ArtPrize Project 1 continues, along with Festival Mexicana, a River Cleanup, an Opening Night at The Haunt, Tractors, a Run, a Stair Climb, Buying a Car, and a Street Fair. There should be something for everyone in that mix of events!

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

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    Project 1 by ArtPrize

    Various Locations and Times

    Runs through Sunday, October 17th, 2019

    Cost: Free

    The ArtPrize organization produces open citywide contemporary art experiences that encourage critical discourse, celebrate artists, transform urban space and promote cultural understanding. Project 1 is the next evolution of ArtPrize, the first in a series of citywide, community-oriented public art commissions to take place between biennial ArtPrize competitions. Featured on Saturday will be Blue Bridge Amplified Featuring Dan Deacon from 8:00-10:00 pm. Don’t miss an unforgettable evening of light, sound and community at this one-night-only performance. Electronic beat-maker and headliner, Dan Deacon, and an array of local artists will take over Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Voice Bridge, activating the sound system and 400+ lights that will traverse Grand Rapids’ iconic Blue Bridge. Founders will be there with multiple styles of beer, Grey Skies will be providing their kegged cocktail, and Hopcat will be debuting their new funnel cake fries along with their famous Cosmik fries.

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    Festival Mexicana

    Calder Plaza, 250 Monroe Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

    Kicks off on Friday, September 13th, 2019 at 12:00 Noon and runs through 6:00 pm on Sunday, September 15th, 2019

    Cost: Free Admission

    In 1969, a group of Mexican women had the vision of sharing their cultural heritage with the community at large. That evolved to become today’s Fiesta Mexicana. For 50 years Fiesta Mexicana has been a tradition in our community. Today the tradition continues thanks to the support of Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities. Celebrate 50 years with us at this free Festival!

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    Opening Night of The Haunt

    The Haunt, 1256 28th St., SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49509

    Friday, September 13th, 2019 - 6:30 pm-12:00 midnight

    Cost: Tickets start at $30.00

    Help The Haunt kick off their 2019 season with a "Friday the 13th" themed night!! The fFirst 300 guests receive a FREE "Friday the 13th" exclusive t-shirt, Free entry for anyone named "Jason", Social media contests and door prizes ALL night long, and a Live broadcast from 97.9 WGRD.

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    Mayors' Grand River Cleanup

    Sixth Street Park, 647 Monroe Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Saturday, September 14th, 2019 - 8:30 am-1:00 pm

    Cost: Free

    WMEAC is proud to host the 16th Annual Mayors' Grand River Cleanup. There will be a light refreshments before the event and a light lunch after with a refreshments area (must be 21+, ID required) supplied by Founders Brewery and Cascade Blonde. Small Acts make Grand Impact! Why do we clean the river? The Grand River is a vital part of the West Michigan community. We fish, play, and celebrate the Grand River throughout the year, but it only takes 15-30 minutes for trash on our streets and around storm drains to find its way to the Grand River. Pollution in rivers harms plants, fish, and wildlife and negatively impacts drinking water quality, scenic beauty, and recreational value. The Grand River empties into Lake Michigan, where we get our drinking water. The waste that is removed at the 16th Annual Mayors’ Grand River Cleanup is a small act that has a grand impact on our community.

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    A Walk To End Alzheimer's

    The Meadows at Millennium Park, 1415 Maynard Ave., SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534

    Saturday, September 14th, 2019 - 9:00 am-12:00 pm

    Cost: Free. Donations and fundraising is encouraged.

    Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease! When you participate in Walk, your fundraising dollars fuel our mission, and your participation in the event helps to change the level of Alzheimer’s awareness in your community. The Alzheimer’s Association provides free, easy-to-use tools and staff support to help participants reach their fundraising goal. While there is no fee to register, we encourage participants to fundraise in order to contribute to the cause and raise awareness.

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    Touch a Tractor

    Ed Dunneback & Girls Fruit Farm, 3025 6 Mile Rd., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544

    Saturday, September 14th, 2019 - 9:00 am-6:00 pm

    Sunday, September 15th, 2019 - 11:00 am-6:00 pm

    Cost: Free Admission

    They are excited to host their 2nd Touch a Tractor Day!  Come out to the farm and see an assortment of tractors on display from big to small.  Learn what they use each of the tractors for on the a farm and take a picture in the driver's seat!  This is a fun, family friendly event. Their Corn maze will also be in full swing, along with u-pick apples and the barn hoppin' with yummy treats from the kitchen and fresh produce!

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    Grand Rapids 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

    Fifth Third Ballpark, 4500 W River Dr., NE, Comstock Park, MI 49321

    Saturday, September 14th, 2019 - 9:00 am-11:30

    Cost: Adults $35 Donation, Children Free

    The 2019 Grand Rapids 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb is a way to honor and remember the FDNY firefighters, police, and EMS who selflessly gave their lives so that others might live on 9-11-2001. Each participant pays tribute to an FDNY firefighter, police officer, or EMS by climbing the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center. Your individual tribute not only remembers the sacrifice of an FDNY brother, but symbolically completes their heroic journey to save others. Through firefighter and community participation we can ensure that each of the 343 firefighters, 60 police officers, and 10 EMS are honored and that the world knows that we will never forget.

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    Buy a Car!

    Summit Place Kia West, 4575 Plainfield Ave., NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

    Saturday, September 14th, 2019 - 11:00 am-1:00 pm

    Cost: Depends on the car you buy!

    Join WFGR’s Scott Winters at Summit Place Kia West this Saturday. Check out the great prices on new KIAs. They also have a great selection of used vehicles. Plus, spin the WFGR Prize Wheel for a chance to win prizes.

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    The WestSide StreetFair 2019

    First Street (Between Seward & Stocking), Grand Rapids, MI

    Saturday, September 14th, 2019 - 11:00 am-6:00 pm

    Cost: Free Admission

    The WestSide StreetFair is Back! It is an activity-based community street fair that highlights the businesses & organizations of the WestSide. Enjoy eclectic live music, WestSide Beer Garden, loads of family-friendly arts & education focused activities hosted by the various businesses & non-profit organizations of the WestSide. Organized in collaboration with ArtPrize/Project 1, this event is designed to showcase the rich and diverse culture of the WestSide.

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    The Bridge Run

    Rosa Parks Circle, 135 Monroe Center, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 

    Sunday, September 15th, 2019 - 8:05 am-10:30 am

    Cost: Registration starts at $25 depending on event

    The 2019 Lake Michigan Credit Union Bridge Run provides you the chance to see some of the best sights in Grand Rapids, while accomplishing YOUR goals.  Whether you pick the 10 Mile Run, 5K Run, or 5K walk your journey will start in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids at Rosa Parks Circle. From there the course will take you over the city's historic bridges, along the Grand River, through parks, and back to the finish on Monroe Center.

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