It looks like it might be a wintery weekend around West Michigan. It might be a good weekend for a few cocktails, maybe a run/walk, disc golf, or maybe something inside. We have plenty of options for you!

This Saturday is Veteran's Day, a day to honor our friends and family that have served in the United States Armed Forces. The Veteran's Day Parade will start at 11 am on Saturday. It will line up on Lyon Street and then head south on Monroe Avenue. It will go around Rosa Parks Circle and down Monroe Center. The parade will end at the Veterans Memorial Park, where a ceremony will happen.

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

Click on the event title for additional information.


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    Cocktail Week GR

    Various Locations

    Runs through Sunday, November 19th, 2017 - Times vary

    Cost: Get 2 Michigan cocktails + a shared-plate appetizer for $25 or less at participating bars and restaurants.

    Creative mixologists use locally-made artisanal spirits to enhance classic drinks and invent new ones. Bars and restaurants are expanding and evolving their adult-beverage menus. There’s even a Grand Rapids Cocktail Guild dedicated to the art and enjoyment of the distilled spirit.

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    Fulton Street Farmer's Market

    1147 E. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Friday, November 10th, 2017 - 8:00 am-3:00 pm

    Saturday, November 11th, 2017 - 8:00 am-3:00 pm

    Cost: Free Admission

    The Fulton Street Farmers Market is still open (and will be through December 23rd). Shop for locally-grown fruits and vegetables, meats, eggs, plants, home-made arts and crafts. Reap the benefits and pleasures of freshly-picked fruits and vegetables, as well as hand-made items!

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    Louder Than Words: Rock, Power, Politics

    Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, 303 Pearl St., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

    Runs through Sunday, February 11th, 2018 - Museum Hours

    Cost: $8.00 for adults, $7.00 for senior citizens & military service members, $6.00 for college students with ID, $4.00 for youth ages 6-18, Free for children under the age of 5

    Louder Than Words: Rock, Power & Politics, explores the power of rock to change attitudes about patriotism, peace, equality and freedom. Using video, multimedia, photographs, periodicals and artifacts, Louder Than Words showcases the intersection between rock and politics. It explores how artists exercise their First Amendment rights, challenge assumptions and beliefs, stimulate thought and effect change.

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    Mike Epps

    Van Andel Arena, 130 Fulton St. W, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Friday, November 10th, 2017 - 8:00 pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $52.00

    Mike Epps, actor, filmmaker, comedian and musician brings his Live Nation  "Mike Epps After Tour" to the Van Andel Arena. It will be a night full of laughs featuring Mike Epps with special guests Bruce Bruce and Earthquake.

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    Veterans Day 5 Walk/Run

    Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, 3000 Monroe Ave., NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505

    Saturday, November 11th, 2017 - 8:00 am

    Cost: Remembrance Walk is free, 5K Run is $38 Registration, 5 Mile Run is $43.00 Registration

    Celebrate Veterans Day 2017 with the first annual Veterans Day 5, starting and finishing at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. Offering timed 5 mile (9:40 am start) and 5K (10 am start) runs, along with a no charge and untimed .5 mile Remembrance Walk (9:30 am start), the Veterans Day 5 will benefit the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans and include the SpartanNash Community Pancake Breakfast (9:30 am-12:30 pm, complimentary to run participants, $5 to all others) for the community and Veterans Home residents.

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    Dirty Duel

    Robinette's, 3142 Four Mile Rd., NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

    Saturday, November 11th, 2017 - 9:00 am-11:00 am

    Cost: Registration $40.00

    The Dirty Duel is the only trail race in the U.S. that offers racers a choice of courses. Join over 700 racers who will split off right after the start in a dueling dash back to the finish. Will it be the “easier” 6K course that speeds runners to a top finish or the shorter but brutal 5K “trail” that racers survive on their way to victory? Depending on the course chosen, runners will face a sand dune, cornfield/maze, and off-trail sections. Donuts, cider, and apples after the race.

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    SantaFest 2017

    Woodland Mall, 3195 28th St., SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512

    Saturday, November 11th, 2017 - 10:00 am-1:00 pm

    Cost: Free

    Join Santa and friends to off the holiday season! Welcome Santa at his brand new home, the Arctic Forest, in Macy's Court at 10 am. The festivities continue at each workshop station as you visit Santa to purchase a Keepsake Photo, PREIT Perks Members get access to the Easy Pass entrance, enjoy holiday treats and interactive games, hang with special characters, create memorable take-home crafts, and write a Letter to Santa.

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    Grand Rapids Symphony

    DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Various Shows and Times this Weekend

    Cost: Varies depending on performance

    The Grand Rapids Symphony has a couple of different performances this weekend. Witness the Grand Rapids premiere of “An American in Paris” Live with Orchestra! Evoking the sights and spirit of Paris in the early 1950s. The 1951 film stars Gene Kelly as a former American GI who falls in love with Parisian Leslie Caron. Weaving the romantic storylines together are the iconic songs of George and Ira Gershwin, including: “Embraceable You”, “Nice Work If You Can Get It”, “I Got Rhythm”, “’S Wonderful” and “Love is Here to Stay”. Showtimes are at 8:00 pm on Friday and Saturday evenings and at 3:00 pm on Sunday.

    On Saturday, November 11th at 3:00 pm they are presenting “The Snowman”. Based on the award-winning children's book by Raymond Briggs, this concert captures a magical night for a boy and his snowman friend. Live orchestral music accompanies the Oscar-nominated 1982 movie. A great way to kick-off the holiday season!

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    Disc Downtown Inaugural Tournament

    Grand Valley State University Pew Campus, Downtown Grand Rapids, MI

    Sunday, November 12th, 2017 - 8:00 am-6:00 pm

    Cost: Doubles format; $90 registration fee/team

    This is the inaugural tournament. A true, urban disc golf tournament. Grand Rapids has patiently awaited the arrival of this event! The Disc Downtown Inaugural Tournament will offer competitive Pro and Am Doubles player divisions and a community family round, sick pay-outs, CTPs, tons of prizes & giveaways, and Chainstar baskets in the middle of the GVSU campus. The course will run through Grand Valley State University Pew Campus in downtown starting under US 131. Streets will be closed to make disc golf holes leading to Ah Nab Awen Park with holes next to the Grand River. This urban disc golf course will be both fun and challenging to all skill levels.

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    Grand Rapids Reptile Show

    American Legion Neal E. Fonger Post 179, 2327 Wilson Ave., SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534

    Sunday, November 12th, 2017 - 10:00 am-3:00 pm

    Cost: $6 Adults. Children 12 & under Free

    The Grand Rapids Reptile Show returns this weekend. Stop out and see some very cool reptiles on display. There will also be vendors with supplies.

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