various Locations

    Sunday, May 5th, 2019 - Various times

    Cost: Varies by location

    If you are looking for another reason to party this weekend, Sunday is Cinco de Mayo. Several area bars and restaurants will be having special events and specials. Check with your favorite establishment for their specific plans.

  • 10

    Classic Deep Purple Live performed by Glenn Hughes

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

    Sunday, May 5th, 2019 - 8:00 pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $26.50

    Glenn Hughes, former bassist and singer of Deep Purple, known to millions as the ‘Voice of Rock’, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and the current front man for rock super group Black Country Communion is pleased to announce that he will be performing Deep Purple only material with his “CLASSIC DEEP PURPLE LIVE” nationwide U.S. tour.

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