Each fall West Michigan gathers at John Ball Park in Grand Rapids for Octoboerfest! A festival the celebrates BEER, well not really. The celebration of Oktoberfest started in Bavaria (southern Germany) but has become loved all around the world as a celebration of good beer, good food, and warm camaraderie among friends.
Grand Rapids Ballet Company, Grand Rapids Symphony and about 100 children fuse their talents to bring the classic story to life. After a sold out world premiere, The Nutcracker, re-imagined by Polar Express author Chris Van Allsburg, returns for two weekends at DeVos Performance Hall.
Share some holiday spirit with furry and feathered folks at John Ball Zoo's annual "enrichment" day. The event, designed to help zookeepers keep animals interested in their surroundings, allows patrons to donate food, toys and other items to brighten a critter's day. Go online to johnballzoosociety.org for a wish list.
A festival to benefit Gilda's Club features 200 free and ticketed events at 50-plus locations throughout Grand Rapids. The 10-day festival concludes this weekend and features stand-up, improv, film, authors, community showcases, and more! For a complete list of events, laughfestgr.org.
Excitement surrounds this time of year as the annual Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World brings the glow of 300,000 lights, strolling carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides and more than 40 international trees and displays.
Open from May through October depending on the picking seasons. Ed Dunneback & Girls Farm Market have fruits and vegetables available in season, both already-picked or u-pick.
Rosa Parks Circle ice rink is one of Grand Rapids' favorite winter pastimes. Admission includes the skate rental, but you can bring your own. Hours are weather-dependent. Call 616-456-3699 for closure information.
Pizza in Grand Rapids, MI. Flo's Pizzeria Ristorante is a family owned restaurant with authentic Italian Cuisine. We offer the best pizza in Grand Rapids with the Award winning Flo's Signature pizza.
Phil Ondersma has been buying and antiques and collectibles for nearly thirty years.
He got his start doing antique shows and flea markets on weekends, traveling to Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Florida and anywhere else that struck his fancy.
There's something for everyone at Warehouse One: jewelry, furniture and furnishings, vintage clothing, fashion accessories, books and magazines, bicycles, comic books, old toys, new toys, and much, much more. Given all there is to see, plan to spend at least a couple of hours browsing. You won't be disappointed!