The Grand River runs through Kent County from its eastern border to the west, and after passing through Ottawa County, empties into Lake Michigan at Grand Haven. It has three tributaries in Kent County:
- Flat River, enters the county from the east, and joins the Grand from the north, in Lowell.
- Thornapple River, enters the county from the south, and joins the Grand in Ada.
- Rogue River, enters the county from the north, and joins the Grand in Belmont.
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.
Tired of battling the mall crowds? Why not bring your child to Rockford to visit Santa – all in the idyllic setting of downtown. Kids can give Santa their wish lists, and enjoy free hot cocoa and cookies!
12/14/2017 - 12/15/2017 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm, The Rockford Chamber of Commerce sponsors horse-drawn carriage rides each year so that visitors may enjoy the sights and sounds of the beautifully decorated streets of the downtown area.
The jolly man in the red suit will be making an appearance in the Chamber’s Annual Santa Parade. The parade winds through downtown Rockford. The jolly man in the red suit makes Rockford one his first stops on his world tour. More than 60 floats line the downtown streets to welcome Santa Claus.
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.
Eighteen runs with the longest at 1800 ft., two Terrain Parks with one fo the little kids and one for the big kids, equipment, group rates, discounts and child care. Top-notch ski school and popular racing programs.
You don't want to miss the Christmas Nite Lights at Fifth Third Ball Park. West Michigan's largest, animated, drive thru light show, is now celebrating it's 21st year, of entertaining people of all ages. The event is located at Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps, exit 91, off US 131.