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.
Abandoned Acres Farm is located on Fruit Ridge Ave only 10 minutes north of Grand Rapids, MI. The 100 year-old farm encompasses over 40 acres of rolling landscape including foreboding woods, surreal creeks, fruit orchards and more. Abandoned Acres Farm is a unique, immersive experience so prepare to be scared.
September 24-25, 2021
Each fall West Michigan gathers Riverside Park 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!
Thursday & Friday Dec 12 & 13, 19 & 20, 2019
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.
December 4, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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.
March 5-15, 2020
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.
November 25, 2020 thru Jan 2, 2021
You don't want to miss the Christmas Nite Lights at Fifth Third Ball Park. West Michigan's largest, animated, drive thru light show, entertaining people of all ages. The event is located at Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps, exit 91, off US 131.
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.
Rely on your wits, nerve, and cunning to survive as you pass through the Moonlight Manor haunted attractions. Trek through convoluted pathways crawling with shocks and cares, and try not to let your phobias get to you!
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.
You can’t go wrong by heading east on Cannonsburg Road to Fallasburg or Townsend ark and maybe have a picnic amidst the colors next to a flowing stream and wooden, covered bridge. There are 11 miles of trails at Cannonsburg Ski area for hiking, biking and trail running.
Saturday, September 18, 2021 | 10 AM
September is the official month that Michigan Apple Fest hosted in Sparta (just 10 minutes north of Grand Rapids)! It is a family oriented event celebrating the harvest of fresh fruits and vegetables grown on “the Ridge” near Sparta, Michigan, the heart of Apple country.
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.
2021 Festival – Saturday, October 2, 2021
Red Flannel Festival is an Annual Festival started in 1939! We celebrate long, red long johns (union suit) with the FLAP! Always held the FIRST SATURDAY in October!
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!
Established in 2003, Dovetail Antiques features a wonderful variety of true antiques including primitives, furniture, architectural doors and windows, postcards, ephemera, toys, textiles, fishing tackle, militaria, nautical, books, jewelry and more. Dovetail Antiques prides itself in offering quality merchandise.