Over half of this weekend's list are events that will be outside. The weather is looking great for the weekend. We have festivals and spirits, dancing fountains, games, walks and more! There is something for everyone on the list this weekend.

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

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    ArtPrize Preview Week

    Downtown Grand Rapids, MI
    Hours and locations vary
    Costs: Vary depending on venue

    ArtPrize does not officially begin until Wednesday, September 20th at Noon, but you can venture out to beat the crowds to see some of this year's over 1,300 ArtPrize entries this weekend. The Grand Rapids Art Museum and Gerald R. Ford Museum are open to the public to view ArtPrize entries at their venues, but keep in mind that normal admission fees apply at both venues. The Fed Galleries at Kendall College of Art and Design are also open. Many outdoor installations are also set up or in the process of being set up. ArtPrize runs through October 8th.

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    GrandCon Gaming Convention

    DeVos Place Convention Center, 303 Monroe Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
    Friday, September 15th, 2017 - 8:00 am-11:00 pm
    Saturday, September 16th, 2017 - 8:00 am-12:00 Midnight
    Sunday, September 17th, 2017 - 8:00 am-5:00 pm
    Cost: Tickets start at $15

    Shop vendors and artists, play games, attend seminars, and meet industry celebrities. GrandCon welcomes all, and features tabletop (board, card, and roleplaying) gaming including the creators and or authors behind them. Attend seminars, tournaments, special charity events, come dressed as your favorite character, or get involved in open gaming from their library of over 1000 titles! Check out the unpublished games section in the ProtoPub area. And don't forget the vendor area where you can shop for arts, crafts, and games.

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    Michigan Craft Distillers Association’s Spirits and Cocktail Festival

    Fulton Street Farmers Market, 1145 Fulton Street E, in Grand Rapids, MI 49503
    Friday, September 15th, 2017 - 6:00 pm-10:00 pm
    Cost: Tickets start at $40

    It’s the Michigan Craft Distillers Association’s first Spirits and Cocktail Festival. You will find as many as 20 craft distilleries with a variety of spirits and cocktails, a selection of food trucks, specialty food and beverage producers, handcrafted artisans and live entertainment at this inaugural event.

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    An Evening with Apocalyptica Plays Metallica by Four Cellos

    20 Monroe Live, 11 Ottawa Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
    Friday, September 15th, 2017 - 8:00 pm
    Cost: Tickets start at $20

    Plays Metallica by Four Cellos is the debut album by the Finnish metal band Apocalyptica, released in 1996. It features eight instrumental Metallica covers arranged and played by Four Cellos.

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    Walk to End Alzheimers

    Millennium Park The Meadows (Grant Pavilion), 1415 Maynard Ave., SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534
    Saturday, September 16th, 2017 - Registration begins at 9:00 am, Walk begins at 10:30 am
    Cost: Free

    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. When you participate in Walk, your fundraising dollars fuel their mission, and your participation in the event helps to change the level of Alzheimer’s awareness in your community. While there is no fee to register, they encourage participants to raise funds in order to contribute to the cause and raise awareness.

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    Brain: The World Inside Your Head

    Opens Saturday, September 16th, 2017 and runs through January 7th, 2018 - Open during Museum Hours
    Grand Rapids Public Museum, 272 Pearl Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
    Cost:  Free with general admission and Free to Museum members

    This new exhibit at the Grand Rapids Public Museum opens up this weekend! Brain: The World Inside Your Head literally takes you inside the head to probe the geography of a giant brain.  Stand in the midst of the brain’s constant electrical brainstorm as thoughts and sensations are generated. The experience-based exhibit employs innovative special effects, 3-D reproductions, virtual reality, hands-on learning activities and interactive technology to delve into the inner workings of the brain.

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    Cruisin’ Foods – Food Truck Festival

    Ionia Fairgrounds, 317 South Dexter Street, Ionia, MI 48846
    Saturday, September 16th, 2017 - 11:00 am-5:00 pm
    Cost: Free Admission

    WFGR and the Ionia Free Fair are bringing the Cruisin’ Foods – Food Truck Festival back to the Ionia Fairgrounds. Every kind of food you can think of or crave will be there. You will find Asian, Mexican, BBQ, hot dogs, desserts, and more. Plus, there will be craft beer and live music!

  • 8

    Mexican Festival

    Downtown Market Grand Rapids, 435 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
    Saturday, September 16th, 2017 - 11:00 am-11:00 pm
    Cost: Free

    The Fiesta Mexicana, hosted by the Mexican Heritage Association, has been a staple in the community for over 45 years celebrating Mexican heritage through the power of music, dance, art, and food! Come and enjoy Mexican entertainment, food, artisan vendors, and family activities. To celebrate their 47th anniversary and for the success of previous years, this year’s festival will be in a bigger place. Celebrate the Mexican Fiesta at the Downtown Market and adjacent Heartside Park.

  • 9

    GVSU Night at the Grand Haven Musical Fountain

    Waterfront Stadium, 1 N Harbor Dr, Grand Haven, MI 49417
    Saturday, September 16th, 2017 - 8:45 pm
    Cost: Free

    You are invited to GVSU Night at the Grand Haven Musical Fountain! Come see the new moving water formations that five Grand Valley State University engineering students developed to enhance the experience for visitors as their senior project. Previous to these changes, the water features have not been updated since the fountain was installed in 1963.

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    Grand Rapids Veg Fest

    DeltaPlex Arena, 2500 Turner Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544
    Sunday, September 17th, 2017 - 10:30 am-5:00 pm
    Cost: $10, Age 10 and under are free

    This year’s Veg Fest will have an emphasis on food vendors and cooking demonstrations.  The aim is to support local businesses and plant based resources that are easy to access in West Michigan!  Get ready for a day full of fun and tasty food that feeds the heart and soul.

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